Friday, December 31, 2010

In Memorium

As this year winds down to a close, we pause to remember the baseball greats who have left us this year.

First up: Sparky Anderson

Though he was active in baseball well before my time, I know that many of our readers here on More Hardball do remember Sparky Anderson quite well. Those who do remember him have nothing but fond memories. Indeed, not too many managers can win back-to-back World Series'. He will be missed.

Next: Jose Lima

Jose Lima's untimely death shocked many of us. It caught me off guard, simply because Lima was relatively young, and it seemed like yesterday that I was watching him pitch for the Dodgers during the playoffs in 2004. Though he eventually dropped off the baseball map, Lima had a reputation as being a fun-loving, hardworking player who was a great clubhouse presence.

Finally, Ron Santo

Though he played for a team I no longer care for, long before I was born, Ron Santo stuck out most in my mind as the greatest loss this year in baseball. As a kid, and into my teenage years, I recall listening to Santo call the Cubs games on the radio. While I didn't care too much for the Cubs, I enjoyed listening to Santo call the games because he had fun doing it, and he let anyone listening to the game know that. I remember the day Santo's funeral was held in Chicago. Though I was not there, WGN broadcast the service live over its local and national cable channels for fans to say one last goodbye to this great player/announcer, no matter where they were.

May all of these and the other baseball greats who did not make this list rest in peace. You will all be missed.


Daniel Murphy and Second Base

Every Met fan in the world rightly wants Luis Castillo gone. The Wilpons loathe to eat money but say they will if Alderson asks. We shall see many fans are skeptical and again rightfully so. Castillo got a insane 4 year 24 mil deal from Omar back in November of '07 and came into Spring training out of shape and off knee surgery. He has played terrible defense and only hit in '09 but killed ground ball pitch Pelfrey with his defense in '09. Hell Castillo was so bad in '08 that fans would rather see Argenis Reyes, Ramon Martinez, and Damion Easley play over him. Martinez had some good games in September but after a excellent '07(and coming off a serious injury), Easley gave the Mets very very little.                                                                                                                                                      
The Mets getting no production out of second base wasn't as killer as the bullpen was that year but it badly hurt them. Not surprisingly nobody bite when Castillo was put on the trade block pretty much the last three off-seasons. The Mets fans started to dream of someone anyone take over at second base. In July of '08 Daniel Murphy asked to be moved over to second base at AA. He got a few games and looked okay to some. That lead to fans like me dreaming of him coming up and playing second base and adding a potent bat. Murphy was having a breakout campaign in the minors but really didn't have a position.                                                                                                                                                  
 He got called up in August of '08 but not to play 2nd, it was to play LF to play over the ineefective('06 hero), Endy Chavez. Murphy was a house of fire pretty much right away and hit over 300 got on base and played aquete defense. He was so good at getting on base that he was moved up to the #2 spot in the line. Excepting times when brain dead Jerry had him bunt Reyes over for whatever reason.  Jerry did plenty of that over the years. Murphy was never in the lineup against lefties but was used as a pinch hitter and was very effective.                                                                                                                                                                  
The Mets feel short again in '08 but Murphy was a big reason to be excited  for '09. Everyone remembers him hitting a lead off triple vs The Cubs late in the year and being stranded and the Mets having a heart wrenching loss. Well after 130+ at bats he put up a .870 ops. We had all seen short sample all stars like Kevin Maas and Mike Jacobs come up late in a year as a house of fire and then peter out. He played some second base really in winter league in '08 and got hurt and people stated he was too big and unathletic to handle second base.                                                                                                                                                             
The '09 season was an unmitagated disaster for The Mets from the injury front to how it was handled to the managing to the bullpen again.. Murphy stumbled and bumbled in the OF and lost the manager confidence and was shifted to the bench and then 1b. He played good defense at first but struggled offensevely and put up a .740 ops inflated by a big September.  Last year he was supposed to be the starting first baseman and got hurt and by the time he was ready to come back Ike had made first base his. The Murphy second base project went back into effect but it was short lived as he was taken out on a dirty as hell slide and missed the year. He went to winter ball to play second base and got hurt yet again this winter.                                                                                                                                                       
No one knows what Murphy really is. No one knows if he can handle second base or even stay healthy. The chances of him being as good as the numbers he put up in a shot sample in '08 are pretty small. I don't think he's as bad as the .740 ops he put up in '09 either. He has a career .770 ops and maybe that's what he is. He missed pretty much a whole year so while he should be given a chance to compete for the second base job he should be on equal footing with guys like Turner and Emaus. Whether he can play defense at 2b is the biggest question but what about the patience and plate discipline that he displayed in '08 that disappeared in '09? He is a good pinch hitter and can play numerous positions so he still has uses if he can't hold up at second base.                                                                                                                                                              
The Mets second basemen put up a ops in the 500's last year. I would give Murphy a chance to platoon at second with Emaus or Turner. Maybe it'd be best if he goes to the minors for more refinement at second base but I'd try it up here. The hope is Reese Havens finally stays healthy because he has star potential and is the best of the lot at second. I believe Murphy is a major leaguer but am somewhat skeptical he can handle second base  due to his issues staying healthy, mobility and ability to turn dp's. He struggled at third base in the minors  so can he really handle second?. It won't hurt in a bridge year to see. Mets assistant Gm  Paul Depodesta has said guys that hit a lot of doubles are underrated and Murphy has hit a bunch of doubles in his 600+ at bats in the majors

