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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?!


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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