Sunday, April 27, 2008

Bedard Back

Erik Bedard is back, and didn't appear to be affected by his injury against the A's.
Bedard picked up his second win with a 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 4 K performance as the M's beat Oakland 5-3. I'm glad he's back and pitching well, but I was hoping Oakland could have made a slightly larger comeback against the Mariners' pen. Mike Sweeney, trying to keep his job after the arrival of Frank Thomas, homered for the A's.

So far this year (in a very small sample size) Bedard's strike-out rate has fallen a bit (as was to be expected), but his walk and home run rates are way up above 2007. His ERA is just 2.04 because of a very low hit rate, which should go up over time. I still think he'll have about the same year as '07, maybe a little worse, but at least now we'll actually get to find out.

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