This is a weekly focus on the hurlers that dominated their adversaries. These pitchers put up nasty numbers this week and made big league hitters wish they were playing T-Ball again.
SP Jorge De La Rosa (Col)
9 K, 0.00 ERA, Win
Jorge De La Rosa was stellar when he handed the San Diego Padres nine strikeouts in seven innings. He was straight up nasty for the home opener, pleasing the fans of the Colorado Rockies.
De La Rosa had an excellent March with 30 innings of work. He left the small parks of Spring with 1.50 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. He is carrying that over into the regular season.
It looks like his hot streak is on full steam. I think it’s time to get excited about Jorge De La Rosa.
SP Matt Garza (TB)
9 K, 1.13 ERA, Win
Matt Garza was dripping with awesome when he sat down nine hitters with eight innings on the mound. Garza looks poised to continue the season with excellent production.
SP Tim Lincecum (SF)
7 K, 0.00 ERA, Win
The Freak came back where he left off. Lincecum put away seven hopefuls and walked away with another win.
With a new two-year contract in hand, Lincecum is sitting comfortable in San Francisco.
SP Roy Halladay (Phi)
9 K, 1.29 ERA, Win
Halladay has new laundry to care for with his move to Philadelphia.
The Phillies looks to win more pennants and championships in 2010 and will have the arm of the newest National League threat on the hill.
Halladay didn’t do anything that he hasn’t been doing. He made nine guys wish they could ask for a “do over” and left with a win on his debut for National League champions.
SP Hiroki Kuroda (LAD)
7 K, 0.00 ERA, Win
The Dodgers have an injury-free Hiroki Kuroda and the result is a win with his first game.
A confident Kuroda was on the mound Friday. He had command and struck out seven Marlins after eight innings. Make the trade if it’s available, he’s going to have a nice year.
SP Dallas Braden (Oak)
10 K, 1.29 ERA, No Decision
In his first outing against Seattle, Braden was impressive with 10 strikeouts. Oakland’s starting pitcher was also amazingly able to pick off Ichiro Suzuki.
It wasn’t pretty when he threw a wild pitch and balked, but he is worth taking a shot at.
RP Mariano Rivera (NYY)
1 K, 0.00 ERA, 2 Saves
Rivera already has a save against the Boston Red Sox and looked flawless doing it. Every time critics start to count out the Yankees closer, he shows them why is he is the best at ending a ball game.
RP Brian Wilson (SF)
4 K, 0.00 ERA, 2 Saves
Wilson ripped the Astros in the ninth Tuesday and picked up his second save.
Wilson agreed to a two-year, $15 million dollar contract with the San Francisco Giants last Friday.
More Impressive Pitchers:
SP Barry Zito (SF) 5-K, 0.00-ERA, Win
SP Chris Young (SD) 5-K, 0.00-ERA, Win, *1-hit in 6 innings
SP Ryan Dempster (ChC) 9-K, 1.50-ERA, No Decision
SP Chad Billingsley (LAD) 7-K, 1.69-ERA, Win
SP Ubaldo Jimenez (Col) 6-K, 1.50-ERA, Win
SP Luke Hochevar (KC) 2-K, 0.00-ERA, No Decision
SP Rodrigo Lopez (Ari) 5-K, 1.50-ERA, Win
SP Carl Pavano (Min) 6-K, 1.29-ERA, Win
SP Mark Buehrle (CWS) 3-K, 0.00-ERA, Win
SP John Lackey (Bos) 3-K, 0.00-ERA, No Decision
SP Brett Anderson (Oak) 4-K, 0.00-ERA, Win
SP Max Scherzer (Det) 3-K, 0.00-ERA, No Decision, *1-hit in 6 innings
RP Chris Perez (Cle) 1-K, 0.00-ERA, 2 Saves
RP Francisco Cordero (Cin) 3-K, 3.00-ERA, 1-Save