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