In general, I like Don Orsillo. He’s got a baseball voice, calls a good game, and graduated from my alma mater, Northeastern University. Gotta like him, right? And, Sean Casey was one of the most engaging Red Sox players to come along since Kevin Millar. Good guy.
But last night, as the Red Sox “coughed it up at Kaufman”, the NESN play-by-play team was positively giddy! As Manny “What the heck am I doing in the Major Leagues” Delcarmen (inexplicably called upon by Tito) gave up 4 runs, the boys in the booth were yukking it up like the Red Sox were still comfortably ahead. I’m sure I wasn’t the only fan sitting at home about to throw a shoe through the TV! And, I’m guessing Theo and the Trio weren’t all that pleased.
Guys, word of advice, when the Red Sox are giving up a “silver platter” victory to a AAA team while the Yankees are losing, don’t make it seem like open mike night at Catch A Rising Star. Think about the millions of fans who are fuming while you make funny. And stop it already!
I wanted to like the kid. He’s local. He’s one of us. But, truth be told, Manny Delcarmen is one of the worst 2.43 ERA relievers in all of baseball. Throwing a flat 95 MPH fastball is just not enough these days.
We all know that ERA is a poor indicator of a reliever’s effectiveness. But, boy is it ever out of whack this year with Manny! Sabermatricians have been toying with a better way to gauge bullpen guys for a while now (Adjusted Reliever ERA being the sexiest). But there is really no substitute for the old reliable “Inherited Runners Stranded” stat. So, how does JP Manny fare on this one in 2009?
Well, he is doing better than his abysmal 2006 IRS stat when he was the third worst in all of baseball (only 38.7% of inherited runners stranded). So far this season (including yesterday’s “hold” when he blew a 2-run lead), Manny has allowed 38% of inherited runners to score–absolutely awful–but on pace with his career percentage of 39%.
So, why does Theo continue to be enamored of Manny? God knows! Let’s hope that rival GMs are including him in the much-talked about prospect packages for Halladay or Victor Martinez. We can’t afford our remaining Manny “being Manny” anymore this year.