I thought it might be fun to take a look at five starting pitchers on this staff to see who they have done really well against in their career and who has owned them at the plate. I used a minimum of 25 plate appearances for the numbers generated below for everyone except Tom Gorzelanny. For Gorzo I used 10. I didn’t run numbers for Randy Wells because of his lack of history so far. Not many surprises here, but there were a few interesting nuggets.

Ryan Dempster

The Bad

                 PA  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG   OPS
Luis Gonzalez    28 12  3  0  2   5  5  1 .545 .643 .955 1.597
Todd Helton      26  9  1  0  3   5  5  3 .429 .538 .905 1.443
Fred McGriff     25  7  1  0  2   5  8  3 .412 .600 .824 1.424
Brian Giles      46 17  5  1  2  10  6  6 .436 .500 .769 1.269
Jeff Bagwell     42 12  1  0  3   7  9  7 .375 .524 .688 1.211
Shawn Green      28 10  2  1  0   4  6  2 .455 .571 .636 1.208
Ryan Klesko      27 10  2  0  1   1  4  5 .435 .519 .652 1.171
Doug Glanville   30 11  2  1  1   5  2  4 .423 .467 .692 1.159
Tony Womack      31  9  1  1  1   2  6  2 .375 .500 .625 1.125

The Good

                PA H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
J.J. Hardy      30 2  1  0  0   2  1  7 .074 .103 .111 .215
Randy Winn      25 2  0  0  0   0  3  7 .091 .200 .091 .291
Corey Hart      29 3  0  0  1   3  3  8 .115 .207 .231 .438
Phil Nevin      25 5  0  0  0   1  2  4 .217 .280 .217 .497
Felipe Lopez    31 5  2  0  1   4  2  9 .172 .226 .345 .571
Rafael Furcal   41 6  3  0  0   1  7  8 .176 .317 .265 .582

There really aren’t any major surprises in the names that own Ryan Dempster other than maybe a guy like Tony Womack. He’s not a good hitter, but for some reason he liked Dempster. It seems like Demp owns guys that played for the Brewers. Corey Hart and J.J. Hardy just can’t hit him. On a side note, Tom Glavine faced Demp 10 times and never reached base.

Carlos Silva

The Bad

                  PA  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP   SLG   OPS
Victor Martinez   37 15  6  0  4  13  3  1 .455 .514 1.000 1.514
Carlos Guillen    39 18  4  1  3  14  2  1 .486 .513  .892 1.405
Juan Uribe        40 20  1  0  5  10  0  1 .500 .500  .900 1.400
Grady Sizemore    52 21  5  2  2   5  8  4 .477 .558  .818 1.376
Jim Thome         26  8  0  0  4   7  3  3 .364 .423  .909 1.332
Hank Blalock      25 10  5  0  1   1  2  0 .435 .480  .783 1.263
Brian Roberts     36 16  2  0  3   7  1  4 .457 .472  .771 1.244

The Good

                  PA H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
Mark Ellis        26 4  1  0  0   0  0  2 .174 .174 .217 .391
Bobby Crosby      27 5  0  1  0   4  0  3 .192 .192 .269 .462
Garret Anderson   31 5  1  0  0   4  3  3 .179 .258 .214 .472
Ivan Rodriguez    37 7  1  0  0   4  2  3 .212 .250 .242 .492
Ichiro Suzuki     28 8  0  0  0   0  0  1 .286 .286 .286 .571

Big ups to Batman for owning three guys that have a chance to be hall of fame players in Ichiro, Pudge and Garret Anderson. That Ichiro stat may come in handy when the Seattle series rolls around this year. You have to imagine he’ll want to prove himself to his old team as well.

