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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Brian Lawrence: Usually Pretty Good... Apparently

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Every time Brian Lawrence takes the mound only to find that he doesn't have any of his pitches working, I want to be annoyed. The problem? It's unwarranted. B-Law has been quite good this year. Just look at his median start:

6.7 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 K, 2 BB, 0 HR

That's a "quality start." It's also good for the following rate stats:

RA: 4.03
K/BB: 1.50
K/PA: .111
K/9: 4.03
BB/9: 2.69
HR/9: 0.00

Those are solid if unspectacular numbers. They're better than league average outside the strikeouts. And look at that same line independent of defense:

6.3 IP, 6.5 H, 2.4 ER, 3.0 K, 2.2 BB, 0.0 HR

About one out less, but also more than half a run less. The corresponding rate stats? Here:

ERA: 3.43
K/BB: 1.36
K/PA: .111
K/9: 4.29
BB/9: 3.14
HR/9: 0.00

A 3.43 ERA is substantially lower than league average.

It's damn frustrating to watch when he's not on though, isn't it?

Kris Benson? Are you kidding me? Kris Benson!

Kris Benson?!

3 Comments:

Blogger Geoff said...

Yep, "frustrating" is the word for it.

7:56 AM, August 11, 2005  
Blogger Dex said...

When he's good. He's so so so good. When he's off, he gets booed right out of the park. I wonder if he has a history of recovering though? Like you know how 2 runs in the first doesn't mean you have to pull Stauffer out? Has B-Law ever shown that he can recover from 5 runs down through three innings?

10:26 AM, August 11, 2005  
Blogger Peter said...

LOL - I started my article looking to talk about B-Law's maddening season and scrapped it b/c I couldn't get the wording to flow... Too choppy...

What I didn't write: B-Law's only had 4 AWFUL starts, he's had 4 mediocre-to-bad starts, and he's had 10 great-to-borederline great starts...

Yet with the Padres' even more inconsistent offense, B-Law has a 6-12 record.

10:01 PM, August 11, 2005  

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