Tuesday, April 04, 2006
Cleveland 8, White Sox 2
Here's the ERV Boxscore for today's game:
Crede: -0.92 ERV
Player of the Game: Jim Thome
Tomorrow is another day. I hate to be worried about anyone too soon, but the reports that Freddy Garcia's velocity was down today is troubling. Garcia's strikeout rate took a dip from 2004 to 2005, and I don't think he'll ever be a 8 strikeout-per-nine-inning guy again. I worry that if he loses his velocity, he won't be able to compete with his other pitches and he will drop off the table.
Note - Boone Logan had a fair debut today, even if he allowed two inherited runners to score. He had a +0.91 ERV, but that is mostly due to the fact that he bailed out Joe Crede's potentially costly (-0.92 ERV) error.
If you have not read it, you should check out Craig Burley's article on the Talent Gap between the American and National Leagues. Bottom line: the American League is even tougher this year. Burley thinks that a team has to get better by five wins to keep pace in the American League. Ouch.