Monday, March 16, 2009
Ho Park vs. Happ
One is a 35 year old righthanded pitcher with 117 wins and 1800+ innings to his credit. The other is a 26 year old lefty with 1 big league victory and 35 innings pitched.
Chan Ho Park has done it all during his 15 MLB seasons. He was an all-star in 2000 with the Dodgers, posting a 18-10 record with a 3.27 era. He's also fallen flat on his face with the Texas Rangers from 2002-2005. He bounced back last season, mostly in relief, with the Dodgers with a 3.40 era over 95 ip. When Ruben Amaro signed him, Park was guaranteed an opportunity at the 5th spot in the rotation, and he's done his best so far this spring to secure it: 3 gm, 11.2 ip, 11 k, 1.54 era, 0.86 whip. I still feel he's best suited for the Phillies bullpen, but he's making the decision extremely difficult.
JA Happ is also doing a fine job this spring: 4 gm, 11 ip, 9 k, 2.45 era, 1.09 whip. He's a strikeout pitcher, averaging more than a strikeout per inning pitched in the minors. He showed poise during last season's September playoff push, and probably has all the seasoning he needs in the minors by now. I see that he's young, and feel that he's the future, so Happ is the one that should be taking his turn every 5th day.
Happy 33rd Birthday No-Hit Nunez!!!