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Away From Home

Monday, July 11, 2005

Clemens got passed over?

From Camden Chat:

Just saw on Cold Pizza that Mark Buehrle and Chris Carpenter will start the All-Star game. With Halladay out, Buehrle is the right choice. Carpenter on the other hand...

Chris Carpenter is really very good. He is tremendous in fact. In most years his numbers would warrant an All-Star start. But Roger Clemens is 7-3 with a 1.48 ERA. His road ERA is 0.20. 0.20. Read that again: 0.20. You wanna know who has scored off of Clemens on the road this year? Here's the entire list: Preston Wilson. He hit a solo home run off of him at Coors Field. So my God, it only kind of exists in the plane of reality.

I am not trying to slag Carpenter. But Clemens is unreal. And oh yeah, he's 42 freaking years old. His mid-life crisis consists of completely dominating major league hitters.

I hate to care about who starts the All-Star game because it doesn't really mean anything in the long run, but how it's possible to pick Carpenter over Clemens is mind-boggling.

Anyone care to explain to me how Clemens gets passed over with that stat? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?


  • It is real easy, my friend. See last years All-Star game. CHOKE!!!!!

    Clemens fuckin blew it. So give my man Chris a chance.

    Lets go STL!!!!!!

    By Blogger MoodSwing, at 7/12/2005 01:53:00 AM  

  • Watch the language please.

    What happened last year should have no bearing on who gets chosen this year. The game is about rewarding the players who are playing better than anyone else, and you can't deny that Clemens is doing that.

    By Blogger Scott, at 7/12/2005 07:11:00 AM  

  • I would contend the game is about putting on a show for the fans -- but that all changed when they added the World Series home-field advantage prize.

    Still, when it comes to choosing a starter among the pitchers selected, it should -- as you said, Scott -- be based on who is playing the best baseball through the half season. For the National League, that's Roger Clemens.

    Personally, I think someone younger should have gotten the start; sooner or later the fans will have to let go of some of these players that have hung around so long. I'm not saying Clemens has overstayed his welcome -- his stats disprove that. But aside from my first year on this planet, Clemens has been pitching in the major leagues my entire life.

    By Blogger ChrisHarrop, at 7/12/2005 08:03:00 AM  

  • I am with you Scott. Never was a real big Clemens fan, but that ERA deserves the reward. I didn't know about the 0.20 on the road -- whoa! Better than Bob Gibson in '68 when he was 1.12 for the season! With that ERA he should be 10-0 -- where is his offensive help? -- if he was 10-0 would he have gotten the start? You bet. Some think more about the W-L than the really more meaningful stat!

    By Anonymous dod, at 7/12/2005 10:19:00 PM  

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