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Subject: Re: 2002 season


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Amy
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Date Posted: 02:00:07 08/26/02 Mon
In reply to: Oak Lawn Guy 's message, "2002 season" on 17:23:12 08/25/02 Sun

Last year Bircher ended the season with a ERA that was just over 3 and currently it is 1.91 (which is one of the lowest in the league, especially for closers) He has given up only 8 earned runs in 37 innings of work and throws consistantly in the 90s where as last year it was in the high 80s and sometimes in the 90s. You call that dropping off?

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Oak Lawn Guy
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Date Posted: 18:00:36 08/26/02 Mon

4 losses, 4 blown saves in relief? Yep that's a dropoff to me. A short reliever's ERA is overrated.

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Greg
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Date Posted: 19:42:10 08/26/02 Mon

Lets not forget that the outfielders can sometimes lose a game for the pitchers. The pitcher himself can be doing good, but a few missed catches and overthrows can cost a pitcher the game and give him a loss. Something to think about. I don't think Chad has had a bad season this year and quite frankly am surprised he hasn't been picked up by an affiliate yet.

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Oak Lawn Guy
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Date Posted: 21:02:20 08/26/02 Mon

Well, I agree with Greg to a certain point. I have a thing about unearned runs and a pitcher's ability to avoid them, errors notwithstanding, but I don't want to turn this into a Chad Bircher burning.

The bigger issue is they need a better pen and a couple more starters, or improvement from a couple returning starters. Chad Bircher is certainly a key to that goal should he rejoin the squad next year, and there is no reason to think he can't do it.

On the subject of hooking up with an affiliate, I am thinking that it's going to be tough for Cheetah management to hold together a group of Balet, Bircher, Clelland, Williams and two or three others who deserve a shot at the big time.

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