Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Get Todd Coffey Outta My Life

I've heard on multiple occasions how Todd Coffey might need a change of scenery to return to the good old days of 2006.

There's only one problem: The good old days weren't all that good.

In 2006, Todd Coffey sported a 3.58 ERA, which looks nice and all, but numbers can be deceiving. In 78 innings, the overweight time bomb gave up 85 hits and another 27 walks. No need for the calculators, boys and girls...that's a healthy WHIP of 1.436.

And although Coffey has impressive strikeout stuff (mid-90's fastball, good slider), he's never really been a strikeout pitcher. He struck out 60 batters in 2006. Not bad, but not great.

Also, let's not forget how decidedly unclutch he's been since his arrival: Nine career saves, five career blown saves. Eeeeesh.

Let's recap: His career year was deceiving and he's the last pitcher you'd ever want in a tight game. So why is he even on the team?

When will Bill Bray be ready? How about Matt Belisle?

Can someone just send Coffey back to Louisville already?

(Note: My brother thinks all Todd Coffey needs in order to be effective is to dye his hair purple. I have no idea why I'm telling you this.)

-Brad Spieser (Brad@TwinKilling.com)