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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Pitching Problems

Here is our current rotation for 2006:

1. Brad Penny (unpredictable)
2. Derek Lowe (comparable to Russian roulette)
3. Jeff Weaver (going through free-agency, so count him out)
4. Odalis Perez (being shopped because of attitude and inconsistency)
5. DJ Houlton (sophomore who could be terrible or decent or great)

Chad Billingsley and company are on their way, but they cannot be considered serious for 2006.

Here are the big pitchers out there for this week rotation:

Jarrod Washburn, formerly of the Angels:

Solid for a lefty, and an 8 year veteran, but he is overrated. Averages about a 2/1 strike-out to walk ratio, and averages a 1.275 WHIP. The past two years Jarrod has had a +1.300 WHIP, which is horrid (not in the top 50!). He will be asking for some serious dough, so he is not worth it.

Brett Tomko, formerly of the Giants:

Not worth it. 1.374 (above the league average) WHIP last year, and a 2/1 K to BB ratio. No way we should get him, although Ned Colletti might like him from their San Fran days...

Matt Clement, Red Sox, necessary through trade:

An good first half last year led to a terrible 2nd half. In the first half he had about a 3/1 K-BB ratio, and in the second half it was more of a 4/3! He walked almost as many people in the second half as the first, in four less games! In the first half he had a decent WHIP of 1.26, but in the second half he had the ugly 1.51! Batters hit .260 off of Clement in 2005, as opposed to .229 in 2004. He was a great pitcher until this year, so I would be very careful to make sure he has recovered from that concussion he received against Tampa Bay last year.

Barry Zito, Athletics, necessary through trade:

The ultimate prize is this guy! I would throw the dogs at him because he is only in his mid-20s!!! 1.20 WHIP, .220 Batting Average Against, 228 Innings Pitched there is not much to hate about this guy. He still had many years left of prime and he is very durable. I would trade a lot for BARRY ZITO.

Overview: The only pitcher truly worth getting: Zito. I would retain Weaver if possible and not trade Perez (hold off until Billingsley is ready). Zito could change our team, but if we cannot get him atleast we still have a future.


  • At 2:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Can you imagine all the tail at Dodger Stadium with Lowe and Zito in the rotation?!! Forget Carolyn Hughes -- those two would be scoring big time!

  • At 3:26 PM, Blogger Jack said…

    But then Jeff Kent's mustache would scare the women away again...

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