Pitching Intrigue

This man is excited to move to the NL

The Marlins acquired Nate Robertson Tuesday and intend to use him as their 5th starter heading into the season. After a solid spring with the Tigers (2-1, 3.66), he may well have a good year in Miami. He has a tendency to give up the long ball and pitching in Dolphin Stadium (or whatever they call it now) will do him good. Also, getting out of the powerful AL and into a weaker NL will provide him with some relief.

To hammer home this point, lets look at some other pitchers who have made the transition from the AL to the NL:

Roger Clemens:

AL: 17-9, 3.91 ERA, 190K, 1.21 WHIP

NL: 18-4, 2.98 ERA, 218K, 1.16 WHIP

Andy Pettitte:

AL: (2003) 21-8, 4.02, 180, 1.33

NL: (first full season, 2005) 17-9, 2.39, 171, 1.03

C.C. Sabathia (mid-season trade):

AL: 6-8, 3.83, 123, 1.23 (122.1 IP)

NL: 11-2, 1.65, 128, 1.00 (130.2 IP)

Cliff Lee (mid-season trade):

AL: 7-9, 3.14, 107, 1.30 (152.0 IP)

NL: 7-4, 3.39, 74, 1.13 (79.2 IP)

Javier Vazquez:

AL: (2004) 14-10, 4.91, 150, 1.29

NL: (2005) 11-15, 4.42, 192, 1.25

AL: (2008) 12-16, 4.67, 200, 1.32

NL: (2009) 15-10, 2.87, 238, 1.03

Bronson Arroyo:

AL: 14-10, 4.51, 100, 1.30

NL: 14-11 3.29, 184, 1.19

While the first pitchers I have listed are top end starters, Vazquez and Arroyo are better comparisons to Robertson. One striking stat is Javy’s second stint in the NL with the Braves in 2009. Like Robertson this year, Vazquez was pitching in the NL East and had a much better year than his first year with the D-Backs. The good thing about Robertson is that he will probably drafted in the later rounds if he is even drafted at all. His first start of the spring for the Marlins went very well, pitching 7 innings giving up 1 run, 2 hits, 1 walk while striking out 6. If he continues this fast start, then take a chance on him if one of your other starters is struggling.

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