Re: What 3 pitchers Will Fill the Last 3 Slots on the Sox Opening Day Pitching Staff?
posted at 2/11/2012 12:53 PM EST
In Response to Re: What 3 pitchers Will Fill the Last 3 Slots on the Sox Opening Day Pitching Staff?
[QUOTE]Wakefield is still an option and frankly, if his name were included in moons list, would have looked pretty good compared to the others named. We know what Wake brings to the table, the others, we do not. i also agree that Oswalt should be included in the mix, but my concern with him is pitching in the AL, let alone the ALE. Same for Cook, Padilla, and Maine. Face it. Pitching in the AL is much more difficult.
Posted by Alibiike[/QUOTE]
I agree that Wake seems like at least an equal option to many of the guys on my list, but I don't see Ben giving him a chance.
Wake would match up well with the return of Dice-K, since like I said last year, Wake should not pitch more than 12-15 straight starts or have130+ IP. Wake has had some pretty good success at the start of the season or his first few starts. Other than 2010, his beginnings have been pretty darn good...
2011: Had a 4.14 ERA April & May combined, and once he joined the rotation FT, he led the team to a 10-4 record by letting up 3 or less ERs 9 times.
2010: The year after his back surgery was a rollercoaster aided by being jerked back and forth from the rotation a full 10 times! He still had a 4.44 ERA on May 23rd. In his first 6 scattered starts he let up 2, 5, 6, 2, 3, and 0 ERs in (18 ER in 40 total IP/ 4.05 ERA).
2009: His first 15 starts earned him an allstar slot. The team went 12-3. He had a 4.18 ERA. He had 7 starts with 0-2 ERs, 3 with 3 ERS, 1 with 4 ER, 2 with 5 ERs, and 2 with 6-7.
2008: He actually started slow, but had a great stretch from May 28th to July 12th (9 straight starts with 0-3 ERs/ 7 with 0-2 ERs). His ERA on July 12th was 3.60 and he ended the season with the 5th best WHIP in the AL.
2007: Fantastic start to the season. He started the year with 26 straight games with zero no decisions! (16-10). He had a 1.79 ERA after 7 starts with 5 of those start with 0-1 ER!). He still had a 3.92 ERA by June 12th.
2006: After letting up 7 ER in 3.2 IP in his first start, he let up 0-3 ERs in his next 7 starts . After a couple bad starts (4 & 6 ERs), he then had 10 straight starts with 0-3 ERS, except one 4 ER game. He had a 3.82 ERA on June 20th.
2005: 1.75 ERA after 4 starts in April and a 3.61 ERA after 8 starts (May 15th). He then had a 4 game bad stretch (5,6,4,7 ERs), then 4 nice ones (1,0,0,2 ERs)...3.94 ERA at the end of June.
2004: 3.97 ERA on July 10th (11 starts with 0-2 ERS out of 17 starts)