Let’s take a quick stroll through the pitching realm today and look at any thing that might stand out.
Mets pitchers will be good this year for several reasons. They have a very good offense hitting for them and the bullpen is greatly improved. Throw in the fact that the new Citi Park looks like it might be an extreme pitchers park and you have to give the whole rotation special consideration.
Young pitchers I look to take the next step in development: Jonathan Sanchez, Chad Billingsley, Jon Lester, Scott Baker, Jair Jurrjens. Pitchers I look to regain some old form: Erik Bedard, Aaron Harang, Javier Vazquez.
Special interest goes to Ted Lilly. This guy has never had a huge season and his career numbers aren’t eye-popping, but he gets it done and 2009 shouldn’t be any different. With a strong Cubs offense to back him up, Lilly is likely to pick up at least 15 wins with a sub-4.00 ERA. If your league mates fail to see his value, take advantage and grab him. His Average Draft Position is the 16th round, so I see a bargain waiting to happen.