Â Well, it wasn’t pretty but our boys got the job done and earned a win.Â Tonight, the Mets (40-43) hope to make it 2 straight against the Dodgers (53-31).Â In their way will beÂ none other thanÂ (LHP) Randy Wolf.Â Here’s the skinny on Wolf (3-3 3.49 ERA 1.15 WHIP)…
Full Name: Â Randall Christopher Wolf
Born: Â August 22,1976 Â inÂ Canoga Park, California
Height: Â 6-0Â Â Weight: Â 194Â Â Bats: Â LeftÂ Â Throws: Â Left
High School: Â El Camino Real (Woodland Hills, California)Â Â “Conquistadors”
College: Â Pepperdine University
Drafted: Â Selected by Philadelphia Phillies in 2nd Round (54th overall) of 1997 amateur entry draft (June-Reg)Â
Lifetime Record (93-81 4.21 ERA 1.33 WHIP)
Â Per MLB.com,
In his last start, Wolf delivered another quality start for the Dodgers against the Padres and, naturally, came away with his 12th no-decision of the year when Ronald Belisario let a 2-1 lead get away. Wolf allowed one run on four hits in six innings, striking out eight without issuing a walk. He’s a Mets killer from his days in Philadelphia, with an 11-5 lifetime mark against New York (6-1 at Shea Stadium), including 2-0 last year.
Wolf’s last 2 starts courtesy of foxsports,
Sat. Jul 4, 2009 – Wolf struck out eight and held the Padres to one run on four hits over six innings on Saturday.
He was the victim of poor bullpen support as the Padres put together six runs after Wolf’s departure. Wolf has pitched much better than his 3-3 record suggests, so don’t be surprised if the wins start coming in the second half.(RotoWire, 5:35:30 PM)
Wed. Jun 24, 2009 – Wolf only lasted 3.1 innings against the White Sox Wednesday, ceding five runs on seven hits.
He fell victim to the hot, humid conditions at U.S. Cellular Field, allowing three home runs (Alexei Ramirez, Jermaine Dye, Josh Fields) in his brief tenure.(RotoWire, 9:28:22 PM)
*** The last time the Mets faced Wolf was on 5/18 in LA.Â Wolf limited the Mets to 2 earned runs on 6 hits and lasted 7.2 innings. Mets lost 3-2.***
Scouting Report courtesy of Stats Inc,
One scout calls Wolf a poor man’s Tom Glavine. Wolf has an extensive repertoire, throwing a fastball, curve, changeup, slider and cutter. He sets up his fastball with a big, looping curveball that is sometimes thrown in the mid-70s. He also features an above-average changeup. That makes his 90-MPH fastball appear to get on hitters more quickly than it actually does. Wolf has a deceptive motion and knows how to work hitters: up and down, in and out, soft and hard. Command is his key, as he walked just 2.4 batters per nine innings last year. Wolf almost always remains poised while on the mound, but he is a fierce competitor.
Wolf is a good hitter who can not only help himself at the plate but also is occasionally used as a pinch-hitter in extra innings when all the available position players have been used. Last year, he batted .267 with three homers and eight RBI while tying for the team lead with eight sacrifice bunts. He’s an excellent all-around athlete who fields his position well and pays attention to holding runners on with an above-average pickoff move and slide step.
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 indicatorsof 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.
Tidbits Per Wikipedia,
On February 6, 2009, Wolf signed a one-year $5 million contract to return to the Dodgers.
Wolf’s older brother Jim Wolf is a Major League umpire. To avoid a potential conflict of interests, Jim Wolf is not allowed to work on games his brother pitches.
According to baseball-reference, through age 31, Wolf is most compared to ex-Brave Steve Avery.