His first half last season seems like the exception in the group. Though if you look at his 2002 season, he seems to be making a case for himself as the "second half player". He slugged .461 in the first half and .546 in the second. And important thing to note, however, is that 2002 was only his sophmore campaign, and the second half of that season is when he broke out for the first time.
Erboes wrote:Good list, but be weary of Ordonez out of Comisky. His home/road splits are very large.
Mussina is a huge sleeper and could win many a championships alone.
I don't have Mags 04 spilts, but from 01-03 he did well on the road.
H 303 avg
R 324 avg
H 58 hrs
R 42 hrs
H 192 rbis
R 155 rbis
Chicago scored 1,156 home runs, versus 1,035 road runs, so that explains the rbi drop. Comiskey played a 100 avg index, and a 130 hr index. So he hits 5 more home hrs a year. But still his road numbers aren't bad if you double the road average. Comes out to 28 hrs, 102 rbis, doubling his road averages.
I guess i'm not as hot on Moose as you guys. Still can pitch, but at age 36, it's a concern. Giving up a hit per inning, with a g/f ratio that has been dropping for awhile.
Morris is frustrating. I hate the guy.
No one mentioned Zito, who seem to look better as the year went on.
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I think next season we will see more of the Zito that we saw during the 2nd half of last season. I think that he will reduce his BB and slightly increase his K/9IP, which will help decrease his ERA and WHIP and maybe help him get a few more wins, by pitching deeper into games. I don't really have any statistical backing for these projections (some may call wishful thinking), more of a gut feeling.
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Just caught that. Lohse has serious head problems. The only way I can see him helping a baseball team in Minnesota trying to challenge hitters with a 92 mph fastball would be if he signs with the St. Paul Saints in the Northern League (independent AA ball, Kevin Millar, Rey Ordonez, and Daryl Strawberry among others, so I guess it's not a total lost cause). He's constantly shaking his catcher off while getting bombed, gets in arguements with Gardenhire in the dugout over pitch selection, and then blames the offense for not getting equivical run support compared to the other Twins' starters. You can read that last gripe again if you'd like. Run support. As compared to Twins' starters. Yikes.
His curve looks good, has a very tight rotation, but he just won't throw the damn thing.
The indicators don't look good for Lohse either. His K/9 have gone down each of the past two seasons:
The only progress he seems to have made was cutting his walks allowed in half from 2002 to 2003, and then he completely relapsed in 2004, making 2003 look like the exception. Even still, none of those totals, 2003 included, are really great. They approach average, so I guess if you're in a 14 team AL League or a 30 team mixed league, he could be worth a little, but things don't look good.
For the Twins' sake, I hope Lohse realizes that he isn't going to succeed as a power pitcher at the major league level, because he's probably going to approach 200 innings again. If the Twins resign Radke, with Durbin, Balfour, and Baker all looking to start, 2005 will probably be Lohse's last chance to prove he belongs in the Twins' rotation.
I'm not going to argue about Lohse being a headcase cause he is. Last year, he was one of the worst SP in all of baseball. I'm hoping that 2004 served as a sort of wake-up call for him. He had some success in 03 and I think he has the talent to be a good starter. His fastball, slider and curve are all good but I would like to see him add a changeup. I definitely think that he can bounce back from a very disappointing last year.