Interesting article on Danny Graves, if only for it's ignorance.
If you're just looking at a ratio of poor outings, Graves is the best of the three key pitchers. He took the ball 20 times and converted 10 of 12 save opportunities, which is right in the neighborhood with Keith Foulke, Brad Lidge, Rivera and Wagner. And it's consistent with how he's performed from 2000 on -- 147 saves, 30 blown, 83 percent.
It's incredible that people still exist who think saves are an accurate measure of how well a closer is doing, but Bill Peterson does.
Tear-jerking Reds fans obviously lack perspective about the club's difficult start and, worse, management takes cues from them. One wishes the front office would make rational decisions and leave the knee-jerk reactions to the fans.
The fan's role is to buy tickets, cheer and boo.
Wow. The guy who thinks Danny Graves wasn't that terrible because he'd converted 10 of 12 save opportunities thinks management is struggling because it's taking it's cues from ignorant fans.
I actually agree with Peterson's main premise, that the front office doesn't have a clue, but the way he arrives at that conclusion is incredibly stupid.
The Reds and Dan O'Brien aren't ignorant because they waived Danny Graves. The Reds and Dan O'Brien are ignorant because they didn't trade Danny Graves last summer when he was leading the world in saves, despite being every bit as mediocre as he was this season.
But what do I know? I'm just here to buy tickets, cheer, and boo.