Here’s an idea I’m instantly regretting: instead of empty open thread posts for playoff games, as we’ve done around here in years past, each day I’m going to attempt to have a hopefully-quick look around at some splits and stats and whatever else stands out on a Jays player’s 2013 season, because… what the hell else is there to do for the next month? Or the next week. Or just today– or however long I actually continue to follow through on this exercise.
5:00 PM ET – Pittsburgh vs. St. Louis – A.J. Burnett (1.7 rWAR) vs. Adam Wainwright (6.2 rWAR)
8:00 PM ET – Los Angeles vs. Atlanta – Clayton Kershaw (7.9 rWAR) vs. Kris Medlen (3.3. rWAR)
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Ricky Romero saw little of the big leagues this year, and it was still probably too much. He pitched 7.1 innings, giving up eleven hits, eight walks, and nine earned runs while striking out five. To call his season at Buffalo uneven is being overly kind, and so you’d almost be inclined to say that his season was defined by whatever happened to his relationship with the club and the looming questions about where it goes from here.
I would go another way, though. For me, Romero’s season was defined by this: .364/.462/.570.
That is, across all levels in 2013, how left-handed hitters fared against him. That’s… uh… that’s more than a shade better Mike Trout’s overall slash line of .323 /.432/.557. So… if you were a left-handed hitter in 2013 against Ricky Romero– himself a lefty– you hit better than the best player (and the second best hitter) in the universe.