03 February 2011
Countdown to Scottsdale #16: Guillermo Mota, RP
Plotting Guillermo Mota's 2010 on a line graph would produce a shape reminiscent of the expansion of the human population over the past 500 years. He was practically perfect in April, showed some chinks in May, started to bleed in June, limped through July, and was absolutely throttled in August. It got so bad at one point that they put him on the D.L. just to create roster space — and because he was a little banged up. (I'm a sensitive man.) When he came back in late September, it was all hands on deck, and Guillermo stepped up for the Orange and Black. He didn't give up an earnie over his final seven outings, including two in the World Series.
In a lot of ways, he's making a career out of one phenomenal season in 2003, when he was practically untouchable. But there's a great deal to be said for a reliever who comes in throwing strikes.