Originally Posted by bucksfan2
What upside? Here are Edinson's career MLB stats.
Between 4/06/08 - 6/20/08: 16 games 95 IP 1.71 ERA
All other games in Career: 62 games 316 IP 5.33 ERA
Now you can't just take out his first 16 starts with the Reds but at the same time Leake's first half of last year often gets discounted when talking about him.
I think Leake has been a little wild this season. It appears that his command is off a tad which is not a good thing for Mike. But if it were up to me, I have less faith in Edinson ever gaining control than I do with Leake regaining his control.
His upside in regards to his talent level. Sure, the odds are dropping rapidly as to whether he'll ever live up to that talent...but for now, it's still there.
But I'm right with you in regards to his overall performance since being a Red and heck since being in the bigs period. He's a middle of the rotation pitcher thus far. He had a great half season stretch...but was it any better than Homer's half season stretch? Or Leake's half season stretch? I'd say they're pretty close to one another. But based on the full body of work...middle of rotation right now.
And yes, I don't foresee Mike having ANY problems regaining his control. I'm really high on the kid.