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An Analysis: Ricardo Rincon

I've been tired of the Rincon bashing since, oh, 2003.  It seems like the vast majority of fans believe that good relievers are a dime a dozen, and that someone better than Rincon can be obtained easily in the minors, or on some scrap heap somewhere.  Let's ignore the fact that if it was that easy, we'd have replaced Rincon already.  Or that we've had plenty of young pitchers come up through our system (and have since moved on to other teams) that have yet to even come close to Rincon's performance.  Or that if Rincon really was worthless and didn't do his job, we could've traded him to plenty of other teams and gotten something in return, since capable left-handed relievers fetch a good price on the market, particularly this season.

I'm going to ignore all that.  I'm just going to do what someone should have done a long time ago, and that's show you, game by game, how Rincon has fared thus far this season.  All "poor" outings (where he gives up a run or allows an inherited runner to score, or leaves a mess for someone else to clean up) are marked with a '^'.

1) 4/06 @ Baltimore
     Rincon comes in to replace Kirk Saarloos at the beginning of the inning, the bottom of the 7th.
   Rafael Palmiero flies out to left.  
   Javy Lopez grounds out to third.  
   Gibbons reaches on an infield single.  
   Bigbie flies out to left.

2) 4/07 @ Baltimore
     Rincon comes in to relieve Danny Haren at the start of the 7th.  
   Gibbons pops out.
   Roberts flies out.
   Newhan flies out to center.

3) 4/08 @ Tampa Bay^
     Ricon replaces Justin Duchscherer in the 8th inning to face Aubrey Huff, after Duchscherer allows Crawford to reach, steal second, and then reach third on a sacrifice.  
   Rincon promptly hits Huff with a pitch.  
     He's pulled for Juan Cruz.

4) 4/15 vs. Anaheim
     Rincon replaces Juan Cruz in the 9th, after Cruz gets the first out, then allows a home run, a single, and a walk in short order.  Runners on first and third.
   Darin Erstad flies out.
     Rincon is replaced with Huston Street.  

5) 4/17 vs. Anaheim^
     Rincon replaces Kirk Saarloos in the top of the 6th, after Saarloos allows a walk and a single.
   Garret Anderson hits a home run.
   Steve Finley flies out.
     Street is brought in to face Orlando Cabrera.

6) 4/19 @ Texas
     Relieves Blanton in the bottom of the 7th, with runners on first and third.
   Hank Blalock flies out to end the inning.

7) 4/21 @ Seattle
     Comes in at the start of the 8th, to relieve Harden.
   Wilson Valdez grounds out.
   Ichiro Suzuki grounds out.
   Jeremy Reed singles.
     Rincon is replaced with Justin Duchscherer.

8) 4/22 @ Anaheim
     Rincon is called in to replace Kirk Saarloos at the bottom of the 6th, after Vladimir Guerrero doubles in Chone Figgins.  Runner on second.
   Finley is safe on a fielder's choice.  Guerrero out at third.
   IBB to Orlando Cabrera.
   Dallas McPherson strikes out swinging.

9) 4/26 vs. CWS^
     Replaces Rich Harden at the top of the 6th, with runners on first and second.
   Podsednik singles, allowing Uribe to score.
     Keiichi Yabu replaces Rincon.  

10) 4/27 vs. CWS
     Starts the top of the 8th.
   Podsednik flies out.
   Harris singles.
   Carl "I don't believe in dinosaurs" Everett grounds Harris out at 2nd.
      Rincon is pulled for Duchscherer.

11) 4/29 vs. Seattle^
     Starts the top of the 8th.
   Boone homers.
   Ibanez flies out.
   Winn flies out.
     Street is called in.

12) 4/30 vs. Seattle
     Replaces Street with runners on first and second.
   Ibanez strikes out swinging to end the inning.

13) 5/04 vs. Texas^
     Relieves Keiichi Yabu, with runners on first and third.  
   Delluci flies out.
   Michael Young grounds out.
   Texiera singles.
   Blalock pops out.
     Replaced by Street.

14) 5/06 @ NYY
     Comes in to start the bottom of the 10th.
   Tino Martinez walks.
   Cano grounds Martinez out, but reaches first.
     Pulled for Kiko Calero.

15) 5/08 @ NYY
     Called in to replace Calero at the top of the 8th.
   Giambi strikes out swinging.
   Cano grounds out.
     Replaced with Yabu.

16) 5/09 @ Boston
     Replaces Justin Duchscherer at the bottom of the 7th, with runners on first and second.
   Damon pops out.
   Nixon strikes out swinging to end the inning.

