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Underrated and overrated statistics:
A pitcher’s worth can be measured by several statistics. Wins and losses are the most common, with ERA and strikeouts among the biggies. But then there are the stats for the true baseball junkies: Runners per nine, adjusted ERA and WHIP are just a few. A look at three telling statistics and three that just don’t mean much when you get right down to it.Underrated statisticsWHIP:A combination of walks and hits allowed per innings pitched. Mariano Rivera (1.0199) and Pedro Martinez (1.0512) have the lowest career WHIP among active pitchers with 1,000 innings pitched. Both are surefire Hall of Famers. Johan Santana (1.1024) ranks 20th on the all-time WHIP list and he has a pair of Cy Young Awards. On the list of players with the lowest WHIP of all time, 19 of the top 50 are in the Hall of Fame. Cole Hamels and Jake Peavy are the most recent NL WHIP leaders and Santana led the AL in WHIP four consecutive seasons.Strikeouts per nine innings:Some consider the strikeout an overrated statistic, but a strikeout can save a run while a ground ball might not be able to. A strikeout can also provide a momentum boost. Strikeouts per nine are also a good barometer of a pitcher’s worth. Randy Johnson (10.670) is the all-time career leader in strikeouts per nine among players with 1,000 innings pitched. Pedro Martinez is No. 3 while Nolan Ryan and Sandy Koufax are in the top five. Johnson has the single-season mark for strikeouts per nine: 13.41 for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001.Pitches per inning:New Rangers pitching coach Mike Maddux preaches about a paucity of pitches. That’s fewness. It should come as no surprise that three of the pitchers who threw the most pitches per inning last year have Rangers ties. Bill White was second in the majors with 29.8 pitches per inning. Derrick Turnbow, in camp with the Rangers this spring, was fifth and Elizardo Ramirez was sixth. Throwing too many pitches is death for a starter or a reliever. Future Hall of Famer Greg Maddux needed only 13.2 pitches per inning last year. Derek Lowe, John Lackey, Roy Oswalt, Brandon Webb and Cliff Lee each needed 15 or fewer pitches per inning. You can build a rotation around those five easily.Overrated statisticsQuality starts:This may be the worst statistic of all time. Really, what is quality about having an ERA of 4.50? But according to the definition of a quality start (at least six innings pitched, three earned runs or less allowed), that’s all you need. Among the pitchers ranked in the top 50 in quality starts in 2008 were Nick Blackburn, Mike Pelfrey, Paul Maholm, Jeremy Guthrie, Kyle Lohse and John Lannan. Lannan, who tied for 16th in the majors with 21 quality starts, was 9-15 in 2008. Is that anyone’s definition of quality?Complete games:This used to be a huge statistic, but with the emphasis on the bullpen, the complete game is going the way of the dinosaur. Ferguson Jenkins had 29 complete games for the Rangers in 1974. Since 1997, no Ranger has had more than four complete games. It’s not just a Rangers thing. Roy Halladay led the majors last year with nine complete games. In 1998, Curt Schilling led the way with 15. In 1988, Orel Hershiser had 15. In 1978, the leader had 28. It’s not that complete games aren’t nice and save a bullpen, it’s just that they aren’t necessary anymore.Hold:You know how to tell if a statistic is lousy? When there’s no clear-cut definition. It’s not an official baseball statistic, but a hold is kind of like a poor-man’s save. A pitcher comes into the game in a save situation, records an out and leaves the game with his team still in the lead. That’s the STATS Inc. definition. According to another statistics service, an out doesn’t even need to be recorded. To tell you how much pitchers care about holds, Texas reliever Eddie Guardado didn’t even know he was among the league leaders in holds last year. When informed he was, Guardado wanted to know the definition. He’s not the only one.
Rangers’ Davis keeps hitting home runs:
Brewers 7, Rangers 4SURPRISE, Ariz.— Anyone with any concerns about Texas first baseman Chris Davis can rest easy.Davis hit his third home run in the last five games in the Rangers’ loss to Milwaukee on Friday night.Davis went 3-for-4 and is hitting .292 for the spring."He kept getting at-bats and getting at-bats,"Rangers manager Ron Washington said."Now he’s getting locked in. The good thing is now he’s stopped chasing pitches in the dirt. He’s making them elevate the ball and that’s what he does when they elevate them in the wrong spot."Rangers starter Kevin Millwood pitched six innings, giving up only four hits. But six runs scored, although only one was earned as two errors led to three runs in each of the first and fourth innings.Reliever C.J. Wilson worked another hitless inning and has given up two hits in 6 1/3 innings this spring. Josh Rupe worked from the far right side of the rubber for the first time and gave up just a single in his inning. Derrick Turnbow, also competing for a bullpen spot, gave up one run, one hit and walked a batter in his inning.— Anthony Andro
Rangers agree to deals with Turnbow, 2 others: Former All-Star pitcher Derrick Turnbow agreed to a minor league contract with the Rangers along with fellow right-handers Casey Daigle and Elizardo Ramirez.
