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Lilly vs. Ryu

I think that it's interesting that Ted Lilly's results are so quickly dismissed, many were happy to see that he was DFA yesterday. My theory is that, we don't realize that Lilly has been decent because we are blinded by his lack of velocity. If Lilly had identical numbers but had velocity in the low 90's, I think he's in the starting rotation right now.

Hyun-Jin Ryu has made 19 starts (team record 13-6) as a Dodger, his numbers look like this:

122 IP, 3.25 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 0.74 HR/9, 8.56 H/9, 7.08 K/9, 3.02 BB/9

Compared with Lilly's last 19 starts (team record 13-6):

107 2/3 IP, 3.18 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 0.58 HR/9, 7.19 H/9, 7.10 K/9, 3.68 BB/9

Lilly's health ultimately made his contract unpleasant, because his performance when he was able to play was more than acceptable. In his first three seasons as a Dodger:

318 IP, 3.74 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 7.61 H/9, 7.53 K/9, 2.41 BB/9

Given that this team is trying to hold the fifth spot in the rotation down with Chris Capuano and Stephen Fife, Lilly's injuries must have completely diminished his skills to have caused him to be released. More of a scouting decision, because what team would cut a starting pitcher who was already on the books and created this type of production when healthy?

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