Saturday, June 29, 2013

Quick Post: Thirty Better Lefty Relievers than Phil Coke

In this Chris Iott piece at Mlive, Jim Leyland is credited with the following quote:

"It would be hard to name three left-handed relievers with better stuff than Phil Coke.”

Okay. Challenge accepted. But screw three. Here's thirty, instead.

1. Drew Smyly, Detroit
2. Robbie Ross, Texas
3. Sean Doolittle, Oakland
4. Jerry Blevens, Oakland
5. Scott Downs, Anaheim
6. Tim Collins, Kansas City
7. Glen Perkins, Minnesota
8. Matt Thornton, Chicago White Sox
9. Andrew Miller, Boston
10. Troy Patton, Baltimore
11. Brain Matusz, Baltimore
12. Boone Logan, New York Yankees
13. Brett Cecil, Toronto
14. Aaron Loup, Toronto
15. Luis Avilan, Atlanta
16. Antonio Bastardo, Philadelphia
17. Mike Dunn, Miami
18. Justin Wilson, Pittsburgh
19. Aroldis Chapman, Cincinnati
20. James Russell, Chicago Cubs
21. Tom Gorzelanny, Milwaukee
22. Mike Gonzalez, Milwaukee
23. Tony Sipp, Arizona
24. Joe Thatcher, San Diego
25. Rex Brothers, Colorado
26. Jose Mijares, San Francisco
27. Jeremy Affeldt, San Francisco
28. Javier Lopez, San Francisco
29. Paco Rodriguez, Los Angeles

And you want a 30th? Darin Downs, Detroit. Even he looks better.

I love Phil Coke’s attitude and intensity. But his pitching is dreadful right now.

Jimbo Leyland is nuts.

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