Re: A Realistic Look at 2011: Part III
posted at 9/19/2011 7:51 PM EDT
In Response to Re: A Realistic Look at 2011: Part III
[QUOTE]I agree with your post, but would like to add to this... Passed balls and wild pitches are part of the package with Wake and always have been. They probably contribute to the relatively good starter's WHIP and scary bad ERA. Yes, the PBs and WPs contribute to Wake's poor ERA, but the fact is, some catchers lessened that effect much better than Salty has the last 4-6 weeks or so. It's not easy to catch a knuckler, just as it is not easy to hit one either. Salty seemed to do better earlier in the season, not just with Wake, but with others as well (in terms of blocking the plate).
Posted by moonslav59[/QUOTE]I don't diagree in principle but the answer isn't Jason Varitek and it would be the catcher to an extent bailing out the pitcher, not the catcher's failure because it is very hard to catch.
Salty hasn't been great back there but I have a tendancy with with Wake in particular to not blame catchers, which I think is how Wake has always approached it too, much like he did with Bard when he all those problems catching Wake leading to the motorcade from Logan for Mirabelli.
While Salty has a slightly bigger than normal 5 hole, his ability to throw out runners actually helped Wake. I think there have been more CS this year than there were in many a moon with Wake pitching.
I personally think strong glove hand is more important than fundemental blocking when catching Wakefield, a primary reason Tek hasn't been terribly good at, in spite of his solid fundementals in blocking. When the RS decieded to take the career AAA catcher Molina last year to catch Wake when VMart went down I think it says a lot about the RS assessment of Tek's abilities to catch Wake. No knock on Tek though, it is a freaky weird pitch.
End of the day Wake is leaving a lot of KBalls high and flat in zone at very bad moments and those aren't that hard to hit. He has had his share of surrendered leads or giving back runs his offense just got him.
I know he isn't alone. But he isn't 32 and still owed over $50M like Lackey and has little promise to be a servicable pitcher for 4-5 years like Weiland or Miller might.
I got why the RS kept him on the 25 man all year once you pointed out the roster implications but it hasn't worked as most of hoped it would. Aside from arguing others have suked as much or more this year, there is little argument he hasn't gotten it done with any consistency since his back injury in mid 2009 and to me scape goating the catcher, the defense or anything else blurs that fact at this point.