Grading Oakland Pitcher Ben Sheets $10 Million Into His Contract
This day came a little earlier than I supposed it would. Ben Sheets' season is now officially over. Possibly his career. Twice at the quarter season and half way points, I have given Sheets an overall grade. Now, instead of having two more reviews, I am forced to give my final one with his season ending surgery.
Sheets plans on having flexor-tendon surgery, mostly so that he can pitch again if he would like to; but he stated: "If I came back, I would have to feel a lot better." (San Francisco Chronicle).
He will most likely miss all of next season, and there is a good chance he could be done permanently. The infamous Dr. James Andrews did his prior surgery on his injured tendon in his arm.
Now let's get to the review:
Sheets, the 6'1'', 222 pound starter was 4-9 this season with a 4.53 ERA. The league average is 4.15.
He started 20 games this season and had seven no decisions. He had 116 innings pitched this year which was his second lowest of his career (88 in 2006 was lowest). Sheets was 1-1 against his division with four no decisions.
All of these factors are mixed in with his $10 million contract which equals out to $2.5 million dollars per win. I am not trying to be too hard on Sheets—who undoubtedly went out and pitched hard, but the wins just aren't there.
He was getting quite consistent to end the year as he didn't allow more than four Earned Runs after a May 2nd debacle where he gave up 9 runs to the Blue Jays. That meant over his last fourteen starts, he has left his team in the game, just not been able to get run support.
With all of this taken into account, he can't be given a high grade, since he just didn't step it up in the games when needed; but still became effective to a point as the season progressed. The season ending injury realistically has to hurt his grade overall.
Season Ending Grade: C
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