Through 3 starts, Mike Hampton (Astros) has an ERA of 3.12, WHIP of 1.27, K/9 of 9.35 and FIP of 2.34. All great stats. No doubt the K/9 and FIP have to regress; he was never that big of a strikeout guy.
But what if the ERA and WHIP only mildly regress? I mean, he's a past ace and may actually be fully healthy. Comeback player of the year? If you think he has a reasonable chance at this route, what is his value? Hampton over Kuroda? Hampton over Blanton? Hampton over Jordan Zimmermann? Hampton over Sean Marshall?
The most notable thing about his stats so far is that his BABIP is .341 -- in other words, (mildly) unluckily high. That suggests his WHIP and ERA are not total flukes.
He faces an interesting test against a slugging-loaded Brewers lineup tomorrow. Post here with your thoughts