August 31, 2012
Back at it again, but a big thanks is in order to Derek Carty for filling in on both of my columns last week.
Sabathia looks great since coming off of the disabled list, and Shields has been brilliant the last 30 days (2.01 ERA in 44 and 2/3 innings).
I know you can’t really do this, but if you remove Harrison’s two starts against the Tampa Bay Rays in which he allowed 13 runs in 10 1/3 innings, he would be a 2.80 ERA pitcher over 164 innings. What he lacks in strikeouts he makes up for by piling up wins; he is usually money in the bank to go the requisite five and keep the Rangers in it.
How do you think those who paid top dollar for Darvish are feeling right now? Well right now they are probably feeling good, since he is surging during his last three outings (2.61 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, and 28 strikeouts in 20 2/3 innings), but overall it’s been rough.