I think everyone here knows that I’m not a Gryboski fan. He’s not exactly a bad pitcher, but he’s not actually good, either. He’s a mediocrity, and I don’t understand the commitment the Braves have made to him.
Gryboski put up a 2.84 ERA last year, but that is not at all indicative of the way he really pitched.
- He allowed 22 runs in 50 2/3 IP, but six of those runs were scored as unearned. Given a more normal ratio — say, 20 runs scored as earned — his ERA would have been 3.55, more in his normal range.
- He walked 23 men in those innings and struck out 24. The near 1:1 ratio is normal for him; his career K and BB are 89 and 83.
- He was often brought in with runners on base to theoretically get a double play, but 23 of the 60 runners he inherited scored, which isn’t very good.
That’s not to say that Gryboski doesn’t have some value. Righthanded hitters hit only .264/.303/.320 against him, which is superb, and he would be useful as a specialist against them. And nobody hit for much power against him — even lefties slugged just .397, and he allowed only two homers — which is very useful.
It is my feeling that Bobby misuses Gryboski. His double plays don’t make up for the additional runners he creates with his walks and comparable hittability, and his low strikeout rate puts a lot of pressure on the defense in situations when they’re already stressed. My feeling is that Gryboski should not be used in any situation where he’s likely to face a lefty with runners on base, and generally shoulnd’t be asked to pitch with a runner on second or third. The proper Gryboski situations are either to face one righthander with a runner on first, less than two out, or to start an inning with a number of righthanded power hitters due up.