Element wrote:I don't see the Kei comparisons at all. Kuroda isn't overpowering, but he works in the 90-92 range with some nice sink on his fastball. So far, he has kept the ball down too. So through the few innings that he has tossed so far, he has gotten a lot of groundballs. I think that he'll make a good stopgap pitcher & should be steady. I'm sure that he'll wear down over the course of the season though with the heavier workload. It all depends on who you would be letting go of. I think that he is capable of 180 innings, 4.15 era, 1.30 whip, 13 wins and 120 k's. Nothing earthshattering.
Kuroda can top out at mid-90's actually. He relies more on movement than throwing straight out heat though to get batters out (and thus the underwhelming K rate). He has a fairly rounded repertoire to go with that fastball, but the knock is he tends to throw the fastball a bit much to induce flyballs. Pitching at Dodger Stadium should help him keep the ball in the yard, but the ball carries at day games better than most would think.
I'll agree that Kuroda should be marginally above average than your average FA spot starter, but I wouldn't expect much to write about otherwise.