Central Notes: Gonzalez, Tigers, Axford

A few items of note out of MLB's Central divisions …


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Richard Ellard
3 years 4 months ago

Smyly all the way!!!!!

RationalSportsFan
3 years 4 months ago

I am a BIIIG Smyly fan, but he has only started 7 games above A-ball.  I think it would be wise to give him more time in AA/AAA (especially if Oliver’s simplified approach keeps yielding such these positive results).

firealyellon
3 years 4 months ago

So the white sox still have the best top to bottom rotation in the al central….

Peavy
Floyd
Danks
Sale
Humber

RationalSportsFan
3 years 4 months ago

Um…no.

First of all, Verlander is so much better than anything the White Sox can offer.  Even if you expect significant regression from Fister, he is (at worse) right in line with everyone in the Sox rotation.  Maxwell vs Peavy, Floyd, or Danks is a close battle.  Ricky and Oliver/Smyly would both be right around the Sale/Humber level.

If by “best top to bottom” you mean “most balanced” (as in the best guy is pretty close to the worse guy skill-wise, then yes, your are correct.

(BTW: not taking anyhting away from the White Sox rotation.  Definitely battling the Indians for the second best rotation in the division.)

Matt Moore
3 years 4 months ago

How? I would rather have
Verlander
Fister
Scherzer
Porcello
Oliver/Smyly/Turner

3 years 4 months ago

 You’re funny………..

Richard Ellard
3 years 4 months ago

Keep dreaming!

3 years 4 months ago

If Peavy stays healthy, Sale translates well to the rotation and Humber is the real deal, then you may have a case. But right now it has to be the Tigers

Pawsdeep
3 years 4 months ago

The ace for the white sox would be the number 3 for Detroit.

Thomas
3 years 4 months ago

Justin Verlander, defending MVP and Cy Young winner, Doug Fister, 7-1 with an ERA under two, Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello, two solid pitchers, and take your pick of Smyly and Oliver say HAHAHA….we’re over here.

JacksTigers
3 years 4 months ago

I would take Detroit and Cleveland over Chicago. It’s not even close.

MetsMagic
3 years 4 months ago

Chicago doesn’t have anyone on that staff that can match up with Verlander and Fister, assuming Peavy doesn’t bounce back to Padre form.

I’d take Cleveland’s rotation with Masterson, Jimenez, and Lowe over the White Sox too.

tigersfan27
3 years 4 months ago

tigers should look at signing john garland over trading for lannan… cheaper move, with possibility of garland really stepping up like he has in the past.