Saturday, July 02, 2005

Paradise Regain'd(???!!!)

Far more critical alternative title: "Do we really need to go through this again? Rocket Bill, please do some work and debunk this crud!"

From Bill Ladson's MLB.com notes this evening:

The Nationals have inquired about Reds left-handers Eric Milton . . .

Freeze it. Stop right there. There are two other names that come after my self-imposed elipses, but I can't even focus on them.

Oh no.

A few days ago, just for kicks, I looked into the possibility that Eric Milton might be a decent fit for the Washington Nationals---seeing as RFK Stadium is a good pitcher's park that suppresses power and all.

And then I actually looked at the numbers, and I saw that the guy pukes the ol' Oreos even worse on the road---not just this year, but last year, too. Two years pitching in so-called bandboxes, two years giving up more homers on the road.

Well, there must be something else to it, right? Why else would the Nats be looking at this piece of navel lint, unless there was some basis for thinking that Milton could be corrected and help the Nats.

Lay it on us, Rocket Bill:

Milton is having a subpar season, going 3-9 with a 7.40 ERA, but the Nationals front office believes that Robert. F. Kennedy Stadium, which is a pitcher's ballpark, will cure his problems on the mound. The Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati is considered a hitter's paradise. Milton has given up 27 home runs this season.

That's it? That's all you're giving us, Ladson?


I don't want to be critical here, because the guy is obviously good at doing his job, and he doesn't need any pointers on doing his job. But I'll offer this piece of advice:

DON'T JUST TELL US WHAT BOWDEN TELLS YOU! AND DON'T JUST LOOK ON THE BACK OF THE GUY'S BASEBALL CARD! DO SOME FRIGGIN' RESEARCH, FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!!

Here, I shall provide ye a jump start:

 When/where  IP    HR  HR/9IP
 2005, home  58    15  2.33
 2005, road  35.2  12  3.03
 2004, home  104.1 20  1.73
 2004, road  96.2  23  2.14 


Does this tell us anything definitive? Maybe not. Does it tell us that Milton absolutely, positively would flop horribly if the Nats were to trade for him? Not really. Is it out of the question that a comfort zone in RFK could turn Milton back into the middling, yet competent, Milton used to be? No, not necessarily.

But it's important, wouldn't you think, to note that THE GUY HAS NOW GIVEN UP MORE HOMERS ON THE ROAD THAN AT HOME IN TWO STRAIGHT SEASONS, DESPITE PITCHING IN HOMER-FRIENDLY HOME PARKS?

We, the Nats Nation faithful, need to start some sort of movement. Our sign could read: "35.2, 12!" That should communicate enough.

I'd love for the beat reporters to get behind it, but whadya gonna do? Maybe we'll have to do it ourselves.

Or maybe St. Barry will kick the crap out of this tomorrow morning.

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