Top 10 Pitchers in MLB doesn’t include Cliff Lee

by on December 19, 2010   10 Comments

Cliff Lee is the envy of his teammates these days, particularly those on his own pitching staff; two of which are better pitchers with smaller salaries.  Actually, the signing of his new 5-year, $120mm contract with the Phillies is the envy of the entire baseball world since he doesn’t even crack the top 10 starting pitchers in MLB, and he wouldn’t even be in the conversation if he wasn’t left-handed (he didn’t even crack the top-10 in WAR in the AL last year, let alone MLB, and the Rangers made the playoffs in spite of his average performance down the stretch, not because of it). Controversial statement?  Read my list of the top 10 pitchers in baseball and you decide where he should be.

Rockies Pitchers Defy Stereotype

by on February 26, 2010   2 Comments

When talking about underrated pitchers we don’t expect the names to be of the household variety.  We don’t usually expect two of them to pitch on the same team. And we definitely do not expect them to pitch in Colorado. Despite this, Ubaldo Jiminez and Jorge De La Rosa fit the “underrated” mold perfectly. Very rarely do Colorado pitchers make a run at “ace” status, but Jiminez is doing just that. Call him a “soft ace” for now as his control still leave’s something to be desired, but looking at his last two full seasons we can see a star in the making. 2008 was Jiminez’ first full season in the bigs and he was pretty impressive for a rookie, sporting a 3.99ERA with 172Ks in 198.2IP.  As young pitchers often do he had some control trouble, walking 103 which contributed to a base choking 1.44WHIP. In 2009 Jiminez improved all his peripherals, became a standout pitcher and the ace of the Rockies staff. His second straight season with 33+ starts saw him with a 3.47ERA with 198K’s in 218IP as well as lowering his H/9 and BB/9 and bringing his WHIP down to 1.22. Walks were still a problem, however, with 85 in those 218IP.  All of this while pitching in Colorado and not mentioning that he just turned 26 in January of this year. A rising strikeout rate and falling walk rate both point to Jiminez having another great season in 2010.