Â Last night was one of the most disgusting nights of my life.Â I watched Pineiro “son” the Mets and I watched the whole thing.Â I would rather watch a 3hr marathon of The Golden Girls on Lifetime than sit through that torture again… But I won’t, cuz Im a Mets fan.Â Anyway, tonight, the Mets (35-34) hope to rebound (Damn, Ive written that alot) against the Cardinals (40-32).Â Our boys will be up against Brad Thompson (2-2 3.89 ERA 1.19WHIP).Â Here’s the skinny on Thompson…
Full Name: Â Bradley Joseph Thompson
Born: Â January 31,1982 Â inÂ Las Vegas, Nevada
Height: Â 6-1Â Â Weight: Â 190Â Â Bats: Â RightÂ Â Throws: Â Right
High School: Â Cimarron Memorial (Las Vegas, Nevada)Â Â “Spartans”
College: Â Dixie State College of Utah
Drafted: Â Selected by St. Louis Cardinals in 16th Round (492nd overall) of 2002 amateur entry draft (June-Reg)Â
Â Per MLB.com,
Thompson wasn’t unhittable in his last start against the Royals, but thanks to a wave of run support from the Cardinals’ offense, Thompson earned his second win of the year. And at times, Thompson was pretty good. After giving up a leadoff homer in the first, Thompson allowed just one run through the next five innings. He gave up another homer in the seventh and left after allowing four runs and five hits in seven innings. It was good enough for the Cardinals, and it may be good enough to give Thompson, who has spent a portion of 2009 in the bullpen, a few more opportunities to start.
***Thompson is used primarily as a reliever but has started as of late due to injuries.
(Tue. Jun 9, 2009) – Thompson made his second straight fill-in start, one each for Joel Pineiro and Kyle Lohse, in Monday’s 5-2 loss to Colorado.
Â The Associated Press reports St. Louis Cardinals SP Brad Thompson allowed one run on three hits in six innings Saturday, June 13, to pick up his first win of the season. He struck out five batters and walked two. It was his first win since the team’s final game in 2008. (KFFL, 5:30pm)
(Wed. Jun 3, 2009) – The stand-in starter worked five effective innings in the Cardinals’ 5-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday night.
Thompson subbed for Joel Pineiro, whose turn was skipped due to back spasms, and allowed two runs in five innings in his first appearance since throwing three innings of relief May 17. Thompson, whose inactivity seemed to argue against the Cardinals’ 13-man pitching staff, stayed sharp with a pair of bullpen sessions during the layoff before becoming the team’s eighth starter this season.(STATS, 12:53pm)
***You may remember Thompson from Game 4 of the 2006 NLCS.Â He took the loss with Delgado hitting a solo shot to left field.Â His line for the series – ***
-2 Games, 27.00 ERA, 0.2 IP, 2 earned runs on 3 hits…
According to fangraphs, Thompson utilizes 5 pitchesÂ -
- Fastball 87.4MPH
- Curveball 76.9 MPH
- Changeup 83.1 MPH
- 2 Seam 88.4 MPH
- Slider 84.7 MPH
Control: Walks compared to batters faced.
k-Rating: Strikeouts compared to batters faced.
Efficiency: Similar to WHIP, a higher rating for pitchers allowing less baserunners per inning pitched.
The ratings are based on formulas that sum a player’s entire career based on available statistics in our database, including minor league and college data. These scouting scores are to be used as indicators of a player’s strength. A career minor leaguer might have a speed rating of 100 though this does not insinuate that he is a better runner than a major leaguer with a speed rating of 90. Though it does indicate that a player was an excellent base-stealer in the minors, we do not know how he would have fared in the majors.