heres how i see things:
Starting Pitching-B, Pedro has been great, Benson has been solid but the rest has been totally inconsistent
Pedro-A+, cant complain at all, 8-2, ERA in the mid 2s, 117 Ks, hands-down NL CY Young frontrunner as of now, btw he beat his "daddy" tonight
Second Half: He may slow down a little but he will continue to be dominant. He will miss some starts due to fatigue but will be effective when he pitches. If he is 9-3 in the first half, I think he may be 8-4 in the 2nd half. He will win NL Cy Young.
Glavine-C+, has been extremely inconsistant, opponents are batting .323 against him which is extremely PATHETIC. A WHIP of 1.71 foreshadows that his ERA may jump even higher than the current 5.06 it is at. A 21:17 K to BB ratio does not bode well either.
Second Half: I expect him to pick it up a little but mostly because he cannot get any worse really. He is 39 and not getting any younger...
Benson-A-, excluding his first two starts back from the DL, he is 6-1 with a 3.30 ERA. Despite two shaky starts, his WHIP stands at a respectable 1.16 and he sports a Strikeout to Walk ratio of almost 3 to 1.
Second Half: Being 3-0 in his last 4 starts bodes well for Benson. He's pitched very well lately and I don't see any reason why he would slow down. By the end of the season, he'll be clearly the #2 pitcher (if he is not already).
Ishii-C, Ishii has looked awful. With a record of 2-6 and an ERA of 5.25, Ishii has been pathetic. Meanwhile, Jason Phillips, the man he has been traded for, is hitting the ball decent (.255 BA, 4 HRs, 31 RBIs). I think the only reason Ishii is still starting is to try and make that trade look a little better. It is backfiring.
Second Half: Nothing looks good, he has had little to no control and has shown no signs of turning it around. In 6 of his 10 games started his amount of batters walked is equal to or greater than the number of batters he strikes out which is pathetic. Also, historically he blows up after the All-Star Break.
Career Pre-ASB-31-18, 3.79 ERA, .237 Opp BA
Career Post-ASB-7-13, 5.77 ERA, .255 Opp BA
-not lookin good for Ishii
-When Traschel comes back, Ishii will most likely either be dealt, sent to AAA or to the bullpen.
Victor Zambrano-B-, yes the 3rd best pitcher in the rotation which is sad. There are some days where he looks solid and some where he just looks poor. He has pitched much better than his 3-6 record. If Rick Peterson continues to work with him he can keep developing and become decent. Decent yes, worth Kazmir definitly not.
Second Half: He can continue to pitch decent. He is capable of posting a .500 record on the season but i dont see anything much better. 6 of his last 7 starts were "quality" starts which bodes well for Zambrano.
Pedro Martinez is obviously the anchor of this rotation. Without him, the starting pitching would probably get a C+. He makes it so good because of his dominance. They have 3-4 solid pitchers when Traschel comes back and they may want to deal for a starting pitcher. Possible trade bait could be Mike Cameron, Kaz Matsui (If anyone wants him, he'd waive his no-trade clause to play SS) or even Victor Diaz if the club wants to deal him. They could probably get a decent pitcher for Diaz.
Once Again, Starting Pitching=B