bd811 wrote:so this guy seems to fill the same role kintzler would have--heavy groundball pitcher--but with much more swing and miss? i like it.
I wouldn't describe Cishek as a heavy groundball pitcher in the same way as Kintzler is known to be. Kintzler is consistently in the 55%-62% range year after year. Cishek induced 56% last season but was at 44%, 46% and 43% the 3 previous seasons. Perhaps he made an adjustment and his newfound groundball rate is repeatable, I don't know. But his K-rate is better so that certainly helps balance things out if he regresses. And for 2 years at $6 to 7 mill per season, it's a pretty fair contract.