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Jon Heyman is a tool

This is not exactly breaking news to anyone that has heard the guy on the radio, TV or read one of his ill informed articles. For whatever reason Heyman has been bashing Alderson since he was named Mets General Manager. He was pushing for Hahn or Byrnes suggested that Alderson had lost touch and been out of the game too long and was out of touch. The guy was ignoring the fact that Alderson was Padres team Pres and very much in the decision making. Heyman has gone on and on about how the Mets front office is being paid five million combined while they have five mil to spend. He has gone on and on wondering why they are being paid this much. I wonder if he checks in on other front office salaries.                                                                                                                                                    
I'm wondering why WFan, Sports Illustrated , and Mlb Network pay him big bucks to mostly confirm Joel Sherman's and Ken Rosenthal's scoops. Lets not forget his analysis is weak as heck. and leaves us wanting.. When he does break news it's always Boras clients, Hmmmm I wonder why? Heyman is widely considered a Boras hand puppet. Maybe he's getting on Alderson because he's not tossing around money and takes away a potential landing spot for a Boras client. I mean Poor Boras has one less team to play off of and inflate prices. Heyman has been known to claim teams are interested in Boras clients when they really aren't.                                                                                                                                                            
You can look no further than Oliver Perez. Heyman was the only one to suggest Perez was drawing interest and stated that the Brewers and Cards were the interested parties. It may have caused Omar to bid against himself even more who knows. I believe both teams pretty much stated they had no interest. Heyman has gone on and on calling them Harvard geniuses in a sarcastic way. Here is a guy that takes a shot at the Mets front office in article and many tweets. Who can forget his The Mets can the Mets skip to 2015 tweet? This is a guy that thins a awful Gm like Ned Colletti is a good Baseball man. Yup the guy that gave Jones, Schmidt, and Pierre those wonderful contracts is awesome. You know never mind the killer Carlos Santana for Casey Blake trade.                                                                                                                                                         
In two months Heyman's criticized Alderson more than he criticized Minaya in six years. He called the Annontini for Hiu trade a huge win for the Dodgers and called it the continuation of a curious Mets off season. When has Colletti ever gotten the better of the trade. Don't forget he said Gee is the 4th starter until Santana comes back. Huh? Pretty sure the Mets will sign a starter or two. I guess I shouldn't expect more from a guy that admits to having a personal issue with Carl Pavano and thinks Jeter plays great defense and deserved the gold glove and that Mattingly and Parker are Hall of Famers.Lets not forget that in his Offseason winners  list he had The Nats there(because they spent crazily on a Boras client) , and The Pirates for just spending money I guess.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Mets smartly pass on Webb

As I've discussed the Mets need a starter or two with Johan down but having a meltdown every time a starter signs somewhere is pointless. When you have a former Cy Young Award winner like Brandon Webb signs somewhere fans are all why didn't you take a chance on him? Good risk guys! Well he'd be a fine risk if he had pitched more than four innings the past two years and had been throwing his fastball over 83 mph in the instructional league. Keith Law a man much smarter than me has mocked the signing. You can also toss in the fact that Webb doctor last year gave him a clean bill of health and he didn't throw a pitch at the major league level last year and the same doctor gave him a clean bill of health going into 2011. If you look it up pitchers rarely if ever regain their previous fastball velocity especially in their 30's. These facts won't stop some Mets fan from wailing or calling the Mets cheap in this situation. Lets not forget last year when Mets fans wailed that the Mets didn't give Sheets ten mil and were being cheap. They clearly showed no interest in Webb because they didn't feel he could either stay healthy or be effective on the oft chance he'd be able to stay on the field. Webb got three mil guaranteed and with incentives over 3 mil. I dunno after two years of not taking the mound and the lack of velocity this doesn't seem like a wise move. The Rangers lost Lee and were in need for another starter and Webb walked into a good situation. I don't see a happy ending there and I'm glad the Mets didn't take the chance. Jeff Francis doesn't have nearly the upside of Webb but I think he's much more likely to toe the rubber and be a league average starter for a better price.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Free Agent Christmas

