Tuesday, October 16, 2007
There's not much to write about, but last night watching the end of the Rockies/D-Backs game I got to thinking about LaTroy Hawkins.
And congratulations to the Rockies. Even though they got really lucky in game four (pop up double, error) they really kicked ass in the first three games. After the cheapie double you could really feel the whole game shift.
Also, it's awesome and everything that they have won 20 of their last 21 games, but can we please not compare them to the greatest streaks ever? For some bizarre reason they went ahead and did this on TBS last night. Comparing the Rockies to the UCLA Bruins of college hoops, Miami Dolphins, Oklahoma for college football, and the LA Lakers. But you know what, those teams all won a whole assload of consecutive games. If you're going to compare, at least use the '35 Cubs or '02 A's. That doesn't make sense either, but at least it's the same sport.
Anyway, Hawkins had pretty decent numbers, but was 0-5 in save situations, not surprising given his history here in Minnesota. I was curious, so I looked and his stats for this year were:
Save Situations: 0-2, 5 g, 3 ips, 10 hits, 2 walks, 9 ERs, 0 K's, for an ERA of 27.00 and a WHIP of 4.00
Non-Save Sits: 2-3, 57 g, 48.1 ips, 42 h, 14 walks, 12 ERs, 29 K's, for an ERA of 2.23 and a WHIP of 1.16.
So it's safe to say LaTroy Hawkins is a lousy starter, a horrible closer, and a pretty darn good set up guy. Remember in the three years he was primarily a setup guy for the Twins (with a disastrous closer reason mixed in) he posted ERAs of 3.39, 2.13, and 1.86 with over sixty appearances in each of those seasons.
I guess the point of this is:
1. Hawkins hasn't had nearly as bad a career as I thought. My perceptions are colored by his poor closing outings.
2. I'm pretty bored.