Pirates miss out on Turnbow: The Pirates yesterday lost out on free-agent reliever Derrick Turnbow, who agreed to terms with Texas on a one-year minor league contract that will pay $925,000 if he makes the Rangers'25-man roster out of spring training, plus as much as $325,000 in performance bonuses.
Pirates miss out on free agent Turnbow: The Pirates lost out on free-agent reliever Derrick Turnbow, who agreed to terms with the Texas Rangers on a minor league contract late Wednesday night.
Marlins hoping to sign Turnbow: The Marlins are one of three finalists seeking the services of reliever Derrick Turnbow. The right-hander, who is striving to overcome injuries and control troubles, has been on Florida's radar for a while. The team's interest has been to see if it can sign Turnbow to a Minor League contract with an invitation to Spring Training.
Pirates inch closer to free agent Turnbow: The Pirates are one of three finalists in a freshly pared-down field of suitors for free-agent reliever Derrick Turnbow, a source said yesterday.
Pirates among three suitors for Turnbow: The field of teams bidding for the services of free-agent reliever Derrick Turnbow is down to three, and the Pirates are one of those teams, according to a source this afternoon.
Could Turnbow turn around in Florida?: The Marlins have inquired about free-agent right-hander Derrick Turnbow, formerly a standout closer with the Brewers who has struggled recently.
Pirates one of five left in Turnbow running: The Pirates remain one of five teams in serious talks with free-agent reliever Derrick Turnbow.
Will payroll ever rise?: The Pirates are in discussions with free-agent reliever Derrick Turnbow.
Pirates in talks with Turnbow: The Pirates are in discussions with free-agent reliever Derrick Turnbow.
Brewers-Phillies: A LOOK AT THE SEASON SERIES: Phillies vs. Brewers (Phils won series, 5-1)AT MILWAUKEE (April 23-24)Brewers 5, Phillies 4WP: Mitch Stetter; LP: Cole Hamels; S: Derrick Turnbow
Turnbow accepts assignment to Triple-A: Brewers reliever Derrick Turnbow cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Nashville, where he will try to overcome the command issues that cost him his spot in the big leagues.
Brewers part ways with Turnbow: The Brewers bid farewell to much-maligned reliever Derrick Turnbow on Friday when they designated their former All-Star closer for assignment.
All-Star reliever Turnbow cut by Brewers: Former All-Star closer Derrick Turnbow was cut Friday by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Reliever Derrick Turnbow cut by Brewers: Former All-Star closer Derrick Turnbow was cut Friday by the Milwaukee Brewers. Turnbow was 0-1 with a 15.63 ERA in eight games this season and gave up six runs in two-thirds of an inning at Chicago on Wednesday. "His production had fallen to the point where...
Brewers act on Turnbow: Houston - Derrick Turnbow might not have pitched his last game for the Milwaukee Brewers.But he certainly has...
Dillon expected to join team on Friday: Infielder Joe Dillon is expected to join the Brewers on Friday in Houston, further calling into question the immediate future of reliever Derrick Turnbow.
Brewers mulling what to do with Turnbow: A day game precluded any snap moves on Thursday, but Brewers general manager Doug Melvin and manager Ned Yost spent part of the morning mulling what to do about reliever Derrick Turnbow's continuing command issues.
Pair of doubles lift Cards in ninth over Brewers: Derrick Turnbow is finally throwing strikes now. Unfortunately for the Brewers, the Cardinals are well aware of that. Skip Schumaker doubled in the go-ahead run in the ninth and St. Louis put Turnbow's first three pitches in play to overcome a fielding blunder in the eighth in a 4-3 win over Milwaukee on Monday night.
Cardinals 4, Brewers 3: Derrick Turnbow desperately wants to be an integral part of the Milwaukee Brewers' bullpen.Manager Ned Yost...
Wild card: Phoenix - For a few hopeful days in early December, Derrick Turnbow's thoughts turned toward redemption. The...
