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WinningUgly!
09-30-2002, 12:15 AM
Jon Garland
August-record 1-2, era 3.23 in 5 starts
September-record 3-2, era 3.86 in 5 starts

Dan Wright
September-record 4-1, era 3.41 in 5 starts

Rocky Biddle
September-record 2-1, era 3.20 in 5 starts

Jon Rauch
September-record 2-0, era 3.21 in 2 starts & 1 game in relief

Not sure what these numbers are worth, but I'll feel a little bit better heading into the start of the 2003 season, than I did coming into this one.

hold2dibber
09-30-2002, 09:41 AM
Originally posted by WinningUgly!
Jon Garland
August-record 1-2, era 3.23 in 5 starts
September-record 3-2, era 3.86 in 5 starts

Dan Wright
September-record 4-1, era 3.41 in 5 starts

Rocky Biddle
September-record 2-1, era 3.20 in 5 starts

Jon Rauch
September-record 2-0, era 3.21 in 2 starts & 1 game in relief

Not sure what these numbers are worth, but I'll feel a little bit better heading into the start of the 2003 season, than I did coming into this one.

There is little doubt in my mind that all four of those guys have the potential to be good major league starters. But history is littered with guys who had that potential but never turned the corner. I feel much more comfortable with Cooper as the pitching coach, but I'll also note that Garland had a really strong second half last year, too, but it didn't carry over to this year.

All in all, these guys have given us some reason to have some degree of optimism for next year, but the Sox really, really need a good no. 2 starter (and probably a no. 3, too).