• Phil Coke Doing Just Fine In Motown

    Posted by on June 29th, 2010 · Comments (12)

    Via James Schmehl:

    Phil Coke doesn’t receive quite the same attention or praise as starter Justin Verlander or closer Jose Valverde, but the late-inning reliever has arguably been just as important to the Tigers’ pitching staff in the first half of the season. So much so that The Daily Fungo’s Mike McClary says the unknown left-hander deserves All-Star recognition.

    As McClary notes, Coke has retired the first hitter he’s faced 71 percent of the time, and allowed just eight of his 30 inherited runners to score. Besides, the fun-loving 27-year-old led a Mohawk revolution in the Tigers’ clubhouse. What more of a reason to cast a vote for Coke do you need?

    Hey, who needs Phil Coke when you have Chan Ho Park and Boone Logan?

    Comments on Phil Coke Doing Just Fine In Motown

    1. alterity
      June 29th, 2010 | 5:22 pm

      who needs to make an argument when you can just ask stupid questions?

    2. Corey Italiano
      June 29th, 2010 | 6:38 pm

      Coke had a fine first half last year too, let’s not forget how that turned up ok? No revisionist history here.

      Want proof? Through the 4th of July, Coke had a 2.97 ERA in 36.1 inning allowing batters to hit .172/.246/.344 (28/13 K/BB)

    3. 77yankees
      June 29th, 2010 | 7:53 pm

      I liked Coke, but All-Star? Uhh, no.

      Me thinks McClary should put his head between his knees until the symptoms subside.

    4. MJ Recanati
      June 30th, 2010 | 7:47 am

      Steve, you missed your calling. Stuff like this is made for the Daily News/NY Post.

    5. Jake1
      June 30th, 2010 | 8:52 am

      In all fairness Park and Logan make Coke look like a shutdown reliever.

      How long do they go with those guys? They have to get another lefty in here and another late inning set up man

    6. MJ Recanati
      June 30th, 2010 | 9:56 am

      Jake1 wrote:

      In all fairness Park and Logan make Coke look like a shutdown reliever.

      Irrespective of that, the Yanks didn’t choose to let Coke walk away as a free agent with the intention of replacing him with Park/Logan. Coke was included in the trade that brought back Curtis Granderson so omitting that from the analysis is being disingenuous.

      I do agree, however, that Park and Logan cannot be trusted at this point and that the Yanks should bring up Melancon/Albaladejo to replace one or both of them.

    7. clintfsu813
      June 30th, 2010 | 11:04 am

      @ MJ Recanati:
      FWIW, Nomaas makes a decent argument about Park’s ability to have a better second half.

    8. June 30th, 2010 | 11:32 am

      @ clintfsu813: Which guy there made that case, Jeff Spicoli or Pugsley Addams?

    9. clintfsu813
      June 30th, 2010 | 11:41 am

      @ Steve Lombardi:
      May have been Daniel Larusso

    10. alterity
      June 30th, 2010 | 11:41 am

      @ Steve Lombardi:

      how droll. when you can’t offer analysis worth a damn, why not deflect criticism through stupid jokes?

    11. June 30th, 2010 | 12:35 pm

      @ alterity: Best way I can address your comments is to tell you to read this:


    12. Evan3457
      June 30th, 2010 | 5:47 pm

      Let’s remind ourselves, again, that Coke had good stretches for the team last year, but also had bad ones. More good than bad, I’d argue, but it wasn’t like he was a major factor for the team, especially in the postseason, where he was so unreliable that Marte passed him like he was standing still for the role of #1 lefty.

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