Sunday, February 10, 2013

Dollars and sense for Romo

Here's how I know that I am a serious Giants fan -- because it really is fun to look at Romo's page on Baseball Reference. Five seasons of WAR worth 6.3 doesn't quite tell the story. Here are the number that jumps out at me -- 

Three saves in the 2012 World Series.277 strikeouts and 48 walks in 233 innings.

Lefty Malo does a great analysis on why Sergio Romo's deal makes sense/cents. The bodface is mine.

Let's never go back to the lies old-fashioned baseball people told us about guys like Scott Munter, that sometimes you really need to bring in that guy who can get a ground ball. No. When baserunners are wiggling around in the late innings, and the game is in the balance, we want strikeouts, dammit. We don't care if they come from a 99-MPH fastball, a 78-MPH no-dot slider, or a 56-MPH knuckle-eephus. Grounders have eyes that see. Bloopers tuck themselves into fair territory just beyond third base. Swinging bunts stay fair. But keep the ball out of play, and runners will not score.

As long as opponents don't reverse-engineer the here-it-comes slider, Sergio Romo is worth the contract he just signed, and more. His elbow is a joint of concern, of course, and a long spell of bad health will make the two-year commitment look ill-advised. But them's the risks; and them's that got the two World Series trophies and the $140 upper deck nosebleed seats for Opening Day can afford the risks. The outlay is still below market value. Romo is not a fungible reliever. A young minimum-wage fella isn't likely to fill Romo's roster spot at one-fifth the price and three-fifths the production.


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