In rereading my writing from yesterday, I was struck by how relentlessly negative it seemed. I definitely have reservations about the Mets signing the guy, but I'm not dead set against it. I could see it going either way. You couldn't tell that from what I wrote, though. I let myself go off on a tangent, and the result was something with which I was no longer comfortable. So we're going to consign those words to the ether and try this again.
- We don't expect as much out of starting pitchers as we used to, but we certainly expect elite pitchers to make over 30 starts and pitch 200+ innings. Bauer has pitched over 200 innings once in his career. He's made 30 or more starts 3 times.
- Much of Bauer's recent success is based on increasing spin rate. He infamously accused Astros pitchers of cheating with substances to up their spin rate, but if MLB really started cracking down on pitchers using sticky stuff to achieve higher spin rates, will we see his own spin rate come back down?
- The teams that Bauer pitched against in his Cy Young season last year: He faced the 23-35 Tigers twice, the 29-31 Brewers three times, the 19-41 Pirates twice and the 26-34 Royals once. The only games he started against winning teams were two against the Cubs and once vs the White Sox. In his defense, he had an excellent playoff start vs. Atlanta.