Before we get to the fun, I would like to wish a Merry Christmas to all our More Hardball readers.

And in the spirit of the season, I would like to extend my holiday wishes to all those free agents, with visions of dollar signs dancing above their heads. Hope you all find jobs soon.


The Lunatic Fringe is Taking Over

So after Omar Minaya was mercifully fired The Mets fan base went from pure joy to whining because Alderson admitted that they don't have much payroll flexibility and won't be big players. The fact that he said that he won't make decisions that will always make the fans happy brought out the Wfan mongo callers.What he won't buy out Castillo and Perez right away? Won't give Lee a blank check either. He won't hire old '86 fave Backman? Wally will whip these softies into shape they said. Wally's grit will  make everyone better! The fact that the core of the team was surrounded by dreck mattered little. The fans blamed Wright, Reyes, Beltran  because they were soft chokers, while ignoring that the team was surrounded by a historically bad bullpen, terrible support players and a gm without a plan, and managers without a clue. Pujols the best player in the sport can't carry the Cards to the playoffs three out of the last four years but hey that gutless choker needs to lead and carry the Mota's, Newhan's and Ledee's and other dreck Omar brought in to the promise land. In six years Omar put together a real good roster one year ('06) and the team fell just short. He followed up the year with a brutal offseason replacing A gimp like Floyd with a cripple in Alou, while surrendering a draft pick. Sure even if he had that pick The Wilpons wouldn't let him go over slot anyway (which really hurt), Omar brought in Sele and Park in to compete with a not ready for prime time Pelfrey and predictably it didn't work out. He let Bradford and Oliver go as free agent 'cause he didn't wanna give relievers multi-year deals and then followed that up with giving dreck like Schoenweis and Mota multi-year deals and those guys were big reason for the collapse of '07. While the trade for Santana was a brilliant move he did nothing to fix the bullpen unless you count Matt Wise. Omar threw stupid money at Castillo and Perez and you know the rest. Yet if you listen to fans now you'd think they'd want him back because tossing around money at flawed players while ignoring other holes had worked out so well. The Wilpons re-upping Minaya with a week left in '08 season was beyond idiotic. The team missed the playoffs and Omar is rewarded and we get more dumb moves like the K-Rod deal and the killer option. Omar rushing out to give Cora millions in '08-09 was brilliant too. Who knew a guy that can't hit or field would add nothing? Last offseason Omar was given  20+ mil to use and he wasted 10- mil on Failcouer (couple fluke productive months in '09), Cora, and Maine, who hadn't been healthy since '07. That worked out and then to appease the fans they signed a flawed player like Bay to a 4 year deal. Well all that leaves Alderson with little flexibility and with a fan base with no patience. The Wilpons finally have hired a GM with a clue since Cashen but there's plenty of mistrust of them. I can somewhat understand that but Sandy would never take a job if he wasn't given autonomy. He made the right move in not hiring Backman (who manages like we're back in the dead ball era), and has made some nice under the radar signing and is waiting out the pitching market. The team has 60 mill coming off the books but fans are convinced they won't spend it in 2012. When Alderson said he won't spend all of the money there was a firestorm the payroll will only continue to go down! There is reason to worry with the whole Maddoff thing but I can't imagine that the payroll won't be high and again who says you can't win with a reduced payroll if you spend smartly? The Cliff Lee to the Phils hasn't helped with the hysteria. Jon Heyman who clearly has an agenda against Alderson is a Minaya buddy and a Boras hand puppet so there's plenty of shots coming his way on twitter and on WFAN. He is pretty unprofessional if you ask me. As is Francesa who is friends with Minaya and preached patience and was soft on the Mets until Minaya was removed from his post. For the first time since Cashen the Mets have a GM with a clue and he's being lambasted for not spending stupidly. The Guy could do for The Mets what Gillick did for The Phils. The Phils had fallen short in their playoffs quest from 01-06 but had built up a very talented core, and many called for Gillick to break them up because they weren't winners (like with the Mets core), but besides for Abreu being sent out of town he stayed the course built around the core brought in good supporting cast and the rest is history. Alderson can do the same but he needs time and patience. The Mets won 79 games last year while giving away a combined thousands to Barajas, Failcouer, Carter, Cora, Feliciano, Tejada among other dreck and had another bad pen and gave 16 combined starts to Perez and Maine. Dickey and Taka to Minaya's credit were great finds. Feliciano was good but abused and no thanks to a multi-year deal to a loogy at 4 mil per. Santana is a huge loss but he was already declining sure he's a big loss but not as big as he would be if he was still elite. The pitching is a question market but some cheap smart signing can help. Francis would be solid. Young players not being rushed will help as well as the handling of player injuries will help. I don't think it will take until 2015 to compete. I could see this team being a 83 win team  this year if things go right and compete for a playoff spot in 2012. It may not seem like it and the team will be hurt at the box office this year but things are getting better and with this front office things will be going in the right direction. Mejia won't be a mop up man. Reyes if hurt will be placed on the DL instead of hitting from the right side only while hurt or handled crazily like he was in '09.

