fantasyfiend wrote:Control issues still linger.
Im not nearly as high on Harden as some are.
I see a k/9 of about 8.0
an ERA between 3.75 and 4.25
and a whip in the 1.20's
wins are much to volatile to make an accurate projection. for the sake of the team im hoping "he can win" 15+
Mulder won 17 last year with an era in the mid 4's.
Do you see him throwing over 200 innings with the great pen they have now? I would think that they would nurture him a little with such a young live arm, particularly when you have guys like Cruz and Duscherer in there that can throw alot of innings in relief. Just curious what your thoughts are....
As for Mulder, he won 12 of those 17 games before the all star break when he had an ERA of 3.21. He only got the other 5 after the break with an ERA of 6.13.
I believe alot of people are going to undervalue Wins for A's pitchers this year - as they are undervaluing the team as a whole.
The two things that are important in helping a pitcher obtain a win in Oakland have been upgraded. The bullpen (which blew countless numbers of games for starters in 04) is now stacked. Along with that they have added a strong bats in Ginter and Kendall, and replaced Dye with Swisher. Along with a healthy season of Eric Chavez. I will say it now and you can come back and hose me later if I get it wrong, Harden will get at least 15 wins this season if he throws 190+ innings.