Halfway home (almost)
As we approach the mid-way point of the season, let's look at the key pitching headlines from the first half of the 2009 baseball season:
The first lesson with new players, though, is no matter how good a rookie pitcher is in the minors, have patience and watch the first appearance with him on your bench. If anything, he may be on a pitch count a la
Old age is revered in some societies, but not in ours and not in the Majors. Glavine was kicked to the curb by the Braves and has likely pitched his last game.
... when our third round stud is forced to leave. If you drafted or paid for
The second biggest busts in the NL are
Tied for second is a triumvirate of studs who hit the DL this year:
For every Webb and Liriano killing your team by submarining your pitching (both on and off the mound), there are unexpected waiver-wire gems that are making you competitive. However, keep in mind that it's a long baseball season and sometimes these darlings are no more than sell-high candidates before the window closes.
In the NL,
Another NL over-achiever has been
In the AL, the intriguing over-achiever is
If you had asked at the beginning of the season which Ohio team would have the better starting the rotation, you would have likely picked the Indians over the Reds. However, this is why they make them play the games (I get half credit as I wrongly thought Cleveland would be better than it is, but also said in March that the Reds staff would be strong). The Reds' starters are 24-21 with a 4.25 ERA while the Indians' are 15-22 with a 5.47 ERA.
The key to the Reds' staff has been a lucky
On the other hand the Indians have demoted
The reason they don't award the Cy Young award in May is because it's a long season and no one should be rewarded for a hot start they can't sustain it.
And if you're wondering about the NL Cy Young, it's a two-horse race between Johan Santana (7-3, 2.00 ERA, 89 K) and
In the last section I would have mentioned