Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:34 PM
Wanted to start a new thread, to just discuss him.
After his outing in KC today, Strop is:
3-1, with 2 saves, and has a 1.23 era. In his 17 outings, he pitched 22 innings, allowing 10 hits, 1 hr, 10 bb's, with 19 k's. His OPS against is .517, and he has a 1.72 G/F ratio.
Lefties have a .714 OPS against (27 ab's), while Right-handed hitters have been held to a .379 OPS against (39 ab's).
It certainly feels that if the O's go into the 8th with a lead, that Strop and Johnson are going to secure the victory. That is a great feeling to have.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 05:55 PM
Even for a reliever, his 14% LD% and 20% SwStr% is just nasty. He's benefited a little with a .191 BABIP, but with 22 innings, it's still a SSS for all of this.
My biggest concern at this point with Strop is his # of innings. We're not quite 1/4th into the season, and he's on pace for 88 innings, which is too much for a reliever. Last year he threw 67 innings.
Posted 17 May 2012 - 08:07 PM
Posted 21 May 2012 - 10:14 AM
I agree with this, the tools are clearly there and he could have the highest ceiling in the 'pen.
If his command stays good, he will be very good.
Posted 26 May 2012 - 02:35 PM
Like Johnson, has not pitched since Tuesday. Would expect him to be used tonight.
Glad that they've gotten some rest. Nice to know that if we have 2 close games this weekend, they will be available for both.
Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:19 AM
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Posted 14 June 2012 - 04:49 PM
Seems to have gotten a bit more wild lately..I'm optimistic, I think he can get that control re-established and be a truly dominant late-inning reliever.
Showed again last night, as he got behind several hitters. Stuff is good enough to get past that any time he throws strikes. I share your optimism.
Posted 14 June 2012 - 04:53 PM
Seems to have gotten a bit more wild lately, with 7 walks in his last 8 appearances (7.1 IP) but it hasn't caught up to him yet. Hopefully it's just a brief hiccup in command and he'll get back to his earlier walk rates. He can be dominant at the 3.8-4.0 BB/9 he was at earlier in the year given that his stuff is so good and he doesn't give up a lot of hits, but if he is up in the 5-6 BB/9 range, it'll be impossible to sustain his success for very long. I'm optimistic, I think he can get that control re-established and be a truly dominant late-inning reliever.
Yes, the command is a bit concerning, but not particularly alarming with Strop, as far as I'm concerned. A huge mitigating factor to his wildness is his ability to induce ground balls (2.04 GB/FB). He's just got nasty stuff, and has gotten out of several jams with double plays (6 on the year). It's not that you can always count on that, but I do think there's sufficient reason to believe that he'll continue inducing GB's and giving up weak contact, which will help him escape damage fairly often. Not that I'm a big fan of the walks.
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Posted 22 August 2012 - 01:35 AM
I'd say so and the MASN camera work and crowd reaction compounded that.
Heart skipped a beat on Hamilton's long foul, but coming back to get that strikeout in that situation was beautiful.
Posted 22 August 2012 - 01:36 AM
I'd listen to offers for either him or JJ(after this season).
I have to channel SG and start thinking that teams could look at Strop as a future closer and be willing to give up a solid package for him.
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