Saturday, May 08, 2004

Why Cliff Politte Bumps Around The League

It's pretty evident why Politte can't stay in one place too long. He really has an explosive arm, but simply can't throw strikes. Last night's game against the Toronto Blue Jays is just another example why - he commonly walks the leadoff hitter, who commonly scores. Remember, the ninth inning of the first game of the year began when Politte walked Randa and Ken Harvey.

In fact, the White Sox have lost 4 of the 5 games in which Politte has walked a batter. It looks like that in each of those games, the batter Politte walked came around to score a key run.

He's now got 6 walks in 8.2 innings, a poor ratio by any means. He only walked 17 in 49 innings last year, a much better ratio. My guess is that had Cliff walked only 3 guys, not 6, the White Sox would be 19-9, not 17-11.

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