Enlisting Your Help (Again)

On Monday, I announced the FanSided All-AL Central team, but only announced part of the roster.  Since then, the AL Central contingent on the FanSided network has come up with a pitching staff to complement that offensive lineup.

Well, sort of.

You see, we were able to agree on four of five starting pitching spots, but there was some contention about the fifth spot.  We want you to help us out again.

The AL Central participants (including myself):

We’re trying to find a fifth starter who will complement our current selections.

Justin Verlander and Francisco Liriano were unanimous selections and are joined by John Danks of the White Sox and Max Scherzer of the Tigers.  Joakim Soria and Matt Thornton fill the closer and setup roles, respectively.

That fifth starter spot,though, it’s a toughie.  There are a few great choices remaining though – and that’s where you come in.

The Candidates

Carl Pavano

Year Age Tm W L ERA GS CG SHO IP ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
1998 22 MON 6 9 4.21 23 0 0 134.2 100 1.285 8.7 1.2 2.9 5.5 1.93
1999 23 MON 6 8 5.63 18 1 1 104.0 80 1.462 10.1 0.7 3.0 6.1 2.00
2000 24 MON 8 4 3.06 15 0 0 97.0 158 1.268 8.3 0.7 3.2 5.9 1.88
2001 25 MON 1 6 6.33 8 0 0 42.2 71 1.758 12.4 1.5 3.4 7.6 2.25
2002 26 TOT 6 10 5.16 22 0 0 136.0 81 1.610 11.5 1.3 3.0 6.1 2.04
2002 26 MON 3 8 6.30 14 0 0 74.1 68 1.735 11.9 1.7 3.8 6.2 1.65
2002 26 FLA 3 2 3.79 8 0 0 61.2 107 1.459 11.1 0.7 2.0 6.0 2.93
2003 27 FLA 12 13 4.30 32 2 0 201.0 98 1.259 9.1 0.9 2.2 6.0 2.71
2004 28 FLA 18 8 3.00 31 2 2 222.1 137 1.174 8.6 0.6 2.0 5.6 2.84
2005 29 NYY 4 6 4.77 17 1 1 100.0 89 1.470 11.6 1.5 1.6 5.0 3.11
2007 31 NYY 1 0 4.76 2 0 0 11.1 98 1.235 9.5 0.8 1.6 3.2 2.00
2008 32 NYY 4 2 5.77 7 0 0 34.1 78 1.485 10.7 1.3 2.6 3.9 1.50
2009 33 TOT 14 12 5.10 33 1 1 199.1 84 1.375 10.6 1.2 1.8 6.6 3.77
2009 33 CLE 9 8 5.37 21 1 1 125.2 79 1.377 10.7 1.4 1.6 6.3 3.83
2009 33 MIN 5 4 4.64 12 0 0 73.2 95 1.371 10.4 0.9 2.0 7.2 3.69
2010 34 MIN 17 11 3.75 32 7 2 221.0 111 1.195 9.2 1.0 1.5 4.8 3.16
12 Seasons 97 89 4.34 240 14 7 1503.2 98 1.334 9.8 1.0 2.3 5.7 2.54
162 Game Avg. 13 12 4.34 33 2 1 205 98 1.334 9.8 1.0 2.3 5.7 2.54
MON (5 yrs) 24 35 4.83 78 1 1 452.2 92 1.440 9.8 1.1 3.2 6.0 1.91
NYY (3 yrs) 9 8 5.00 26 1 1 145.2 87 1.455 11.2 1.4 1.9 4.6 2.50
FLA (3 yrs) 33 23 3.64 71 4 2 485.0 114 1.245 9.1 0.7 2.1 5.8 2.79
MIN (2 yrs) 22 15 3.97 44 7 2 294.2 106 1.239 9.5 0.9 1.6 5.4 3.32
CLE (1 yr) 9 8 5.37 21 1 1 125.2 79 1.377 10.7 1.4 1.6 6.3 3.83
NL (7 yrs) 57 58 4.21 149 5 3 937.2 102 1.339 9.5 0.9 2.6 5.9 2.28
AL (5 yrs) 40 31 4.55 91 9 4 566.0 93 1.325 10.2 1.2 1.7 5.4 3.20
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/17/2011.

Pavano has made his way back from multiple injuries over the years and used his solid control to lead the league in complete games for the Twins.

Mark Buehrle

Year Age Tm W L ERA GS CG SHO IP ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2000 21 CHW 4 1 4.21 3 0 0 51.1 120 1.442 9.6 0.9 3.3 6.5 1.95
2001 22 CHW 16 8 3.29 32 4 2 221.1 140 1.066 7.6 1.0 2.0 5.1 2.63
2002 23 CHW 19 12 3.58 34 5 2 239.0 126 1.243 8.9 0.9 2.3 5.0 2.20
2003 24 CHW 14 14 4.14 35 2 0 230.1 112 1.350 9.8 0.9 2.4 4.6 1.95
2004 25 CHW 16 10 3.89 35 4 1 245.1 122 1.255 9.4 1.2 1.9 6.1 3.24
2005 26 CHW 16 8 3.12 33 3 1 236.2 144 1.183 9.1 0.8 1.5 5.7 3.73
2006 27 CHW 12 13 4.99 32 1 0 204.0 95 1.446 10.9 1.6 2.1 4.3 2.04
2007 28 CHW 10 9 3.63 30 3 1 201.0 130 1.259 9.3 1.0 2.0 5.1 2.56
2008 29 CHW 15 12 3.79 34 1 0 218.2 121 1.335 9.9 0.9 2.1 5.8 2.69
2009 30 CHW 13 10 3.84 33 1 1 213.1 122 1.252 9.4 1.1 1.9 4.4 2.33
2010 31 CHW 13 13 4.28 33 3 0 210.1 102 1.403 10.5 0.7 2.1 4.2 2.02
11 Seasons 148 110 3.85 334 27 8 2271.1 120 1.280 9.5 1.0 2.1 5.1 2.48
162 Game Avg. 15 11 3.85 33 3 1 223 120 1.280 9.5 1.0 2.1 5.1 2.48
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/17/2011.

