Uehara

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    Uehara

    Three saves and a win! The ALCS MVP---Who would have predicted this for him last spring? I guess Schwzer will win the Cy Young but if I had a vote I'd give it to Koji. And I'd tear up his contract and double his 2014 salary.

     
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    Three saves and a win! The ALCS MVP---Who would have predicted this for him last spring? I guess Schwzer will win the Cy Young but if I had a vote I'd give it to Koji. And I'd tear up his contract and double his 2014 salary.



    He'll get a 2014 Loaded Toyota Tundra!

     
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    His numbers since June have been Rivera-like. The boxscore today showed he threw zero balls last night.

     
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    His numbers since June have been Rivera-like. The boxscore today showed he threw zero balls last night.



    His splitters are also Rivera-esque.  They just disappear into the ground as it enters the zone.

     
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    The late movement on his pitches is simply fantastic. 

     
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    In response to 49thparallel's comment:

    His numbers since June have been Rivera-like. The boxscore today showed he threw zero balls last night.



    Since June he's been even better than Rivera.

     

     
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    Until the recent HR, he had not let up an HR since June 30th.

    He hasn't walked anyone since, I think, August 2nd.

     

     
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    2nd half 2013:

    Uehara   ERA 0.28/  WHIP 0.313

    (Opponents against: .087/.095/.136/.231)

     
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    In response to moonslav59's comment:

    2nd half 2013:

    Uehara   ERA 0.28/  WHIP 0.313

    (Opponents against: .087/.095/.136/.231)




    The common thing to say is that it is Mariano like, but it isnt because I dont think Mariano ever had a 2nd half that good. I am not sure any closer ever has.

     
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    Koji's 2013 WHIP of .565 is better than Rivera's best season of .665.  Kimbrel's best is .654, last year.

     
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    The alltime record for single season WHIP was Pedro's .737 in 2000.  Not sure if you can find the record for relievers.

     
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    I checked fangraphs since 1974:

    1) 2013 Uehara 0.57

    2) 1989 Eckersley 0.61

    3) 1990 Eckersley 0.61

    4) 2012 Kimbrel 0.65

    5) 2008 Rivera  0.67

     

    11) 2011 Uehara 0.72

     

    14) 2007 Papelbon 0.77

     

    22) 1991 Jeff Gray 0.79

     

    Since 1914:

    Nothing changes except...

    29) 1966 Hoyt Wilhelm 0.82

     

     
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    This is not a fluke by Uehara. He's had a super low WHIP for 3 years.

    This guy is for real.

    These numbers show the dominace:

    2011-2013 WHIP

    Uehara 0.64

    Kimbrel 0.87

    Romo  0.89

    Jansen 0.91

    Motte  0.94

    Clippard 0.94

    Rivera  0.97

    Janssen 0.98

    Avilan 0.98

    Doolittle 1.01

    #29 Jake McGee 1.10

     

    The differential between #1 Uehara and #2 Kimbrel is the same as the differential between #2 Kimbrel abd #29 McGee.

    Uehara is leeps and bounds ahead of the pack.

     

     
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    So what you're saying is that Uehara has had the best single season for any reliever ever?

     
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    the guy just flat out throws strikes and gets it done...i like/respect that he also goes about the business of getting people out very Rivera-like...no throat slashes or fist pump screams..or wanna be archers :-)

     
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    i love how happy he is after the final out is made.  pure joy.  like he is a rookie.  so great to see.  and he does it innocently...not trying to show up the other team (as jetes pointed out)....

     
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    So what you're saying is that Uehara has had the best single season for any reliever ever?



    In terms of WHIP, yes.

    But also, his 3 year run averages out to be better than Mariano ever had for even just one season!

     
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    i love how happy he is after the final out is made.  pure joy.  like he is a rookie.  so great to see.  and he does it innocently...not trying to show up the other team (as jetes pointed out)....



    Yeah, and his hugs with teammates have moved me to tears a couple times.  Especially when Papi picks him up and chucks him over his back.

     
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    So, a person like myself would ask the question that no one else dares to ask:

    What the hell were they thinking???, why wasn't this guy put in as the closer from day 1?

    These front office people, scouts and coaches all have access to all this info plus pages of other stuff we don't have.

    What were they thinking with Hanrahan and Bailey ahead of him on the depth chart?

    Only thing I can think is that Hanrahan bribed somebody with chicken and beer...does John Henry or Larry Lucchino like chicken and beer?

