4/18/14 recap: Hawkins homers, Thompson goes 2-4

The Intimidators and Knights were rained out and the Barons and Dash split.

Barons 3, Mobile 0

Terry Doyle 7 IP, 0 R, 5 K, 1 BB, 4 H
Micah Johnson 3-5, SB, K
Gordon Beckham 0-4
Trayce Thompson 2-4, 2B, RBI, SB
Cody Winiarski 2 IP, 3 K

Salem 8, Dash 2

Tim Anderson 1-4, SB, 2 errors
Courtney Hawkins 1-4, HR, RBI, 2 K
Keon Barnum 0-4, 2 K
Braulino Ortiz 3 IP, 5 ER, K, 6 BB, 4 H

Star of the Day: Micah Johnson went 3-5 and added his third stolen base of the season tonight. Johnson isn't stealing bags at the prolific rate he was last season, but his bat is red hot. He is hitting .356/.433/.542 at the top of the Barons lineup thus far.

Who is Hot: Trayce Thompson went 2-4 with a double and a stolen base tonight and has hit safely in 13 of his 15 games this season. Minor league veteran Terry Doyle tossed seven scoreless innings and struck out five. Courtney Hawkins smacked his fourth home run of the season.

Who is Not: Gordon Beckham went 0-4 and is now hitting .143 on his rehab assignment. Braulio Ortiz struggled with his command, walking six and only lasted three innings. Keon Barnum went 0-4 and struck out twice. Barnum has struck out in nearly half his at-bats. Tim Anderson had two more errors tonight, giving him nine errors on the season.

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    What do you guys think of the Shutdown(SD) Meltdown(MD) stat I found today on FanGraphs? It is the sabremetrics relief pitcher evaluation statistic. I had never heard of it before. You might not want to even look at how the White Sox fare so far!

  • In reply to Jim Pedigo:

    It would appear to be a definite improvement over saves/holds for valuing relief pitchers, if you like those kinds of stats. Though I'm not sure what it adds exactly over simply looking at WPA, and actually it can lead to some misleading results. John Axford for example has 6 SD/1 MD but yet has a 7.27 BB/9, 4.89 FIP, 5.24 xFIP, -0.1 WAR and a -0.15 WPA, all of which is bad. And yes, our Sox certainly have been awful in the bullpen department. Personally I prefer to look at stats such as FIP, xFIP, SIERA, as well as the raw inputs (K%, BB%, HR etc.), batted ball rates (GB%, FB%), PITCHf/x stuff (velo, movement, release points) and plate disipline (SwStr% in particular). But I always prefer to look at the talent level vs. the production (Wins/Losses, RBI, ERA, Saves, Holds etc.), because it's just a much better indicator of future performance.

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