Wednesday, September 22, 2004


You're a General Manager with a choice between two pitchers. Which to you take?

Player A 82.1 IP, 1.20 ERA, 1.31 RA, 4.0 H/9, 2.2 BB/9, 15.0 K/9, 0.2 HR/9

Player B 93.1 IP, 1.16 ERA, 1.35 RA, 4.8 H/9, 1.7 BB/9, 11.4 K/9, 0.6 HR/9

As you might have guessed from that unworldly K/9, Player A is Eric Gagne during his 2003 Cy Young campaign in one of the most dominant seasons by a reliever in the history of the game.

Any guesses on Player B? I'm sure Aaron Gleeman knows. It's Johan Santana during the second half of this year. As a starter. Averaging nearly 7.1 IP per game.

The Twins have never looked so good going into the postseason.

Oh, and before I forget:

Eric Chavez .313 EqA
Alex Rodriguez .317 EqA

What's happened since last time? Pretty much what I expected: Rodriguez is improving his numbers against righties and at Yankee Stadium, inching him closer to his career mark for both. Meanwhile, Chavez continued to make gains against righties (he's currently hitting his career average of .304 GPA against them), but not nearly enough to offset the drop against left-handed pitching (down nearly 30 points to .306 GPA).

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