I'm trying to remember similar cases to Ryan Vogelsong: an OK prospect in 2001, traded, hurt, bad, Japan, AAA...now back in the majors for the first time since 2006, and I don't know how long it'll last but, you know, Wow! With 6 IP tonight and only an unearned run, he's now up to 5 starts, 32 IP, and a 1.93 ERA. I mean, how often does a SP go down and you win the first five starts with his replacement, no matter who it is?
Where did that come from?
Hey -- it's five starts. Still, even if he collapses after this, what a story, no? And for what it's worth, his K/9 and BB/9 are both far better than his career norms.
How about this one. If when Vogelsong was traded (along with Armando Rios) for Jason Schmidt at the trade deadline in 2001, you were told that his first five starts in 2011 would look like this, what would you have thought of the trade based on that information?
Or, if you don't like that one...Vogelsong actually debuted in 2000. Other pitchers who debuted in 2000 include Adam Eaton and Mark Mulder -- remember them? Or, of the 117 pitchers who debuted in 2000, guess how many have pitched in 2011? How about: 14. Of those, Vogelsong is dead last in ERA -- by a full run. To find guys with comparable ERAs, you need to go back to pitchers who couldn't make it beyond 2007. Which, of course, was Ryan Vogelson, just a few weeks ago.
With pitchers, it's all Joaquin Andujar. Youneverknow. I'm certainly enjoying the ride.