Thursday, May 06, 2004
Fish Fried: Marlins 2, Dodgers 0
Weaver did well -- finally -- giving up only five hits and two earned runs -- becoming the Dodgers' anti-Washburn, if you will -- while collecting four strikeouts in his 7.2 innings. His K/9 is now up to a very healthy 7.12, good for fifth on the team for pitchers with 10+ innings. Speaking of which, check this out:
Obviously, guys like Falkenborg aren't going to keep doing that -- not with 0.2 IP total -- but some good things are happening for our pitching staff here:
- The staff K/9 has improved quite a bit, with Gagné leading the way. Game Over rebounds from his early season shakiness to his phenominal form of the last two seasons.
- Duaner Sanchez is a very pleasant surprise, with a startlingly low ERA of 2.51 in 14.1 innings.
- Wilson Alvarez continues to be a solid Evans-era pickup. What I bet you didn't know is he's startlingly efficient: his pitches per inning pitched (P/IP) is 14.52, leading the club in that measure. Now that he's rejoined the rotation, we should start to see some good games come of it.
- Even more shocking is Ishii comes in second in that measure with a 15.51 P/IP. That represents a two pitch decline from his career average of 17.65, a Good Thing. The downside surprise with Kaz is his sudden amnesia about how to make strikeouts -- 3.98 K/9? That's flirting with ineffectiveness. At least partially in his defense, he pitched one game in Colorado that should have been called due to nasty weather. But he's got a long way to go to return to his 6.01 K/9 career average, which ought to concern Dodger fans.
- Jeff Weaver is now well over his career K/9 rate of 5.97. Chances are he'll return to earth, but it's a fine sign for him to get four against the Fish last night.