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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Scouting Report LHP Randy Wolf

The 33-year old Wolf left the Dodgers this off-season and signed a three-year, 30 million dollar contract with the Brewers. He's in his 12th major league season (3rd major league organization) and is 105-89 for his career, 4.14 ERA, 1.32 WHIP. In his contract year in 2009, he was 11-7 with a 3.23 ERA and 1.10 WHIP for the Dodgers, but he was extremely lucky (.257 BAPIP; career is .294). Over his career he's started against the Mets 30 times, and is 12-5 with a 3.29 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. Last year he faced the Mets twice, threw 14 innings, had 17 runners reach base and allowed only four runs.

Wolf has a very efficient delivery and he knows how to pitch. He throws an 86-90 mph fastball that tails and sinks, a short slider (79 mph), a big sweeping curve (66 mph) and a change-up (77 mph) that fades away from righties. Isn't afraid to pitch inside. Last year he had a lot of success with his fastball and curve-ball. His strike out rate has dropped to < 6 K/9 and his walks have increased to 4.09 W/9 (worst in four years). He's a fly-ball pitcher.

After two terrible starts May 14 and May 19th, Wolf turned in his best outing of the year, going seven shutout innings versus the Astros. For the season he's 4-4 with a 4.52 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in his 10 starts. He's gone at least five innings in each start, but he's let up > 4 runs in six of the 10 starts. He can help himself with his bat (.320 batting average this year, .187 for his career).

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