Enlisting Your Help (Again)

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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

YearAgeTmWLERAGSCGSHOIPERA+WHIPH/9HR/9BB/9SO/9SO/BB
199822MON694.212300134.21001.2858.71.22.95.51.93
199923MON685.631811104.0801.46210.10.73.06.12.00
200024MON843.06150097.01581.2688.30.73.25.91.88
200125MON166.3380042.2711.75812.41.53.47.62.25
200226TOT6105.162200136.0811.61011.51.33.06.12.04
200226MON386.30140074.1681.73511.91.73.86.21.65
200226FLA323.7980061.21071.45911.10.72.06.02.93
200327FLA12134.303220201.0981.2599.10.92.26.02.71
200428FLA1883.003122222.11371.1748.60.62.05.62.84
200529NYY464.771711100.0891.47011.61.51.65.03.11
200731NYY104.7620011.1981.2359.50.81.63.22.00
200832NYY425.7770034.1781.48510.71.32.63.91.50
200933TOT14125.103311199.1841.37510.61.21.86.63.77
200933CLE985.372111125.2791.37710.71.41.66.33.83
200933MIN544.64120073.2951.37110.40.92.07.23.69
201034MIN17113.753272221.01111.1959.21.01.54.83.16
12 Seasons97894.342401471503.2981.3349.81.02.35.72.54
162 Game Avg.13124.343321205981.3349.81.02.35.72.54
MON (5 yrs)24354.837811452.2921.4409.81.13.26.01.91
NYY (3 yrs)985.002611145.2871.45511.21.41.94.62.50
FLA (3 yrs)33233.647142485.01141.2459.10.72.15.82.79
MIN (2 yrs)22153.974472294.21061.2399.50.91.65.43.32
CLE (1 yr)985.372111125.2791.37710.71.41.66.33.83
NL (7 yrs)57584.2114953937.21021.3399.50.92.65.92.28
AL (5 yrs)40314.559194566.0931.32510.21.21.75.43.20

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

YearAgeTmWLERAGSCGSHOIPERA+WHIPH/9HR/9BB/9SO/9SO/BB
200021CHW414.2130051.11201.4429.60.93.36.51.95
200122CHW1683.293242221.11401.0667.61.02.05.12.63
200223CHW19123.583452239.01261.2438.90.92.35.02.20
200324CHW14144.143520230.11121.3509.80.92.44.61.95
200425CHW16103.893541245.11221.2559.41.21.96.13.24
200526CHW1683.123331236.21441.1839.10.81.55.73.73
200627CHW12134.993210204.0951.44610.91.62.14.32.04
200728CHW1093.633031201.01301.2599.31.02.05.12.56
200829CHW15123.793410218.21211.3359.90.92.15.82.69
200930CHW13103.843311213.11221.2529.41.11.94.42.33
201031CHW13134.283330210.11021.40310.50.72.14.22.02
11 Seasons1481103.853342782271.11201.2809.51.02.15.12.48
162 Game Avg.15113.8533312231201.2809.51.02.15.12.48

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

YearAgeTmWLERAGSCGSHOIPERA+WHIPH/9HR/9BB/9SO/9SO/BB
200421PHI203.4940028.11301.4477.90.35.17.61.50
200522PHI1210.0440026.0441.76910.41.75.55.91.06
200623PHI437.29111154.1651.87711.62.35.35.61.06
200724CHW155.27100070.0891.48610.92.22.46.32.58
200825CHW1783.843310206.11191.2608.31.33.16.32.07
200926CHW11114.063010193.01161.2288.31.02.87.62.76
201027CHW10134.083110187.11071.3729.60.72.87.32.60
7 Seasons46424.5312341765.11011.3689.11.23.26.92.16
162 Game Avg.12114.5333102021011.3689.11.23.26.92.16
CHW (4 yrs)39374.1310430656.21111.3078.91.12.87.02.47
PHI (3 yrs)756.961911108.2661.73910.41.75.36.21.17
AL (4 yrs)39374.1310430656.21111.3078.91.12.87.02.47
NL (3 yrs)756.961911108.2661.73910.41.75.36.21.17

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

YearAgeTmWLERAGSCGSHOIPERA+WHIPH/9HR/9BB/9SO/9SO/BB
200622CLE1105.4270074.2831.59410.61.13.77.01.87
200723CLE1983.063221215.01481.2098.30.72.65.72.25
200824CLE875.442211120.2791.6249.40.55.24.30.83
200925CLE5126.322400125.1671.76310.81.15.05.71.13
201026CLE13143.773341210.11021.3078.70.73.15.31.72
5 Seasons46514.4311873746.0961.4369.30.83.75.51.50
162 Game Avg.12134.433021190961.4369.30.83.75.51.50

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.

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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