     

     
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    In response to SpacemanEephus' comment:

    In response to slasher9's comment:

    i love how happy he is after the final out is made.  pure joy.  like he is a rookie.  so great to see.  and he does it innocently...not trying to show up the other team (as jetes pointed out)....



    Yeah, and his hugs with teammates have moved me to tears a couple times.  Especially when Papi picks him up and chucks him over his back.




    Spaceman, there is no crying in baseball.

     
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    In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:

    In response to SpacemanEephus' comment:

    In response to slasher9's comment:

    i love how happy he is after the final out is made.  pure joy.  like he is a rookie.  so great to see.  and he does it innocently...not trying to show up the other team (as jetes pointed out)....



    Yeah, and his hugs with teammates have moved me to tears a couple times.  Especially when Papi picks him up and chucks him over his back.




    Spaceman, there is no crying in baseball.



    Yell

     
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    In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:

    So, a person like myself would ask the question that no one else dares to ask:

    What the hell were they thinking???, why wasn't this guy put in as the closer from day 1?

    These front office people, scouts and coaches all have access to all this info plus pages of other stuff we don't have.

    What were they thinking with Hanrahan and Bailey ahead of him on the depth chart?

    Only thing I can think is that Hanrahan bribed somebody with chicken and beer...does John Henry or Larry Lucchino like chicken and beer?

     



    Zill, the conventional "wisdom" followed by Baltimore and Texas before this year, was that uehara, given his age and amount of wear and tear, was awesome but couldn;t handle the closer load and needed to be carefully babied in order to keep him from breaking down.

    The Sox showed the same approach until necessity dictated that they throw that caution to the wind.  

     
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    In response to SpacemanEephus's comment:

    In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:

    So, a person like myself would ask the question that no one else dares to ask:

    What the hell were they thinking???, why wasn't this guy put in as the closer from day 1?

    These front office people, scouts and coaches all have access to all this info plus pages of other stuff we don't have.

    What were they thinking with Hanrahan and Bailey ahead of him on the depth chart?

    Only thing I can think is that Hanrahan bribed somebody with chicken and beer...does John Henry or Larry Lucchino like chicken and beer?

     



    Zill, the conventional "wisdom" followed by Baltimore and Texas before this year, was that uehara, given his age and amount of wear and tear, was awesome but couldn;t handle the closer load and needed to be carefully babied in order to keep him from breaking down.

    The Sox showed the same approach until necessity dictated that they throw that caution to the wind.  



    Space, you are correct and that demonstrates a major flaw in how teams judge pitcher workloads....they will tell you Koji can't pitch back to back days, or heaven forbid 3 days in a row, because they are viewing him in the context of all other pitchers and his age, but when a guy is getting a 3 out ninth inning save by throwing 11, 12 pitches, most of which are less stressful because no one is one base and he is ahead in the count, it is alot different than another closer getting the same 3 outs but throwing double or triple the pitches....for Koji it is almost like he was warming up in the BP!

     
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    In response to tomnev's comment:

    In response to SpacemanEephus's comment:

    In response to ZILLAGOD's comment:

    So, a person like myself would ask the question that no one else dares to ask:

    What the hell were they thinking???, why wasn't this guy put in as the closer from day 1?

    These front office people, scouts and coaches all have access to all this info plus pages of other stuff we don't have.

    What were they thinking with Hanrahan and Bailey ahead of him on the depth chart?

    Only thing I can think is that Hanrahan bribed somebody with chicken and beer...does John Henry or Larry Lucchino like chicken and beer?

     



    Zill, the conventional "wisdom" followed by Baltimore and Texas before this year, was that uehara, given his age and amount of wear and tear, was awesome but couldn;t handle the closer load and needed to be carefully babied in order to keep him from breaking down.

    The Sox showed the same approach until necessity dictated that they throw that caution to the wind.  



    Space, you are correct and that demonstrates a major flaw in how teams judge pitcher workloads....they will tell you Koji can't pitch back to back days, or heaven forbid 3 days in a row, because they are viewing him in the context of all other pitchers and his age, but when a guy is getting a 3 out ninth inning save by throwing 11, 12 pitches, most of which are less stressful because no one is one base and he is ahead in the count, it is alot different than another closer getting the same 3 outs but throwing double or triple the pitches....for Koji it is almost like he was warming up in the BP!



    No doubt.  Uehara turned out to be the exception the usage rule that was created especially for him.

     
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