Friday, September 25, 2009
Starting pitcher: M.C. O'Connor
FanGraphs has Brian Wilson's season worth 2.4 WAR, which puts him just ahead of JSanchez and Zito for 3rd most valuable pitcher on the squad, trailing only Matt Cain (3.0) and the ridiculous Tim Lincecum (7.8). For batters, only Sandoval (4.2) and Uribe (2.6) rank higher. I don't think it takes sabermetric wizardry to know that Mr. Wilson has been a huge contributor this year, and that he has been even better than his breakout season last year. In 71 IP he's given up ony 60 hits, and has 80 K versus 26 BB. That was only the THIRD HOMERUN he's allowed in 2009! It is always ugly when your closer blows a game, and it is particularly agonizing with 2 outs and 2 strikes, but Wilson has been up to the task in those "high-leverage" situations more often than not, so I can't get too upset at him. He's another one of those cheap ($480,000/year) youngsters that will be back next year to form the nucleus of the 2010 club. In the end, Penny pitched a great game, and John "Dirtbag" Bowker got some big hits, but our wretched offense (10 strikeouts!) continues to be wretched, and we couldn't put enough runs on the board to win. Atlanta and Florida are now as close to the Wild Card as we are--doesn't that change things a bit? Isn't it time to give Buster Posey a start? Or, at least, bring him in instead of Eli "You've Been a Fine Backup But . . . " Whiteside? Waiting for Posey: a tragic existential drama you can't stop watching even if you want to. Maybe Tim can be ridiculous tonight and strike out a dozen guys or something.