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Monday, June 7, 2010
The lesson(s) of Carlos Silva

Craig Calcaterra on the National League's perfect pitcher:
I don't know. I suppose that's one lesson, but wasn't Silva trying to work quick, throw strikes, and change speeds during those two seasons in which he went 5-18 with a 6.81 ERA as a Mariner?

Among the lessons we might draw are that the National League is easier than the American League, that you shouldn't give up on previously successful pitchers who have been struggling with injuries, and that low-strikeout pitchers are particularly susceptible the many vagaries of luck.

But I'm looking at Silva's numbers this season, and seeing he's struck out 6.3 batters per nine innings this season, after having not struck out more than 4.1 per nine innings in a season since 1993. And I'm thinking the real lesson in this case is an old one: Youneverknow.