Delcarmen and his role thus far in 2008…
July 4th, 2008 by czar

Who do the Sox trust?  Delcarmen?  He has sucked most of the year but failing to cover first base tonight was inexcusable.  I don’t know what his problem is but he needs to remember that he is nothing more than a marginal MLB reliever… and that’s if his head is not up his ass.

Oki?  Not this year.  You just don’t know what you are going to get with him.  The same is true of Aaaaaaaaardsma, Lopez and Timlin.  Smith hasn’t been up long enough to get a read either way.

Hyperbole. Yes, Delcarmen sucked balls tonight, but to say he’s sucked “most of the year” is ridiculous. He had been practically lights out for the last two and a half months.

Aardsma is floating a tidy little xERA of 2.77. He’s been just fine this year– better lately.

Hansen? A problem. Okajima (lately)? Garbage. Timlin? Cooked. Lopez? Somehow surviving with awful periphs.

But the other two have pitched better than 80% of relievers in the American League.

Between 5/2 and 5/18 Demcarmen pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up 7 hits and 3 ER. I don’t consider that very good. Perhaps you do. Since 5/18 (until last night) he was very good.

My point, however, stands. He has a a good month and a half stretch following a month and a half of suck.

Well fine, if you want to play the small sample size game, between 4/6 and 4/20 he went 5 2/3 IP, allowing 1 ER, 3 H, and struck out 7, so there’s an offsetting 2 weeks in April…

Fact of the matter is that Delcarmen had a blip from April 21st to May 4th and June 28th through now. Other than that he’s been at least adequate, usually good, and sometimes great.

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