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Erik Bedard sported a 5.96 ERA in April and has an 1.83 ERA since. He has looked exactly like the guy we traded the farm for.
Since May, Bedard could make a case for being the best pitcher in the majors.
Jered Weaver, Jair Jurrjens, Roy Halladay—Bedard's numbers stack up against them all. This is not about cherry-picking stats; it is simply to show that after a slow start (remembering how long it's been since he's pitched), Erik Bedard has been nothing short of outstanding.
Of course, there's the ever-present injury fear hanging over his head, which became reality when he strained his knee just a little more than a week ago. While we all breathed a sigh of relief that it wasn't a shoulder injury, the thought is ever present once again.
Fearless Second-Half Prediction: The knee injury could be a blessing in disguise.
With very few quality arms available before the deadline, Bedard's name would have been getting thrown around with increased frequency. This stint on the DL may knock his trade value enough that Jack decides to hold on to him.
I, for one, hope so.
Bedard turned down more money elsewhere to come back this season because he wanted to repay the organization and the fans. Of course, there's a chance he'll break down, but is it worth trading him for one B-grade prospect and possibly missing out on seeing just how good he could be for Seattle?