Fernando Rodney goes 5-3 4.02 ERA 10 saves
Jason Grilli goes 6-2 4.50 ERA 6 saves
Joel Zumaya goes 3-3 2.80 ERA 15 saves
Three people wiht double digit saves? You can't be serious.
Grilli 6-2? Make that a 5.40 ERA and 2-6 record with 6 blown saves in 6 opps. Then it's reasonable
The more i examine the stats the more you look like a moron. In 2005 D-train 22-10 2.63 era . Well the sox that year didnt have one starter with an era under 4. As a matter of fact only one pitcher on your team had a lower era ...releiver Mike Timlin,
maybe 2006 is different........nope same thing a better era than anyone on the Red Sox except paplebon.
2007 was last year ...he had his bad year.... but dude where is this 3 year regression ?? i see 1 year. Why do people consider his 2006 numbers struggling. bosox said it was because a terrible year! well see above stats and tell me again! i would say because it was a dropoff from his career year...but 3.78 isnt bad
I think this is where you are gettin confused bosoxx. i think you were getting 04 and 05 mixed up. In 04 Dontrelle had a 4.01 which would have been 3rd on your sox rotation. just behind Pedros 3.90. I would say most definatley he will be better than he was in 2004! 05 now thats a big stretch but not impossible.
Because we have about 30 years worth of examples of pitchers making the switch from NL to AL (with DH). Not the 2 or three.Pedro, Beckett, schilling all came from the nl and have been elite
Over 25% of Detroit games were started by pitchers not in their opening day rotation! that is 40+ games started by the likes of Chad Durbin, Jordan Tata, Andrew Miller, Yorman Bazardo, Jair Juirjjens and Zach Miner! It actually kind of amazing that they finished 18th in era considering most of these players weren't even on their opening day roster! Also their 2 key bullpen arms ( Zumaya 28 appearances and Rodney 48) missed about 50% of the season. Gee no wonder why their team ERA was high! Not even to mention that Bonderman pitched much of the second half with a pinched nerve in his elbow only to be shut down when the Tigers fell out of contention ! . It wasn't the opposition, it was the fact that their pitching was decimated by injury! With even a reasonable facsimile of health the Tiger's ERA should drop considerably in 2008. Factor in also that Willis( 3.78 career Era) takes Maroth's( 5.05 career Era, 10.66 in NL last year!) spot in the rotation, it should get even better.
69 out of 162 games will be played vs the bottum third of MLB offenses in baseball .16 more games vs a Tejada- less Baltimore( 16th in runs 07, possibly Roberts- less too) and Swisher-less Oakland ( 19th in runs in 07) even help more! expect a season more close to 06 than 07 for the Tiger's Era. In case you haven't noticed the trend in MLB is that The NL is fastly approaching the AL in offense.
2006 AL average runs scored per team per game: 4.96
2006 NL average runs scored: 4.75
2007 AL: 4.90
2007 NL: 4.71
With the influx of young offensive talent in the NL: Pujols, H Ramirez, Holliday, Fielder, Pence, Braun, Howard etc. and the aging of the AL's sluggers the gap should get even smaller. Most teams can't or won't pay a 1-9 lineup like the NYY and Detroit. the AL DH argument is going by the wayside.
Tigers Staff ERA in '07 - 4.68 (and sorry they ranked 18th - BP was ranked 24th sorry for the mix up)
Dontrelle....in the NL.... - 5.17
So they in effect weakened thier staff acquiring him.....
There is a site that did the stats of the last 50 pitchers the number was actually +or - .13!!Not quite 1.50 but still a little fluctuation..
Infield defense will be a key and I think Detroits is substandard. Thats not really true i dont think. Guillen has moved to first where he had 1 error in 44 games. Polanco is a gold glover who made 0 errors. Renteria only made 11 errors last year good for 9th best % among MLB SS. Now Cabrera yeah...he needs some work at 3rd 23 errors ouch. But the guy has switched from LF and hes 24 years so hopefully he will get better. We can deal with some extra errors since if he hits .325 with 34 hr's again!!