Starting Pitchers (Min IP: 100)
Bedard was pretty good in 2007, completing a wee bit over 180 innings with a FIP of 3.19. Even more impressive is that his xFIP was even lower at 3.00. Of course this degree of awesomeness was uncharacteristic, even for a good pitcher, and a pair of disappointing – due to injury more so than performance – seasons in Seattle have caused some to forget that Bedard was one of the better American League hurlers late into the last decade.
You’ll never guess who finishes fourth in 2008. Not ever.
Relief Pitchers (Min IP: 40)
Miller is probably best-known – is he even known? – for the amount of ink on his arms, which reaches the overkill threshold. Because of the tats, MLB required him to wear sleeves at all times so as not to distract the hitters. During 2007, his pitches did that on their own. Miller has never cooked with gas, but his slider held a run value per-100 of 2.15 and unlike the other time he topped that number (2002), this time his fastball wasn’t being obliterated left and right.
I’m not sure there’s anything mildly compelling about any of these five guys. Three are retired, one just signed a decent free agent deal with Milwaukee, and the other is the Mets’ newest bullpen piece. There’s a joke about Ed Wade being interested in Todd Jones somewhere in there, but I won’t make it.