Ender wrote:I still want to see him face a real offense, yet again he faces one of the bottom 3 offenses in the league. He now has 7 starts and all 7 are against bottom 10 offenses and 6 of 7 were in pitchers parks. At the time of each start I think all but 1 team was in the bottom 5 in runs scored at the time.
First of all, he is going to keep facing bad offenses so quit trying to use that to rationalize your stance.
3 of the teams in his division are all in the bottom 7 in scoring in MLB - Phillies, Nats, and Marlins. Good chance he faces them all again I'd say.
The other team in his division, ATL, is only average (#14) and they also K more than anyone so also a great matchup.
And the rest of the NL? Pretty mediocre with the exception of Col and Mil who the Mets play a combined 3 series against total the rest of the year.
Matchups are not going to be much of an issue.
Secondly, have you watched him pitch?
It seems pretty obvious that his stuff is some of the very best in all of baseball.
Among all starting pitchers only Strasburg has a better fastball, and nobody throws a harder slider. His changeup is filthy, and so far it has literally been unhittable.
Its totally obvious that hes not going to maintain 1.3 ERA or a 0.8 WHIP but he is a legitimately elite starter.
I dont care if hes faced the Astros 7 times - the talent is real and it is immense.
he is no more of a sell high than any other good pitcher off to a great start, and since he has the stuff and peripherals to back it up more than any of the other "sell highs"... well youd better get a haul for him.
So what is it, really, that you dont like about him?