Carey Saders wrote:I really, really like what I see in this guy. His WHIP went down last year but his ERA went up (mostly due to some bad outtings). My gut tells me he's on the verge of breaking out. I find he compares with Ben Sheets in terms of development.
Let's look at a side by side comparison:
IP 183.0/H 173/HR 20/BB 68/K 146/ERA 4.08/WHIP 1.32/BAA .246
IP 216.2/H 237/HR 21/BB 70/K 170/ERA 4.15/WHIP 1.42/BAA .281
IP 199.1/H 204/HR 28/BB 52/K 153/ERA 4.61/WHIP 1.28/BAA .266
IP 220.2/H 232/HR 29/BB 43/K 157/ERA 4.45/WHIP 1.25/BAA .268
Pretty similar stats, huh? So will Eaton continue to parralel Sheets' development and have a break out year? My gut tells me yes.
I don't think he will take quite a leap as Sheets did in 04 but the chances of Eaton breaking out are very good. He gave up too many homers last year, a trend that should not continue given his home field. If he can keep the ball in the park, he can save at least a full run in his ERA.
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