The early-season runner away CY Young leader, Brandon Webb, was roughed up by the Oakland A's last night to the tune of seven earned runs in 3 and a third innings of work. This was his second poor start in a row with the previous one raising red flags when he was pulled after 58 pitches. Following up that effort with a five walk affair last night gets the flag waving more briskly.
The question is whether there is anything more to this than a couple of unusual starts in a row. I am cautious but not necessarily panicking. I have had the opportunity to deal Webb over the past week and have agreed to do so once and decided against it in another.
The deal I accepted was in a shallow mixed-league where Webb's 11 Wins kept me close to second-to-last place in the category. I accepted 2B Dan Uggla and full-time OF Juan Pierre. The offer I turned down in an NL-Only. It was SS Ryan Theriot, OF Chris B. Young and closer Francisco Cordero for Webb.
My motivation to deal Webb had more to do with roster needs than possible performance concerns - although that is a bonus if it turns out to be true. I do wonder if I took too little in the shallowed mixed-league trade though. I had been unable to deal Webb a couple weeks ago for Ryan Howard straight-up.
Now about Aaron Harang who got rung-up again this afternoon....
|2008 - Brandon Webb||11-3||15||15||2||1||0||0||99.0||85||42||36||6||25||82||3.27||1.11|
|2008 - Aaron Harang||3-9||16||15||0||0||0||0||101.0||109||49||46||14||20||89||4.10||1.28|