Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Can We Rely On Koch?

I was actually thinking the Billy Koch could end up being a decent closer this year. He looked sharp this weekend against the Blue Jays and had only one completely miserable performance so far this year. He was getting some strikeouts, not walking a lot of batters, and hitting 94 on the radar gun. Overall, he looked much better than he did at any time last year.

That was until last night. Koch walked the bases loaded (while getting two strikeouts between the first and second walk) before giving up a 2 run single to Mora. Koch then "saved" the game by inducing Tejada to ground out to Uribe at short, who made a nice play on a hard hit ball.

His ERA now stands at 5.11, but he has gotten 13 Ks in 12.1 IP. I still think he can be an effective reliever for the Sox this year, but I would hate to count him closing an important game.