I was reading an article at Sportsfrog.com a little while ago… it demanded that I trade Nick Blackburn. Bronto, the author, suggests:
“Blackburn has benefited from a better-than average BABIP, which stood at .278 before today’s game compared to last season’s .308 BABIP. And he’s walking more hitters too. After walking just 39 last year, Blackburn has walked 25 people this season after walking just 39 in 2008.”
Yes, this is all 100% accurate. However, with this all know, do we think anyone would be willing to deal anything for Blackburn and if so, what? Personally, I don’t think you’re going to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes if you’re in a competitive league. Blackburn is what he is: a nice option in mixed-leagues and a really, really good option in AL-Only leagues.
“Blackburn has garnered a reputation as a “fly-ball pitcher,” especially from Twins’ announcers Bert Blyleven and Dick Bremer. However, Blackburn’s ground ball to fly ball ratio is 1.21 through his first 13 starts of 2009. As a contrast, Carlos Silva was often considered by many, including Blyleven and Bremer, to be a “sinkerball pitcher” who induced many ground balls. In his final season as a Twin in 2007, Silva had a ground ball to fly ball ratio of 1.41.”
In the end, it comes down to whether or not YOU like Blackburn. You can find all the stats in the world to support either side as Bronto and Pietrzak deliver above. For me, I say stick with him. Let him ride your bench next week and throw him in for two-starts in Week 13. Unless the Twins trade their top-flight defenders, I’d expect more of the same.