How can you compare the ERA of a swingman who only started 16 games last year to a starter who started 30 games and only had a .21 difference in ERA? That's ridiculous.
Rusch had been an annual disappointment until he found some success last year, while Clement over the last 3 years has shown an ability to pitch near 200 innings with very respectable ratios. Take Clement out of Wrigley and give him some run support and he could really blossom. Over the last 3 years on the Cubs it could be argued that at times Clement had the best "stuff." I think he will step forward in Boston this year in a big way.
Clement walks way too many, always has. He's good, I'm not denying that, but I don't think he has the potential for an ERA below 3.75 in Boston. Rusch's potential is about 4.20 which isn't good, but it's serviceable. I've looked into this a lot (pitcher projections that is; not just Clement and Rusch obviously). It's not like I don't know how good Rusch and Clement have been in their careers. Clement is better, but like I said in my last post, not enough to pay him $8M+ per season and waste Rusch in long relief, when he's one of the best #5 starters in baseball.
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I understand your argument is based more around his price tag ($8 mil) than production, but let's face it - you've got to pay for quality. Where is Rusch's track record for success? There is none. Last year was the first successful year in his career. I'd rather pay for Clement's production (especially in this case, because no one can argue that the Cubs or Red Sox couldn't afford that kind of money) than roll the dice on a historically below average Glendon Rusch.
Let's not forget, the job doesn't belong to Rusch yet. He had a good year as a fill-in, but the guy they've been grooming to make the jump is Sergio Garcia. He hasn't been good in the majors so far, but I'd wager that the Cubs will give him a shot in ST.
Just for shites and giggles I went back through this thread and counted up all the posts having to deal with the Cubs as the central topic and the ones that had to do with the Tigers.
28-2. Seriously. And no more than two of those posts that centered around the Cubs talked about Novoa.
What team got the bigger name again?
I guess I just cant escape the Redsux/Yankmes/SCrubs overflow regardless of what happens.
I will start running my yap about Novoa when I see him pitch!!
I don't follow the minors enough to really say much about them, other than that I've been hearing about Angel Guzman for a while now, w/o seeing much in the way of results. Hopefully, Novoa will turn out to be a kick ass closer and will turn things around in Wrigleyville. I'm going to attempt to restrain my urges to bet on the Cubs this year for a while though...