I'll be the first to admit it: After his dismal 2007 and his first few starts of 2008, I thought Moose was done. But, he's taken a page out of the Maddux Pitching Manual and has evolved into a different pitcher.
Let that be the lesson: It's not the speed, it's the location and the CHANGING of speed.
Without a fastball that can reach 90 mph any longer, Moose has gone the opposite direction, going slow, slower and even slower (that looping 63 mph eephus-like knuckle-curve or whatever it is).
Moose had a good night last night, lasting 6 IP, surrendering 5 hits while striking out 6 and walking just one. He looks confident, calm. Now, the YES Network guys, mostly Michael Kay, are claiming that Moose is an all-star this year, but with all due respect to his 9 wins, Moose is not an AL all-star pitcher. His ERA (4.01) ranks just 25th in the AL. Yes, his 9 wins has him tied for first but most sane minds can recognize that wins are not the single best barometer.
- Cliff Lee (9-1, 2.45 ERA) *starter*
- Dice-K (8-0, 2.53 ERA)
- Roy Halladay (7-5, 2.94 ERA)
- Joe Saunders (9-2, 2.63 ERA)
- Ervin Santana (8-2, 3.02 ERA)
- Shaun Marcum (5-3, 2.63 ERA)
- Javy Vazquez (5-4, 3.43)
Who would you put on this list and who would you take off?