Re: Did Bill James Denounce the Crawford FA contract offer?
posted at 10/6/2012 6:42 AM EDT
In response to moonslav59's comment:
Sox starters in 2012: ERA 5.19 / WHIP 1.417
(Blaming it on Fenway is a delusion: Team Home ERA 4.79 / Away ERA 4.65.)
Oh yeah, by the way, Wake in 2011: 5.12 / 1.355
Some "voodoo" numbers just for you:
2012 team ERA: w Shop 3.77 / w Salty 4.84 / w Lava 5.75
2011 team ERA: w VTek 3.57/ w Salty 4.62
2010 team ERA: w VTek 4.05 / w VMart 4.28
2009 team ERA: w VTek 3.87 / w VMart 5.22 / Kottaras 5.36
2008 team ERA: w VTek 3.66 / W Cash 4.81
That tells me confidence is a large part of the equation. Tek obviously was secure in what he did. Shop seemed to be with his demands of more playing time from a career part-timer. It's also the pitcher's confidence in the C.
I think, going forward, with the new manager....assuming the team backs Salty for at least another year, he will grow into a fine catcher that pitchers trust.
2012 was the first year Salty had a starting job for most of the season, and it happened to be during one of the worst seasons in Sox history, and that had little to do with him.