Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Ervin Santana Bombs In Arlington: Rangers 7, Angels 1
The real problem was that the Angels' offense never bothered to show up. Nine Angels struck out — predictably, Mark Trumbo did so twice, but unexpectedly, the other double-whiffer was Bobby Abreu. At least there was only one GIDP: Torii Hunter's, also somewhat of a surprise, though he seems to be doing that a fair amount this year. He's already got seven of the damn things this year, which would put him on a pace for an eye-popping 61 if extrapolated to the 646 plate appearances he made last year. This needs to stop, now.
Brian -- you're talking like someone you actually didn't watch Torii last year. And you can actually read up on how the metric is calculated before you criticize it.
As a smart catcher, Bengie knows exactly when he can advance, and does so, and never tries to advance when he cannot. Meanwhile, a full 70% of Hunter's negative value came from trying to take a base when he could not. He erased himself 12 times last year with a CS, while only successfully swiping a base 9 times. He was simply ghastly, and he repeated his mistakes again and again.