2012 Dodgers in Review #44: RP Todd Coffey Is a Socialism

4.66 ERA 3.61 FIP 19.1 IP 8.38 K/9 3.19 BB/9 fWAR D+

2012 in brief: Veteran was quietly effective in between April knee surgery and July elbow surgery which ended his season.

2013 status: $2.5m club option was declined and he’s unlikely to pitch at all as he rehabs from Tommy John surgery, though it may not stop him from attempting to defend America from the unseen threat of forces that threaten capitalism.

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I feel like I’m not even sure how to appropriately grade Coffey here. A 4.66 ERA isn’t great, and neither is missing several weeks in April with knee surgery and then blowing out his arm entirely in early July, limiting his season (and likely Dodger career) to only 19.1 innings over 23 outings. Since he allowed four earned runs in his first three appearances, he fell victim to the usual trap of ERA over small sample sizes, and it didn’t get back below 7 until June. As you can imagine, he was hardly the most popular reliever among fans simply due to that.

And yet… when healthy, Coffey was actually pretty effective. He appeared in 10 June games, and didn’t allow an earned run in any, part of a “15 scoreless outings in 16 games” streak dating back to early May. Of his 23 games, he allowed earned runs in only five, and three of them came in appearances clearly affected by his knee & elbow.

Besides, if we remember when Coffey was surprisingly signed in February, I was pretty pleased with the move:

So a durable, pudgy, entertaining ROOGY for $1.3m? Can’t argue that, even if you can make a pretty convincing argument that he’s a better reliever (younger, better FIP, higher K/BB in 2010-11) than Matt Guerrier, who received 9.2x as much cash last winter over three years.

I’m not entirely sure that another veteran bullpen arm was strictly necessary at this point, but Coffey is useful enough and for the $1.3m he’s getting, you can’t really argue with it. Works for me.

And I think it would have, had he not been injured. Sadly, his Tommy John surgery is likely to keep him out well into next season, and it’s doubtful he suits up as a Dodger again.

But let’s be honest, none of that is why we’re going to remember Todd Coffey, right? I feel like Coffey’s the kind of guy who worries that “Red Dawn” — the original one, not the remake that never happened — was a documentary.

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Next up! Shawn Tolleson makes his debut!

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DINGERS!
DINGERS!

Soooo Bowden tweets that Marlins are "listening" on Giancarlo. But NOT actually shopping him. Pfft.

Gilbert_Vengeance
Gilbert_Vengeance

I miss my duo of Dodger game followed by King Taco afterwards : /

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

for the very first time, i am last goat standing for the day. HA! 

Cochito Commish
Cochito Commish

This thread has half the comments yesterday's thread had. I can't wait for the holidays to be over and for things to pick back up again. 

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

The most searched article on Wikipedia in Vietnam? Sex positions. Hell yeah. That's what I'm talkin about

capnsparrow
capnsparrow

Why is the iphone5 so hard to type on?

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@IBBFTW "All I have to report is that there is nothing to report."

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @Gilbert_Vengeance yeah, that is a mystery dude right there. who even knows, right? i assume he'll do the old "work out" for teams...and he's gonna want 40 million like Yasiel got, no doubt. It def makes sense to check him out. 

Disgruntled Goat
Disgruntled Goat moderator

 @Catfishin is pastiche. he's combining bits and pieces of films he has enjoyed into a film of his own. lots of homage to those films as well. he strength is usually dialog. my favorite of his is Jackie Brown because it is the most character driven. 

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

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DINGERS!
DINGERS!

@DBrim Please send your offers in a sealed envelope. Andre may move before Stanton cuz Ned. I anticipate them wanting 5 high end talents for Giancarlo. I cant predict what Ned would actually want for Dre, and it concerns me.

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Disgruntled Goat @Gilbert_Vengeance I don't think he can get that due to new international spending caps.

LA_Woman
LA_Woman

 @DeucesWild Dunno. This is what I saw on my Facebook page. Make me "homesick."

DBrim
DBrim moderator

@Disgruntled Goat @Disgruntled @Gilbert_Vengeance I didn't RTFA. My bad.

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

oh and as always I wouldnt be doing my job if i dont tell you to avoid all alcohol and any other psychoactive drugs while using Xanax. It can result in death. 

Kewldood69
Kewldood69

 @Amy Wong, Ph.D. Candidate haha. figured. A friend of mine once dated a neurosurgeons daughter. He went to a State school. That didn't cut it with big daddy. 

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

 @Antonio_G FYI i use big terms so you can google it any time you want for some fun reading and mini medical school. BOOM. knowledge. 

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

 @Kewldood69 major hierarchy among doctors. Neurosurgeons are considered Team Bentley and no one messes with them. 

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

 @Antonio_G its a Benzo meaning its Gabaergic drug and works as an axiolytic (anxiety reducer) but is short acting and highly addictive. snorting it allows for a quicker induction into the blood stream while also bypassing liver filtration which results in higher levels and so stronger effect

MSTI OG
MSTI OG

probably wont have my own practice. I want to just work, get a pay check and go home. So like... Kaiser Permanente or something chill but not too small, not too big. and I wanna pick on medstudents so it has to be academic