Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Cleveland 8, White Sox 2

Here's the ERV Boxscore for today's game:

Batter 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th B/R Total
Pods -0.24 -0.34 -0.24 -0.2369 -1.05
Cintron 0.27 -0.35 0.27 -0.1721 0.02
Thome -0.31 1.00 0.63 -0.1075 1.22
Konerko -0.24 -0.24 -1.18 -0.24 -1.89
Dye -0.24 -0.17 -0.24 -0.17 -0.82
Pierzynski -0.17 -0.11 0.27 -0.11 -0.12
Crede -0.11 -0.24 0.87 0.52
Mackowiak 0.38 -0.17 -0.04 0.17
Uribe -0.21 -0.11 -0.37 -0.69
Total -2.65

Pitcher ERV
Garcia -3.89
Logan 0.91
Cotts 0.03
Jenks 0.52
Total -2.43


Crede: -0.92 ERV

Player of the Game: Jim Thome

ESPN game wrap up. Box score.

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.

[EDIT: The Trib, the Sun-Times and the Southtown share the concern about Freddy.]

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.

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