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Postby bmd » Tue Dec 13, 2005 5:38 pm

Are both of these guys going to be in their teams starting rotations this season? How do you think they'll do this year? Any projections?
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Postby stumpak » Tue Dec 13, 2005 6:21 pm

For next season I would rather have McCarthy (some people will tell you that Cain has better long-term potential). He seemed to put it together really well down the stretch. I would project him as having a solid ammount of Ks, a nice WHIP and maybe an ERA that is not quite as good. This should get him 12+ Ws playing for the Sox. If you draft him with the expectation of backof the fantasy rotation experience you will probably be happy.

As for Cain, the fact that he had a so-so WHIP (~1.30) over two years at AA and AAA bothers me a little. I see him having more or an adjustment period if the Giants put him in the rotation to start the year. Bascially he is higher risk for 2006.
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Postby cordscords » Tue Dec 13, 2005 6:21 pm

Cain will definitley be in the rotation.

McCarthey will probably be fighting with Orlando Hernandez for the #5 spot.

Both pitchers should be considered sleepers, but no more than #4/#5 starters for this season.
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Postby Yoda » Tue Dec 13, 2005 6:24 pm

Between the two, I like Cain for 06. Better park, more potential and he pitched very well in his brief stint. Both pretty big questionmarks in the short term so go with the guy with a higher potential.
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Postby baseballnewb » Tue Dec 13, 2005 6:27 pm

Cain would be my choice as well. He has a job for sure, he's in the NL, he's in a pitchers park, he's in the weakest division in baseball.
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Postby whoseyourdaddy12 » Tue Dec 13, 2005 9:03 pm

cain will be the number 4 guy, 5 if the giants get another sp.
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Postby baseball6791 » Tue Dec 13, 2005 11:57 pm

Cain will be in the rotation for sure, and he has the potential to come up big, but until he gets his walks under control he will continue to have some problems. Aside from the WHIP, he should put up solid ERA and K numbers for a #4/5 guy and should get at least double digit wins.
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Postby Philly Pride » Wed Dec 14, 2005 4:13 pm

McCarthy's screwed. The Sox just landed Javier Vazquez. Still, I wouldn't be shocked if he got removed by the end of the year for pitching so pitifully.
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Postby Yoda » Wed Dec 14, 2005 4:19 pm

I can't believe they blocked McCarthy in favor of Vazquez. They must be working on moving Garland or someone.
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Postby shortsavage » Wed Dec 14, 2005 4:47 pm

baseball6791 wrote:Cain will be in the rotation for sure, and he has the potential to come up big, but until he gets his walks under control he will continue to have some problems. Aside from the WHIP, he should put up solid ERA and K numbers for a #4/5 guy and should get at least double digit wins.


Yeah, Giants fans know what's up with Cain. He could be the staff ace by 2007...sorta like Harden jumping up the ranks with Oakland.

Cain is loaded with potential. He was Baseball America's #2 pitching prospect entering last season (only behind Felix Hernandez); #13 prospect overall. For comparison, Harden was BA's #29 prospect in 2003 before he entered Oakland's rotation fulltime.

Brandon who?
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