|Starting Pitcher||2008 ERA||Career ERA||2009 ERA|
Not that this is a surprise, exactly --- we all knew that our starting pitching had been a major disappointment. However, I was a little surprised to learn that every one of our starters is pitching worse than last year, every single one of them. Moreover, every one of them not a Klingon is also pitching worse than their career numbers (and McClung only gets a break because his numbers in Tampa were just God-awful). Even worse, only YoGa and McClung are not having their worst seasons in the past 6 years.
A while ago we were talking about the surliness of Doug Melvin. I feel bad for the guy. In the offseason, he tries to build a pitching staff, and figures, "well, we lose Sheets here, but we bring Gallardo back; we lose CC, let's try Looper," blissfully unaware that his entire starting rotation is going to tank, and tank hard.
(You know...this doesn't reflect particularly well on Bill Castro, either.)