Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Week 23 Pitchers Poll: This Is Why You Should Use Matt Thornton


Last week I wasn't shy about expressing my opinions on the way Robin Ventura was handling his bullpen in our two losses to the Tigers. This is because Ventura was acting like an idiot and bringing in pitchers who had no right to be in the situations he put them in, particularly with Matt Thornton just sitting in the bullpen with nothing else to do.

Robin said he was doing this because Thornton needed a rest. Apparently nobody needs a rest against Minnesota, though, as Matty came in for key situations there as well as in Monday's win.

Still, look at Thornton in the rankings.

RANKPLAYER POINTS LW+/-
1Jake Peavy 288 2 21
2Chris Sale 287 1 13
3Gavin Floyd 156 3 7
4Jose Quintana 133 4 0
5Matt Thornton 98 5 5
6Nate Jones 88 73
7Addison Reed 85 6-2
8Phil Humber77 8 2
9Hector Santiago 74 9 0
10Jesse Crain 66 10 10
11Francisco Liriano 50 12 11
12Dylan Axelrod 47 11 0
13John Danks  34 130
14Brett Myers 27 16 8
15Donnie Veal 23 153
16Zach Stewart 21 140
17Brian Omogrosso  11 170
18Will Ohman 10 180
19Eric Stults 7 190
20Brian Bruney 2 200
21Leyson Septimo 1 20-1
21Deunte Heath 1 210
23Jhan Marinez 0 230
23Dewayne Wise 0 230
25Pedro Hernandez -4 240

Thornton has been the fifth most valuable pitcher on this staff even though my rankings reward pitchers for innings and he's pitched only 4.6% of the team's total innings. Gavin Floyd has pitched 11% and Jose Quintana 9.7% yet neither has double the amount of points Thornton has put up.

Matt is averaging 1.63 points per inning. Jake Peavy averages 1.45 and Chris Sale averages 1.64.

We starting to see how much #ThorntonSucks yet?

Last week's rankings can be found here.

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