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DumpJerry
10-02-2012, 02:21 PM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-aj-provides-scouting-report-on-santiagos-starting-chances-in-13-20121002,0,2031442.story

He is positive about it, but not glowing.

soxfanatlanta
10-02-2012, 02:41 PM
I rarely take any September performance from young players seriously.

KyWhiSoxFan
10-02-2012, 02:44 PM
I'm really optimistic about the pitching the Sox have for next year. The four-man lefty options as starters of Sale, Quintana, Danks, and Santiago is solid. One of those (Santiago) will have to be in the pen at the start of the year, unless they go with an unconventional 4 lefties and 1 righty rotation.

I would prefer Quintana over Santiago as a starter since Santiago has experience in the pen and Quintana seems more suited as a starter.

KyWhiSoxFan
10-02-2012, 02:49 PM
I rarely take any September performance from young players seriously.

You mean September performances after the team has been eliminated and they're playing another non-contender.

The early September performances are very important--notably this year in the midst of a pennant race--and the rookie pitchers generally did well. I think the problems they had as a group was general fatigue from a long season and the lack of veteran starters to eat innings earlier in the season to make it easier on them later.

Santiago had a good year. But, no, he is not going to pitch a one-hitter every time out next year.

Chez
10-02-2012, 03:04 PM
I rarely take any September performance from young players seriously.\

See Brent Morel; September 2011.

DSpivack
10-02-2012, 03:04 PM
You mean September performances after the team has been eliminated and they're playing another non-contender.

The early September performances are very important--notably this year in the midst of a pennant race--and the rookie pitchers generally did well. I think the problems they had as a group was general fatigue from a long season and the lack of veteran starters to eat innings earlier in the season to make it easier on them later.

Santiago had a good year. But, no, he is not going to pitch a one-hitter every time out next year.

Brent Morel had a fantastic September last season.

asindc
10-02-2012, 03:36 PM
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See Brent Morel; September 2011.

Brent Morel had a fantastic September last season.

I won't make an assessment of Morel until he comes back completely healthy next year. I wonder how much of his poor play was due to being injured.

TDog
10-02-2012, 03:47 PM
You mean September performances after the team has been eliminated and they're playing another non-contender.

The early September performances are very important--notably this year in the midst of a pennant race--and the rookie pitchers generally did well. I think the problems they had as a group was general fatigue from a long season and the lack of veteran starters to eat innings earlier in the season to make it easier on them later.

Santiago had a good year. But, no, he is not going to pitch a one-hitter every time out next year.

The White Sox weren't eliminated going into the game. But in any case, a mid-season performance can be just as misleading as a September performance, even in a pennant race if you are going to judge a pitcher on one game. The list of major league pitchers who come up and impress for three months and never approach that consistently in their careers again is a long one. In the end, you don't even know if Quintana has a career as a solid starter in front of him, despite doing so well when the games were more important.

The A's in recent history have had a bunch of starters come up and look great and soon struggle, usually with arm trouble figuring into it. Vin Mazarro made his debut taking a shutout into the seventh against the White Sox before coming out. In his next start, he took a shutout into the eighth against the Orioles. He pitched four shutout innings against the Giants in his third start before Tim Lincecum and Aaron Rowand got hits to cap a three-run fifth inning and he has struggled since, this year making headlines by giving up 7 earned runs in miserable 1.1 innings when the Royals just left him out there as if it were a spring training game.

But in 1970 with the A's out of the race, September callup Vida Blue pitched a one-hit shutout against the expansion Royals after the worst White Sox team in franchise history roughed him up in his previous start. Two starts later, he no-hit the Twins, who were coasting to the AL West title -- up 8.5 games with nine left to play. The next season, Blue with his 1.82 starter's ERA was the reason Wilbur Wood didn't win the Cy Young in his first 20-win season with an ERA of 1.91.

It isn't that anyone can go in an shut down a major league team, especially now when starting pitchers aren't expected to pitch nine innings. What a pitcher has done doesn't tell you what he will do in the future. It may tell you what he has the ability to do under opimimum conditions. It doesn't tell you how he can adjust to the adjustments other players are making. It doesn't tell you how he can pitch with a dead arm, which all quality starters have to do over the course of a season. It doesn't even tell you how well he can pitch out of the stretch, although there are statistics that attempt to do that.

Santiago pitched a great game. It may have told you more if it were against the Tigers. But even then, it wouldn't have told you if he could be a consistently strong starter in the future.

LITTLE NELL
10-02-2012, 05:05 PM
I'm really optimistic about the pitching the Sox have for next year. The four-man lefty options as starters of Sale, Quintana, Danks, and Santiago is solid. One of those (Santiago) will have to be in the pen at the start of the year, unless they go with an unconventional 4 lefties and 1 righty rotation.

I would prefer Quintana over Santiago as a starter since Santiago has experience in the pen and Quintana seems more suited as a starter.

Back in 1979 we had 4 lefty starters that we all thought would lead us to the WS for years. Steve Trout, Ken Kravec, Tex Wortham and Ross Baumgarten all were .500 or better for a team that was 14 games under .500.
That was the high watermark and by 1982 they were either traded or out of Baseball. Lets hope the current crop does better.

Foulke You
10-02-2012, 05:26 PM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/whitesox/chi-aj-provides-scouting-report-on-santiagos-starting-chances-in-13-20121002,0,2031442.story

He is positive about it, but not glowing.
I think the screwball is the key pitch for Santiago as a starter. It's the pitch that won him the closer job but he eventually lost the feel for it during the season and only had sporadic control of it after that. If he ever gets full command of that pitch, I feel he can have success as a starter since he has a plus fastball and a decent curve.

Brian26
10-02-2012, 07:43 PM
I rarely take any September performance from young players seriously.

This is a good post. I was just thinking of Zach Stewart almost throwing a perfect game last year against the Twins. He ended up with a 1 H, 0 BB complete game performance.

Zach Stewart.