Those who listen to Dan Dickerson regularly already know that he's one of the few MLB broadcasters who embraces sabermetrics and advanced stats, and makes use of them regularly in his broadcasts and on Twitter.
Dickerson recently posted some relevant stats and player comparisons about the Tigers' newest acquisition, relief pitcher Joakim Soria. The long and short of it? Soria's good. Really, really good. Like, maybe even Mariano Rivera/Koji Uehara levels of goodness.
Whatever role he fills, Joakim Soria is simply one of the best relievers in ML - and has been since he debuted in 2007...— Dan Dickerson (@Dan_Dickerson) July 24, 2014
...among relievers, since 2007, his ERA+ of 171 is 5th in ML (300IP+), w/ Rivera and Uehara 1-2. SV% of 88.9, trails only Rivera and Nathan— Dan Dickerson (@Dan_Dickerson) July 24, 2014
...this yr, he's 7th-toughest reliever to hit in AL (30IP+) with OPS-against of .521. Davis, Betances, McGee are top 3 toughest to hit...— Dan Dickerson (@Dan_Dickerson) July 24, 2014
...and how rare is that 10-1 K/BB? Before this yr, only been done 11 times (30IP+) in history, - Eck and Uehara have both done it twice...— Dan Dickerson (@Dan_Dickerson) July 24, 2014
All of that to say this: I'm very much looking forward to hearing Dickerson let fly with his patented "SWIIIIING AND A MISS, HEEEEEE GOTTEM ON STRIKES!" call over and over and over again with Soria on the mound.