Parting is such sweet sorrow.
However, with an epic 11 game losing streak, and a team pitching performance that Peter Gammons would consider plops, the hammer came down on our old buddy, Scott Radinsky. Whether it was a deserved canning remains to be seen, it was one that was in the making for quite some time. Let’s have a peek at the Indians numbers thus far in 2012, where we currently see them in 3rd place in the AL Central, 9 games back from the division leading Chicago White Sox, and 8 games back in the Wild Card hunt:
|Indians||52||60||32||439||112||996.1||6.68||3.58||1.02||0.298||67.9 %||46.8 %||11.1 %||4.73||4.36||4.4||7.8|
*statistics courtesy of Fangraphs*
Overall, not very inspiring, especially if consider these AL rankings:
ERA – 13th place out of 14 teams
WAR – 12/14
FIP – 12/14
xFIP – 12/14
Looking at the ERA/FIP/xFIP relationship, we see that Indians pitchers haven’t run into much bad luck, or poor defensive play behind them – all stats are closely grouped numerically, consistent with most of the fault lying upon the shoulders of the pitcher in terms of poor outings. The team BABIP also jives closely with overall AL BABIP, which is 0.300; when a pitch gets hit, it’s a hit, versus a lazy flyball or a grounder.
Individually, no one on the roster is having a fantastic season – a team WAR of almost 8 attests to that. As a comparison, Justin Verlander, on his own, has a WAR of 4.8. When the pitcher who as 5th on the team with a healthy 1.1 WAR is designated for assignment, it doesn’t say much for the level of talent or output Cleveland has produced. One bright spot has been Vinnie Pestano, the sidearming short reliever that has done a more than honourable job helping out Chris Perez hold down the late innings, in those fleeting occurrences when the starters have put Cleveland in position for a win. With a WAR of 1.5, and a MLB reliever leading 3.94 WPA, Pestano has done much to make Radinsky happy with his outings.
In the end, it was going to take more than a short reliever’s breakout year to keep the Indians chugging along, Radinsky in tow. Underahieving years thus far from Ubaldo Jimenez, and Justin Masterson, combined with the shaky production of closer Perez have done much to put Cleveland in the hole they find themselves in. Moving forward, it will take the tutelage, and cajoling of interim pitching coach Ruben Niebla to right the ship.
As we have seen in my previous post on Rad, when one chapter closes, he peacefully moves on to the next, more often than not finding success just as great as the previous. The selfish part of me hopes that he takes the time away from baseball to make more music, perhaps moving on to reinvigorate the Nardcore scene he helped establish.
Whatever the next stop is, I hope to see Rad in the limelight Another Day