I thought I'd make public the dueling voices the have entered my head about our most reviled free agent pick-up:
VOICE #1: I hated him last year as much as the next guy, but his first two starts have been impeccable this year. I remember reading that he was still having problems last year with the knee he had repaired earlier. He apparently couldn't push off well, which led to a loss of velocity and movement on his pitches. That combined with an unfamiliarity with GABP's unforgiving dimensions caused a tailspin in the first half and some statistics almost impossible of 'correcting' with a good second half. If he can keep logging quality starts and keep his ERA around 4.00, we could be looking at a 15-game winner and a respectable #2 starter. Tom Browning must have had more pitching tricks to show him than we realized!
VOICE #2: This is the beginning of the season for pete's sake! Hitters are ALWAYS behind pitchers at this stage of the game, and Milton is probably getting away with some pitches right now. He himself admitted that many of his outs were deep fly balls today. Those will be out of the park soon enough. Sure, he's looked much better than last year, but I don't believe in miracles. He'll give up around seven runs in his next few starts and we'll all remember how much we hate Dan O'Brien and his botched tenure as GM. We should trade him as soon as possible for any kind of bullpen help we can get.
What do you all think? Are each of these perspectives real or am I just crazy? Both?
Thanks for your time...