June 1, 2012
Kevin Millwood just keeps dominating. He started off this week with a third straight strong outing against the Texas Rangers. I’m not sure how he is doing it, but he is definitely on an incredible run. And yet, I am still leery. It was nice to see a gem from Matt Moore, and his curveball spurred the 10 strikeout performance.
I would feel fortunate to get out of Colorado with four earned runs on 10 hits if Wandy Rodriguez were on my team. It could’ve been much worse, and there are maybe five or six pitchers in the National League I would trust in Coors Field (Kershaw, Hamels, Lee, Greinke, Gallardo and a healthy Halladay) at this point. Bronson Arroyo has come back to Earth with a 5.01 ERA in his last four outings including four earned runs in three of them. He is almost back to a full on sit for me.
Options run much deeper in the NL this week; tread cautiously in the AL.
(All categories are ranked in order of confidence)
I am keeping faith in Romero and Lester. The former deals with an elevated walk rate and the latter deals with a diminished strikeout rate, but both have lengthy enough track records to afford them more than 70-ish innings before removing them from their perch near the top of the American League pool. I believe more in Romero right now, but I am willing to stand by both for at least a bit longer.