There has been a lot of terrific starting pitching so far this season.
Jared Weaver, Roy Halladay, Jon Lester, Chad Billingsley, Kyle Lohse, Justin Masterson, Ryan Dempster, Stephen Strasburg, Johnny Cueto, Eric Bedard and Colby Lewis all looked terrific in their 2012 debuts.
Who didn’t look good?
My picks for the Cy Young Award.
Tim Lincecum let up a pair of first inning homers and was chased out in the 6th inning.
C. C. Sabathia (sorry, I still used the periods) coughed up a first inning grand slam to Carlos Pena.
Yeah he settled down, but his line (6 innings, 8 hits, 5 runs) wasn’t pretty.
The two combined for 11 1/3 innings, 15 hits, 10 earned runs, 4 walks, 14 strikeouts.
Is there enough time in the season for Linecum to lower his 8.44 ERA?
By the way, for those of you who don’t understand why wins, while important, can be overrated, please consider the fact that if Mariano Rivera didn’t cough up the lead in the 9th, Sabathia would have won yesterday’s game with his 6 inning 5 earned run performance.
Meanwhile the other day, Pirates starter Eric Bedard went 7 innings, gave up just 1 run against the Phillies and got the loss.
Which one pitched better?
Well, right now Bedard has a better Cy Young case than Sabathia or Lincecum.
Then again, it IS early.