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  1. I’d pick Harang/Volquez/Cueto over anyone right now. I knot Cueto is just barely below, but that should change after next start.

    Would a Volquez/Bailey/Cueto trio resemble a domination similar to the braves? I think it’s the closest trio in baseball right now since the Reds get them for 6 years. It’s very possible you’ll see 1 season of those 6 with all of them reaching 200Ks

    Comment by MlbFan30 — April 28, 2008 @ 8:57 pm

  2. I feel like Volquez and Cueto have the chance to be very good but I need to see more from them. Pitching numbers can change on a monthly basis as certain hitters and competition heats up. Greg Maddux was 5-0 in April a couple of years ago and then did not really pitch well again until the beginning of June. He seemed capable of recapturing his Cy Young Award days and then suddenly seemed like he should retire. Things change. That being said, they definitely have a shot at something special, and I’m a big Aaron Harang fan.

    Comment by Eric Seidman — April 28, 2008 @ 9:02 pm

  3. Can I replace Washburn w/ another lefty – Bedard?

    Felix-Bedard-Silva would be my pick for the #1 trio right now. The only other trios that I’d consider would be Webb-Haren-Johnson or Halladay-Burnett-McGowan.

    Comment by Wooster24 — April 28, 2008 @ 10:59 pm

  4. I’d take the Padres. But why not Santana, Maine, Oli or Pedro?

    Comment by willkoky — April 28, 2008 @ 11:13 pm

  5. Because the question is relative to the three combinations I mentioned. Of course there are better threesomes out there, but as of right now, these three groupings have resulted in the highest threesome WPAs. It’s not like I’m ignoring them but rather curious for the choice of these three. No substitutions, no other rotations, just these three.

    Comment by Eric Seidman — April 28, 2008 @ 11:15 pm

  6. Um, then why choose Washburn? He has a lower WPA so far this season than Bedard (0.28 to 0.18)?

    Comment by doorbot — April 29, 2008 @ 12:12 am

  7. Because Bedard does not qualify for inclusion when you look at the WPA leaders. I went to the Major League leaders, sorted by team, and it automatically includes those that qualify.

    Comment by Eric Seidman — April 29, 2008 @ 12:14 am

  8. Clearly he would be a better choice than Washburn, but I’m curious to hear thoughts on these three combos.

    Comment by Eric Seidman — April 29, 2008 @ 12:15 am

  9. Jake Westbrook does though, instead of C.C. I mean, which makes the Indians far and away the leader without Sabathia.

    Is this a sorting problem? The grid claims min IP is N/A, but some default threshold is being applied.

    Comment by doorbot — April 29, 2008 @ 12:22 am

  10. Yeah, that’s a good point. Weird. I’ll update it to reflect that.

    Comment by Eric Seidman — April 29, 2008 @ 12:24 am

  11. To the question (sorry): I’d take the Mariners and hope the team wins one behind the so-so back end guys…and of the historical trios I’d take the 2003 Cubs, just barely over the 2005 Astros, but really only due to age and possibly hindsight/bias.

    Comment by doorbot — April 29, 2008 @ 12:27 am

  12. For me, it’s tough. I love Felix, and I do think Silva is a solid #3-4 type pitcher but I got to watch Kyle Lohse a lot last year and he really surprised me. He had a propensity for getting into jams right before he would naturally exit the game. As in he would pitch 6 strong innings, get one out in the seventh, and then give up a walk and a double or something along those lines. The historical ones I agree, Cubs for me and by a very slight margin over the Astros. VERY slight. It’s hard to answer questions like that without our hindsight coming into play, too, but it’s pretty weird to think that Carlos Zambrano was the #3 starter.

    Comment by Eric Seidman — April 29, 2008 @ 12:33 am

  13. As a matter of fact, I do have a Pirate pitching trio of the month–and I’m not being facetious. They are three relievers:

    Pitcher WPA Rank (National League)
    Tyler Yates 0.93 3
    Matt Capps 0.91 7
    John Grabow 0.90 9

    And don’t write off the starters. Paul Maholm is an unlikely star, who just pitched a complete game and has an ERA of 3.23 (although his sabermetric ERA is a somewhat worse 3.89). Zach Duke has improved a lot over last year, judging by his sabermetric ERA of 3.66 rather than his actual ERA of 5.34. Ian Snell, the ace, doesn’t look like anything special with his 4.45 ERA; until you realize that his sabermetric ERA 2.93 is (1HR, 9 BBs, 21 Ks in 30 1/3 innings).

    Maybe I’m biased, as a former Pittsburgher. But this is the most exciting Pirates team I’ve seen since the early 1990s, and one that has for a change been unlucky, rather than not good. They’ve had injuries to Jack Wilson and Freddy Sanchez in the early going. And who would have thought that veteran (and now bought out) “Matty Mo” would have been such a drag (not counting the five losses in his starts, the 10-15 Pirates would be 10-10).

    Comment by Tom Au — April 29, 2008 @ 9:00 am

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