I would take an injured Penny over a healthy Benson.
Depends on how injured Penny is...
Shea's an extreme pitchers park, compared to neutral PNC (either neutral or hitters, I'm not sure). Benson has all the stuff to be a dominant pitcher, if he can ever put it together. Who is to say that that time isn't now?
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Just to give you another side, I say Benson. Besides his last start against the Braves (3rd in a row), Benson has been dominant. I think that if I faced Benson 3 times in a row, I could get a hit, so you know major leaguers could. Penny is good, but the biceps thing is a little scary, as well as his significant drop off in strikeout rate. I think it is a toss-up, but I would take Benson,
Well Benson gets a patsy this Fri v. AZ but then he gets Col, SD, LA, Phi, Fla and the ATL (in what should be the second round of the playoffs). That will be a good test for him but I just dropped him thinking that he would be way too risky to start anytime after this Fri.
Now watch him kick azz the rest of the way (like he did to Stl)
For this year it is pretty even but I give Penny a very slight edge unless injury forces him to miss a significant amount of time.
For a keeper league assesment I would put Penny at the lower end of the 2nd tier/top of the 3rd tier value assesment. Ranking Penny almost hands down better than Benson.
Benson's great career statistics at Shea accounted for, I still just place him in the middle of the pack with 3rd tier SP rankings in keeper leagues.
If Benson really gets it together then I will be happy for him. My instinct tells me that he will be 2005's version of the 2004 Kip Wells going 4-7 rounds too early on account of his prior years stats.
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