A Few Thoughts- Lima, Halladay, Silva

This will be kind of a miscellaneous entry since I don’t have a lot of time to do a bunch of research on one topic.  I know it’s been a while since I last posted, but I’ve been busy with my first full week of work and I’ve also started a project related to this blog that hopefully I’ll be able to reveal before too long.  Without further ado…

Keep former Major Leaguer Jose Lima‘s friends and family in your thoughts as he unexpectedly died today from a heart attack at the age of 37.  I best remember him as a member of the Houston Astros, though he also spent time with the Tigers, Royals, Dodgers, and Mets.  His best season came with Houston in 1999 when he was an all-star and finished 4th in Cy Young voting with a 21-10 record and a 3.58 ERA.  He also posted a career high 187 K’s that year.  His most similar players (See here if you don’t know what I mean by this) are Brian Moehler, Eric Milton, and Sidney Ponson.  

The Red Sox Know How to Beat Roy Halladay

The Sox beat Halladay again today, and prove to be the toughest team against him.  Here are his career splits by opponent sorted by most losses (today’s is not included).

I Split W L ▾ W-L% ERA G CG SHO IP H ER HR BB SO WHIP
Boston Red Sox 14 14 .500 4.28 41 6 1 269.1 280 128 29 64 200 1.277
Tampa Bay Rays 12 11 .522 3.67 34 4 0 225.2 236 92 19 47 170 1.254
Texas Rangers 7 7 .500 5.36 20 4 0 124.1 144 74 13 32 98 1.416
New York Yankees 18 6 .750 2.84 37 7 3 247.1 221 78 23 54 190 1.112
Seattle Mariners 6 5 .545 2.51 15 4 3 97.0 92 27 5 19 63 1.144
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 8 5 .615 4.32 16 4 0 108.1 118 52 8 19 83 1.265
Oakland Athletics 6 4 .600 4.54 13 0 0 83.1 92 42 7 35 65 1.524
Chicago White Sox 5 4 .556 3.28 15 2 0 90.2 87 33 7 26 72 1.246
Baltimore Orioles 20 4 .833 2.89 31 1 0 193.0 189 62 16 39 111 1.181
Kansas City Royals 9 3 .750 2.65 14 4 1 102.0 87 30 10 21 61 1.059
San Francisco Giants 0 2 .000 7.23 3 0 0 18.2 25 15 2 5 14 1.607
New York Mets 3 2 .600 4.05 5 1 1 33.1 37 15 4 8 21 1.350
Detroit Tigers 12 2 .857 2.19 16 6 4 119.0 99 29 10 10 73 0.916
Cleveland Indians 6 2 .750 3.52 13 2 1 79.1 72 31 2 33 74 1.324
Chicago Cubs 0 2 .000 3.00 2 0 0 12.0 14 4 1 1 10 1.250
Washington Nationals 6 1 .857 2.43 10 0 0 66.2 56 18 6 10 53 0.990
Pittsburgh Pirates 1 1 .500 1.13 3 1 0 24.0 23 3 0 4 22 1.125
Minnesota Twins 8 1 .889 2.90 13 2 1 87.0 74 28 5 12 70 0.989
Milwaukee Brewers 0 1 .000 6.00 1 0 0 6.0 7 4 1 0 8 1.167
Florida Marlins 1 1 .500 3.71 3 0 0 17.0 21 7 1 2 11 1.353
St. Louis Cardinals 2 0 1.000 1.13 2 1 0 16.0 12 2 1 3 14 0.938
Philadelphia Phillies 0 0 2.45 2 0 0 3.2 2 1 0 1 3 0.818
Los Angeles Dodgers 3 0 1.000 1.50 3 1 0 24.0 15 4 1 6 13 0.875
Houston Astros 1 0 1.000 0.00 1 1 0 9.0 7 0 0 0 8 0.778
Colorado Rockies 1 0 1.000 1.17 2 1 1 15.1 12 2 0 2 8 0.913
Cincinnati Reds 1 0 1.000 3.68 2 0 0 14.2 17 6 2 6 14 1.568
Atlanta Braves 2 0 1.000 0.46 3 1 1 19.2 12 1 1 3 15 0.763
Arizona Diamondbacks 2 0 1.000 3.86 2 0 0 11.2 11 5 0 3 9 1.200
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/24/2010.
Carlos Silva is Really Good…?
Carlos Silva has baffled me and opposing hitters thus far, recording his 6th win tonight to improve to 6-0.  He becomes the first Cubs starter to do so since Ken Holtzman in 1967.  When interviewed after the game, Silva said, “It’s because they’ve been scoring a lot of runs…The whole rotation has been really good, but I’ve been getting more run support than anybody else.”  Of course I had to investigate.  Silva, after tonight, has received 6.67 runs of support per start.  The other Cubs starters rank as follows: 
Maybe Silva is on to something!  But there’s no denying that his 3.55 ERA is far and away better than his career mark of 4.66 and his 2009 mark of 8.60.
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One comment

  1. uuketch@gmail.com

    It’s strange how one team can dominate an otherwise dominant pitcher. I wonder how much of that is the pitcher allowing a team “to get in his head” so to speak. As far as Silva goes, I’m not convinced yet. Perhaps I’ll research the teams he has beaten and the opposing pitchers he gets matched with. What’s his place in the rotation? Is he only matched against #5 starters? Answers to those questions might tell us more. Hate to admit I actually remember watching Ken Holtzman pitch!

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