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September 6, 2007
BASEBALL: Past His Expiration Date

Is there a worse stretch drive pitcher in baseball than Jeremy Bonderman? For his career, Bonderman has a 4.30 ERA in the first half, 5.34 in the second, including a lifetime record of - I'm not making this up - 5-18 with a 5.81 ERA in August. This season, Bonderman went from 9-1, 3.48 ERA in the first half to 2-7, 6.72 in the second. Last year, 8-4, 3.46 in the first half, 6-4, 4.87 in the second. 2005, 11-5, 3.99 at the break, 3-8, 5.61 in the second half, including a 6.64 ERA after August 1.

Consider Bonderman's innings totals at the break each season: 121.2 in 2005, 119.2 in 2006, 106 this year. It may be that he just isn't up for carrying a #1 starter's workload (at least not yet; he's still just 24), but then the same thing happened this year after paring back his innings a bit. The second-half flops are the main reason why Bonderman, who has as much talent as almost anybody in the game, still has a 4.72 career ERA.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:52 AM | Baseball 2007 | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

We also have to remember that last year and this year are the first times Bonderman has pitched in games that mean something down the stretch. He is a great talent and should have a long and productive career.

Posted by: maddirishman at September 6, 2007 10:26 AM

There's also the fact that at one point relatively recently, he allowed more runs in the first inning of his starts, than in 2-9.

Posted by: Mr. Furious at September 6, 2007 1:50 PM
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