Monday, October 13, 2008

Final Elias Rankings - American League Starting Pitchers

More on how these are calculated can be found with the National League rankings. Again, caveats about the accuracy of my DL data apply, as just being a day off on the DL days can lead to significant changes in the rankings. As far as free agents go, this shouldn't be a problem as most free agents are away from the border.

Name Type TotalScore
Roy Halladay A 95.307
John Lackey A 93.487
A.J. Burnett A 90.038
Josh Beckett A 89.080
Daisuke Matsuzaka A 88.697
Scott Kazmir A 87.739
James Shields A 86.973
Felix Hernandez A 86.207
Andy Pettitte A 81.322
Javier Vazquez A 80.460
Fausto Carmona A 79.406
Mike Mussina A 78.927
Justin Verlander A 78.544
Cliff Lee A 78.161
Mark Buehrle A 77.969
Gil Meche A 77.682
Erik Bedard A 75.766
Zack Greinke B 75.096
Jon Lester B 75.000
Chien-Ming Wang B 74.042
Jered Weaver B 73.563
Scott Baker B 70.881
Tim Wakefield B 70.498
Kevin Millwood B 69.061
Jeremy Guthrie B 68.487
Ervin Santana B 67.433
Jon Garland B 67.337
Joe Saunders B 66.284
Paul Byrd B 65.613
Kelvim Escobar B 65.326
Dustin McGowan B 63.697
Daniel Cabrera B 61.877
Vicente Padilla B 61.782
John Danks B 59.387
Edwin Jackson B 58.238
Jesse Litsch
57.759
Gavin Floyd
56.226
Jose Contreras
56.130
Miguel Batista
55.651
Brian Bannister
55.460
Matt Garza
55.268
Justin Duchscherer
54.406
Andy Sonnanstine
54.119
Kevin Slowey
53.257
Glen Perkins
52.586
Nate Robertson
51.628
Jeremy Bonderman
51.533
Carlos Silva
51.341
Jarrod Washburn
49.713
Armando Galarraga
49.521
Boof Bonser
43.774
Curt Schilling
43.008
Kyle Davies
42.146
Kason Gabbard
42.050
Jake Westbrook
40.996
Nick Blackburn
40.709
Kenny Rogers
40.517
Dana Eveland
38.889
Brian Burres
38.027
Francisco Liriano
37.548
Alfredo Aceves
34.387
Greg Smith
33.238
Kameron Loe
32.088
Bartolo Colon
31.322
Matt Harrison
31.226
Sidney Ponson
29.789
Brandon McCarthy
27.586
Darrell Rasner
26.533
Anthony Reyes
25.862
Carl Pavano
25.862
Sean Gallagher
22.797
Luke Hochevar
21.935
Dallas Braden
21.743
Jeremy Sowers
21.169
R.A. Dickey
20.498
Adam Loewen
20.498
Chris Waters
18.295
Troy Patton
17.816
Jason Jennings
15.613
David Purcey
14.559
Zach Jackson
12.931
Ryan Feierabend
10.920
Eric Hurley
9.770
Clayton Richard
8.525
Gio Gonzalez
6.897
Scott Elarton
3.065
Luke Hudson
2.011
Andrew Brackman
1.437

As far as the Tigers are concerned, Freddy Garcia was not on the roster on August 31 and therefore was not eligible for the rankings. Kenny Rogers also failed to qualify for Type B status after struggling down the stretch. Let's take a look at these free agents to see if any are worth signing.
  • John Lackey (A): The Angels have an option on him and will probably use it. He's still a very good pitcher and worth persuing if for some reason he's available.
  • A.J. Burnett (A): Has an opt-out clause. With all of the injuries in his history, I'd have a hard time giving up the pick and the money for this guy. He's due for a break down.
  • Andy Pettite (A): I don't think he'll do anything other than retire or stay with the Yankees. Wouldn't be worth the draft pick at this stage in his career.
  • Mike Mussina (A): Had a fine rebound this year. A Hall of Famer in my book, it may be worth seeing if he has anything left in the tank, especially if the Yankees neglect to offer arbitration. Random fact about Mussina, he hasn't walked more than 50 guys in a season since 1999 and the only time he walked more than 60 was 1996.
  • Tim Wakefield (B): Has the infinitely recurring option. If the Red Sox let him go, he could be a solid innings eater for a team that needs it. Yes, the Tigers may need it.
  • Jon Garland (B): He's been hovering below 5 K/9 the past two years. Honestly, unless the Tigers improve the defense, this is a disaster waiting to happen. On a cheap short term deal? Sign him. If he wants more than 2/$10M, no way.
  • Paul Byrd (B): Like Garland, only worse. The only benefit to signing him is that he would never be able to pitch against the Tigers with him on the team.
  • Curt Schilling (None): He's dellusional if he thinks he can pitch again. No thanks.
  • Kenny Rogers (None): Will either return to the Tigers or retire. Hopefully he retires.
  • Bartolo Colon (None): A guy on the rebound, could be worth a shot on a minor league deal.
  • Sidney Ponson (None): An awful pitcher and a worse person. Pass
  • Carl Pavano (None): Seriously, buy low. He's coming off of Tommy John surgery last year and could be in line for a rebound in '09. It honestly can't hurt.
  • Jason Jennings (None): A guy who was a pretty good pitcher before elbow injuries the past two years. If he will agree to a minor league deal in the hope that he recovers to innings eater form, it can't hurt to give him a try.
I'll have the relievers up later today.

13 comments:

YankeePride13 said...

why is Ponson such a bad person if you don't mind me asking?

Eddie B said...

Assaulted a judge, DUI, got into it with people with the Rangers. The list goes on.

Mark said...

i'll reitterate my feeling that i posted elsewhere a couple of months back: Pavano will have a shot to be our closer next year.

you heard it there first...

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