Posts Tagged ‘Jake Peavy’

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

Call him "K-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

He'll be back, you best believe it.

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

Former Ray's, Pena and Garza are yet to produce big for Chicago

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!

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The pitcher.  With no starting pitcher you have no start to a game, with no good pitcher, you have no good team, but who is the best pitcher?  Here at Jacob Sport’s we break down the Ruler’s of the Mound one by one.

King of the Mound.  What is, King of the Mound?  I will rank 50 top Starting pitchers, counting down a few at a time in each post… Disagree with me?  Agree with me?  I figured this would happen, so just comment in the comment section, with your opinions, let me know what you think!

Pitcher #50 Ervin Santana

Ervin Santana will see his stock take a large jump very soon.

Its hard not to show bias in this, but I tried not to.  Santana is an elite pitcher when his change up is under control, but that has slowly become a rare thing.  When he makes it out of the fifth inning, you know the team is going to win.  With a little work, Santana could move up this list in a heart beat.  Still though, with the line up and bull pen of the Angels, Santana will surely hit double digits in the win column, and more than likely exceed 115 strike outs.  The twenty eight year old has started off slow this season, yet to win a game, but the fact that he’s gotten out of the seventh inning twice, signals good things to come.

Pitcher #49 Daisuke Matsuzaka

"Dice-K" is alive...Again.

The shock does not come to a viewer because Dice-K is featured in the Top 50, but because he comes before Ervin Santana. But, why?  If anyone remembers Daisuke’s rookie debut season, he threw 15 wins.  Then the next season, he became the league’s best, going 18-3.. But minor injuries has plagued him since the beginning in 2007, and I finally believe that he’s back.  His fastball is again in the lower-middle nineties, and he seems to grow more confident with each and every pitch.  With an ERA over six, I seem crazy, but the more you look at his most recent outing (eight innings, with a zero ERA) the more it seems fitting that the Tokyo Native belongs on this list.  In almost every fantasy baseball league, Dice-K is a free agent, I’d wait to see how he fares in his next start before you pick him up.

Pitcher #47 Justin Masterson

Again, I promise you, I am not crazy, but my predictions are schizophrenic.  Masterson has seen velocity work his way this season, as the opposition is hitting a low 2.19 against him after four starts.  The Jamaican has sort of been a big deal ever since his arrival at San Diego State, and he’s finally proving to be a major difference maker in the MLB… A prime reason why the Indians, a team of “scrubs” by most critics, are currently boasting a comfy lead atop the AL Central Standings.  With an ERA under two, the twenty six year old will continue to keep his pitch count low, as he forces many routine ground balls early in the at bat… Albeit because of this, his “K” count is pretty low, currently at 16, though in a 6.1 inning outing against the Mariners, Masterson retired nine on strikes… This guy is certainly no joke.

Pitcher #46 Edwin Jackson

When/if Peavy returns, the White Sox will have the best rotation in the AL.

Give the guy credit, he threw a no hitter last year, against a healthy, all the while electrifying Rays line-up, which is one of the main reasons the White Sox signed him.  The White Sox batting order has been in a slump lately, and their bull-pen?  Well… Let’s put it nicely, they’ve been awful.  If it wasn’t for those two reasons, the 27 year old would be 4-0, instead of 2-1.  With an incredible command, Jackson is fifth in the AL with strike-outs, at 26.  He’s a guy who wastes too many pitches striking guys out, but he certainly can complete a game, but most importantly, Edwin Jackson is a guy who can do it against the best hitters, if the White Sox make the playoffs, you best believe that Jackson will carry that team through a few games.  Fantasy wise, Jackson deserves to be on a roster.

Stay tuned tomorrow, as in the morning pitchers 45-40 will be proclaimed, and then later on, 39-35 will be announced.