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Tuesday, March 30, 2004

Mizuo's Japanese Stats

I forgot to check Mizuo's Japanese stats. Looks like his 2003 was spent recuperating from an injury (or else he was awfully ineffective) based on the few innings he pitched. His career 3.42 ERA looks like it's been based on his good years, but he's been all over the place. Given how few innings he's pitched, I would bet he's been used as a LOOGY (Lefty One Out GuY, as coined by Baseball Prospectus), and his ERAs reflect sample size issues. His 2002 ERA of 1.80 is pretty decent, but his 3.99 the year before rings the klaxons. He might be usable, but more likely, I bet he'll leave the Angels wishing they still had Schoeneweis in their pen, especially given his age.

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