Frappy wrote:Did Randy Johnson have the same height effect?
Yes. But he also had a 97mph fastball on top of being 6'10", which is why Johnson K'd more guys (not to mention his filthy slider). Actually, watching the San Diego game last night, Tony Gwynn made the same comparison b/n Johnson and Young, saying that Johnson was the hardest pitcher he ever faced because it was so hard to pick up on his pitches.
The thing that sells me on Young is the fact that his fastball is under 90mph and batters are still way behind it. Last night he "blew" 3 straight 86mph fastballs past Greg Dobbs abd the guy looked lost after striking out. Most guys who see 3 straight sub 90mph heaters are going to put one of them into the seats.
Considering how rare good SP is these days, I wouldnt trade Young outside of A-Rod, Pujols, Reyes etc.