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As you predicted: Alfredo Simon leads the NL with 10 wins

Jun 19, 2014, 9:46 AM EDT

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Before this season, Alfredo Simon had 19 career starts over the course of his six year career. Sixteen of them came in 2011, as the Orioles experimented with him as a sometimes-starter, sometimes-reliever. He hadn’t started a game since then. Following the departure of Bronson Arroyo, Reds manager Bryan Price decided that Simon would be the best choice to move into the Reds rotation. While Simon had been excellent in relief in Cincinnati, there was no guarantee that he could make the transition to full-time starting pitcher.

But make it he has. Simon put forth another workmanlike start last night, allowing three runs over six and a third to notch the win over Pittsburgh. It was his tenth win of the season which leads the National League.

Simon has a 3.05 ERA with a 1.11 WHIP and a 55/22 K/BB ratio. Not a gigantic gamble by Price, but one that is certainly paying off.

  1. metalhead65 - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:02 AM

    he is doing a great job for the reds this year, wonder what washed up scrub jocketty will trade him for?

  2. platediscipline - Jun 19, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Tony Cingrani was pegged by Price to replace Arroyo not Simon. Only when Latos hit the DL did Simon come into the picture. When Latos returned, Simon was the logical choice to remain in the rotation. The rest is history.

    • metalhead65 - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:15 AM

      cingrani would have been fine if he had been left alone with his fastball and not listened to the experts and tried to develop another pitch. the fastball got him to the big leagues and he performed pretty good for them last season so why try and fix something that was not broken? I think he would have figured it out on his own had he been hit hard using only his fastball but he was having problems this season because he was thinking to much about when to throw the off speed stuff.

      • stlouis1baseball - Jun 24, 2014 at 11:49 AM

        You gotta’ have secondary pitches. Had Cingrani continued with his all fastballs, all the time philosophy…MLB hitters would have started hitting him like a tee in batting practice.

  3. 2r2d - Jun 19, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Reblogged this on 2r2d and commented:
    Simon has impressed many people this season. It will be very interesting to see how many wins he has at the end of this season.

  4. ud1951 - Jun 19, 2014 at 12:01 PM

    Craig, given your obvious and well documented animus toward pitcher wins as any kind of a useful statistic, why highlight the current leader in pitcher wins? Where is this guy on the sabermetrics measures? Are his wins luck-based? Or is his pitching really a key factor in the 10 wins?

  5. abuyahyaalappalachia - Jun 19, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    Yeah, Craig doesn’t know much about small market, flyover big league teams. Mat Latos going down in spring training was the reason Alfredo Simon was stretched out to go into the rotation. It had zero to do with trading Bronson Arroyo. Having said that, Simon was an effective middle reliever but no one thought he’d be pitching this well or for this long. To predict a middle reliever would be the first to 10 wins would have been like guessing the first score in the super bowl would be a safety.

    Cingrani is the future. Simon needs to be traded for a power hitting left fielder. Someone will need pitching before the trade deadline. The current tri-platoon of Ludwick, Heisy and Schumaker is untenable.

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