hybrid wrote:I think he will have a pretty good year, but comparing his numbers to those you mentioned isn't really fair. Bonderman is in the AL, the pitchers you listed had the advantage of pitching in the NL. I think if he was in the NL he could come somewhat close to similiar numbers.
Pitching in the AL isn't that big of a deal for him considering his division. Unless you buy into the amazing offensive season the Indians had last year or the rebuilt small-ball White Sox, the teams he faces a great deal of the time would all be middle of the pack or lower NL offenses even with the DH thrown in.
He has shown the ability to be great against the really bad offenses and flashes that he can stand in there with the good ones. When he gets put in against some of the big boy offenses I would definitely consider benching him. A few years down the road and after the Yankees sign him he will be ace material.