This isn’t as lopsided as you might think, but their could still be an edge to the more experienced Hanigan.
While Hanigan has clearly had more time with certain pitchers (namely Bronson Arroyo), Mesoraco has actually been the caddie for Mat Latos and Mike Leake this season. While Latos’ numbers are better with Hanigan behind the plate as compared to when Mesoraco catches him, it is good to see Mesoraco create that bond with Latos and Leake. With Mes and Leake, this goes back to last season.
Perhaps these will evolve into what Bronson and Hani have.
And that would be a good thing.
Now, here are a few numbers that can create water cooler fodder, so…
Reds record in games started: Hanigan 25-18, Mes 25-21
ERA in games played: Hanigan – 3.47, Mesoraco – 3.37 (I know. Everyone’s favorite stat!)
Opponents runs per game: Hanigan – 3.49, Mesoraco – 3.45
Home runs allowed: Hanigan – 44, Mesoraco – 43
Triple slash against: Hanigan – .229/.288/.380, Mesoraco – .241/.308/.385
SO/BB: Hanigan – 3.29, Mesoraco – 2.60
One last item I’ll throw in here. Hanigan is on the final year of a three-year, $4M deal which has him at $2.05M for this season. He does have one year of arbitration remaining (2014) before he hits free agency. Mesoraco isn’t eligible for arbitration until 2015 and can’t become a free agent until 2018.
And we know that the Reds can tend to be “cost effective”.