View Full Version : Mr. Zero Update...

04-28-2004, 04:47 PM
Well, since he's been a lightning rod of criticism, including by me, nicknaming him "Mr. Five Point Zero" in Spring Training, here's what he's done this year...

After the 1 IP pitched and 2 ER given-up in NY against the Yankees on April 9th, his MLB debut, here is what Takatsu has done:

***** Apr 9 @ NYY W 9-3 - 1.0 2 2 2 1 1 1 ******

Apr 28 CLE W 9-8 - 1.2 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Apr 24 TAM L 1-4 - 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB 1 K
Apr 23 TAM W 3-2 - 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 ER 0 BB 1 K
Apr 20 NYY L 8-11 - 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1K
Apr 16 @ TAM L 0-3 - 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K

So, since his first professional outing in Yankee Stadium, he's gone 6 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, and 8 K, for a 1.50 ERA.

That's pretty F'in good no matter what. He single-handedly closed the flood gates and allowed this Sox offense to get back in it today.

04-28-2004, 04:48 PM
Those walk numbers are looking mighty fine. Lord knows we already have enough relievers that like to issue the free pass.

04-28-2004, 04:49 PM
Shingo is the ****. I don't get why people in the chat still doubt him.

04-28-2004, 04:52 PM
Originally posted by Nard
Shingo is the ****. I don't get why people in the chat still doubt him.

Frankly, he scares the HELL out of me, but I'm learning to like him...

I just think he changes speeds and mixes pitches as well as anyone we have in the bullpen right now. I've seen some of the ugliest swings in a long time taken off of him lately, so I'll let it play itself out.

04-28-2004, 04:54 PM
His first outing has tarnished him for the season. I don't know if it was Cooper, Olive Boy, or Shingo's own damn fault that the exact same pitch was thrown five times in a row, but ever since then he has been making hitters act as fools.

04-28-2004, 05:03 PM
I just got back from the game today - me and 10,000 or so of my closest friends (announced) witnessed Shingo DEALING. His first 5 pitches were for strikes, he struk out the first two he saw, and he shut them down the next inning.

Shingo was the band-aid that stopped the Schoeneweis burst blood vessel...

04-28-2004, 05:07 PM
I have also been a pretty strong detractor of Shingo, but he's starting to grow on me. Those numbers are very impressive so far.

04-28-2004, 05:18 PM
comparing Shingo to Willie simply cannot be done. Willie has demonstrated only brief success, and never at a major league level.

Shingo has demonstrated long-term success against at least AAA-level talent (and then some) in Japan.

04-28-2004, 05:41 PM
agree with the tenor of this thread- he's had to adapt to a new league (not to mention new culture, etc) and has solid outings. I think he's a very effective situational reliever, much like Wunsch, which aint bad for a 1 mill flyer. Once each of the members of the BP find their slot- and roles get defined, I actually see the BP as a strength. Certainly Koch is no worse than expected (very low expectations going in), but Polittle and the Gloved One have been pluses. With this offense, strong efforts from middle relief will be key.