Friday, April 23, 2004

The Danny Wright Threat Matrix

I have to admit, I liked Danny Wright for a long time. The August 11, 2001 game against Seattle really sucked me in - I thought he was going to be a #1 or #2 starter with the stuff he showed early in his White Sox career.

Since then, it's been all downhill. Here's the matrix of how Danny's starts have gone, well, wrong.
Runs>1 IP>2 IP>3 IP>4 IP>5 IP>6 IP>7 IP>8 IP>9 IP9 IPtotals
0 runs00000010012
1 run00000034007
2 runs000002342011
3 runs000021620011
4 runs01003230009
5 runs00113130009
6 runs00100310005
7 runs10011200005
8 runs00201000003

That's ugly. Of 65 career starts, he's got 24 quality starts. By comparison, he's given up 5 or more runs 22 times and gone fewer than 5 innings 23 times. He's gone 7 innings or more only 11 times, meaning that Danny Wright chews up the bullpen.

65 career starts is a lot - it only took the White Sox 67 career starts before they decided to give up on Kip Wells. (Someday I will write why Kip wouldn't have done nearly as well had he stayed in Chicago - I think he just needed a change in scenery). I hope the White Sox give up on Danny Wright as a starter soon and put him in the bullpen where he belongs.

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