Carlos Zambrano

The Bad

                 PA  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG   OPS
Jason Bay        50 14  4  1  5  16  9  8 .341 .460 .854 1.314
Luis Castillo    28 11  0  0  0   1  8  1 .550 .679 .550 1.229
Prince Fielder   49 13  5  0  2   6 12  8 .361 .531 .667 1.197
Carlos Lee       60 21  5  0  5  14  5  7 .382 .433 .745 1.179
Paul Konerko     31  8  1  0  4   6  3  6 .286 .355 .750 1.105

The Good

                  PA H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
Adam Everett      32 3  2  0  0   0  2  9 .103 .161 .172 .334
Geoff Blum        38 5  1  0  0   5  3  9 .143 .211 .171 .382
Rafael Furcal     25 3  2  0  0   1  1  6 .130 .167 .217 .384
Willy Taveras     26 5  0  0  0   1  0  7 .192 .192 .192 .385
Russell Branyan   35 5  1  0  1   2  0 16 .143 .143 .257 .400
David Wright      26 3  0  0  0   3  4 10 .143 .269 .143 .412
Ryan Freel        27 3  0  0  0   0  4  5 .136 .296 .136 .433
Willie Harris     26 4  0  0  0   1  2  3 .174 .269 .174 .443
J.J. Hardy        26 2  0  0  1   1  4  5 .091 .231 .227 .458
Todd Helton       25 3  0  0  0   0  5  6 .150 .320 .150 .470

Apparently J.J. Hardy can’t hit Big Z either. It’s a little surprising to see how bad a guy like David Wright has done. Todd Helton also makes a 2nd appearance in the post.

Ted Lilly

The Bad

                 PA  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG   OPS
Bobby Kielty     26  9  1  0  2   6  4  3 .409 .500 .727 1.227
Alex Rodriguez   50 14  4  0  5   8  7 13 .333 .440 .786 1.226
Bret Boone       34 11  2  1  1   6  6 12 .393 .500 .643 1.143
Doug Mirabelli   25  7  0  0  3   4  3  8 .318 .400 .727 1.127

The Good

                 PA H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
Darin Erstad     27 2  1  0  0   1  2  2 .080 .148 .120 .268
Aubrey Huff      28 3  0  0  0   0  3  0 .120 .214 .120 .334
David Eckstein   46 6  1  0  0   2  2  5 .143 .182 .167 .348
Lance Berkman    28 3  0  0  1   2  1  8 .115 .143 .231 .374

Doug Mirabelli? What business does he have being on this list?

Tom Gorzelanny

The Bad

                  PA H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP   SLG   OPS
Chris Young       11 4  2  0  1   2  4  1 .571 .727 1.286 2.013
Geovany Soto      13 7  2  0  1   5  1  1 .636 .615 1.091 1.706
Mark DeRosa       17 6  3  0  1   3  5  2 .500 .647 1.000 1.647
Ryan Braun        25 9  1  0  3   9  6  2 .474 .600 1.000 1.600
Derrek Lee        17 7  2  0  2   5  2  0 .467 .529 1.000 1.529
Justin Upton      11 4  1  1  1   1  1  2 .400 .455 1.000 1.455
Damian Miller     11 4  1  0  1   1  2  2 .444 .545  .889 1.434
Adrian Gonzalez   10 4  1  0  1   3  1  1 .444 .500  .889 1.389
Brad Ausmus       11 4  2  0  0   5  2  1 .500 .636  .750 1.386

The Good

                 PA H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO   BA  OBP  SLG  OPS
Brian McCann     11 0  0  0  0   0  1  2 .000 .091 .000 .091
Juan Pierre      11 1  0  0  0   0  0  1 .100 .182 .100 .282
Ryan Ludwick     12 1  0  0  0   2  1  1 .111 .182 .111 .293
Craig Biggio     13 2  0  0  0   0  0  2 .154 .154 .154 .308
Aramis Ramirez   19 2  0  0  0   1  2  4 .118 .211 .118 .328
Jonny Gomes      12 2  0  0  0   1  0  5 .167 .167 .167 .333
Orlando Hudson   12 1  0  0  0   0  2  1 .100 .250 .100 .350
Jeff Francoeur   14 2  0  0  0   2  1  2 .167 .214 .167 .381

Maybe we need to look at dealing Gorzo to a team that we play often. Look at how Geo and Lee have hit against him. That said, Rammy may want to take that series off. Also, what the heck is up with Brad Ausmus? He’s a terrible hitter. How does he make this list?

We close with a song by a great band, Shinedown, called “I Own You”

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