On July 18, Scott Kazmir made his 3rd start after a 5-week stint on the disabled list. He'd been terrible up that point in the season -- 4-5 with a 7.11 ERA -- but he'd spent the time off getting healthy and re-locating his velocity under the tutelage of pitching guru Rick Peterson. It finally paid off, with his first quality start since April 24: 6 innings, 1 run. Including that game, Kazmir has racked up 7 quality starts in 9 games, going 4-3 with a 4.07 ERA, striking out 49 and walking 18 in 55.1 innings.
How have our other starting pitchers done during those past 7 weeks? Lackey, Santana, and Weaver have made 10 starts each:
JL: 5-3, 2.57 ERA, 57/19 K/BB, 73.2 IP
ES: 6-2, 4.31 ERA, 50/22 K/BB, 62.2 IP
JW: 4-2, 4.95 ERA, 50/21 K/BB, 60.0 IP
Meanwhile, Joe Saunders was stinking up the joint, then went on the disabled list, took some cortisone shots, and has won all three starts since coming back, giving up 4 ER in 17.1 IP.
Put those all together, and what do you get? Over 42 starts (everyone except Saunders from mid-July on; Saunders in his last three), that's 269 innings pitched (6 and 1/3 per start), 218 strikeouts, 87 walks, a 22-10 record, and a 3.78 ERA. And over their last 11 starts, none of these guys have given up more than 2 earned runs, posting a combined 1.51 ERA.
Who knew that there would ever be a time this year that we could feel almost good about the rotation?
If the playoffs started today, who would you drop from the rotation?
Kazmir (9 votes)
Saunders (94 votes)
Santana (193 votes)
Weaver (7 votes)
Lackey (5 votes)
Nobody! BECAUSE I AM A CRAZY (35 votes)
343 total votes