Thoughts on The Starting pitching Market for The Mets

Clearly with Johan Santana down for at least the first few months the Mets need starting pitching help. They have limited payroll flexibility due to Omar Minaya tying up crazy money into terrible players. Chris Young has been one of the guys the Mets have interest in. Young has seen his velocity go down and walk rates go up for years now. The guy is a extreme fly ball pitcher who's numbers on the road got worse and worse as the years went on. He came back throwing his fastball 84 mph in September. He is a high rent version of Maine at this time. Maine had one and a half very good years. Young had three excellent years in a row ('05-07), he has barely taken the mound since '08. Francis was pretty solid pitcher for a few years before getting hurt a few years ago. He came back last year and put up a good strikeout to walk ratio especially in the second half. He is another fly ball pitcher that can be helped by Citi. I think Gorzelanny would be a fine pickup. He misses enough bats and had a solid enough year for The Cubs. Fangraphs has a good writeup on how he's figured it out.  He is still young and won't cost much in prospects or money. Garza is a talented pitcher with declining K rate who is prone to meltdowns at times(his nickname by Rays fans and media), is Meltdown Matt. He will also cost you a Mejia or Flores and is not worth it. If it's only one guy I would likely take Francis because he's less of an injury risk than Young and will not cost prospects like Garza and is likely better than Gorzelanny. No thanks to Garcia.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Leftovers- Remaining Free Agents

Cliff Lee, Carl Crawford, Jayson Werth, Victor Martinez...all plucked from the free agent bin. There remains some quality players over the market though. I composed a full 25-man roster of the "leftovers" that have yet to ink deals and aside from the starting pitching, this squad would be very competitive. The outfield defense would suck, but whatever, they can hit at least.

Starting Lineup:
C/Greg Zaun .265/.743, but in only 28 games.
1B/Adam LaRoche .261/.788, 75 R, 37 2B, 25 HR, 100 RBI
2B/Jerry Hairston Jr. .244/.652, 53 R, 13 2B, 10 HR, 50 RBI, 9 SB
3B/Adrian Beltre .321/.919, 84 R, 49 2B, 28 HR, 102 RBI
SS/Orlando Cabrera .263/.657, 64 R, 33 2B, 42 RBI, 11 SB
LF/Johnny Damon .271/.756, 81 R, 36 2B, 5 3B, 8 HR, 51 RBI, 11 SB
CF/Scott Podsednik .297/.724, 63 R, 14 2B, 7 3B, 6 HR, 51 RBI, 35 SB
RF/Manny Ramirez .298/.870, 38 R, 16 2B, 9 HR, 42 RBI
DH/Vladimir Guerrero .300/.841, 83 R, 27 2B, 29 HR, 115 RBI

C/Josh Bard .214/.634, but in only 39 games.
UTL/Felipe Lopez .233/.656, 52 R, 18 2B, 8 HR, 37 RBI, 8 SB
OF/Andruw Jones .230/.827, 41 R, 12 2B, 19 HR, 48 RBI, 9 SB
DH/Jim Thome .283/1.039, 48 R, 16 2B, 25 HR, 59 RBI

