Update time! Join us, as we count down the Top 50 Current Pitchers, 50-46 were named last night, and in case you missed it… Click here: https://jacobsports.wordpress.com/2011/04/22/king-of-the-mound/
NOTE: Only pitchers currently on the 25 Man roster of a MLB team count… Whereas Jake Peavy is not currently eligible, nor is Stephen Strasburg. Santana made this list because he is only on the 15 day DL.
Pitcher #45 Kyle Lohse
The day after he threw a complete game shut out, I hurried to make a quick post about him, because I find this guy as the most underrated pitcher in the National League. He’s not going to strike anyone out with pure speed, but his off-speed stuff can get pretty nasty, just ask the Nationals. With three wins under his belt, the 32 year old has already proven to himself, and his team, that he can run the show. More importantly though, Lohse’s arm seems to be healthy, and well-rested, and for a good pitcher, those are the essentials to become a great pitcher.
Pitcher #44 Johan Santana
If this list was created four years ago, he would be the King. Unfortunately, four years and a lot of injuries later, Santana would seem to fail in comparison to almost everyone else on this list. Out of everyone who I mentioned so far, viewers are more than likely uneducated on Johan Santana. He is currently on the 15 Day DL for a shoulder injury, and last season he pitched 199+ innings, but with an 11-9 record. His fastball is no longer fast, his slider barely slides, but still… Santana, now a veteran, knows how to win games, and when he steps off of that DL, watch out.
Pitcher # 43 Aaron Harang
Wild. Wild. Wild. That was almost always the case for Harang while he was on the Reds, but now, he’s changed. A Padre now, Harang has transformed as if he’s taken in the name, Optimus Prime. Throwing in only four starts thus far, Arroyo has been flawless, a 4-0 record complimented by 21 K’s. The main reason to his success with the struggling San Diego team is his control, he’s kept his pitch count low, he’s beginning to throw far more strikes than balls and most importantly? He’s throwing plenty of first pitch strikes. He deserves to be the Padre’s ace, not the fourth starter.
Pitcher # 42 Javier Vasquez
The veteran has played on seven teams, the most recent and the current team being the Marlins, Vasquez has showned that they Yankees should have resigned him. Or maybe not. Vasquez is currently 1-1, with an ERA I shouldn’t mention, out of kindness. But you see, that’s just the thing, Vasquez still has control. Believe me. I remember back in the day when he was an Expo, he would just zip the ball past a batter, and on occasion, he still does. Albeit, with the line-up that the Marlins have, they only need him to throw strikes. He will do just that. Watch out fantasy owners, this guy’s got one last whiff in his arm.
Pitcher #41 Matt Garza
He was better when he was a Ray. Enough said, right? Its not like anything has changed, his fastball still hits 92, his curve ball still does sink in on a left handed batter, its just… He’s not going to win as many games this season, because the Cubs aren’t winning many games. Still, Garza keeps the ERA low, and he strikes out a good number of batters, and that gives any team a chance to win… Thats all you can ask of a starting pitcher, right? Garza, won 14 last season, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he hit 14 again. Remember though, he’s a Chicago Cub, and historically, the Cubs have been an organization where big names go to become a scrub.
Check in early this afternoon, for another update!