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  1. Can anyone provide a good reason for why he hasn’t reclaimed the 5th spot in the rotation?

    Comment by El Vigilante — September 7, 2012 @ 9:22 am

  2. Maybe they want to use him out of the ‘pen in the playoffs?

    Comment by Mitchell — September 7, 2012 @ 9:31 am

  3. Scott Feldman was pitching well, and when he started to falter, Roy O was no longer stretched out for starting.

    At that point you might as well keep him in the pen as a long man, since he won’t be on the playoff rotation anyways.

    It’s not like starting Oswalt over Feldman would increase the Rangers expectancy of winning said start.

    Comment by Man0warr — September 7, 2012 @ 10:04 am

  4. It’s crazy. Oswalt has a 3.40 xFIP this year – he’s arguably the Rangers best starter.

    Comment by vivaelpujols — September 7, 2012 @ 10:06 am

  5. As an Astros’ fan and long time fan of Oswalt, that’s some amazing stuff in this interview. Oswalt usually comes across as reserved or taciturn in interviews, giving minimal answers. Great job getting him to tell us about how he pitches.

    Comment by CJ in Austin, TX — September 7, 2012 @ 10:15 am

  6. Great interview. Not only on its own merits and insights, but because it compelled me to look up what a ‘fosh’ is. I’d never heard of that term before.

    Comment by Chris From Bothell — September 7, 2012 @ 10:40 am

  7. You obviously haven’t watched any of his starts.

    Comment by elijah — September 7, 2012 @ 10:43 am

  8. Weir is Roy from, again?

    Comment by Nathan Nathan — September 7, 2012 @ 11:23 am

  9. I infer that Oswalt throws a fastball with an unusual grip (so he’s “behind the ball” instead of “on top of it”) and apparently gets more lift/rise out of it, causing hitters to judge that it will be low when it’s not.

    I presume his grip produces more backspin than usual.

    Comment by Nathan Nathan — September 7, 2012 @ 11:27 am

  10. Love these – great interview as usual. Keep ‘em coming!

    Comment by Delirium Nocturnum — September 7, 2012 @ 11:37 am

  11. That’s exactly how I read it. I bet PitchFX can verify that for us – it would be interesting to see a comparison going back a couple years to see if when he was getting better results (2010) if the fastball has more rise than it currently does.

    Comment by jj — September 7, 2012 @ 1:35 pm

  12. Feldman was pitching very well for a while. Don’t pay attention the local media, Roy is fine here. The media railed him once and now instead of defending himself over and over Roy just ignores them or gives them nothing. Feldman and Oswalt have been very similar for the Rangers, low walks, decent to good Ks, they are just getting hit. Feldman just happens to give up all his hits in the same inning and he’ll give up 2-4 runs that inning and maybe 1 the rest of the game. Oswalt has been very good, but he’ll get up 0-2 or 1-2 and then he’ll groove as FB in the middle or up in the zone and it’ll get crushed. I think the Rangers should go to a 6 man rotation for 2-3 turns to give the guys some rest before the playoffs and allow Roy to get stretched out and more comfortable, but what do I know.

    Comment by Ross — September 7, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

  13. Oh you’re saying that a pitcher who gives up a bunch of hits looks bad? Well duh, but that’s what xFIP is trying to strip out.

    Comment by vivaelpujols — September 7, 2012 @ 2:56 pm

  14. so if a pitcher just throws the ball down the middle at 70mph in every 3 -1 or worse count but has a good FIP is he a good pitcher? People that just claim FIP or another ‘advanced’ term in a one sentence response and snark and sneer at others who do not share the same opinion really goat me.

    Comment by snoop LION — September 7, 2012 @ 3:47 pm

  15. If they go to a 6 man rotation then Ranger fans have to suffer through both of them, that would be tough.

    Comment by Terry — September 7, 2012 @ 4:31 pm

  16. Really, does Oswalt do that? I highly doubt it as that same pitcher wouldn’t also magically have the ability to strikeout out 8.5 and walk 2 per 9.

    People who aren’t able to realize that poor luck will bias your “scouting” really goat me. As do people who think that because they watched him pitch they are suddenly a quality judge of his talent.

    Comment by vivaelpujols — September 7, 2012 @ 11:50 pm

  17. The various and sundry DIP stats are fine and dandy, but they are still flawed. Pitching to contact is necessary unless you are a short reliever. And the true artists at pitching to contact will often be penalized by DIP stats. For example, after well over 4,000 innings pitched and retirement from the game, we’re still waiting for Tom Glavine’s ERA to balloon to his FIP or xFIP because, damn it, that’s what these advanced metrics predict. Ditto Tim Hudson, who’s approaching 3,000 IP.

    Comment by NeverJamToday — September 8, 2012 @ 3:05 am

  18. did I mention anywhere there that that is what I thought Oswalt did? I was merely pointing out the weakness in you’re argument relying wholly on a model that is not close to being completely accurate. I actually do think he should be in the rotation at the moment. But for you to just pass off “BUT HE HAS A 3.40 XFIP HE SOOOO GOOOD” as a broad sweeping statement is just as stupid.

    Comment by snoop LION — September 8, 2012 @ 4:46 pm

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