Starting Rotation:
Carl Pavano 17-11, 32 GS, 7 CG, 221 IP, 117 K, 3.75/1.19
Freddy Garcia 12-6, 28 GS, 157 IP, 89 K, 4.64/1.38
Bruce Chen 12-7, 23 GS, 140.1 IP, 98 K, 4.17/1.38
Dave Bush 8-13, 31 GS, 174.1 IP, 107 K, 4.54/1.51
Rodrigo Lopez 7-16, 33 GS, 200 IP, 116 K, 5.00/1.42

Rafael Soriano 64 G, 62.1 IP, 57 K, 45 SV, 1.73/0.80
Takashi Saito 56 G, 54 IP, 69 K, 17 HLD, 2.83/1.07
Arthur Rhodes 69 G, 55 IP, 50 K, 26 HLD, 2.29/1.02
Jon Rauch 59 G, 57.2 IP, 46 K, 21 SV, 2 HLD, 3.12/1.30
Brian Fuentes 48 G, 48 IP, 47 K, 24 SV, 3 HLD, 2.81/1.06
Grant Balfour 57 G, 55.1 IP, 56 K, 16 HLD, 2.28/1.08
Kevin Gregg 63 G, 59 IP, 58 K, 37 SV, 3.53/1.39

Didn't Make the Cut:
Derek Lee/1B, Fred Lewis/OF, Brad Hawpe/OF/1B, Russell Branyan/1B, Kevin Millwood/SP, Jeremy Bonderman/SP, Elmer Dessens/RP, Octavio Dotel/RP.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Happy Holeedays

Waking up this morning and heading to work not giving a care in the world for the Phillies. They let Werth slip through their hands are were just a regular team in the NL East. That was until I picked up the newspaper and saw the deal that went down. All I can say is that the Phillies have balls....BIG BALLS. For once in my life I see a player not go for the money but rather for the team and the city. Way to go Yankees... bashing Lee's wife and that could have been the deciding factor. I am happy to see the Phillies putting themselves in complete contention for another World Series push. However, there are always two pieces of a puzzle. Yes pitching is where it needs to be but that is only half of the team. The other half is hitting. Phillies need to get an outfielder to fill the void of Werth. All in all it will be a great Christmas for all Phillies fans. Screw the cold weather...for one day...all there is, is warm weather on my mind and spring training can't come fast enough. Screw you Yankees you had it coming to you.

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Winter Meeting Put The Focus Back On Baseball

The final out of the World Series took place on November 1 this season.

Since that day, baseball has taken a back seat to college basketball, professional basketball, professional football, and even (I don't even want to type it) hockey.

If you are the type that feels that the National Hockey League deserves to be focused on over baseball at any point during the calendar year, Canada is North of here, feel free to drive on.

If you miss baseball, well prepare for your local news cast, national sports cast, and websites around the world to start bringing you some happiness once again. No, it's not time for those magic words of Spring, but it is time for the Winter Meetings.

The owners of the various franchises that make up Major League Baseball will spend this week discussing the game, changes that may/may not be made, and pulling each other aside to talk some business. The hot stove will fire up and warm the empty hearts of all of those that have been missing the game. New players will be acquired, old players will be seen mingling around, rumors will leak, change and come back full circle, and free agents will be signed.

For baseball fans everywhere, Christmas comes just a little early. Maybe, if you are one of the fortunate ones, you will wake up one day this week with a pretty red bow around Cliff Lee's brand new jersey with your team's name on it. Maybe that fresh wrapping paper will hide the likes of Carl Crawford. It may even be Zack Greinke.

So, kick back, baseball fans. Pop in your copy of Major League, surf the Internet for all the rumors your mind can comprehend. Warm yourself by the Hot Stove for a few days and get ready for Spring. Pitchers and Catchers report in 70 days to Florida and Arizona.

Hang in there fans, More Hardball is on its way.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Major Returns on Minor Signings

Tis the season for free agent signings. Names such as Victor Martinez, Jorge de la Rosa, Juan Uribe, and Jake Westbrook are grabbing the headlines due to their multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts. Going relatively unnoticed are a bunch of minor league contract signings. The list below is a collection of players from the 2010 season that were signed to minor league deals and made an impact/significant contribution to their team. Some playoff teams would have been lost without the contributions of some of these players (Valdez/PHI, Thames/NYY, Benoit/TBR, Casilla/SFG). There's a pair of 200 innings-eaters, a few star relievers, and even a couple useful bats. One member of this list flipped his minor league signing last winter into a lucrative guaranteed deal this offseason. Wonder what 2011 minor league contracts will make the list next year?

