Randy Wolf: A One-Legged Mule?
Two out of three ain’t bad, especially against the 2011 World Series Champions…
I recently came across a Philadelphia fan-based blog titled Team to Beat. Nothing special about their site, but then again, here I am, one of 864,475 sports’ bloggers linked-in to the internet featuring nothing original myself all the while calling out a peer. Weak, I know.
(It is actually quality site. Sitting in eight inches of thundersnow in the middle of April and following 4-3 late game loss in what should have been a sweep, I’m just bitter.)
Anyways, TTB previewed the Brewers-Phillies-Randy Wolf-Doc Halladay matchup prior to Tuesday night. As most know, Wolf used to pitch for the fightin’ Phils. He compiled a 69-60 record with a 4.21 ERA in 8 seasons before taking his talents to several other squads.
Despite injury issues in the past and a subpar 2010, TTB also noted Wolf’s capability of occasionally competing at the Major League level. In a 9-0 Milwaukee route over Philadelphia on Tuesday, Randall proved them correct…for a night. Finally, Team to Beat (the site, not the team) asked a significant question at the very end of their post:
“So which Wolf will we see tonight: a Phillie killer or the one-legged mule in an a**-kicking contest.”
After six innings of no run, two-hit, five-strikeout baseball, the answer to the question is simple, right? Not so much.
pitched a good game [...got incredibly lucky tonight],” Manuel said
I agree with Charlie.
Heading into Tuesday’s game, Wolf was 1-2 with a 4.32 ERA, and the Phillies followed by going 0-6 with runners in scoring position. I’m far from equipped to be breaking down statistics, so I’ll stop there. My amateur point is this, I fear TTB’s assessment of Wolf as possibly a “one-legged mule” who has a tendency to get his a– kicked may in fact be correct. There is no doubt those six innings against Philadelphia featured an excellent array of change-of-pace and black-painting goodness. Great game, great night, series victory.
I still think he’s Suppan 2.0, but that’s just me.
Am I way off base here? Is there something I am missing when it comes to Wolf’s “stuff?” Will he continue to pitch well, or will Randy revert to the 4.50+ ERA form he showed most of last season, making it 4-5 innings before getting shellacked? Despite Manny Parra’s fingers being crossed for the latter, cheers to hopefully being incorrect and the $29.75 million ($9.5 in 2011) paying off.