May 17th Gameday & Pitcher Grades
Brewers (Bush) vs. Phillies (Floyd), 7:00
No word yet on the extent of Hardy's injury, but I'm almost positive it is a sprained ankle that will require at least 3 weeks of DL time. In my opinion, the obvious choice to replace Hardy should be Corey Hart, especially considering there are AL games coming up where the Brewers will need a DH. I really hope Melvin & Co. don't call up a shit-hitting AAA middle infielder!
Pitchers: I will only grade pitchers that have pitched at least 10 innings this year.
- Chris Capuano (A). Capuano has been the best pitcher on the team by far. In fact, he has been one of the best in the NL. A 2.80 ERA is legitimate when it is accompanied by 56K, 14 BB, and 4 HR in 61 innings.
- David Bush (B+). Bush has been exactly what I expected, a control pitcher that maintains a low-4's ERA. Like Cappy, his biggest asset has been the ability to make all his starts.
- Derrick Turnbow (B). Turnbow has blown only one save, but his control has been a little bit of a problem. He may be lucky to have not blown more.
- Jose Capellan (B). He has done a good job with inherited runners and gotten unlucky with the runners he's given to other pitchers. He's quietly posted a 3.80 ERA with decent peripherals to match. I'm happy with his work.
- Tomo Ohka (B-). I don't know how he always manages to post a good ERA with terrible other numbers. I'll take that 3.18 ERA any day, and I love his desire to get back in the lineup. I'm going to bet anyone that will take it that Ohka is on the mound sooner than Sheets.
- Matt Wise (B-). Wise got killed by a bad inning facing right-handed hitters in Houston, but he still has a 3.38 ERA. His grade is reduced a notch for allowing inherited runners to score.
- Dan Kolb (C). Kolb has not been good with inherited runners and has been bailed out a lot by the guys coming in behind him. Expect that 1.64 ERA to rise significantly unless he stops allowing balls to be hit too hard on the ground or on the ground at Rickie Weeks.
- Doug Davis (C-). Davis may be all over the place, but he is preventing hits and has kept his ERA at 5.14 despite the struggles.
- Ben Sheets (C-). His K/BB numbers were unreal, but I have to penalize him for missing so much time and for having such a bad start in Houston.
- Jorge de la Rosa (D+). This may surprise some, but de la Rosa has not been as bad as his numbers may indicate. Because he can strike people out, he has the potential to be a good reliever and prevent inherited runners from scoring.
- Panzer Lehr (D). He's really not done anything well. Bad K and BB numbers, not good with inherited runners, and he's gotten lucky with bequeathed runners.
- Ben Hendrickson (F). What can I say? He's just not any good. If you take away his strong 3-inning mop-up work in a game the Brewers had already lost, his numbers look even more Brazeltonian.