Friday, Aug 10, 2012, 7:05 PM CDT
Minute Maid Park
Partly cloudy. Winds blowing out to right field at 5-15 m.p.h. Game time temperature around 90.
Oct 19, 1990
Feb 27, 1986
You have likely heard of Turk Farrell before. He was an All-Star in Houston's first season in the major leagues, won 10 games in his first season in Houston, 14 the next and only failed to top double-digit wins once in his six years in Houston.
The reston we bring it up is Farrell had exactly 117 decisions with the Astros, and this is now the 117th game of the season. These late-season games are getting tough to find interesting storylines, and Farrell's isn't necessarily uninteresting. It's just pretty well-known.
So, instead, I'm going to make an argument that Farrell should have gotten Cy Young votes in 1962. The reason I bring it up is that Dan LeBatard said on PTI last week that Lucas Harrell should get Cy Young consideration for winning on such a bad team. Now, Harrell hasn't been Steve Carlton, and neither was Farrell, but it's not exactly easy to win and pitch well on bad teams.
In '62, the Cy Young award had been around for about six years. It was first awarded in 1956, when Don Newcombe won a major league award. The award wasn't split into different leagues until 1967. Plus, back then, things like wins were considered more important for things like the Cy Young. You'd never see a guy with just 10 wins taking serious consideration.
And, let's get something straight. I'm not arguing that Farrell should have won over Don Drysdale, who was a brilliant 25-9 with a 2.83 ERA and 232 strikeouts. Plus, Drysdale had a save. Can you imagine that happening today?
No, I'm saying you could make the case that Farrell deserved more votes than the third-place finisher, Billy Pierce. Teammate Jack Sanford finished second for the San Francisco Giants, but Pierce was more of a reliever. He only pitched 160+ innings, had just 76 strikeouts and went 16-6. That's a good total, but hardly sterling when you look at what Drysdale (and Farrell) did.
What did Farrell do? Well, he went 10-20, but won 10 games for a team that only won 64 games. He threw 241 innings in his first season as a starting pitcher, after spending a ton of time in Philadelphia's bullpen. He struck out 203 batters while walking only 55. He had an ERA+ of 124, which was much higher than Pierce's 110 ERA+ that season.
I really think Farrell was a better pitcher that season. There's no way, in that era, that he gets a nod. But, I definitely think he should have.
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A match-up for the ages. Let's hope no one has to miss the first inning because they're on their way home from church.
In 1988, the Houston Astros made what would probably be considered a pretty gutsy move today. They traded two prospects to the Atlanta Braves for shortstop and offensive whiz Rafael Ramirez. That's not the gutsy part, as offensive shortstops don't grow on trees.
No, the thing that stood out about this was that Ramirez was a year away from free agency when Houston made the trade. Remember, the '88 Astros weren't exactly contending. They had won in '86, struggled for the next two seasons before settling into a pre-rebuilding mode until about '91.
In that respect, there are big parallels between the Ramirez trade and the Miguel Tejada deal. The reason we're talking about him here is he totaled 116 hits in '90, his last big season before becoming a part time player for Houston. Of course, he was also 32 that season, so it's not surprising he declined with age.
The thing is, Ramirez didn't exactly hit like an offensive whiz, in Houston or in Atlanta. He had a reputation as that guy, but he just didn't do many things in an outstanding way. He never won a Gold Glove, he never hit .300 and never had a slugging percentage over .400. His career line was .261/.295/.342, and in his time in Houston and Atlanta, his career OBP was under .300.
Houston didn't give up much for him, but Ramirez became the first in a long line of guys who would try to replace Craig Reynolds and Dickie Thon for the Astros. The names are familiar: Andujar Cedneo, Orlando Miller, Ricky Gutierrez, Tim Bogar, Pat Listach, Eric Yelding, etc., etc. None of them managed to do that, and in the 14 years between Ramirez and Adam Everett, only Cedeno started three or more Opening Days. It was just a revolving door at that spot.
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