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  1. Any list that includes Adam Eaton is MASSIVE

    Comment by Evan — February 3, 2012 @ 12:08 pm

  2. as opposed to paltry

    Comment by Evan — February 3, 2012 @ 12:11 pm

  3. How surprising is this?

    Last year was the so often hyped, “year of the pitcher”, and there are more than a few elite talents entering/re-entering the fray this year (moore, strasburg, darvish, wainwright, santana, cruz-the over under on that groups WAR for next year has got to be like 20).

    Comment by Jesse — February 3, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

  4. Robust is a strong word…

    Comment by hernandez17 — February 3, 2012 @ 12:18 pm

  5. How can you say that John Lannan is an average to below average pitcher? In his 5 seasons, he has had 4 seasons with a 103+ ERA+. In 3 of the last 4 years, he has had a sub 4 ERA. He’s had 1 bad seasons in 2010, but that was due to injury. He had a 3.42 ERA and a robust FIP when he came back. So in his 5 seasons, he has performed more than adequately when he has been healthy.

    Comment by pm — February 3, 2012 @ 12:32 pm

  6. career ERA- of 98, FIP- of 112. seems average to below average to me.

    Comment by Jono411 — February 3, 2012 @ 12:55 pm

  7. By definition, if the pool over pitchers becomes deeper, wouldn’t you expect WAR to be lower for most pitchers, since the performance level of replacement would be higher?

    Unless of course the starting pitching pool is simply adding to the number of “elite” pitchers while keeping those at the replacement level on approximately the same performance level.

    Comment by harpago17 — February 3, 2012 @ 1:21 pm

  8. ERA- of 100 is now called the “Lannan line”, in honor of his resplendent mediocrity.

    Comment by Dave S — February 3, 2012 @ 1:22 pm

  9. No that’s about average. 4 seasons at 98 ERA- or less indicates his 116 ERA- season is a fluke. If Lannan is below average, what does that make soon to be HOF Jack Morris and his Lannan-like 105 ERA+?

    Comment by pm — February 3, 2012 @ 1:48 pm

  10. The term robust market is usually used when it’s a sellers market, A buyers market is a bear market, not robust.

    Lannan is an UER machine. Should use R/9 instead ERA, or RA+ instead of ERA+. Lannan gives up 4.5 R.

    UER is the biggest weakness of ERA. Better to use the change in RE an errors causes, than UER.

    Lannan is a relatively soft tossing lefty, who got hit pretty well by RHB’ers last year. He is the type that typically does not adjust well going to the AL East (w/DH) and Fenway from the NL. Also, the weak side if the IF defensively for the Red Sox is the left side, so a LH GB pitchers with low k/9 is not what they need.

    Comment by pft — February 3, 2012 @ 2:20 pm

  11. Watching John Lannan is like watching a better version of Kyle Kendrick. You know he shouldn’t be succeeding, but somehow he does. I still expect Kyle Kendrick to be bad everytime he pitches and I expect Lannan to be below average. It’s a visceral reaction, but I’ve spoken to scouts with the same opinion so I consider it acceptable.

    Comment by Brad Johnson — February 3, 2012 @ 2:36 pm

  12. Gweneth Paltry?

    Comment by No fan of the Yankees — February 3, 2012 @ 2:55 pm

  13. “top 10″ Qualifiers, 2011. Sorry for the (lack of) formatting.

    Name UER/9ip

    Jaime Garcia 1.066
    Matt Garza 0.773
    Bud Norris 0.726
    Fausto Carmona 0.717
    Carl Pavano 0.689
    John Lannan 0.684
    Bartolo Colon 0.658
    C.J. Wilson 0.645
    Ubaldo Jimenez 0.622
    Livan Hernandez 0.565

    Comment by Dave S — February 3, 2012 @ 3:21 pm

  14. “top 15″ qualifiers, 2008-2011 combined.

    Name UER/9ip

    Jaime Garcia 0.955
    Rodrigo Lopez 0.770
    Dave Bush 0.718
    Jonathon Niese 0.682
    Tim Wakefield 0.679
    Jhoulys Chacin 0.605
    Bud Norris 0.592
    Fausto Carmona 0.584
    Brett Anderson 0.582
    Felipe Paulino 0.576
    Justin Masterson 0.566
    Nick Blackburn 0.559
    John Lannan 0.556
    Brad Bergesen 0.548
    Charlie Morton 0.543

    Lannan is #13, so yeah… he’s a repeat offender. I was surprised to see Jaime Garcia topping this list.

    Comment by Dave S — February 3, 2012 @ 3:48 pm

  15. “LH GB pitchers with low k/9 is not what they need.”

    Plus, we already have one L-named guy who sucks. Two of them would be pushing it.

    Comment by B N — February 3, 2012 @ 7:12 pm

  16. more like poultry

    Comment by Deaner — February 6, 2012 @ 6:17 am

  17. It makes Morris lucky he played on a team with a good enough offense and bullpen to give him so many wins and post season appearances.

    Comment by Antonio Bananas — February 6, 2012 @ 4:34 pm

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