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freeling_prideful wrote:Are you telling me you have 2 SP slots and that they both are taken up by Cliff Lee and Edinson Volquez?
Look, obviously drafting the No. 1 pitcher sometimes doesn't result in getting the best actual performance of ANY pitcher in the game...look at the guy who picked A-Rod, the No. 1 hitter. What you're paying for is consistent excellence, and I think Johan has been very solid.
That being said, I've watched him this season and last and have been quite surprised by his lack of dominance. His fastball, which a few years ago was always 92-93 and could touch 96, is down in the 88-92 range now. It's never had great movement either, so it's become a fairly hittable pitch if he misses his location. This is likely responsible for his vastly increased HR allowed last year, a problem that's carried over to 2008.
Obviously his change is still a killer offspeed offering, and that's what's going to keep him around 9K/9IP and will also prevent his ratios from going to high.
I'd take a few pitchers over him at this point...Brandon Webb, maybe Josh Beckett, Cole Hamels even...Jake Peavy if healthy, but that's a big 'if.'
mweir145 wrote:Am I missing something? He has a 3.36 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP and 58 K.
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