ofahn wrote:I value Jim Johnson as a first rate closer. That being said he has been HORRIBLY abused this year. Buck ran him out there to finish game after game where we had a three run lead. I understand that it's TECHNICALLY a save situation, but Buck knew that Johnson had faltered at the end of last season because he was overworked and should have been more sensitive to that this year.
Instead, this team has been managed from ownership down with one goal in mind - SELL TICKETS! Just before the All Star break JJ was about ten saves ahead of every other closer in the game. Just for argument's sake let's take those ten games and split half of them to O'Day and the other half to Tommy Hunter. Then, let's say that each blows a save and we lose one of those games. Now, compare that against the six or so games we've lost since July 1st because Johnson has been over worked. Take those five games from the loss column and put them in the win column and where would we be in the standings?
I'm glad that Angelos has given DD and Buck contracts through 2018, but I'm beginning to believe that his price for that stability was to WIN NOW so they could SELL TICKETS regardless of the cost.
I think I underestimated Jim Johnson a bit, as I was probably feeling frustration for all of his blown saves. JJ is an above-average relief pitcher, and I shouldn't have said he is anything less than that.
-He repeatedly gets an ERA below 3.00
Johnson'a ERA has historically outperformed his FIP/xFIP the majority of the time. This is a trait some pitchers can contain.
-He has a predisposed talent for BABIP
success, so a BABIP near the high .200's isn't ordinary.
That being said,
-a .255 BABIP is a little extreme, and substantial regression was expected.
-I haven't officially developed an opinion on the whole closer/bullpen debate, but Johnson is a genuinely solid relief pitcher
-again, relief pitchers, even closers who provide a "perfect" season (no blown saves) aren't valuable at all, as they only pitch approximately 65 innings.
Also, maybe Johnson was overused, maybe he wasn't. Was there any news regarding Johnson's arm, or any apologies from Buck for relief abuse? He was on-track for more innings than usual relievers, but some pitchers are just horses, and deliver excessive amounts of innings year after year.
Furthermore, I don't think fans buy tickets to witness saves. I think they buy tickets to witness wins.