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Cain or Kershaw

Postby warner892001 » Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:50 pm

Who do you think has the better chance of replicating their 2009 numbers

Matt Cain or Clayton Kershaw?
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Re: Cain or Kershaw

Postby ChillyChill » Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:07 pm

kershaw i think cain regresses
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Re: Cain or Kershaw

Postby fezzik » Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:17 pm

I'll take Kershaw all day over Cain. Cain was lucky with his era last season, while Kershaw progressed nicely during the year...his control improved significantly the second half of the season and he's a K machine.
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Re: Cain or Kershaw

Postby DaSh 1s » Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:30 pm

Definitely Kershaw...
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Re: Cain or Kershaw

Postby dladue » Sat Feb 20, 2010 2:39 pm

I agree, I would take Kershaw. Cain left a ton of baserunners on last year, which lowered his ERA among other things.
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Re: Cain or Kershaw

Postby RedSoxNation04 » Sat Feb 20, 2010 5:08 pm

Kershaw. Easily.
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Re: Cain or Kershaw

Postby AquaMan2342 » Sat Feb 20, 2010 6:31 pm

Kershaw but I definitely don't think it's as easy a choice some are making it sound like. He was pretty inefficient last year. His BB/9 is almost 5 and his ERA was pretty luck driven last year. The only reason I would take him is strictly talent based.
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Re: Cain or Kershaw

Postby Pogotheostrich » Sat Feb 20, 2010 6:34 pm

Another for Kershaw.
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Re: Cain or Kershaw

Postby J35J » Sat Feb 20, 2010 7:50 pm

AquaMan2342 wrote:Kershaw but I definitely don't think it's as easy a choice some are making it sound like. He was pretty inefficient last year. His BB/9 is almost 5 and his ERA was pretty luck driven last year. The only reason I would take him is strictly talent based.


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Re: Cain or Kershaw

Postby The Artful Dodger » Sat Feb 20, 2010 8:05 pm

AquaMan2342 wrote:Kershaw but I definitely don't think it's as easy a choice some are making it sound like. He was pretty inefficient last year. His BB/9 is almost 5 and his ERA was pretty luck driven last year. The only reason I would take him is strictly talent based.


Kershaw improved his walk rate down the stretch, granted that it's a relatively small sample. He's had his glimpses where his control is brilliant and then, he's prone to the big inning where he's hurling 30+ pitches and thrown off from that. Game 1 of last season's NLCS is sort of a microcosm of what Kershaw is capable of for better or worse this season.

He's still trying to master his changeup and slider, both of which are pretty good pitchers for his age. If he mixes it up well, he'll progress from being the fastball-curve pitcher most perceive of him. I do agree that it's all about pitch efficiency which impacts his innings thrown, but I'd still take him over Cain who had a lucky strand rate and a declining K/9.
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