Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Mark Davis Born
Most people who follow baseball beyond the most perfunctory review of the standings know of Keith Foulke's struggles this season. Foulke--whose birthday is also today, incidentally--was brilliant for the Red Sox in 2004, putting up a 2.17 ERA (225 ERA+) in eighty-three innings and then allowing just one run in fourteen post-season innings, including a stretch in which he threw five scoreless innings across three straight days against the Yankees. However, whether because of that workload or something else entirely Foulke collapsed in 2005 throwing just forty five and two-thirds innings with a brutal 5.91 ERA (75 ERA+) and requiring mid season knee surgery. Foulke's ERA got worse by an astounding one hundred fifty percent compared to league average.
If anyone can sympathize however, it would be his fellow relief pitcher and October 19th birthday boy, Mark Davis.
We don't know what Keith Foulke will do in the time remaining on his contract in