• Left Behind At The Dotel

    Posted by on December 20th, 2005 · Comments (5)

    I decided to take another look at the potential new Yankee, Octavio Dotel.

    Since he was injured in 2005, it makes sense to throw out his 2005 stats.

    Looking at his 2004 numbers, thanks to the sortable database at BaseballMusings.com, I noticed something concerning.

    Here is Dotel pitching to right-handed batters:


    Dotel kills RH batters – even last year, when he was hurt. How does Octavio do against left-handed batters? Here’s the answer:


    This is interesting. In 2004, all of a sudden, LH batters, while not hitting well often against Dotel, when they did hit him they did a lot of damage – look at his slugging percentage allowed.

    If the intent is to limit Dotel to just facing RH batters in 2006, to combat his new issue with LH batters, why not just use Scott Proctor in that role instead?

    Gosh, I never thought that I would see the day that I would prefer Proctor over anyone in the Yankees pen. But, Dotel just might be that one.

    Comments on Left Behind At The Dotel

    1. Jason O.
      December 20th, 2005 | 3:26 pm

      SL has some kind of grudge w/octavio that may go back to the old neighborhood in the DR.

    2. December 20th, 2005 | 3:34 pm


      Hey, the dude insulted my wife’s tostones!

      No, really, I’m concerned about the Yankees interest here. I truly feel that it’s a mistake. But, hey, I’ve been wrong before….

    3. December 20th, 2005 | 5:24 pm

      Does the name Juan Acevedo ring loudly in your ears like it does in mine? I haven’t looked it up cybermetrically, but I just have a hunch they are gas out of the same bag.

    4. jonm
      December 20th, 2005 | 7:34 pm

      I don’t quite see the pattern that you see here, Steve. Lefties hit him with power in 2004 and 2005 in a very small sample size. I like the signing as a flier for one year. Then again, I could be wrong too.
      You’re a good man, Steve. So many people in the sabermetric world never argue that they could possibly be wrong. It’s refreshing to see your lack of smugness.

    5. December 20th, 2005 | 10:55 pm

      Thanks – but, it’s easy – because I’ve been wrong so many times before! 😉

      When the Yankees got rid of Mike Stanley for Girardi, I wanted blood – well, almost. And, that worked out. When they traded for Justice, I thought it was a huge mistake on the day of the trade. Come the LCS that year, I was singing a different tune. Just this year, I wanted Torre fired – many times. Yet, he held the team together in the end. There’s many more times like this for me.

      Hey, if it means it works in the Yankees favor, I’ll be happy to be wrong all the time!

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