Walks=Bad

Posted by Steve

I don’t feel like talking about the Brewers right now, mainly because I’d rather not break my keyboard. Instead, I’ll just stick with Bill’s Scouting Report of the Week.

Before I get to the scouting report, I also have this little gem from Bill during yesterday’s game. While discussing Miguel Tejada’s start, Bill said (paraphrasing, as I only heard about it from my brother):

“If you only have six walks in over 100 plate appearances, you know you’re hitting the ball well.”

Man. That has to be the most incorrect thing Bill has ever said, and that’s really saying something.

Anyway, on to the Piggly Wiggly Scouting Report. It was a tough decision, as Bill seemed especially hung up on run support throughout the week. The winner is Bill’s report on Ryan Dempster. It may not have the overall depth of some other candidates—only one point was truly dumbfounding—but the strongest point of the week carried it to the top.

Here’s Bill’s Piggly Wiggly Scouting Report for Ryan Dempster.

Good slider

Ambush the fastball

#2

Good slider. Nothing wrong with this, as knowing an opposing pitcher has a good slider is definitely pertinent.

Ambush the fastball. Worthy advice, but that pretty much goes hand-in-hand with the first point and doesn’t add anything. If a guy has a good slider, it’s logical to look for the fastball first.

Here’s the champion. #2. Bill goes on to explain that this means Dempster hasn’t been a starting pitcher for two seasons. In no way could that qualify as useful information on a scouting report. Even better is the fact that this is not the first time the Brewers faced Dempster as a starting pitcher this year! Why is he still making this point? Ugh.

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