Re: Could Bard now be used as a trade chip?
posted at 12/15/2011 1:11 PM EST
In Response to Could Bard now be used as a trade chip?
[QUOTE]Since we just aquired Melachon could Bard become a key trading chip with Oakland to aquire both Gio Ganzalez and Andrew Bailey. If we would include Bard, Reddick, Ranauldo and Lavarnawey and maybe one more piece could this deal happen. As mitch Williams quoted on hot stove"Bard has proven he cannot pitch in the ninth inning". Bard seem reluctant to embrace the closer role. If we made this trade we could then move Aceves back to the bullpen and maybe sign Sauders as our #5. I wonder if Arizona would go for some kind of package of Bard and Ells for Upton. Just a thought guys.
Posted by bigdog1[/QUOTE]
So let me get this straight...because Daniel Bard had some issues last year during the eight inning
, he has "proven that he cannot pitch in the ninth inning"? Logic?!?
Let me also get this straight...because Bard was awesome, beyond elite for five months, but clearly, obviously lost his mechanics (which has been known to happen to hard throwers) in September, he "can't handle" a particular inning?
I also find it extremely ironic that Mitch Williams was the one who made this declaration. Let's compare their career numbers, shall we?Williams:
3.65 era, 1.564 whip(!), 8.6 K/9, 7.1 BB/9(!!!), 111 era+, 192 savesBard:
2.88 era, 1.056 whip, 9.7 K/9, 3.5 BB/9 (dropping annually), 154 era+, 5 saves
That's pure comedy! Considering that Williams was an atrocious walk guy, don't you think he should have been some kind of scary strikeout guy? Know how many seasons Williams had with a higher K/9 rate than Bard's CAREER rate? One
. If Bard "clearly cannot handle the ninth inning", I think Williams should be in a rush to pay the Cubs and Phillies back for all those save opportunities they wasted on him. Or maybe he should get off his high horse...