Sunday, 13 April 2008

Purcey Mastery, Troisieme Acte

Speaking of our resident favourite, Big Dave Purcey threw another gem against against the Rochesters on a brisk northern New York State Sunday afternoon.

The line:

Purcey (W, 2-0)7.04222701.89
Thorpe (S, 1)2.00001403.60

Totten 3.04210306.00
Gomez, M 3.01001301.80
Barrett (L, 1-1)2.01110202.70
Daigle 1.01000103.86

Purcey improved on his first two excellent starts this year in a couple of different ways. If he has shown weakness it's been in running up his pitch counts and allowing hitters to put too many balls in the air, but today he threw 67 0f 104 pitches for strikes and induced 6 ground outs to 8 flyouts. He's K-ing batters at an impressive rate, limiting walks, and keeping his hit total down, all of which bodes very, very well.

For the year, he's thrown 19 IP, notched 21 Ks, walked only 6, given up 12 hits and 4 earned runs for an ERA of 1.89. The general sexiness of these numbers cannot be overstated.

Also of note: Adam Lind went 1-4 with a double, a run and a pair of Ks. After a slow weekend at the dish his early average has fallen below .400 (to .366) and it's just tearing me up inside. His OPS remains in 1.000 territory, which is a nice bit of consolation. Will he be up with the big club this time next month? I wouldn't be shocked, especially if Stairs is still more or less limited to pinch-hitting duties.

And the Chiefs did win this one 3-2, if you're interested.

-- Johnny Was

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