Wrapping Up The Silva Thing
Last post on this, I promise. But, since Geoff responded, I might as well set the record straight. After Jeff and I both pointed out last night that the whole mechanical change thing didn’t cause Silva’s sinker to drop any more than it did in his last start, he had this to say:
As for whether or not Silva is spinning yarns about his sinker, first off, the effectiveness of a sinker won’t always correalate to how much it drops.
Now, keep in mind, this is what he wrote last night.
Silva has been working all year to figure out why his sinker isn’t working the way he’d like. It isn’t sinking much. That’s a big reason why he needed 100 pitches to get through five innings against the Tigers last Thursday.
Or, if you want a summation of how this conversation went:
Baker: Silva’s sinker hasn’t been sinking, and that’s why he’s been getting torched. But he fixed that, and look at how awesome he is now.
Dave/Jeff: Actually, his sinker didn’t sink any more last night than it did against Detroit.
Baker: Uhh, I didn’t mean the mechanical change helped give him more sink (even though that’s what I wrote), I meant it gave him better command.
Dave/Jeff: Yeah, okay, whatever.
I’m not going to argue against a moving target. If he wants to change his argument because we discredited his first one, that’s fine – his new one isn’t any better, but I’ll let you guys all see right through that one and leave it alone.
But, he did toss out one more point that I’ll address quickly:
Unfortunately, or perhaps, fortunately for you, I don’t keep a list of fan favorite players (Ichiro, Beltre, Bedard, Clement, Hernandez) or whipping boys (Sexson, Vidro, Batista, Washburn, Silva). We call them like we see them here. The popular and unpopular guys are all treated the same way.
If you notice, the group that he thinks we are biased towards have something in common, as do the group that he thinks we’re biased against – Group A is full of good players, while Group B is full of disastrously awful players. We like good players who help teams win, and unlike beat writers who focus on things like clubhouse intangibles and ERA, we actually can tell which players can help teams win and which players can’t.