Was over at This Blog is Full of Crap trying to reciprocate the support that LS gives so freely over here, and came across something sarcastic on Qualls.
Oh, and as long as Everett is turning double plays, Qualls can continue to kick ass. Who cares if you walk a guy if you double him up in the next groundball pitch?
What could I do? I couldn't help myself: I replied and made a table.
I know you've got the Qualls jersey, so maybe you're oversimplifying on purpose, for laughs.
But you can't treat Qualls' getting the DP as pure luck. It's a part of his game. The ability to draw the DP is not only quantifiable, it is something that is tracked, and is desired by teams.
NETDP according to the sub-geniuses over at Baseball Prospectus is "The number of additional double plays generated versus an average player with the same number of opportunities. Negative NET DP indicates that fewer double plays than average were produced."
I'll look at 2005 coz we all know Qualls has been off his game for most of 2006:
I wasn't able to post a picture or a table there, but since this is my blog, I can make sure I can do so here:
I went on:
I'll grant you that having Everett behind him must give Chadley a peaceful easy feeling, but it does appear that coaxing the DP is something that Qualls in fact does cultivate, and has a knack for.
Hidden or not so hidden within this list may also be why we have underrated Wandy and overrated Brad.
This is way interesting. I mean, I had the idea in my head that Wheeler and Lidge weren't that good at drawing double plays, but had no idea that Lidge was so very poor at it.
It puts the stunning DP at the end of Game Four of the NLCS in an even more miraculous light.
And I had no idea that Wandy, even in his 2005 form, was so good at it.