Re: Please apologize louder so Mr. Wakefield can hear you.
posted at 5/28/2011 3:44 PM EDT
In Response to Re: Please apologize louder so Mr. Wakefield can hear you.
[QUOTE]Saltatinesmanofralphmacchia said "the more he pitches the more he is comfortable." Wakefield has hinted many times that he does not like to throw in the pen, and he is not a 1-inn or 2-inn pitcher. Those are not his ike forte (former pat running back). He was given a limit of 85 pitches by Tito, who yanked him after 83 through 7 innings. Maybe the fact is he's throwing better now than when he used to mix in the fastball and the curve. He mixed in the curve when he wasn't throwing strikes, the fastball as well when he was at 3-0 counts when he wasn't sharp. When he is on, he throws exclusively or close to it knuckleballs because well, no one's hitting them well. As for Lackey, I'm not going to rip a guy whose wife has cancer although I roughed him up in previous post (Sorry, JL). Suffice to say, he would do better off for everyone by going home, taking care of his wife, family, and coming back with a different frame of mind next year. That's because he's a human being and has the right to go on "leave" to take care of his personal issues/problems. He should.
Posted by dannycater[/QUOTE]
I'm not going to hold any previous comments about Lackey against you, and he needs to do what's best for him and his family, I completely agree.
Now back to Wake. I agree that Wake is far more effective as a starter, before the season began I wrote a post outlining Wake's 2010 season with a stat breakdown for relief appearances/spot starts and outings where he was consistently starting (at least back to back starts counting start 2 as a consistent start). The findings were pretty dramatic showing that Wake was actually very servicable in a consistent starting role compared to relief/spot start duty.
I actually missed a stretch of gems when checking game logs for a previous post, Wake had 3 straight QS's from 6/19 - 7/2, so my apologies for that. He only one 1 of those outings. However, I maintain that it is rare for Wake to string together high quality starts the knuckleball is too unpredictable for prolonged consistency.
One of the big changes this year is that Wake is throwing his curve more than in the past (6.2%, his highest level since 2004) and as hard as he's thrown it since 2002 (63.2 mph). Meanwhile his FB rate is at a low (since 2002 earliest records I have) of 4.8%.
Hopefully the success continues, but I'm expecting a bumpier ride than we've seen from Wake so far. He'll throw gems one day and then get blasted the next. That's just how it goes.