Nothing against Rodrigo Lopez, but I have to admit that the right-handed pitcher inspired this article. Saturday’s starter for the Philadelphia Phillies went six innings on three earned runs for the win.
While Lopez has a surprising 3.09 ERA this season, it is in just 23 1/3 Major League innings. Simply put, Lopez is a journeyman who failed as a starter in Baltimore, for Pete’s sake, and has a 4.76 career ERA. He has spent most of the last two seasons in the minor leagues.
Lopez joins a list of seven other veteran below-average pitchers who have dominated the St. Louis Cardinals in 2009. Each of the following seven has a season ERA of basically five or more, averaging 5.81. In aggregate, including their seven wins over the Cardinals, the group has a 33-41 record.
Take away their Cards wins and the “Magnificent Seven” are 26-41 (.388). As a point of reference, 29 of the 30 MLB teams have a better win percentage than .388. Only the hideous Washington Nationals are worse.
Given the Cardinals’ ongoing challenges against left-handed pitching, it is not surprising that four of the seven are lefties. Perhaps the club’s addition of right-handed bats Julio Lugo, Matt Holliday and Mark DeRosa will change matters, but they did not on Saturday against the righty Lopez.
|Date||Team||Pitcher||L-R||Score||Inn||ER||09 ERA||09 W-L||Comments|
|5/2||WAS||Shairon Martis||R||6-1||9||1||5.25||5-3||Sent to AAA in June|
|5/17||MIL||Manny Parra||L||8-2||6||2||6.42||4-8||In AAA from 6/14-7/9|
|6/5||COL||Jorge De La Rosa||L||11-4||6 2/3||3||4.95||7-7||3 games in ’09 w/7 ER each|
|6/12||CLE||David Huff||L||7-3||7 1/3||3||6.39||5-4||Came up on 5/17|
|6/22||NYM||Tim Redding||R||6-4||7||4||7.16||1-4||May be released|
|6/28||MIN||Francisco Liriano||L||6-2||7||2||5.56||4-10||Double-digit losses already|
|7/20||HOU||Brian Moehler||R||3-2||6 1/3||2||4.92||7-5||Career 82-96, 4.74|