little harsh on Jacob aren't ya ..
The facts of the matter remain, He does have a excellent K/9 and he does pitch in an extreme. And he finally has some offense.
Yes, he has a good K/9. I didn't deny that. And he has a good offense, and a good park to pitch in. But all I'm saying is that his ERA is not at all a reflection on how well he's pitched. Somebody said WHIP is misleading and ERA is a true tale of how well a pitcher is doing. What!?! I think you have that backwards. WHIP is a very good indication of how well a pitcher is doing. He was not doing very well at all, it's just that instead of giving up 33 HR like last year, he's only given up 2. If I had any reason to believe that he wouldn't start giving up more HRs I wouldn't be so down on him, but a new ballpark is not enough to sway the stats that much. He only gave up 9 HR at home last year anyway, compared to 24 on the road, so I don't see much ground to be gained by having the new park. Maybe 5 HR would be taken away with the larger dimensions, leaving only 4 at home, but that's still 24 on the road. Why is he still allowing so many hits? He's giving up 9 hits per game as opposed to 8 last year, when he had a 4.11 ERA. If he's now a groundball pitcher or something, such as he learned a new pitch or improved his sinker (if he has one), then that would explain it somewhat. But if I had him and he were healthy, you can bet I'd be trading him for the best player I could get before he starts giving up jacks again, and his ERA catches up with his WHIP.
"Jack, will you call me, if you're able?"
"I've got your phone number written, in the back of my Bible."