Of the Dodgers 7 wins this season, Jon Broxton has had a hand in 6 of them (1 win, 5 saves). That is pretty impressive until you look at his 4.26 ERA and the fact that he has pitched 6.1 innings and allowed 7 hits (including 2 HR) while striking out only 3 and walking 3. Sunday, when brought into the game to relieve Chad Billingsley in a 0-0 game, he promptly surrendered the lead… but I liked it!
Yes, I liked it!
I liked it because, while he gave up a double to red-hot Matt Holiday, he still pitched well. The run-scoring bloop hit just over Aaron Miles glove was a pitch that totally fooled the hitter, and he did it again to the next hitter.
I didn’t see the typical “deer-in-the-headlights” look that I’ve seen in the past.
I saw J-Brox actually pitch. Pitch, not throw! He was throwing up to 96 MPH, but that’s absolutely fine when he is actually acting like a pitcher and not a thrower. He was using his breaking ball, changing speeds and PITCHING INSIDE. He looked like a closer.
I have nothing but praise for his outing on Sunday.
Unlike some sabermetric freaks ‘er… geeks who use stats to try and prove a point, I use my eyes.
Yo, try it! I liked what I saw.
If he keeps it up, I could be persuaded to change my mind about him.