So today is a day off for about freaking everybody, so what a fantastic oppurtunity to recap the season’s best 5 starting pitchers thus far? This is something I’ve kind of wanted to do for a while. so now I got the oppurtunity. I already gave my thoughts on yesterday’s game, so there’s no need to discuss that now.
But before I get to what would be the year’s best starting rotation in the MLB, I have to tell you, I am addicted to something. No, it’s not the addiction to baseball that I’ve had since ’07. In fact, it’s the addiction to a musical artist that I get about every now and then. It seems like I’m always addicted to a band or artist or rapper every day. Well, right now– and I’ve had this addiction for a few weeks now– I am addicted to Breaking Benjamin.
There’s only one or two song by these guys that I don’t like. I have their 2006, most recent album, Phobia, and I have 3 songs from Saturate and only one song from We Are Not Alone. I love Ben Burnley, their lead singer, I love their music, they’re a fantastic band. Not really the kind of band Julia would like, but still.
I’ll leave 3 Breaking Benjamin songs you should check out at the bottom.
Onto the matter at hand; ladies and gentlemen, the best 5 starting pitchers based on 2009 statistics. Obviously these numbers will go down and we’ll see things even out as the season advances, I’m just going to show you who’s been the best so far. Let’s be clear on that. This is not the best in the game, this is the best in 2009.
5. Matt Cain (SFG): 9-1, 2.39 ERA, 86.2 INN, 68 SO
Matt Cain has been dominant all year, save for a few rusty outings. He’s put up a 2.39 to go along with his 9-1 record in 86.2 innings. He’s been perhaps the biggest reason that the Giants have been 34-28 this season, as he’s truly been one of the best pitchers in the game this season.
4. Dan Haren (ARZ) 5-4, 2.20 ERA, 94 INN, 90 SO, 13 BB
Daniel John Haren has been known for his strong fastball, his great splitter, and his solid command. This year, although he’s been unable to get solid run support, he has lived up to his great reputation and pitched like an ace, even in the abscence of sinker balling ace Brandon Webb. Haren is really one of the guys you can point to when people want to use record as a highly important stat in comparing players; sometimes your team just can’t back you up.
3. Jered Weaver (LAA) 7-2, 2.08 ERA, 90.2 INN, 74 SO, 1.00 WHIP
Here you have another guy who the baseball world hasn’t really payed attention to, but Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim has really been sick this season. You can see the numbers up there, and you can check out his other numbers this season. He doesn’t have fantastic stuff, but he locates and he makes his pitches and he’s able to retire hitters without a 100 mph heater or a gigantic breaking ball.
2. Roy Halladay (TOR) 10-1, 2.53 ERA, 103 INN, 88 SO, 12 BB
Do I really have to explain this one?
1. Zack Greinke, 8-2, 1.72 ERA, 94.1 INN, 97 SO, 5 CG, 0.99 WHIP
If you don’t agree that Zack Greinke has clearly been the best pitcher this season, you’re too blinded by the bias that you have for Roy Halladay. I don’t care what his record is– 8-2 is actually really good when you’re not comparing it to other guys– when you look at that ERA and all those other numbers, Greinke is definitely dominating most of his opponents, and he has since the beginning of the year.
Alright, so here are some Breaking Benjamin songs before I go:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XC-jnqGH-sI – Break My Fall
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IvhNqA9BVk – Polyamorous
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKKpd5piitc – Until the End
Listen and enjoy, rock fans…
Stay positive, Yankee fans…
-EJ the Kid From New York
I’ve always wondered this about people. I’ve asked my brother, my dad. It’s a really interesting, fun question in my opinion. What is this question? Here, I’ll ask you: what song would you want to be your entrance music if you were a hitter? I know, I didn’t word that perfectly.
A lot of active major league baseball players have entrance music. Alex Rodriguez uses “This Is Why I’m Hot” by Mims when he steps to the plate. Evan Longoria comes into the opening strings of a fantastic song, “Down and Out” by Tantric. Carlos Beltran enters to “El Esta Aqui” by David Y. Abraham. You get the picture.
As for me, the songs vary. They vary from the hot and heavy guitar riffs of Becoming the Bull by Atreyu (don’t mind the video) and Scream by Avenged Sevenfold to the funky, catchy hip hop songs that aren’t cruddy like most of today’s music, like Check the Rhime by A Tribe Called Quest or High Road by Fort Minor (do not mind the video or the song at the beginning, song starts with piano loop).
