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  1. Given that Paulino was either redundant or useless, I think Taschner is a reasonable pick-up for the Phils. He’s a below average pitcher, but not below replacement level IMO. If you believe in DIPS, Taschner’s failures against LHB are all about BABIP. I think it is largely related to which lefties Taschner faces vs. which righties he faces. Most LOOGYs only get to pitch against easy RHB and pitch more often against good LHB. As a result, their splits understate the difference in their abilities. The BABIP difference (if you believe in DIPS, and believe this is a hitter skill primarily) further indicates this difference. Taschner pitched a lot against Adrian Gonzalez and Brad Hawpe recently– both good LHB. Even still, his K/BB numbers indicate he’ll be better against LHB than the rest of the Phillies options before the 8th inning.

    Career K/BB vs LHB:

    Taschner: 2.19

    Lidge: 2.79
    Romero: 2.17
    Madson: 2.91
    Durbin: 1.47
    Condrey: 1.19
    Eyre: 1.89

    Comment by MattS — March 30, 2009 @ 9:28 am

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