Beyond Clayton you'll have the following matchups against the Nats and Phills...
Game 2; Greinke vs Gio Gonzalez/Cliff Lee
Game 3; Beckett/Bills/Ryu vs Hamels/Zimmerman
Not one of those possible pitching matchups beyond Kershaw inspires confidence. Additionally, consider the possibility that we go into game 2 down 1-0 in a series. Would you be comfortable then?
Yes, we could shore up the offense, but it will be our front 3 starters that make the difference.
He's never come close to having a similar season while, in fact, he has shown that his numbers since and prior to 2009 have been consistent, and consistently nearer to his lifetime ERA of 3.77. In short, 2009 was the anomaly, not the rest of his career.
Yes he went to Milwaukee, where the balls fly, and held his own. But he went to Anaheim, a pitchers park similar to DS, and finished with a 3.83era over there. I'm not saying he isn't or won't be a good pitcher, but if your argument is that he needs to have stability in one place for more than 1.5yrs (his time in Milwaukee) to show his true capabilities, what does that tell us for this season?
Yes, but Grenkie is a better pitcher than Capuano is.
I don't expect another 2009 (that was prime Pedro), but something like:
Would be great.
Theoretically yes, but lets no forget that Trey Hillman was also his manager in 2010 - one of Greinke's worst statistical seasons.
Like I said, I hope he proves me wrong, but I will remain a skeptic until he shows it in practice. Theory simply doesn't do much for me.
I think more realistically he'll have an era of between 3.30-3.40 and eat a ton of innings. While that's still great - guys like Hamels, Lee, Zimmerman, & Gio will finish in the high twos to low threes. And no, that does not give me confidence especially considering the matchups for the following game.
What I like about Greinke are the 200+ K's in 3 of th last 4 years. That shows he has nasty stuff. If he gets run support he'll be OK.
As far as Bills goes last year we finally got to see a nice consistent stretch which had been lacking the last 3 years. It seemed like he would fall apart in the 6th all the time. He'd enter with one or 2 hits and he'd give up home runs. Since he was going Against other teams 1 or 2 pitchers he had a small margin of error. With him sliding to 4 (where I'd slot him) he would have less chance of drawing a #1 when days off affect matchups. That would put our guys against other teams 3-5 pitchers which may mean more run support.
Of course I'd like to see the Dodgers surprise everyone with a Bills Ethier Gordon + trade to get another solid piece.
I'm not worried about his ERA.
He's going to be pitching in Petco, DS and AT&T. If his other stats (WHIP, K/9, BB/9) stay healthy, the ERA will take care of itself.
After signing Jason Grilli, #Pirates continue to talk about dealing Joel Hanrahan. Among teams with potential match: #Tigers & #Dodgers
I think we should be shopping pitchers to the mets for one of their 3rd base prospects Wilmer flores comes to mind now that they have wright locked up for so long
I would give her a ball maybe two!!!!!!!!
Magic when asked if they have money for all of this? “I see work trucks on field, we just signed Zack. I think will be ok”. #Dodgers
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