Laynce Nix/OF/Reds- 97 G, 165 AB, 16 R, 48 H, 11 2B, 4 HR, 18 RBI, .291/.805.
Marcus Thames/OF/DH/Yankees- 82 G, 212 AB, 22 R, 61 H, 7 2B, 12 HR, 33 RBI, .288/.841.
Miguel Cairo/UTL/Reds- 91 G, 200 AB, 30 R, 58 H, 12 2B, 4 HR, 28 RBI, 4 SB, .290/.763.
Corey Patterson/OF/Orioles- 90 G, 308 AB, 43 R, 83 H, 16 2B, 8 HR, 32 RBI, 21 SB, .268/.721.
Austin Kearns/OF/Indians/Yankees- 120 G, 403 AB, 55 R, 106 H, 21 2B, 10 HR, 49 RBI, 4 SB, .263/.746.
Mike Sweeney/1B/DH/Mariners/Phillies- 56 G, 151 AB, 21 R, 38 H, 5 2B, 8 HR, 26 RBI, 3 SB, .252/.765.
Wilson Valdez/UTL/Phillies- 111 G, 333 AB, 37 R, 86 H, 16 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 35 RBI, 7 SB, .258/.667.
Matt Stairs/OF/Padres- 78 G, 99 AB, 14 R, 23 H, 6 2B, 6 HR, 16 RBI, .232/.781.
Darnell McDonald/OF/Red Sox- 117 G, 319 AB, 40 R, 86 H, 18 2B, 3 3B, 9 HR, 34 RBI, 9 SB, .270/.766.
Chris Denorfia/OF/Padres- 99 G, 284 AB, 41 R, 77 H, 15 2B, 9 HR, 36 RBI, 8 SB, .271/.769.
Shelley Duncan/OF/Indians- 85 G, 229 AB, 29 R, 53 H, 10 2B, 11 HR, 36 RBI, .231/.736.
Wilson Betemit/3B/Royals- 84 G, 276 AB, 36 R, 82 H, 20 2B, 13 HR, 43 RBI, .297/.889.
Jim Edmonds/OF/Brewers/Reds- 86 G, 246 AB, 44 R, 68 H, 23 2B, 11 HR, 23 RBI, .276/.846.

Joaquin Benoit/RP/Rays- 63 G, 60.1 IP, 75 K, 1.63/0.68.
Elmer Dessens/RP/Mets- 4 W, 53 G, 47 IP, 16 K, 2.30/1.21.
Livan Hernandez/SP/Nationals- 10 W, 33 GS, 211.2 IP, 114 K, 3.66/1.32.
DJ Carrasco/RP/Pirates/Diamondbacks- 3 W, 63 G, 78.1 IP, 65 K, 3.68/1.30.
Joe Beimel/RP/Rockies- 71 G, 45 IP, 21 K, 3.40/1.36.
Bruce Chen/SP/Royals- 12 W, 33 G, 23 GS, 140.1 IP, 98 K, 4.17/1.38.
Will Ohman/RP/Orioles/Braves- 68 G, 42 IP, 43 K, 3.21/1.50.
Guillermo Mota/RP/Giants- 56 G, 54 IP, 38 K, 4.33/1.32.
Rodrigo Lopez/SP/Diamondbacks- 7 W, 33 GS, 200 IP, 116 K, 5.00/1.42.
Miguel Batista/RP/Nationals- 58 G, 82.2 IP, 55 K, 3.70/1.33.
Dustin Moseley/SP/RP/Yankees- 4 W, 16 G, 9 GS, 65.1 IP, 33 K, 4.98/1.42.
Jamey Wright/RP/Indians/Mariners- 46 G, 58.1 IP, 28 K, 4.17/1.37.
Alfredo Simon/RP/Orioles- 4 W, 49 G, 17 SV, 49.1 IP, 37 K, 4.93/1.54.
Joel Peralta/RP/Nationals- 39 G, 49 IP, 49 K, 2.02/0.80.
Denny Bautista/RP/Giants- 31 G, 33.2 IP, 44 K, 3.74/1.55.
RA Dickey/SP/Mets- 11 W, 26 GS, 174.1 IP, 104 K, 2.84/1.19.
Santiago Casilla/RP/Giants- 7 W, 52 G, 55.1 IP, 56 K, 1.95/1.19.