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4 comments on “Stephen Randolph to return to US on 4th; no decision on 2011 season

    1. Gen Post author

      Randolph struggled a bit in the beginning, but was definitely the victim of poor run support in July.

      March / April: 6 G, 0-4, 5.57 ERA, 1.67 WHIP
      May: 3 G, 0-2, 6.43 ERA, 1.71 WHIP
      June: 1 G, 1-0, 1.50 ERA, 1.00 WHIP
      July: 5 G, 1-3, 2.60 ERA, 1.01 WHIP

  1. Blacklabel

    Yeah he had something like a 17 inning scoreless streak over 2 games, neither of which he won. Kind of like Kaga for Baystars he was in the top 5 in ERA in the whole Central League but had a 3-10 record. If you put Randolph on a better team and he isnt hurt, he wins 10-15 games a year in Japan.

    1. Gen Post author

      I wonder if he still wants to play in Japan. If he’s healthy, I also think he might be able to rack up double-digit wins on a team that can provide him with decent run support.

      The one thing that might be of concern though is his BB/9. It was 5.6 last year and 5.1 this year. That’s a lot of walks. That partially explains his fairly high WHIP: 1.22 last year and 1.42 this year.

      The other thing is the number of hits he has allowed. Last year he gave up just 33 hits in 55 innings; this year he gave up 77 in 91 innings. His BABIP was .235 and .279 respectively. While you can’t always make the blanket statement that extremely low BABIPs mean that pitchers are getting lucky, in general, a .300 BABIP is considered league average. Incidentally, the CL league average was .299 this year and the Bay Stars’ average was .315.

      So the concern with Randolph would be, if he reverts to the average and continues to have a BB/9 in the 5 range, will he still be able to win games? I think we may have seen a partial answer to this question this year when his BABIP rose to .279 while his BB/9 stayed in the 5 range.

      BTW: that’s a 5.4 H/9 in last year and a 7.6 H/9 this year.

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