Beerleaguer doesn’t actually maintain a mailbag, but I received a handful of e-mails this morning and decided to cobble together a quick post. Ladies and gentlemen, this is that post.
“How about Ryan Madson? Here's his breakdown: 3-run lead: 2-0; 2-run lead: 2-2; 1-run lead: 4-4. He has one save where he entered with more than a 3-run lead and inherited baserunners. A 9-6 mark in save opportunities doesn't sound too good. But let's look at Madson's "hold" record as well. The breakdown: 3-run lead: 10-0; 2-run lead: 6-2; 1-run lead: 9-1.
“So, overall, when Madson enters the game with a lead, here's how he fares: 3-run lead: 12-0; 2-run lead: 8-4; 1-run lead: 13-5. These totals are surprisingly close to Broxton's. When Madson enters a game with a 3-run lead, he has never lost that lead (12-0). Broxton is 11-1. In 1-run games, Madson is 13-5 vs Broxton's 13-3. Of course, Broxton is finishing these games, and Madson is passing the game on to Lidge. I think Madson can close. He just needs to be given the job and allowed to make the mental adjustment to be successful. He's got the stuff.” - George
Beerleaguer: George is correct in saying Madson is the lesser evil to nail down the ninth, but I don't follow the same logic presented here to arrive at that conclusion.
Ruiz CERA: “There’s an infrequently mentioned stat about the staff’s much better ERA when Carlos Ruiz catches. I can’t find it, but maybe you can. As I recall it is a key indicator of Phillies pitching and therefore team success. Get Ruiz back and maybe we’ll see better starts and relief pitching over the next several days, which might be margin enough to win two or three games with the offense in its current state." – Rick
Beerleaguer: Thanks for checking in, Rick. Ruiz has a 3.99 CERA, which is sixth among all Major League qualified catchers. The reason CERA isn't discussed more is that many Beerleaguers believe it's a bogus stat that proves nothing except the quality of a pitching staff. Nevertheless, there's a reason Chooch is the starting catcher: he's the best handler they've got.
Township should ban plastic deer: "Normally, I would NEVER raise the issue, but something must be done about the outrageous number of fake plastic deer in the Green Valley View II Subdivision. It's causing nearby motorists to hit the brakes! These hazardous decorations MUST BE BANNED!" – Verna
Link: Finally, MLBTR has a rundown of next season’s free agent crop of closers and relievers. Well worth a read since it's numero uno on the Phillies’ list of off-season priorities. Read it here.