Wednesday, January 10, 2007

The Value Of Throwing With Your Left Arm

In November, the Mets allowed the Baltimore Orioles to out bid them for 32 year old right-handed Chad Bradford's services, refusing to match Baltimore's three-year, $10.5 million offer.

Today, the Mets reached a preliminary agreement with 33 year old left-handed reliever Scott Schoeneweis on a $10.8 million, three-year contract.

Chad Bradford's career numbers: 27-18, 3.40 ERA, 6.16 K's per 9 innings
Scott Showenwise's career numbers: 43-47, 5.01 ERA, 5.18 K's per 9 innings

More career numbers:

Batting average against:
Schoenweis: .273
Bradford: .255

K's to BB's ratio:
Schoenwies: 1.44
Bradford: 2.51

Wild Pitches:
Schonwiezer: 21 (in 818 innings)
Bradford: 4 (in 381 innings)

OK, to be fair I'll give you one thing that Showinwise has over Chad Bradford. For the past three seasons, left handed hitters have a .402 on base percentage against Chad Bradford. Scotty Boy has kept lefties to .295 OBP. For that reason (presumably), his wallet is also now $300,000 heavier.

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