Monday, February 09, 2004
K/9 Ain't Everything
Except maybe not. Escobar topped Baseball Prospectus' worst signings list. Joe Sheehan, who wrote the article, claimed the Angels signed Escobar largely on the strength of his 2003 second half. Whether that's true or not, the longer-term view of Escobar's grass splits cast some doubt on his ability off the rug:
|Escobar Splits on Grass|
While McCracken would tell you to look skeptically at ERA, the encouraging thing is that his 2003 split occurred with more innings on grass. And speaking of McCracken, his 2003 DIPS numbers would seem to indicate he's getting shortchanged by his defense. While I'm feeling less certain about Escobar's future performance having read the BP article, there's enough positives that I think it was the right move for the team.