Surfs up wrote:I just think that Cano has come back to earth. He's a little overated in my mind. Damons best years are behind him. Giambi is hitting something like a buck twenty.Posanda had his career year. Age will catch up to him very soon. Don't get me wrong Yes the Yankees have a good team. But Loaded? Nope . Sorry I'm not convinced. I don't go by last years numbers.The Red Sox lead the league in scoring and in batting average. The Tigers will come around.
Anyway back to Shields. I like him and the the Rays.They'll score a bunch of runs. They are grwoing and gaining more confidence each game. No more doormat.
I agree Giambi and Damon are washed up, but they still put fear into almost any pitcher just by being part of that lineup.
There really are no easy outs.
Also bear in mind most of that lineup has done nothing so far.
And I agree with TB. Bearing in mind that I have no idea what the Yankees are going to look like in 2 years, and that the Red Sox could possibly lose Manny, I see TB in the playoffs in 2010, this team they have right now is set up for success; and very, very young. Besides the bullpen the only issue I have with them as a team
And it's a good issue.
Here's a few notables (starters) they have under the age of 30...
Ok so 14 is more than a few.
Their current roster has more players 24 and under than 30 and over. (ok so thats a lie, they have 8 30+, but only 2 of them (Hinske, Floyd) are NOT relief pitchers...). Hinske is the ONLY position player currently over 30, and hes no more than that, only 30. Just some food for thought.
And lets not forget about Price or any of the other prospects who arnt MLBers yet.
BUT I DIGRESS....back to Shields...an interesting note pointed out by BP about Sheilds on his '01:
"Shields has good command of his fastball, which was clocked as high as 91 mph last summer. He also has a plus curveball that features sharp, late-breaking action, making it particularly troublesome for right-handers. Shields has impressive determination and excellent endurance…His changeup is no better than average, but the Rays believe that once he makes it more consistent, he could move rapidly. Shields made the most of his opportunities last year."
about his '05
"He did not surrender more than four earned runs in any of his 16 starts and held opponents to two runs or less in 10 of those outings. Though not overpowering for a right-hander, Shields showed he has the overall package to be a solid fourth starter in the big leagues. He has a good run on his 89-92 mph fastball, and he controls and commands it well. His changeup is his best offering, possessing excellent deception and fade. Shields works with two breaking balls, a curveball and a slurvy slider. He uses the curve to change planes on hitters, and his slider as a chase pitch down and away to right-handers. He needs to sharpen one of the breaking balls in order to have a solid third pitch. Shields also has a little length to his arm action and could add some strength to his tall and slender frame. He worked on those elements during a strong effort in the Arizona Fall League, where he ranked second with a 1.74 ERA…"
So he went from having a PLUS curv to having no solid 3rd pitch 4 years later.
My favorite little nitpick on him is this little bit from his 06 stint in Durham before getting the call:
10.7 K/BB (!)
Really you should read This article
about him. Its so in depth that if anyone facing him has read it they'll have him figured out.