Naming names: Prominent or not, it's not an honor roll:
|Manny Alexander||IF||Out of baseball||Steroids found in his car's glove box.|
|Chad Allen||OF||Played in Japan||Says he used steroids to combat knee injury, and only in the off-season.|
|Kevin Brown||P||Out of baseball||Kirk Radomski said he sold HGH to Brown.|
|Ken Caminiti||3B||Died in 2004||Admitted using steroids during MVP season.|
|Jose Canseco||OF/DH||Out of baseball||His book, Juiced, helped fuel baseball's look into steroids.|
|Eric Gagné||P||Rangers/Red Sox||Radomski said he mailed HGH to Gagné while with Dodgers.|
|Juan Gonzalez||OF/DH||Out of baseball||Customs official found steroids in a bag with his luggage.|
|Jerry Hairston Jr.||IF/OF||Rangers||Radomski said he sold HGH to Hairston in'03 and'04.|
|Gary Matthews Jr.||OF||Angels||Reports link him to Internet drug sales; Chad Allen said he found syringes.|
|Rafael Palmeiro||1B/DH||Out of baseball||First star to be suspended for steroids.|
|John Rocker||P||Out of baseball||Admitted HGH use after shoulder surgery.|
|David Segui||IF/OF||Out of baseball||Admitted buying steroids from Radomski and using HGH with prescription.|
|Mike Stanton||P||Reds||Radomski said he sold HGH to Stanton in 2003.|
|Ismael Valdez||P||Out of baseball||Had HGH shipped to Rangers ballpark in 2002 while with Seattle.|
|Randy Velarde||IF/DH||Out of baseball||Attorney admitted he used clear and cream in 2003.|
|Steve Woodard||P||Out of baseball||Received HGH in 2003.|
|Gregg Zaun||C/DH||Blue Jays||Radomski said he received a check from Zaun for steroids.|
|Rick Ankiel||P-OF||Cardinals||(New York) Daily News reported he received 8 shipments of HGH in 2004.|
|David Bell||3B||Out of baseball||12-year veteran linked to use of human chorionic gonadatropin ("HCG").|
|Marvin Benard||OF||Out of baseball||Feds told by BALCO that he received performance-enhancing drugs.|
|Gary Bennett Jr.||C||Cardinals||Two kits of human growth hormone purchased in 2003.|
|Larry Bigbie||OF||Minor leagues||Three checks written for a variety of performance-enhancing substances.|
|Barry Bonds||OF||Giants||Home run king indicted on charges he lied about steroids use.|
|Paul Byrd||P||Indians||During 2007 ALCS, admitted taking HGH to medicate a"pituitary tumor."|
|Roger Clemens||P||Yankees||Ex-Yankees strength/conditioning coach says he injected him with Winstrol.|
|Jack Cust||OF||Athletics||Reportedly told teammate in 2003 that he had tried steroids.|
|Brendan Donnelly||P||Red Sox||Radomski recalled that he sold him Anavar, an anabolic steroid, in 2004.|
|Lenny Dykstra||OF||Out of baseball||Radomski says Dykstra admitted taking steroids.|
|Bobby Estalella||C||Out of baseball||Reportedly told a grand jury he used HGH and undetectable drugs.|
|Ryan Franklin||P||Cardinals||Suspended 10 days in August 2005 for violating the steroids policy.|
|Jason Giambi||1B-DH||Yankees||2000 AL MVP appeared to admit using steroids in a USA Today report.|
|Jeremy Giambi||OF-1B||Out of baseball||On a couple of occasions, he's admitted using steroids.|
|Jay Gibbons||OF||Orioles||Suspended for first 15 days of 2008 season; says he was prescribed HGH.|
|Troy Glaus||3B||Blue Jays||SI.com reported he received steroids between September 2003 and May 2004.|
|Jason Grimsley||P||Out of baseball||Admitted he used HGH, steroids and amphetamines.|
|Jose Guillen||OF||Mariners||Suspended for first 15 days season for violating MLB's drug agreement.|
|Darren Holmes||P||Out of baseball||Said he received HGH and testosterone from Palm Beach Rejuvenation.|
|Wally Joyner||1B||Out of baseball||Said he quit steroids after taking the drug three times.|
|David Justice||OF||Out of baseball||Reportedly paid for 2 or 3 kits of HGH after 2000 World Series.|
|Chuck Knoblauch||IF||Out of baseball||Ex-Yankees strength coach says he injected him 7 to 9 times with HGH.|
|Paul Lo Duca||C||Mets||HGH reportedly sent to his house, Dodgers'clubhouse.|
|Andy Pettitte||P||Yankees||Ex-Yankees strength/conditioning coach recalled injecting him in 2002 with HGH.|
|Armando Rios||OF||Out of baseball||Reportedly told a federal agent that he purchased HGH and testosterone.|
|Brian Roberts||2B||Orioles||Federal agent's affidavit says he used performance-enhancing drugs.|
|Benito Santiago||C||Out of baseball||Reportedly told BALCO grand jury he got HGH and steroids from Bonds'trainer.|
|Scott Schoeneweis||P||Mets||Reportedly received six shipments of steroids in 2003 and 2004.|
|Gary Sheffield||OF||Tigers||Said he took the"clear"and the"cream,"but didn't know they were steroids.|
|Miguel Tejada||SS||Orioles||Reportedly sought steroids from teammate.|
|Mo Vaughn||1B||Out of baseball||Big slugger said in 2003 that he used supplements that contained ephedra.|
|Matt Williams||3B||Out of baseball||Bought $11,600 worth of growth hormone, steroids and other drugs in 2002.|
Turnbow poised to assume closer role: Derrick Turnbow is the leading candidate to return in 2008 to the ninth-inning role he lost midway through the 2006 season to Francisco Cordero, and manager Ned Yost is convinced he can succeed as the Brewers closer. New acquisition David Riske could also be in the mix.
