Analysis

The X-Factor

The X-Factor

I'll be the first to admit that a starting rotation featuring Ian Snell, Tom Gorzelanny and Oliver Perez would be downright scary this year. The trio has combined to throw 247 innings in 2007, allowing 81 earned runs while striking out 191 batters---good for a 2.95 ERA. By comparsion, Brandon Webb pitched 235 innings in 2006, setting down 178 while compiling a 3.10 ERA. Webb won the Cy Young.
I'm sure if the opportunity presented itself for David Littlefield to go back and re-work the trade that sent Perez and Roberto Hernandez to the New York Mets last July, he'd take it in a heartbeat. Littlefield dealt away a broken down Ollie---a version of the southpaw that was at its lowest possible value.
Still, the return on DL's trade has turned out to be better than originally expected, I thi...

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