What will Walt do?

Walt Jocketty has stated in many reports that this offseason the Cincinnati Reds are looking for a top of the rotation starter to help them in 2012. At the start of the offseason he also said they would not be looking at signing many free agents this time around. Which only means one thing, they are going to trade for this top of the rotation starter. If they can not make a deal will they change their minds and go fishing in the free agent pool? If so, who would work best in Great American Ballpark? I have listed five of the top free agent starters just to get an idea of how well they have done in GABP. Jocketty also mentioned a closer (if they can not re-sign Francisco Cordero) and more offense. Now I know better then anyone out there that there is no way the Reds will go for any of these top pitchers this offseason but I thought it would be nice to see the results.


Mark Buehrle has a 1 – 0 career record in Great American Ballpark with a 0.00 ERA in 1 game started with 7 innings pitched and of course allowing 0 home runs.

            Split   W   L  ERA  GS     IP    H  HR   SO  WHIP
    Career Totals 161 119 3.83 365 2476.2 2610 274 1396 1.282

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/21/2011.


Roy Oswalt has a 7 – 1 career record in GABP with a 3.57 ERA and 11 games started (70.2 IP) with only allowing 9 HRs.

            Split   W  L  ERA  GS     IP    H  HR   SO  WHIP
    Career Totals 159 93 3.21 326 2154.0 2071 183 1759 1.194

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/21/2011.


Javier Vazquez has a 3 – 1 record with 4 games started, (28 IP) with a 3.21 ERA and has only given up 4 HRs in GABP.

            Split   W   L  ERA  GS     IP    H  HR   SO  WHIP
    Career Totals 165 160 4.22 443 2840.0 2784 373 2536 1.249

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/21/2011.


Freddy Garcia has recorded a 3 – 0 record in Great American Ballpark with 3 games started (20 IP) with a 2.70 ERA and allowing 2 HRs.

            Split   W  L  ERA  GS     IP    H  HR   SO  WHIP
    Career Totals 145 95 4.09 327 2076.1 2048 249 1486 1.302

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/21/2011.


Brandon Webb has a 2 – 1 record with 5 games started, recording 33.1 IP and getting a 2.97 ERA while only allowing 1 HR in GABP.

Split            W  L  ERA  GS     IP    H HR   SO  WHIP

Career Totals   87 62 3.27 198 1319.2 1200 92 1065 1.239

Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/21/2011.


I only hope when the Reds do make a deal they don’t sell the farm doing it. In my mind giving away 4 – 5 top prospects for one pitcher is not a deal they can afford to make. I personally would rather watch their young pitchers give it their best shot then see some 30+ year old try and fail then leave after two seasons giving the team no pitcher and no future. And I really hope “top of the rotation” means for teams like Philadelphia Phillies or San Francisco Giants not Houston Astros or Minnesota Twins. But I guess only time will tell what they will do and I really wish they would hurry up so then I can plan what I will be doing next season. (Watching baseball or finding a new hobby.)

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