Game 33, White Sox At Mariners
Hernandez vs Humber, 7:10 pm.
Happy Felix Day!
Remember when we used to consider Felix inconsistent? Now, he’s actually maturing into one of the most consistent pitchers in baseball.
2009: 2.68 BB/9, 8.18 K/9, 53.4% GB%
2010: 2.52 BB/9, 8.36 K/9, 53.9% GB%
2011: 2.45 BB/9, 8.50 K/9, 50.7% GB%
His walk and strikeout rates have improved, but that’s mostly just changes in the league norms, as offense has declined over the last several years. By and large, Felix is putting up the same performance he did last year, which was also the same as the year before. He’s become a model of consistent dominance. Long Live The King.
We’ve talked a bit about how batting order doesn’t really matter all that much, and it’s basically true that there isn’t much of a difference in terms of expected run scoring between an optimally aligned line-up and one that is put together with gut feel and hunches. Still, I have to say that I’ve just about seen enough of this Miguel Olivo, Cleanup Hitter nonsense. Against lefties, fine, I get that there are no right-handed hitters with any thump on this team (besides Justin Smoak, who Wedge seems dead set against moving out of the #5 spot), but against right-handed hitters, Olivo is usually the second worst hitter in the line-up.
You know what he’s hitting against RHPs this year? .175/.221/.222. Small sample, you say? Sure, but his career line against RHPs is .229/.267/.390. Miguel Olivo is a lousy hitter whose one redeeming skill is being able to hit for some power against southpaws. When a right-hander starts, he has no redeeming offensive abilities. He should hit no higher than 8th vs RHPs. This is getting ridiculous.