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The Numbers Behind The Change

In my story this morning, I describe a bit of Joe Beimel's transformation. "Compare him to what I saw 10 years ago," said one scout, "he's a totally different pitcher." This does not oversimplify matters: You have Joe Beimel, Act I, (2001-05) and Joe Beimel, Act II, (2006-08). In 2005, while in the minors, Beimel developed a new delivery with a rocking leg kick and plenty of torque. He became a deception specialist with a somewhat shortened arm path. It saved his career.

Here's a comparison of his numbers from Act I and Act II.

2001-2005:

ERA -- 5.16
IP -- 275-2/3
OAVG -- .290
BB -- 133
K -- 158
W -- 10
L -- 19
G -- 174
GS -- 23

2006-2008:

ERA -- 3.04
IP -- 186-1/3
OAVG -- .261
BB -- 66
K -- 101
W -- 11
L -- 4
G -- 216
GS -- 0

A few other statistical discoveries that might have no real meaning, but make me smile...

* The Beimel family grew up about two hours from Three Rivers Stadium. As a kid, Joe liked Bill Madlock and Barry Bonds. His family would often make the trip to watch them. Bonds has a .063 lifetime average (1-for-16) against Beimel.

* In 2008, righties batted .263 against Beimel; lefties batted .278 against him.

* Through '06 and '07, Beimel was more an all-around set-up man. Joe Torre, last year, used him mostly as a lefty specialist. Beimel had six appearances in which he threw just one pitch.

* Joe Beimel has always been a ground-ball pitcher (1.63 grounder-to-flyout ratio), and I've been told that he liked the idea of pitching for the Nats in part because of their infield defense, which can be strong if both Nick Johnson and Ryan Zimmerman are holding down the corners. Hopefully he didn't watch Wednesday night's WBC game.

By Chico Harlan  |  March 20, 2009; 5:53 AM ET
 
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Back from Viera and really enjoyed it. Yesterdays game was military appreciation day and included a 2 helecopter flyover, a swearing in of some 20 or 30 young men and women, a wonderful anthem sung by an airforce sgt. A very patriotic feel to the day, plus, by the way, a bottom of the 9th win over them O's. What could be better than all that??? Spring training baseball is good...in Viera, even better.

Posted by: cokedispatch | March 20, 2009 7:46 AM | Report abuse

Coke - Very cool!
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The Beimel family grew up about two hours from Three Rivers Stadium. As a kid, Joe liked Bill Madlock and Barry Bonds. His family would often make the trip to watch them. Bonds has a .063 lifetime average (1-for-16) against Beimel.
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Nice contrast between Beimel against Barry Bonds and Mike Bacsik. (lol)

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | March 20, 2009 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Well, well, Chico - who knew? Gotta little bromance going on with the lefty from the Pitt, eh? Hometown thing and all? Did he look at you on his way to practice? I know...he's dreamy.

Just kidding - good to read a bit more about him. I appreciate, too, the extra statsy-stuff in DMTP style.

Also looks like the changed motion may have helped his control even more than his deceptiveness - his K/9 actually dropped a little, but he took a more than a full walk off of his BB/9 (from 4.3 to 3.1-ish). Going from a 1.2 K/BB ratio to a 1.5 K/BB ratio may say a bit more about control, but also may be a sign that hitters are swinging a bit more, too.

Posted by: Highway295Revisited | March 20, 2009 8:20 AM | Report abuse

See! Players CAN get better through hard work and without roids.

Posted by: dclifer | March 20, 2009 9:26 AM | Report abuse

. . . Particularly since Lannan fanned Bonds as well. :-)

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Nice contrast between Beimel against Barry Bonds and Mike Bacsik. (lol)

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | March 20, 2009 8:18 AM
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Posted by: Juan-John | March 20, 2009 1:03 PM | Report abuse

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