2010 Player Capsule: Armando Galarraga

Ready to take a look back at the performers of 2010 and what's in store for them in 2011? Head inside to read the 2010 player capsules! Armando Galarraga had a very interesting 2010 season, highlighted by a near perfect game, but will he hold his spot in 2011?

Five Numbers That Sum Up The Season











What It All Means

To say 2010 was a strange year for Armando Galarraga would likely be an understatement. He started the year in Toledo and didn't make his first appearance in Detroit until mid-May. Less than a month later he tossed the infamous "not perfect" perfect game, and then he would spend the rest of the season entrenched as the Tigers' fifth starter, despite ups and downs, and at times public criticism from manager Jim Leyland. The statistics show that Galarraga was likely a tad lucky to end with an ERA in the mid 4's, but that he wasn't so terribly lucky that he's not a suitable fifth starter, either in 2010 or moving forward. The FIP of course indicates he was likely more of an ERA around 5 guy, while both his BAbip and HR/FB rate suggest he got lucky on both the balls hit on the ground and in the air. Accounting for those things and Galarraga likely comes out as a serviceable back of the rotation starter, but someone much closer to an ERA of 5 than an ERA of 4 as he straddles between the two.

What Does the Future Hold

According to Leyland, "as of now," Armando heads into spring training as the fifth starter. The flip side is that the Tigers likely know what the above analysis has shown; while Galarraga can be serviceable in the role that he's slated to fill, it's not unreasonable to try and upgrade that spot, especially if the Tigers feel like with the current group they have that they are close to contending. For now, Galarraga will be given the fifth starter's role, and expected to come in and perform well enough to hang onto it. But with free agents still available, a trade always a possibility, and a top young prospect likely slated for Triple-A, there will be plenty of pressure to perform or move out.

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