May 23, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Kevin Millwood (25) pitches to the Texas Rangers during the 3rd inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE
Three years ago today, I did a lengthy post that was inspired by multiple items around the internet from Evan Grant, Rob Neyer, and R.J. Anderson, talking about Kevin Millwood's remarkable first half of the season and how much of that was due to good luck, how much was due to good defense, and how much was due to Millwood's inherent ability to pitch well with runners in scoring position.
In 2009, the Rangers' defense had been so bad for so long that the idea that the pitchers were actually benefiting from the glovework behind them, rather than being harmed by it, was a novel idea. I think we all have come around to the view that the Rangers' defense has been elite over the past several years, but looking back on this, it is interesting to see the opinions and the discussion going on at the time, along with the possibility of Millwood being in the All Star Game.