Monday, September 19, 2011

Make the most of your time: Takashi Saito

One of the strengths that has emerged for this year's Milwaukee Brewers is the back end of their bullpen. Takashi Saito has been a very underrated reason for this. While K-rod and Axford get all the press, Saito is quietly being dominant. In only 23.2 innings he has registered a .9 WAR (for perspective, Cliff Lee has a 6.6 WAR in 220 innings, about 1 per 33 innings). He has done this by registering a 1.80 ERA, 1.183 WHIP, stranding over 90% of base-runners, and hitters hitting just .227 on him (its actually been much lower most of his career). Right handers are hitting just .180 off him, and in the hot August the Brewers had, he gave up just a .138 batting average. The best thing? He has already outdone his salary in 23.2 innings by posting a 1944 WASP. He is a free agent at the end of the year, and there is a good chance that a big market team will overpay him to be their setup man.

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