So, Gaius' post a few days ago about Farnsworth and a significant amount of blogging about Sweaty Joe's resurgence in Tampa has me intrigued. Regular Joe has been pretty close to sterling since being cut by the Cubs and there have been reports of improved velocity. But I wonder, as many others have opined, if his recent success is related to AL hitters not having much history with him or scouting reports on him.
Now let's take a look at the 2005 numbers for one Kyle Farnsworth.
AL - 42.2IP 2.32ERA 1.15WHIP 55K
After his recent trip back to the NL
3.2IP 4.91ERA 1.36WHIP 3K
Obviously this is a tiny sample size, but it should be interesting to see if the trend continues and (as Sloth would say) Capt Tightpants turns into an unreliable reliever again. We all can watch this intently as we wait for Hendry and company to decide whether the Cubs are out of the WC race. We all know the Cubs won't be worth our attention again this year until the kids get to see some more playing time.