Sunday, May 19, 2013
Durbin's Track Record & System Updates
1) 35 years old
2) 14 MLB seasons
3) Career 5.00 ERA
4) Career 1.50 WHIP
5) Career WAR -0.3
6) Since 2007 he's flip-flopped between bad/good seasons, and 2013 puts him in line for a bad one. Season/ERA (2007/4.72, 2008/2.87, 2009/4.39, 2010/3.80, 2011/5.53, 2012/3.10, 2013/8.10).
7) Career splits- versus RHB (.264/.794), vs. LHB (.286/.811), as starting pitcher (5.83/1.57), as a reliever (4.23/1.45), at home (4.26/1.43), away (5.88/1.60), 1st half (5.28/1.51), and 2nd half (4.64/1.50). Essentially the only time you can hope for a mediocre performance out of him is at home, during the 2nd half of the season, facing a right-handed batter during a relief appearance in a year that ends with an even number. Even then, it's nowhere close to being good.
Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs - Cesar Hernandez is making his presence felt, batting .327/.848 with 12 stolen bases. He's about to turn 23 years old and plays 2nd base. He has a future with the Phillies in some capacity. Prospects Cody Asche/3B (.278/.757) and Darin Ruf/LF/1B (.267/.796) are the only other batters worth mentioning on an otherwise disappointing team. The pitching has been atrocious outside of Justin DeFratus, who is now with the Phillies.
Reading Fightin' Phils - this team is in a horrible funk during the month of May with a 3-15 record. On the offensive side of things, Jim Murphy/1B is belting the ball (.311/.966, 9 HR, 30 RBI). Starting pitcher Jesse Biddle and reliever Mauricio Robles are striking out more than a batter per inning with ERAs below 3 and WHIPs below 1.15.
Clearwater Threshers - the only team in the system with a winning record. It's also the only rung along the ladder that has a good offense. Cameron Perkins/OF, Carlos Alonso/2B, Maikel Franco/3B, Jose Mojica/SS, Kelly Dugan/OF, and Aaron Altherr/OF have a batting average of .292 or better. Starting pitchers Perci Garner, Gabriel Arias, and Nick Hernandez have been solid.
Lakewood BlueClaws - this team doesn't have any decent bats, aside from Art Charles/1B, Chace Numata/C, and Zach Taylor/OF. It's a relatively uninspiring group on the pitching staff too.