I might be in the minority, but I have no problem with Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ross Ohlendorf getting a raise of more than $1.5 million.
Ohlendorf won his arbitration case against the Pirates yesterday, so he will make a little more than $2 million this season. The Pirates were offering $1.4 million and Ohlendorf made less than $500,000 last season.
The ruling sparked local and national media to jump on the story because Ohlendorf was 1-11 last season.
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The more traditional baseball minds look at the win total and can't believe that it would warrant a raise. And I can't really fault them for that thinking. While a pitcher's record depends on many factors out of his control, you can't ignore the wins stat completely. One way to look at the raise is that the Pirates are paying Ohlendorf $2 million per win. Yikes.
Even with this in mind, I have no problem with the raise. Ohlendorf played for the worst team in baseball last year. They were terrible on offense and were mediocre on defense. How in the world was he supposed to compile a decent record on this team? Of the 21 games Ohlendorf started the Pirates scored 4, 1, 3, 0, 0, 2, 5, 2, 4, 3, 2, 2, 0 12, 2, 6, 0 , 8, 1, 2 and 2 run. That's less than three runs per game. The offense was clearly not helping him.
Ohlendorf also had an ERA of 4.07. It's not great, but there are plenty of players making more than him that had much higher ERAs. He also only gave up four runs or more in five of his 21 starts. I look at that stat and the run support and will argue that Ohlendorf kept his team in a lot of games. Unfortunately for his record, he had little or no help.
It's also unfair to just judge Ohlendorf by last year. He was the Pirates' best pitcher in the 2009 season. He was 11-10 that year with a 3.92 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and pitched 176.2 innings. I will also never forget that he had a game against the St. Louis Cardinals that season where he struck out the side on nine pitches. It was incredible. That feat alone doesn't deserve a hefty raise, but it made me giddy.
I don't like the arbitration thing in baseball. Well, I don't like the amounts of money baseball players are paid, period. But I have no problem with Ohlendorf making $2 million next season. He will be a solid contributor to the team as long as he stays healthy.
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