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Ben Sheets finally starting to pay off for A's

May 24, 2010, 8:45 AM EDT

After missing all of last season following elbow surgery Ben Sheets looked awful in his first six starts for the A’s, going 1-3 with a 7.12 ERA and 16/16 K/BB ratio in 30.1 innings.
He’s quietly gotten back on track since then and shut out the Giants for six innings in a no-decision yesterday afternoon to give him a 2.52 ERA and 29/12 K/BB ratio in his last four outings.
His raw stuff still hasn’t returned all the way, but he’s at least no longer looking like a complete waste of $10 million for Billy Beane and company.

  1. scatterbrian - May 24, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    He’s really only looked awful in two starts (his fifth and sixth) when he was tipping his curveball. Through his first four he had a 2.74 ERA, even though he was walking too many. Ignore those two tipping starts, and Sheets has 6 quality starts in 8 with a 2.63 ERA, and 45 Ks in 48 innings.

  2. APBA Guy - May 24, 2010 at 12:50 PM

    Ben is mixing 4 pitches now as opposed to the 2 pitches he was using to start the year. Also, his command has sharpened with practice in game situations. His first pitch curve for strikes yesterday was masterful. Of course, the Giants were sending cardboard cutouts to the plate all weekend, but Ben looked sharp. Expect him to be traded mid-July, as the A’s are being careful with his innings pitched as well.

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