Re: No major trade--LL and Ben blowing smoke.
posted at 12/19/2011 9:19 AM EST
In Response to Re: No major trade--LL and Ben blowing smoke.
[QUOTE]The Sox could withstand some improvement in the rotation, but to say this team is a fourth place team is silly. And seriously, the Jays' pitching? The Rays have serious depth, but the Jays? That Romero-Morrow-Cecil-Drabek rotation really scares you? If that waqs the Sox rotation, you would (correctly, this time) be citing the need for much more SP. And why do people still think of Brandon Morrow as anything but a lightly above average SP? Seriously? Are people still buying his pre-draft press hype?
Posted by notin[/QUOTE]
You're way off on this assessment.
He's had basically 2 major league seasons pitching in the very un-pitcher-friendly AL East.
In that time, he has gone 21-18 with about a 4.6 ERA. He struck out 178 in 146-1/3 inning in 2010, and 203 in 179-1/3 last year. His WHIP went from 1.38 in 2010 (ok) to 1.28 in 2011 (progression, and that's pretty good). Going over 200 ks in ANY season puts a pitcher in the ace discussions, whether or not they maintain it determines if they ACTUALLY are. But he's 27, just coming into his prime.
Yeah, there's plenty of reason to think he is good, and Romero is better than him. Drabek was only available to get Halladay, so I'd hold out hope for him too.
I would HAPPILY swap Beckett/Lester/Buccholz and their money and age for the Jays 3. Lester I think is the best of the bunch, but I'll take Romero/Morrow as 2/3 before coming back to the Sox for Beck/Bucc, and Drabek may have the highest ceiling of any of them.
Oh, and Brett Cecil is nothing to sneeze at, certainly better than anyhting the Sox will trot out on the 4th day.