Buehrle has been a workhorse since day one, never making less than 30 starts as a regular and reaching 200 innings in every season other than his rookie year. He’s also got a couple Gold Glove awards and has tossed a no-hitter and perfect game.

Gavin Floyd

Year Age Tm W L ERA GS CG SHO IP ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2004 21 PHI 2 0 3.49 4 0 0 28.1 130 1.447 7.9 0.3 5.1 7.6 1.50
2005 22 PHI 1 2 10.04 4 0 0 26.0 44 1.769 10.4 1.7 5.5 5.9 1.06
2006 23 PHI 4 3 7.29 11 1 1 54.1 65 1.877 11.6 2.3 5.3 5.6 1.06
2007 24 CHW 1 5 5.27 10 0 0 70.0 89 1.486 10.9 2.2 2.4 6.3 2.58
2008 25 CHW 17 8 3.84 33 1 0 206.1 119 1.260 8.3 1.3 3.1 6.3 2.07
2009 26 CHW 11 11 4.06 30 1 0 193.0 116 1.228 8.3 1.0 2.8 7.6 2.76
2010 27 CHW 10 13 4.08 31 1 0 187.1 107 1.372 9.6 0.7 2.8 7.3 2.60
7 Seasons 46 42 4.53 123 4 1 765.1 101 1.368 9.1 1.2 3.2 6.9 2.16
162 Game Avg. 12 11 4.53 33 1 0 202 101 1.368 9.1 1.2 3.2 6.9 2.16
CHW (4 yrs) 39 37 4.13 104 3 0 656.2 111 1.307 8.9 1.1 2.8 7.0 2.47
PHI (3 yrs) 7 5 6.96 19 1 1 108.2 66 1.739 10.4 1.7 5.3 6.2 1.17
AL (4 yrs) 39 37 4.13 104 3 0 656.2 111 1.307 8.9 1.1 2.8 7.0 2.47
NL (3 yrs) 7 5 6.96 19 1 1 108.2 66 1.739 10.4 1.7 5.3 6.2 1.17
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/17/2011.

Floyd is the only pitcher of these selections who has a strikeout rate above 6 K/9 and his career walkrate has been improving as a member of the White Sox staff.  He’s had strong peripherals, but bad luck as his FIP in 2010 was 3.43, half a run better than Buehrle’s.

Fausto Carmona

Year Age Tm W L ERA GS CG SHO IP ERA+ WHIP H/9 HR/9 BB/9 SO/9 SO/BB
2006 22 CLE 1 10 5.42 7 0 0 74.2 83 1.594 10.6 1.1 3.7 7.0 1.87
2007 23 CLE 19 8 3.06 32 2 1 215.0 148 1.209 8.3 0.7 2.6 5.7 2.25
2008 24 CLE 8 7 5.44 22 1 1 120.2 79 1.624 9.4 0.5 5.2 4.3 0.83
2009 25 CLE 5 12 6.32 24 0 0 125.1 67 1.763 10.8 1.1 5.0 5.7 1.13
2010 26 CLE 13 14 3.77 33 4 1 210.1 102 1.307 8.7 0.7 3.1 5.3 1.72
5 Seasons 46 51 4.43 118 7 3 746.0 96 1.436 9.3 0.8 3.7 5.5 1.50
162 Game Avg. 12 13 4.43 30 2 1 190 96 1.436 9.3 0.8 3.7 5.5 1.50
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 2/17/2011.

Carmona has had two solid seasons and two rough seasons marred by injuries. He’s ranged from having excellent control to having none.  His 2007 numbers are aided by a Cleveland team that made the playoffs and was obviously better than his 2010 counterparts so his numbers are similar, but not as good.  He still had a strong 2010 despite his fourth place teammates.

You can vote in our poll once to help us determine who will round out our rotation.  Then we take our juggernaut against the other American League divisions to see who takes on the National League’s team.  The poll will be open until 11 a.m. CST on Monday, February 21.

Who should be the fifth starter for FanSided's All-AL Central pitching rotation?

  • Mark Buehrle (51%, 36 Votes)
  • Gavin Floyd (23%, 16 Votes)
  • Carl Pavano (19%, 13 Votes)
  • Fausto Carmona (7%, 5 Votes)

Total Voters: 70

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Also, be sure to check out the other AL Central sites on FanSided as they present further discussion of their respective candidates.  Those sites are, again:

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