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Sunday, February 05, 2006


Age Appropriate

You probably thought this was just going to be another dull Monday at the office, lousing your way through the motions until 5 p.m. rolled around as you nurse that Super Bowl party hangover. Nope. Excitement abounds in the Diaspora, as we kick off today's two-parter with a guessing game. Unless you've been too busy trying to figure out why the Rolling Stones are still performing live or even living, it will be pretty easy to guess who these two guys are. Note the emphasis on age being the central factor for analysis, that will be a key plot point when I get Act 2 posted later today. Player #1 In desperation, LaRussa and Duncan asked this 22-year-old hurler to be part of the rotation as injury claimed their bargain basement reclamation projects. With unruly locks of hair flailing from the sides of his cap, this young man admirably stepped up. Although the results of his first exposure to the bigs were less than striking, progress was made. He returned to Memphis at the start of the next season to continue his development at the age of 23, but he returned to the big club to post solid results that year. By 24, this player was deemed fit for a full time major league role, and got his chance somewhere else in strange league where pitchers don't bat. Who is player #1? Age 22 AA: 6-1, 0.82 ERA, 8 GS, 55 IP, 6 BB, 49 K, 8.02 K/9, 0.76 WHIP AAA: 2-1, 4.93 ERA, 8 GS, 45.6 IP, 8 BB, 35 K, 6.90 K/9, 1.27 WHIP MLB: 3-7, 5.08 ERA, 14 GS, 72.6 IP, 22 BB, 43 K, 5.33 K/9, 1.46 WHIP Age 23 AAA: 11-4, 4.15 ERA, 21 GS, 128 IP, 33 BB, 150 K, 10.55 K/9, 1.32 WHIP MLB: 3-3, 4.50 ERA, 14 G (5 GS), 46 IP, 17 BB, 32 K, 6.26 K/9, 1.35 WHIP Age 24 MLB: 14-12, 3.72 ERA, 34 GS, 217 IP, 53 BB, 163 K, 6.76 K/9, 1.22 WHIP ----------- Player #2 seems as level on the mound as the bill of cap, and possess talent very similar to player #1. He breezed through A and AA ball, and found himself in AAA at 23. Clearly, management has been stingy about giving this pitcher much playing time in the major leagues, eventhough he appears to have maxed out what he could do in AAA. Who is player #2? Age 22 High A: 3-0, 4.66 ERA, 7 GS, 36.6 IP, 7 BB, 38 K, 9.33 K/9, 1.31 WHIP AA: 6-2, 2.91 ERA, 12 GS, 74.3 IP, 13 BB, 102 k, 12.35 K/9, 1.01 WHIP Age 23 AAA: 7-6, 3.64 ERA, 128.3 IP, 34 BB, 136 K, 9.51 K/9, 1.08 WHIP MLB: 1-1, 2.70 ERA, 13.3 IP, 4 BB, 12 K, 8.10 K/9, 0.75 WHIP Age 24 ?????????
I'd say #1 is Dan Haren and #2 is Anthony Reyes.

we have a winner.
Now, let me ask you a question: Who would you rather have for this next season -- Haren or Mulder?
Darn... too late, as usual. Tim, I think I'd rather have Haren.
Me too. That trade isn't looking very good these days, is it?
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