Ender wrote:Lets see in 2002 he was 1.88 era, 1.12 whip in june in 5 starts, then the next month he was 4.21/1.40
In 2003 he was 1.99/0.93 in June, 5.58/1.04 July, 1.07/0.95 august, 4.85/1.31 september.
Its not unprescedented at all to see him being the most dominating pitcher around for a month or so and then come back to reality for a while. Like I said, maybe this year he just stays dominating, maybe he doesn't, but its certainly not a sure thing.
I'll give you credit for using numbers to bolster your case. But to assert a "bad month" based only on ERA/WHIP is a rather narrow definition (particularly when a 1.04 WHIP is included in a bad month).
In the bad month of July 02 he went 2-1 with one save and 33K in 25.2 IP. It was also the only period that could remotely be called "bad" during his 2002 season.
I'll give you July of 2003, when he was 0-2 and only struck out a batter an inning. That was the month he was moved from the pen to the rotation full-time and twice got rocked in late innings he had rarely approached before. He responded with a 5-0 August, with ERA/WHIP documented in your post.
In the bad month of Sept 03 he was in IP/pitch-count territory he'd never reached before as a pro and was also dealing with the aforementioned elbow that would need surgery afterward. Oh, and he went 3-0 with a strikout per inning.
I'm willing to suffer through these lapses since, by your own math, his "good" months are basically Cy stuff.
Have a good season.