Monday, August 06, 2007

I told you so

Baker has done it again. He pitched a great game, shutting out the powerful Cleveland Indians for 8 innings.

Like many young pitchers he has been inconsistent. He has hade a few bad starts but he has had many good and some great starts. His ERA is abaout average. So he isn't a star but as he pitches more I believe he will just get better and be a very big part of the Twin's future success.

His Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) is 3.84. So if he his defense was playing better he would be having an excellent season.

He will probably suffer from the long ball as time goes on, much like Santana. But if his strikeout to walk ratio improves from the already great ratio of 3.7:1, he will be a quallity pitcher for years to come.

I would say that the league should watch out for the Twins but I don't really think the league has to fear a team who has Tyner as a leadoff hitter. Or a team that has a manager who thinks Tyner is a leadoff hitter.

One positive is that Tyner is having the best walk rate and homerun rate of his career!!! He has already walked 11 times!!! He is only 4 walks away from his career high of 15 in 2001 which is the only season he played more than 100 games.

2 Comments:

At 7:04 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, I am on the Baker band wagon. If we can keep Santana, Liriano comes back to his old form while throwning w/ proper technique and Garza. the Twins could easily have a starting rotation like the Braves had with Smoltz,Maddux, Glavine~~ or Better. Now, They have to get another Legit hitting threat & there are plenty out there.

 
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