As announced yesterday, we have a new friend. Orlando Roman has signed a deal to pitch for the Swallows during the 2012 season.
¡Bienvenido a Tokio, Señor Román!
Call me crazy, but looking over his numbers from the past several years, it seems like there’s a bit of a climate-linked variable in terms of how well he does in a given season. I’m not saying that his pitching is affected by El Niño or anything, but his ERA seems to drop when he pitches in warmer places.
It’s just a casual observation, but he has pitched well in Mexico and Taiwan while struggling in cooler locales such as New Hampshire (Toronto’s double-A affiliate).
I wonder if that means that he’ll struggle in the spring before hitting some consistency in the summer and then disappearing again in the fall.