A Tribe Called Quest
So, reader, what would your entrance music be as a hitter? Or even as a closer? That counts even our female readers– looking at you, Julia– because they like music too. It’s something that I really want to know, so I’d appreciate finding out. This is one of the ways where two of the most beautiful things in life– baseball and music– are combined, and that’s why I’m so fascinated by it. Also, it’s awesome to get the crowd pumped up with a really energetic song.
Stay positive, Yankee fans.
-EJ the Kid From New York
It’s quiet time in baseball. Nothing big is really going on right now, at least nothing I care about. So… it’s time for music.
Hoobastank – My Turn
I looooooove Hoobastank, and while this isn’t their best song, I really like it. It’s a hard, punk rockish song, it’s kind of fun and inspirational and shizz. It’s really cool, and I’m really anticipating their new album, ForNever.
Lupe Fiasco – Paris, Tokyo
And finally, the first rap track on here. It’s a very cool, soothing, mellow song. Very jazz-ish, very different from the stereotype that rap has these days. It’s a good song.
Linkin Park – Figure.09
I LOVE THIS SONG. Holy crap.
It’s hard, it’s got great rap, good lyrics, Chester sounds great. It’s such a bad…butt song, it really is. I always enjoy listening to it. It’s one of their lesser known tracks from LP’s album “Meteora”. It’s a lot like their songs from their first album, Hybrid Theory, which was a really awesome album.
Linkin Park – No Roads Left
Is this really LP? Holy crud. This song is amazing, and it’s almost nothing like their previous songs. You’ve got MC Mike Shinoda singing the thing and showing great voice range, granted with a little help from AutoTune. You have an awesome guitar riff from Brad Delson. No sight of Chester Bennington. This bonus track from the album Minutes to Midnight, which I sadly did not pre-order so I couldn’t get No Roads Left, is just awesome. Plain and simple.
Well, that’s it I guess.
Stay positive, Yankee fans.
-EJ the Kid From New York
Umm… since the Yankees haven’t really done anything big, I’ll just go over some minor news in the baseball world. Minor to me, anyway. Maybe not minor to you.
Mets’ Wright to join Team USA in WBC
Since A-Rod’s going to play for the Dominican Republic(woohoo!), David Wright will join Team USA. Apparently it’s going to be a fantastic USA team this year; Wright, Sizemore, Lackey, McCann, Dustin Pedroia the MVP, Jeter… it’ll be really interesting. I wouldn’t be too surprised if they win, but I’m rooting the DR on.
Brewers eyeing free agent Looper
Yes, Braden Looper. Umm, when’s the part where I care? No offense Brewers, no offense Braden, but… Braden Looper isn’t exactly the most amazing pitcher in the world last I checked. I really have nothing to add to this… I don’t know why I even bothered putting this up, I have nothing to say about it…
Yankees may make pitch to Manny
First of all, ya’ll may think this is humongous news… I don’t think this is all that big. Manny is a great player, it’s the YANKEES, OUR Yankees, but… really, the one thing I feel about this is “NO MANNY NO MANNY NO”. Simple as that… I read something really interesting about this in the paper, I think the New York Post or the New York Times today, just an editorial I think… it said something about this. It said something like this.,, the Yankees shouldn’t sign Manny because Manny will just find excuses and complaints so he can get out of the Bronx, just like he did in Boston. That’s something George Steinbrenner would never tolerate 20 years ago, and we’ll see if Hank and Hal will in the present. Something like that. Anyway, I thought that guy was totally right and it convinced me fully that Manny is not the way.
Anyway, that’s about it… so, what to talk about now?
Well, how about music? I loooove music… whenever there’s nothing going on in the baseball world, I can talk about music. I’m very into rock, hip hop, jazz, rap, pop, a lot of stuff. I like bands like… Hoobastank, Linkin Park, Coldplay, Yellowcard, All-American Rejects, and then harder bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Alexisonfire, I like a little Disturbed, a little AFI. I like Fort Minor, Lupe Fiasco, the Flobots, a little Hollywood Undead, a little Kanye West, maybe even a little Flipsyde… you get the picture.
So, allow me to recommend a song?
Afterlife – Avenged Sevenfold
For any good hard rock songs, this is a good song… it’s catchy, it’s really an awesome song… check it out.
Anyway, that’s about it.
Stay positive, Yankee fans!
-EJ the Kid from New York