View Full Version : Foltman drinking his Sox Kool Aid

05-11-2004, 07:04 AM
Good article in the Trib today comparing moves by both the Cubs and Sox. Basically analyzed the player the Sox lost and how the replacement is doing. But this guy Foltman lost some credibility here with me on his analysis of Politte vs. Gordon.

To summarize he said Politte has struggled in the role of the closer but has been good in the 7th and 8th innings. He also mentioned Politte is younger and throws harder then Gordon. The result? Foltman calls the moveo f the sox losing Gordon and signing Politte a wash o far in 2004. So let's look inside those dreaded numbers.

Politte 0 1 6.23 8.2 11 6 6 1 6 9
Gordon 0 1 1.56 17.1 9 3 3 0 0 12

How is this a wash? A pitcher gives up half as many runs in twice as many innings. Of course it's a small sample size but it was just comparing moves so far. Is this the same kind of math the Sox used when they decided Koch/Foulke was a good trade? Notice how they didn't even mention the overrated category of saves because Poltte has a mental block about pitching in the 9th inning.

And that brings me to another point. THere is no difference between pitching in the 7th and 9th inning. It's mental weakness on Politte. The game doesn't change in the 9th. Does the pitcher's mound get moved back in 9th innings? Do batters use aluminum bats? Does the strike zone change? Does it only take 3 balls and 4 strikes to get a batter out in the 9th?

There is no difference. Politte is just weak minded. Gordon so far has been better then Politte anyway you look at it. To call the move a wash is ridiculous.