bigwords wrote:Mmmm, I'm not so solid on Frasor as some of you guys. His strikeout to walk rate appears solid at the moment, but we're talking about a 23-inning sample size here. The much larger career sample set indicates a pitcher who has troubles limiting walks.
Next, let me point out that Frasor is allowing more than 50% of hits in play as fly balls, but has only given up one home run this year. Something's gotta give.
What I see is a pitcher who you can't rely upon to be great. This guy is much closer to a 3.87 ERA pitcher (his career norm) than a 1.9 ERA pitcher.
And 3.9 isn't bad and of course, yeah, I believe he gets the first shot, but I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't get the second. Plus, save opportunities haven't come rabidly in Toronto (somewhat flukey, I admit) and Downs is still only going to be gone for a few weeks, so I'd keep expectations in check.
Howell or Frasor -- take Howell.
In my opinion, it's insanity that Frasor's ownership has climbed above Howell's in the last 24 hours.
I agree with this. I think if anything, TB is Howell's job and Toronto will end up being a committe for the next two weeks, led by Frasor and Downs. I doubt Accardo's in the mix, in case nobody noticed he was the last man standing in the Toronto bullpen during that game (it would've been really funny if the game went to like, the 11th and Toronto was already out of pitchers....)