horatio wrote:Given Webb's performance this spring along with his fade down the stretch last summer I'm just curious how he's considered safer than Peavy?
Arizona Diamondbacks SP Brandon Webb allowed four runs on seven hits over four innings Saturday, March 21, against the Kansas City Royals, according to The Associated Press. He walked two and struck out five, and his ERA for the spring rose to 8.18.
--- almost seems to me that you might be better off going after Beckett than either of them two.
I don't worry about established players spring training totals, especially when there's still another couple of weeks to go. It's a small sample size, plus I doubt Webb is going all out with off-speed pitches and even his fastball.
Peavy's fade down the stretch was him having a bad month of September (ERA 4.05) where I'm guessing he had some injury issues? Otherwise he posted an ERA of 2.12 in July and an ERA of 2.77 in August totaling 75 IP combining the two. Again, too small a sample size in Sept for me to be worried.
I like Beckett, but in my mind he's clearly a tier behind Peavy and Webb. An ERA that's jumped all over the last 3 years, and he plays in a the AL East.