Found January 29, 2012 on The Southpaw:
This is going to be sort of a rambling, chain-of-thought post, not my highest grammatical achievement. Still, it's on my mind.I know people will point and laugh, I'm used to it, but here's what I keep coming back to - what might we expect from the Jays next year compared to what was successful in other cities last year? Comparisons are always tricky but still . . . consider this.I matched up the potential starters as well as i could where direct comparisons were not possible, and the figures cited are xFIP----------Front part of rotation RHP - Shields (age 30) - 3.25 xFIP: His career year, coming off his worst year. The two combined look much more like his career figures except the K's got some higher.Morrow (27) - 3.53: Has about .4 run higher career ERA, but more stuff, a higher ceiling, and he's 3 years younger. I see no reason why Morrow couldn't take a similar step forward in 2012 as Sheilds did in '11. No one would have penciled Sheilds in for a su...

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