Baseball is a game of numbers – mind numbing stats that you never knew existed, that make you scratch your head in wonder when they reel off players stats like "Best average by a left hander batter in an indoor park when it’s raining outside and the batting team is down by 2 runs or more and there is one or more outs in the bottom of the 9th inning".
David Pinto, of Baseball Musings, writes in his most recent column that the Diamondbacks, with the acquisition of pitcher Dan Haren, may have the best 1-2 punch in baseball by virtue of predicted ERP (Earned Runs Prevented). I hope this is true. I seem to remember a couple of guys named Johnson and Schilling and the confidence I had knowing that if the Big Unit had a bad outing then Schilling was a good bet to come back and give us a win the next time out*.
* Schilling’s record in 17 starts following a D’backs loss was 13-1, including a 1.72 ERA.