LBJackal wrote:Hudson has been better consistently, Zito has been declining consistently, and Mulder has been pretty steady, although he's not in the class of Hudson.
Unless there is some reason to break the trend of Zito declining and Hudson and Mulder improving, I'm not taking Zito over either of them.
What is all of this about "Zito declining consistently"? If you mean declined last year - then yes. If you really mean "declining consistently" then you are wrong. As you rarely mean what you write, I will assume that you mean that Zito took a step backwards last year. That is the only reasonable position considering that Zito's ERA, IP, WHIP, CG, BA against and control were all better last year than they were in 2001.
He won the Cy Young at the age of 23 and he is one of the biggest flakes since Bill Spaceman Lee. Why did he take a step backwards last year? Maybe because he was 24, thought that he owned the world and was making late night tv appearances? Maybe the new foreskin ring was rubbing him the wrong way? Who knows.
He has the highest ceiling of the three and is a good bet to improve on last years numbers - can Mulder and Hudson get any better? Maybe, but not to the extent that Zito can.
This is a case where you can really lose yourself in meaningless stats. One thing I know for sure is that Zito has the best value of the three and is the one most likely to end up on my team - if he is still there in round 5.
None of this matters however since next week Jackal will be writing that Zito is the best one and should be drafted in the 1st round before Prior.