Game 7, Athletics at Mariners
RHP Rich Harden v RHP Joel Pineiro. 1:05, FSN.
2004 ended with an elbow strain. He missed a fairly large chunk of time to start 2005 with shoulder stiffness. His release point and mechanics were horrible for most of the season and his velocity was significantly down.
After the elbow injury, his strikeout rate dove and never recovered. The walk rate’s been about the same, the HR rate’s the same. He just wasn’t getting the strikeouts anymore.
By year, since 2001:
The league average is about 16%. In game terms, that’s a stikeout in every start, and that’s a significant effect on his success. Dave’s talked recently about how the difference between Pineiro and Meche is that Pineiro’s worth something, but this Pineiro — the guy with the hittable fastball who seems to be converting into a Bosio junkballer kinda role — isn’t a whole lot of help to a team trying to compete, either.
May he now have a stellar night to show me up.
Carl Everett watch: