Sele v. Benoit (or Park, whichever) today
As the pride of Poulsbo prepares to take on one of his former teams today, MLB.com’s profile on Aaron Sele has some items of interest.
Multiple times, Sele says that inducing ground balls is the key to success for him. That may be true, but if so, it’s not a good thing. Check out his ground ball/fly ball ratio for the last few years compared to the rest of his career.
This is a flyball-oriented staff, and Sele is still more likely to induce a ground ball than Ryan Franklin or Jamie Moyer. But if Sele is hinging his hopes on returning to Jake Westbrook death-to-earthworms territory, I’m not sure that’s in the cards.
We all need confidence to succeed, though, and the veteran curveballer still has that. Here’s how he summarizes his fortunes last season:
“You can’t pitch more than five innings if the manager won’t let you,” said Sele, who was 9-4 for the AL West champions last season. “Mike (Scioscia) does things his way and it has worked for him. But I threw the ball real well (in 2004) and the team won 16 of my 24 starts.”
So 214 baserunners in 132 innings, an ERA over 5.00 and a one-to-one strikeout-to-walk ratio constitutes throwing the ball well? From where I sit, Scioscia pitching Sele no more than five innings at a time wasn’t a bad decision, it was a favor.
With Joaquin Benoit (Edit: actually Chan Ho Park) going for the Rangers, runs should be scored. Let’s hope they’re mostly Seattle runs.