Secret Avatar wrote:I've already picked him up as a sleeper for 2005. I know he's the guy everyone loves to hate, but take a look at the underlying numbers. In 2003, he won 21 games with an ERA under 3 and 200+ Ks. That doesn't just happen by accident. He owns the skills that gave him that monster year. Of course, skills alone are not enough.
In the case of Loaiza I think it was more of an accident.
Secret Avatar wrote:Take a look at 2004. Everyone remembers the second-half disaster, but most people forget that Loaiza was pitching very well through June (6-3, 3.69 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 40 K in 70 IP). That's about as good as anyone not named Randy Johnson or Pedro Martinez can expect to post in the AL East.
Wasn't he pitching in the AL central at that time? And I strongly disagree that those stats are as "good anyone not named Randy Johnson or Pedro Martinez can expect to post in the AL East" which doesn't make sense because Unit has never pitched in the AL east and Pedro won't be.
One player I think of immidiately who would expect better
stats than that is Halladay and what about Schilling! And believe me, Kevin Brown and Matt Clement expect better numbers than that too.
Loaiza might be a good spot stater in the begining of the year but as the NL sees more of him I'd stay away.