How bad is Chad Durbin?

Comparing him to Scott Proctor is an insult to Scott Proctor. More like Frank LaCorte, who was 1-8 with an 11.68 ERA for the ’77 Braves. LaCorte walked 29 and allowed 67 hits — including 10 homers — in 37 IP. Let’s hope Durbin doesn’t last that long.

What the hell was FW thinking when he signed this guy to a MAJOR LEAGUE contract?

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8 Comments on How bad is Chad Durbin?

  1. Chad Durbins is bad, mmmm-kay?

  2. roadrunner48 // April 16, 2012 at 5:42 pm //

    It’s nice to see that Frank LaCorte is not forgotten.

  3. He’s at least Mark Redman bad…

  4. I was thinking the same thing, Tbone…

  5. Tokyokie // April 16, 2012 at 9:13 pm //

    Actually, you probably are being unfair to Frank LaCorte, based on the admittedly small sample we have of Pretoria as a Braves. LaCorte gave up an astounding home run every 3.7 innings; Pretoria is giving up one every inning. LaCorte had a miserable 2.595 WHIP, but Pretoria’s, at 3.000 is even worse. A lot of LaCorte’s problem was that the Braves used him largely as a starter (28 of 38 appearances during his time with the Braves), a role for which he was ill suited. Once the Braves sent him to Houston for the forgettable Bo McLaughlin, the Astros made LaCorte a reliever exclusively, and he was pretty good, especially in 1980 (2.82 ERA, 11 saves, 83 IP).

    I seriously doubt Pretoria will ever find a role with a major-league team at which he’ll approach competency, unless it involves cleaning towels.

  6. rankin' rob // April 17, 2012 at 8:38 am //

    Thanks a lot. I had completely repressed my Frank LaCorte memories.

  7. Surely one of our AAA relievers could fill in better for Durbin. Why not Flande?

  8. clete boyer fan // April 17, 2012 at 2:35 pm //

    The big question is why pick up Durbin when there are cheaper, probably better alternatives in AAA? Durbin’s sample size of stats last year should’ve let Wren know that he was hot garbage.

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