Given the season Chad Gaudin had in 2013, it may surprise a lot of fans that the San Francisco Giants won’t be bringing him back next year. But it really shouldn’t.
Gaudin entered last year as the main option for long relief, but was quickly thrust into a starting role when Ryan Vogelsong went down with an injury. By the time Vogey returned, Gaudin had cemented his name in the rotation, leaving Barry Zito to be the odd man out.
The reality is, as good as Gaudin was in 2013, there’s a reason that he was playing for his ninth team in his 11-year career. His stats – 3.06 ERA, 1.247 WHIP, 8.2 K/9, and 2.20 K/BB – stand out as a stark contrast to the rest of his career. In his ten seasons of ball before heading to the Bay, those numbers were 4.63, 1.515, 7.1, and 1.71, respectively. And that’s not so good.
Add that all up, and there’s really no reason to think that Gaudin is more like the pitcher of 2013 than the pitcher of 2003-2012. And with Yusmeiro Petit step...