As ken rightly pointed out, this is the Final Homestand. We've passed into the last 10th of the season, sure to be filled with milestones and moral victories. Cueto leads the NL in ERA+ and trails Halladay by a little less than 2/10ths of a run. Votto trails Reyes in the batting title, but holds fast to the OBP lead. What else? CoCo needs four more saves to tie Roberto Hernandez for 12th on the all-time list. Plenty of meaningful baseball to be played, using a slightly modified meaning of the word "meaning."
Dontrelle Willis is still in search of his first win. Cordero's saves, Votto's average and Willis' win-loss might be easily brushed off as fundamentally flawed metrics of performance, but they still mean something to the players and many fans. In the continuing case file of Dontrelle Winless, it's at least a curious oddity. And also a barometer of a very trying season. Willis has not picked up a win in 16 apperances (15 starts), dating back to June 5, 2010 against the Rockies - as a Diamondback. He's not threatening Jo-Jo Reyes' winless starting streak yet (28 games), but he's more than halfway there and it's getting a little bit silly.
Willis was ineffective in his month in Arizona last season, but he's pitched like roughly the Reds' #3 starter in 11 games in 2011, with his lowest BB-rate and highest K-rate since his final year in Florida. So while the WIN as a metric is flawed, it shows that the winning itself has been flawed this season too - whether by poor run distribution or whatever else - and that has all manner of unfortunate consequences.
|2011 - Dontrelle Willis||0-5||13||11||0||0||0||0||66.1||66||31||31||5||32||51||4.21||1.48|
|2011 - Rodrigo Lopez||4-6||23||13||0||0||0||0||80.1||99||50||43||14||24||42||4.82||1.53|
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