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Postby josebach » Mon May 17, 2004 1:42 pm

Is he for real? I don't know of too many pitchers that reach their prime at 34. He's had two very impressive starts, but usually these flash in the pan starters can't keep it up. Any reason as to why Alvarez might be different?
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Postby AKhomebrewer » Mon May 17, 2004 1:53 pm

Actually, he is for real, and not much of a flash-in-the-pan, at that. Was an All-Star for the White Sox in 94, got a big-bucks free agent deal with Tampa :-o in '96, then threw out his shoulder and had major surgery. Missed two years. Came back with rough season at Tampa, then signed with LA. Lost some velocity but gained movement on all his pitches. Has gone 6-1 with 1.65 ERA over last 10 starts dating to last season.

What we seem to have is a once highly regarded hard-thrower who has refined his style and matured since a nasty injury. Enjoy the ride if you can climb aboard.
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Postby josebach » Mon May 17, 2004 2:02 pm

AKhomebrewer wrote:Actually, he is for real, and not much of a flash-in-the-pan, at that. Was an All-Star for the White Sox in 94, got a big-bucks free agent deal with Tampa :-o in '96, then threw out his shoulder and had major surgery. Missed two years. Came back with rough season at Tampa, then signed with LA. Lost some velocity but gained movement on all his pitches. Has gone 6-1 with 1.65 ERA over last 10 starts dating to last season.

What we seem to have is a once highly regarded hard-thrower who has refined his style and matured since a nasty injury. Enjoy the ride if you can climb aboard.


Yes, I was able to pick him up. Thanks for all the background info.
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Postby bsdo4ever » Mon May 17, 2004 4:12 pm

I picked him up too, hopefully he ends up worth it.
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Postby Silver Slugger » Mon May 17, 2004 6:52 pm

yeah, he's been great for quite a while now. i'm not really sure why LA put lima in the rotation before him. i am trying to pull of a 2 for 1 trade to clear the roster space for him now.
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Postby DieHardCubbie » Mon May 17, 2004 9:40 pm

AKhomebrewer wrote:Actually, he is for real, and not much of a flash-in-the-pan, at that. Was an All-Star for the White Sox in 94, got a big-bucks free agent deal with Tampa :-o in '96, then threw out his shoulder and had major surgery. Missed two years. Came back with rough season at Tampa, then signed with LA. Lost some velocity but gained movement on all his pitches. Has gone 6-1 with 1.65 ERA over last 10 starts dating to last season.

What we seem to have is a once highly regarded hard-thrower who has refined his style and matured since a nasty injury. Enjoy the ride if you can climb aboard.


Nice post.... ;-D
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Postby WhiteHot » Mon May 17, 2004 9:42 pm

I predict the Phillies will shell him.
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Postby CubsFan7724 » Mon May 17, 2004 10:46 pm

hmm, and your located in philly eh? Ill say Alvarez stone cold shuts them down.
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Postby mcqfesijiba » Tue May 18, 2004 5:57 pm

He certainly seems for real to me. I had him on a bunch of my teams late last season and snatched him up in almost all of my leagues this year a week or so ago and hope for more of the same from him.
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