In response to Hfxsoxnut's comment:
In response to moonslav59's comment:
Sometimes observations can be deceiving, and also one can become set in one's ways and see what they want to see.
Case: I was pretty harsh on Salty last winter. I did not like the way he handled the staff, or how he blocked the plate or threw out runners. The poor start the Sox staff had last April only furthered my frustration with Salty.
harness pointed out in mid-May that Salty appeared to be doing much better with the staff and behind the plate. I hadn't noticed and might not have all year had he not asked me to watch more closely. I did, and I saw a big change from 2011 and early April of 2012.
Then, I went back and looked at the numbers pre-April 23, 2012 and after. The numbers backed up the claim by harness and my new observational perspective. Salty's CERA declined a lot and his PBs and WPs as well (even if you take out the Wake games).
It would have been easy for me to get lazy and look at just the 2012 numbers and conclude that Salty was not getting better, but in fact he was (post 4/23/12).
I, on the other hand, am still very skeptical about Salty.
Moon, have you checked Salty's CERA for August-September of last year? I suspect it was pretty bad again in those months, and that the good stretch was May, June, and July.
I ahve the breakdown somewhere, and I do recall he dipped a bit late in the season, but not much.
His biggest gains were in less PBs and WPs per game than 2011 games without Wake. He nearly cut the rate in half.
I am still skeptical about salty as well. One issue I wanted some evidence last year on was his durability and stamina, however, when they brought up Lava and played him so much, they kind of ruined that experiment.
I did a study on Salty on offense after a day off, and his numbers were better, but not greatly so.
On the SB%, it's hard to know how much of his poor rate had to do with poor team philosophy about holding runners along with pitchers that were poor at holding runners even when they tried. Salty's footwork is not very good when setting to throw, but that may be something he can still improve.
On CERA, Lester's velocity was down, so I can't blame that on Salty. Injuries and second rate starters didn't help either. The pen was taxed. Salty was the catcher in a few massive blowouts that really hit his CERA numbers. It will be interesting to see how this year goes.