After two months, I'm starting to get more on board with the idea of Dontrelle Willis as a lefty specialist out of the Phillies' bullpen.
I just took a glance at his situational stats, because those are the kind of things that I do when nobody is in the office to talk baseball with. I'm going to focus on 2010 and 2011, because I feel like that sample is most indicative of the Dontrelle Willis we're getting.
Here are Willis' stats the last 2 years against southpaw hitters:
2010: Faced 86 left-handed batters ... allowed 16 hits, including only 3 for extra bases ... had a K/BB ratio of 30/8. ... in all, allowed a line of .216/.294/.244 to lefties.
2011: Faced 60 left-handed batters ... allowed 7 hits, including only 2 for extra bases ... had a K/BB ratio of 20/2 ... in all, allowed a line of .127/.169/.183 to lefties.
In fairness, if you take a look at what Willis did on pitches 1-through-15 over the last two seasons, that should quell your excitement a little bit. But still, I am finally coming around to the low-risk, high-reward signing, even if I'm two months too late.