I know Roy's a helluva pitcher and workhorse but all those IP's last season (266) have me a little concerned that he might wear down at some point next season and go through a dead-arm phase.
I remembered Mark Buehrle two years ago and how high everyone was on him entering this season and his #'s were lower than his 19-win '02 season.
- '02- 19-12, 239 IP, 236 hits, 95 ER, 61 bb, 134 K's, 3.58 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, .260 BA
'03- 14-14, 230 IP, 250 hits, 106 ER, 61 bb, 119 K's, 4.14 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, .278 BA
Aside from the walks which were oddly the exact same, Buerhle's record and K's dropped and his hits, ER, ERA, WHIP and BA all rose.
My point is not to compare the two but to say that there is precedence for Halladay to have a subpar 2004 and since I have to decide who to keep between he and Schilling (Only missed time last season because of appendectomy and broken hand so who knows what his #'s might have looked like) it's not as easy a decision as it may seem.
Anyone else think Roy's #'s might come down this year and/or he might wear down?
(Oh I also happen to have Prior so you can imagine my trepidation over that issue....but that's another thread )