Since I had mentally closed down the message board, without closing it down, I hadn’t been back. But I went home again tonight and found this post about overachieving pitchers.
Some answers, some opinions:
Sabathia–Obviously he has great stuff. Obviously he isn’t going to get by on that alone. Nobody does. I won’t say the good times end this week, but the Indians have to be hoping Jaret Wright works out.
Telemaco–I’m rooting for him big time. He was once Sabathia. If he can recapture just a small part of that all the years of anonymous work will have been worth it (if I’m accurately reading his mind). Can he keep it up? As well as anyone, I say. Maybe better than most, except for all those guys who actually can.
I think I wrote here (but maybe it was MLB) that Millwood’s problems had to by physical. They were. That doesn’t mean they’re intractable, but the only reason I would dream that he was going to contribute this year is if I spent real money on him this year.
Burkett has an excellent split pitching on short rest. Since the Braves need him I suppose they might continue that , until he breaks down. Which he will. If I paid for him ($1) I’d be looking for a way to convert him into something else, pronto.
Valdez is like Telemaco, with more accomplishment and without the long hiatus. If you have him keep him. If you don’t, and you’re desperate, go get him. He isn’t safe, but his potential is substantial.
Are these guys for real?