Our good friend Tom G. (who blogs at Balls, Sticks, & Stuff) is a Phillies fan, and recently I asked him for his perspective on Eric Milton, since he watched Milton throw for the Phils last year. Here was his response:
There are two schools of thought amongst Phillies fans in regards to Milton:
The most prevalent: He was the most consistent starter in ’04, led the team in wins (14), strikeouts (161), and innings pitched (201+) and therefore, the Phillies were crazy to let him go.
Less prominent: He may have pitched the most innings, but he gave up HR’s in bunches (23 on the road, 20 at home) and got a lot of help from the Phils good defense when the ball DID stay in the park as his DIPS or FIP ERA’s were considerably higher than his traditional 4.75
I subscribe to the latter school of thought and if I were a Reds fan, I think I would worry about his weakness for the long ball. Milton is probably better suited to some place like Pac Bell or Seattle’s park. He seems like a good guy and a hard worker, but he has his limitations.
Interesting. Any thoughts, Reds fans?
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