17) 5/10 @ Boston
     Relieves Huston Street in the bottom of the 8th, with one out.
   Damon walks.
   Jay Payton grounds into a double play to end the inning.

18) 5/13 vs. NYY
     Relieves Yabu, who leaves with the bases loaded and only one out (on a sacrifice bunt).
   Hideki Matsui hits a sacrifice fly to score a run.
     Replaced with Juan Cruz.

19) 5/14 vs. NYY
     Starts the top of the 7th.
   Matsui hits a double.
   Alex Rodriguez grounds out.
   Martinez lines out softly.
   Jorge Posada grounds out to end the inning.

20) 5/15 vs. NYY^
     Rincon starts the top of the 7th.
   Matsui flies out.
   Rodriguez walks.
   Martinez pops out, Rodriguez advances to second.
   IBB to Posada.
   Giambi doubles, scoring Rodriguez.
   Cano singles, scoring Posada.
     Pulled for Street.

21) 5/17 vs. Boston^
     Replaces Juan Cruz, who leaves with the bases loaded and no outs.
   Bellhorn strikes out swinging.
   Runners advance on a fielding error by Hatteberg, one run scores, runners on second and third.
     Replaced with Street.

22) 5/21 vs. San Francisco
     Rincon relieves Haren in the bottom of the 7th, with runners on first and second and one out.
   Durham grounds into a double play to end the inning.

23) 5/24 @ Tampa Bay
     Relieves Saarloos in the bottom of the 7th, with runners on second and third, two outs.
   Travis Lee grounds out to end the inning.

24) 5/28 @ Cleveland
     Rincon replaces Cruz in the bottom of the 6th, bases loaded, only one out.
   Sizemore grounds into a double play, ending the inning.
   [Starts 7th.]
   Blake strikes out swinging.
   Hafner grounds out.
   Broussard flies out to end the inning.

25) 5/30 vs. Tampa Bay
     Relieves Duchscherer at the top of the 9th, two outs, runner on first.
   Crawford singles.
   Lugo grounds out to end the inning.
   [Starts the 10th.]
   Huff strikes out swinging.
   Lee singles.
     Pulled for Street.

26) 6/02 vs. Toronto
     Replaces Saarloos at the top of the 6th, two outs, runner on third.
   Orlando Hudson strikes out swinging to end the inning.

27) 6/04 vs. Toronto
     Starts the top of the 8th.
   Rios strikes out swinging.
   McDonald singles.
   Hudson grounds into a fielder's choice.  Runner on first.
     Relieved by Street.

28) 6/08 @ Washington^
     Relieves Yabu in the bottom of the 8th.  Runners on first and second, two outs.
   Runners advance on a wild pitch.
   Adams walks.
     Pulled for Glynn.

29) 6/10 @ Atlanta^
     Replaces Calero in the bottom of the 8th.  Two outs, runner on first.
   Langerhans singles.
     Replaced with Street.

30) 6/16 vs. NYM
     Starts top of the 8th.
   Matsui strikes out swinging.
   Reyes grounds out.
   Wright flies out to end the inning.

31) 6/18 vs. Philadelphia
     Relieves Saarloos at the top of the 7th, runner on second, one out.
   Rollins grounds out.
   Lofton fouls out to end the inning.
   [Starts the 8th]
   Abreu grounds out.
   Burrell lines out to Rincon.
   Thome strikes out swinging to end the inning.
   [Starts 9th]
   Utley strikes out swinging.
     Replaced with Duchscherer.

32) 6/21 @ Seattle^
     Relieves Yabu in the bottom of the 8th.  No runners on, one out.
   Ichiro singles.
   Winn singles.
     Pulled for Duchscherer.

33) 6/22 @ Seattle
     Relieves Calero at the top of the 9th, runner on first with no outs.
   Ibanez singles.
   Boone sacrifices, runners advance to second and third.
   Reed strikes out swinging.
     Relieved by Duchscherer.

34) 6/30 vs. Seattle
     Starts the top of the 7th.
   Boone walks.
   Reed pops out.
     Duchscherer called in.

35) 7/02 vs. CWS
     Starts the top of the 8th.
   Podsednik bunts out.
   Harris strikes out swinging.
     Duchscherer comes in.

36) 7/05 @ Toronto^
     Starts the bottom of the 7th.
   Hudson homers.
   Adams grounds out.
     Pulled for Calero.

37) 7/06 @ Toronto^
     Relieves Yabu at the bottom of the 8th, two outs, runners on first and second.
   Runners advance on a wild pitch.
   Adams walks.
     Pulled for Glynn.

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