And now, after running the Gauntlet of Death, the M’s actually get to face a below average major league pitcher. I don’t want to belittle Jason Johnson, who I made a case for acquiring in the offseason, but he’s just not the caliber of pitcher the M’s have faced in their first nine games. You want to see some tough competition? Check this out. The combined 2005 average performance of the starting pitchers the M’s have faced to date:
14-9, 3.65 ERA, 207 IP, 58 BB, 154 K, 23 HR allowed.
Or, if you like more advanced metrics:
4.42 FIP, 4.23 xFIP, 2.4 BB/G, 7.0 K/G, .96 HR/G
2.5 walks, 7 strikeouts, and keeping the ball in the park? That’s basically like facing the 2005 Kevin Millwood. Nine times in a row.
Bring on Jason Johnson.