What are those numbers, you ask? They're the career BB/9 ratios of the four left-handers who threw in today's Spring Training game. In order, they go Tony Watson (4.1), Jonathan Sanchez (5.0), Justin Wilson (5.8), and Andrew Oliver (6.0).
The numbers come with a disclaimer that not all of the pitchers have the same innings totals. Watson's walk rate has come after 94.1 innings in the majors. Sanchez has the biggest sample, with 772.2 innings. But Andrew Oliver (31.2 innings) and Justin Wilson (4.2 innings) haven't spent a lot of time in the majors. That said, both pitchers have experienced trouble with their control in the minors, so it's hard to just chalk this up to a small sample size.
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