Livingston, Keppinger lead Reds to win: Derrick Turnbow has been a bright spot of late in a Brewers bullpen that, before a stellar night on Friday, had been beat up.
Notes: Turnbow gives bullpen a lift: Derrick Turnbow has been a bright spot of late in a Brewers bullpen that, before a stellar night on Friday, had been beat up.
Phils rookie takes it in stride: PHILADELPHIA - For a rookie, Carlos Ruiz sure has the celebration part down perfect. Ruiz hit a solo homer with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies over the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 on Tuesday night. Brett Myers gave up Johnny Estrada's tying solo homer in the ninth for hisfirst blown save, but Ruiz connected off Derrick Turnbow for his first career game-winning homer. Ruiz flipped his bat, stood at the plate and admired his drive before he finally started his trot around the bases. "It felt great. I knew it was going," Ruiz said. Ruiz is batting .295 with 17 RBI
Fault line: Blame for this loss should go to Brewers' meager hitting: Oh, no, not Turnbow.Not again. Admit it. That's what you're probably thinking today. Derrick Turnbow blew...
Ruiz's ninth-inning HR lifts Phillies (AP):
Milwaukee Brewers manager Ned Yost , right, is ejected by home plate umpire Larry Vanover for arguing balls and strikes in the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2007, in Philadelphia. Yost engaged in a heated exchange with Vanover after his first ejection of the season and 17th of his managerial career. " align="left" border="0">
For a rookie, Carlos Ruiz sure has the celebration part down perfect. Ruiz hit a solo homer with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Philadelphia Phillies over the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3 on Tuesday night. Brett Myers allowed Johnny Estrada's tying solo homer in the ninth for his first blown save, but Ruiz connected off Derrick Turnbow (1-2) for his first career game-winning homer.
Phillies rally late in upset win: Entering the inning trailing 6-2, the Phillies sent 11 men to the plate, doing most of the damage against Derrick Turnbow. The righty entered the outing, his first since May 9, having held opponents to a .151 batting average and had fanned 23 in his 15 1/3 innings.
Phillies 8, Brewers 6: Philadelphia - With a three-run lead, Ned Yost would not have strayed from his usual formula of Derrick Turnbow in the...
Notes: Turnbow working to close again: If only for a day, Derrick Turnbow was back as the Brewers closer when the team opened a three-game series at chilly Wrigley Field on Monday."Common sense says that,"Brewers manager Ned Yost said.
Adversity doesn't rattle Turnbow: Derrick Turnbowhad his first rough moments of the season Thursday but the way he was able to handle the...
Mench's homer helps Brewers beat Dodgers (AP): For Kevin Mench and Derrick Turnbow, a new season brings a chance to erase lingering concerns about their second-half struggles last year. Mench hit a go-ahead, two-run homer, Turnbow pitched a perfect eighth inning in his new role as setup man, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4-3 Tuesday night.
Notes: Turnbow works out of trouble: In 2006, Derrick Turnbow may have let Saturday's game get away. But in a save situation, Turnbow worked around two hits and tagged out the potential tying run at the plate to seal the Brewers' 9-8 win over the D-backs and earn his first spring save.
Turnbow seeks to regain form in 2007: After struggling in 2006 and losing his closer's job, Brewers reliever Derrick Turnbow will try to bounce back in 2007 as the setup man to Francisco Cordero. Turnbow believes he can put last season behind him and regain his confidence.
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