• TSN’s Pinto: Rays Pitching Better Than Yanks Staff

    Posted by on March 27th, 2008 · Comments (3)

    The Sporting News’ David Pinto just did not make Hank Stein’s day.

    Via TSN:

    With the American League East pitching rotations coming into focus, the division looks to produce four competitive starting staffs. The Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays have a mix of outstanding veterans and talented young pitchers.

    Which starting rotation is best? The projections might be surprising.

    The wide range of possibilities for each team shows the difficulty in choosing the best rotation. Most teams will experience a mix of good and bad performances and probably end up near their mid point.

    Tampa Bay, however, stands a good chance of becoming the class of the AL East. The Rays show strength in eqERA and innings pitched at every level. With only three-tenths of a run separating the top from the bottom, these four teams should produce great pitching matchups as they face each other 108 times during the 2008 season.

    Comments on TSN’s Pinto: Rays Pitching Better Than Yanks Staff

    1. Straylightrise
      March 27th, 2008 | 3:39 pm

      Um, last time i checked strength in innings pitched isn’t an indicator of success.Who the heck do they have on their staff other than Kazmir?

      This article is just friggin stupid

    2. ahaldar
      March 27th, 2008 | 8:25 pm


      Did you even check out the Ray’s rotation before you posted? Kazmir, Shields, Garza, Jackson, Sonnanstine with Niemann in reserve. PECOTA forecasts a VORP around 120 for those 6. Compared to Yanks top 6 VORPING around 130. In fact, PECOTA projects 719 runs allowed from the Rays pitching staff, versus 725 from the Yanks. PECOTA is just a forecasting system, but its not “friggin stupid” thats for sure.

    3. KidYank-yee
      March 28th, 2008 | 9:48 am


      Boy the truth hurts. I hope Yankee fans can accept early on that it’s going to be an ugly season. With no #1 starter and Pettite ready to go on the disable list. It’s not looking too good in YankeeLand!

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