Dugout wrote:Any insite on how this career 5.00 era, 1.5 whip and 5.2 SO/9 32 year old turned superman with a 2.91 era, 1.11 whip and 8.2 SO/9?
No way he duplicates last year but do you see him coming close? Most of the mocks I've seen don't believe he'll do it again since he's not being drafted until rounds 10-15.
Oh yeah, great forum!
I think the word was that he had developed a new pitch that was not necessarily an out pitch, but was keeping the hitters off-balance. You would think that if hitters would have caught on to it they would have done it in the second half of last season, so there's a chance he could be on to something. It's also possible that he's to the point in his career where he just gets it - the mental part of pitching. It's happened before....
There are tons of owners out there like me that have him super cheap. The trick is that while we have him at a bargain price, we are pretty much stuck with him unless we settle for less than what his probable worth would be because most owners (see above) heavily discount his good season last year and point to his career numbers. Fair enough. We'll just have to hope he's not one of those one-year John Burkett ressurection wonders.
I see him as not coming close to last year's numbers, but being a solid middle-of-the-road starter. If he can take advantage of that weak division he's in I suppose he could come close to last year's numbers.