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Sunday, February 15, 2004
i've had this letter sitting in my inbox
i've been meaning to write a detailed response to it, but it ain't happenin, so i'm just gonna run it.
So, Prior is the best. No crap. Who is the second best?
Based on 2003 r/9, k/9, bb/9, h/9, hr/9, age and batters faced, no matter how I weight these indicators, Prior is numero uno. Here's how they generally rank:
Top Ten Starters
1. M Prior, by far
2. B Webb, show me again, too many bb
3. J Vazquez, too many HR
4. J Schmidt, no weaknesses, but isn't he hurt?
5. P Martinez, will be 32, gets hurt
6. J Beckett, too many bb?
7. D Willis, show me again, lots of bb
8. K Wood, way too many bb
9. R Halladay, too many hits?
10. E Loaiza, show me again, 32
1. R Soriano
2. J Santana
3. E Gagne
4. G Mota
5. B Kim
6. J Valverde
7. B Lidge
8. D Marte
9. F Rodriguez
10. D Riske
Any chance Soriano becomes a starter? He was unreal last year.
OK. Go easy. I know these are bad because they only look at 2003 and ignore very other year in history. They also ignore G/F, park, league.
I guess I'll go with Javier Vazquez #2 in a close call over Schmidt, Pedro, Halladay.
Who's your #2? I bet you pick Beckett.
i love josh beckett but i can't make him #2. my top ten:
differences between rob's list and mine are due to park factors and the randomness of hits on balls in play. my reliever list probably goes gagne smoltz soriano dotel. i haven't investigated it thoroughly. for more on starters (moron starters?), check my jan 21 article.
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