Friday, April 11, 2008

Young on Hoffman

Geoff Young investigates the conventional wisdom which holds that Trevor Hoffman doesn't pitch all that well in non-save situations.

I like this article for the simple reason that Young -- who, as most of you know, writes the stellar Padres blog Ducksnorts -- has probably seen Hoffman pitch more than anyone this side of Jerry Coleman. He no doubt had an opinion about this before, yet rather than simply bang out a paragraph based on his casual assumption, he actually investigates the issue to see if it's true, and is happy to end on a somewhat inconclusive note because, hey, that's where the data took him.

You think Shaughnessy would do that about the Sox or Ringolsby about the Rockies?

3 comments:

Dre said...

uh oh Craig, you said a dirty word "Ringolsby"... I thought this was a family blog

Drew said...

Well, if one of them did, they'd probably have pointed out that Hoffman has a 9-26 record in save situations, and a 44-36 record in non-save situations, and since, you know, Wins and Losses are all that matter, he's clearly better in non save situations. Ahem.

Geoff Young said...

Thanks, Craig. I was really hoping to debunk the theory, but facts kept getting in my way.