February 19, 2004

Pitchers and Catchers Report

Camden Yards, Baltimore.

Tomorrow, pitchers and catchers report in the Grapefruit League. For the first time in many years, I'm actually excited about the Orioles. I know they probably will have trouble in the AL East, but with the addition of Tejada and Lopez, and the reintroduction of Palmeiro and Ponson, I at least have some hope for this year. It's been such a long time.

Posted by Drew at February 19, 2004 09:55 PM

lets go Yankees.....
lets go Yankees.....
Jeffery Mayer.....
rob the Orioles.....

Posted by: eric at February 20, 2004 11:25 AM

Eric, I think you may want to put some fresh duct tape on Kevin Brown, I think his arm just fell off again. Woops, there goes one of his knees.

Posted by: Drew at February 20, 2004 11:46 AM

Drew, I think you had better check yourself before you wreck yourself. Brown started 32 games last year. Not a single Orioles starter had more. He had a 2.39 ERA, not a sigle Orioles starter was within 1.0 of that and most were much worse. Oh, yeah and Brown is the yankee #3 guy. I say again with furver and rage, check yourself before you wreck yourself.

Posted by: eric at February 23, 2004 10:45 AM

Oh, there's no question that the Orioles rotation was awful last year, and that nothing has really been done to change that. I'm not under any delusions that the Orioles will be a postseason team this year. I'm just happy that they have done something to improve the team for the first time in years.

As for Brown, there's no question he is a good pitcher when healthy. But he is 39, and extremely injury prone. At his age, and with his injury history, I don't think he will last out the season. Lieber is just as big of question mark too.

Basically, when it comes to the AL East, I think the Red Sox have the advantage, if only because of Schilling, Lowe and Martinez. Sorry, the Yankees have the second best rotation, and will most likely be the second best team as well.

Posted by: Drew at February 23, 2004 11:38 AM

Wait... I am confused. A 39 year old pitcher with a history of success but an injury 2 yrs ago (but a very healthy last season) is a question mark. But a 38 yr old pitcher with not quite the history of success (granted a great last few yrs) and coming off a season where he was injured a good portion of the time and pitched poorly the time he was healthy, is an ace that makes a team??????

This has happened every year for the last 3-4 years, people make up stats and imagine performance to find flaws in the yanks. We would be having the reverse argument if Brown went to the Sox and Schilling went to the Yanks. Just because people want the Yankees to be bad

Here is what the top three Sox pitchers did last year:

Schilling: 8-9 2.95
Pedro: 14-4 2.22
Lowe: 17-7 4.47

Compared to the yanks:

Mussina: 17-8 3.4
Vazquez: 14-13 3.24
Brown: 14-4 2.39

Looks pretty darn even. And this does not take three things into consideration:
1. Lieber and Contreras are much better then Wakefield and Burkett
2. No way in any dimension of any universe, do the Sox hit as well as last year, they had at least four guys that just lost their minds last year.
3. The Yankees offence is MUCH better this year.

By far the best move that the Sox made this off season (particularly if they do continue to hit like they did) is Lowe in the pen. But again Lowe and Rivera are about equal.

I would take any bets that the Yanks finish higher then the Sox. And any bets that the Yanks starters out pitch the Sox starters.

I am sooo happy baseball is starting.

Posted by: eric at February 23, 2004 12:38 PM