With under 2 months to spring training, it is time to start thinking about baseball. Thinking about baseball two months away is far more pleasant than thinking about hockey and the never-neverland we have entered with the NHL strike. The World Junior Championships of hockey, starting Christmas Day, are going to get massive ratings, mind you, but that is not thinking. That is anticipating. That is different.
Anyway, my baseball thought for the day comes from Tom Verducci at SI.com:
Only 11 pitchers last year won 15 games with an ERA below 4.00 while throwing 200 innings. Here's the breakdown by age:It may be that you may have a star starter (namely those above) if you are lucky in 2005 but it is not critical anymore. You better have starters and the bullpen and the closer, too. Who does? I'd say the Red Sox do and the Yankees don't. Even with Pedro, the Mets sure don't. Don't bother thinking about Toronto whose motto will soon be "Carolina 2010".
- The New Generation, 28-and-under (six): Pavano, Roy Oswalt, Jason Marquis, Johan Santana, Mark Buehrle, Carlos Zambrano.
- The Old Generation, 38-and-older (three): Curt Schilling, Johnson, Roger Clemens.
- The Lost Generation, 29-to-37 (two): Jason Schmidt, Martinez.