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Baseball Nation on Padres Starter Cory Luebke

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Jeff Sullivan from Baseball Nation wrote an interesting piece on Padres starter Cory Luebke today and it is worth your look. Robert ranked him as hi 31st best starter for 2012, and here is what he wrote: 31. Cory Luebke - SD Ray wrote about Luebke at the end of September and in the attached poll, 80% of Fake Teams readers said they believed his breakout in 2011 was for real. I'm a believer, but there are two reasons I'm slightly concerned: (1) the low number of innings pitched. Will he be on a limit? Can we believe in his numbers based on this sample size? (2) He basically has 2 pitches. There was some discussion in yesterday's thread about this regarding David Price, and while it's true that it doesn't matter how many pitches a pitcher has as long as they're effective, I'm worried that he'll be figured out, which sort of goes back to number one. Also, how does he cope if he's not feeling one of his pitches on a given day (or in a given season)? Look at Felix Hernandez - his fastball lost some velocity last year, but he's got 5 pitches, so he was able to adjust. Luebke will not have that fallback option. I wonder if the Padres traded Mat Latos with the though that they could build around Luebke instead of him. Check out the link above to see what Jeff had to say about Luebke.

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