World Baseball Classic Effect on Pitchers
The World Baseball Classic has ruined the 2009 baseball season. Pitchers that pitched in it for the most part had bad seasons.
Roy Oswalt won 17 games in 2008 but in 2009 won only eight games and his 4.12 ERA was the highest of his career. It was by far the worst season of his career.
Jake Peavy won about the same number of games as 2008 but started 11 fewer games.
Jeremy Guthrie had a 10-12, 3.63 ERA in 2008 but after pitching in the WBC he posted a 10-17, 5.04 ERA in 2009.
The three pitchers combined for a 27-29 record in 2009.
At least Bud Selig is happy since he got his way and MLB changed their 2009 regular season and postseason schedule to accomodate the WBC.
Now we are playing games in November when college football season is over half over. If the Yankees make it to the World Series it should be a boost to the ratings but a Phillies-Angels World Series will not draw nearly as well.
There is not a good time to play the WBC so why not write it off as a bad experiment before it ruins any more seasons.