Baek isn’t durable
In response to some comments made on the broadcast tonight, I did a real quick and dirty check. In 2007, Baek made 12 starts for the M’s and went 70 1/3rd innings, in sometimes short-notice circumstances. That’s just shy of 6 innings a start, which isn’t all that great for a starter, no, on the face of it.
That’s better than everyone in the M’s rotation today except Felix. Better than Bedard, Washburn, Batista, and the guy he’s facing tonight, Silva. Of course we never get that kind of pointed criticism leveled against them, and I understand why — the broadcasts are there to sell the team, not to tell the truth. But there’s something particularly ugly about this attempt to slag a decent enough guy just because the M’s were ineptly run. It’d be like harping on how Norton could really only play the corner infield positions while we watch Turbo and Maxi-Turbo struggle to get their daily singles.
I’ve always thought Baek was a decent enough back-rotation guy with some attractive qualities, and if you remember I got pretty ticked when they threw him away for no reason. The least they could do is say nothing, and let that speak for the situation. This kind of pettiness does them no favors.