FIP+: American League Central

Chicago White Sox

 

NAME IP FIP+
Matt Thornton 67.3 166
Adam Russell 26 136
Bobby Jenks 61.7 136
John Danks 195 128
Javier Vazquez 208.3 121
D.J. Carrasco 38.7 121
Mark Buehrle 218.7 114
Mike MacDougal 17 113
Octavio Dotel 67 112
Ehren Wassermann 19.7 112
Clayton Richard 47.7 112
Boone Logan 42.3 110
Scott Linebrink 46.3 109
Nick Masset 44.7 107
Jose Contreras 121 105
Horacio Ramirez 13 97
Gavin Floyd 206.3 96
Lance Broadway 14 68
Esteban Loaiza 3 68

The strength of the White Sox was their bullpen. Matt Thornton is a huge lefty who throws hard. Octavio Dotel and Scott Linebrink are "outs by air" pitchers who had solid seasons despite pitching in Chicago. Javier Vazquez caught a lot (a lot) of flak for his playoff start, but I'm not so sure Chicago can spare him unless they have a Derek Lowe card in their back pocket, and even then...

Cleveland Indians

 

NAME IP FIP+
Rich Rundles 5 168
Scott Elarton 15.3 168
Jonathan Meloan 2 162
Cliff Lee 223.3 148
Rafael Perez 76.3 134
C.C. Sabathia 122.3 123
Edward Mujica 38.7 104
Anthony Reyes 34.3 102
Juan Rincon 27.3 101
Matt Ginter 21 101
Rafael Betancourt 71 100
Jensen Lewis 66 95
Masahide Kobayashi 55.7 95
Jake Westbrook 34.7 91
Zach Jackson 54.7 91
Craig Breslow 8.3 88
Fausto Carmona 120.7 88
Scott Lewis 24 88
Aaron Laffey 93.7 87
Jeremy Sowers 121 84
Paul Byrd 131 81
Jorge Julio 17.7 80
Rick Bauer 6 78
Bryan Bullington 14.7 74
Brendan Donnelly 13.7 71
Joe Borowski 16.7 68
Tom Mastny 20 65
Brian Slocum 2 25

The good news for Cleveland: they had two of the best pitchers in the league last season. The bad: only one remains. Rafael Perez is a solid lefty who will be a part of the Cleveland resurgence next season. Anthony Reyes was better than Paul Byrd and will not be signing a four year, 41 million dollar extension. Did anyone know that Brendan Donnelly, Bryan Bullington, or Rick Bauer were still in the majors?

Detroit Tigers

 

NAME IP FIP+
Bobby Seay 56.3 139
Clay Rapada 21.3 114
Fernando Rodney 40.3 113
Aquilino Lopez 78.7 112
Justin Verlander 201 105
Jason Grilli 13.7 102
Freddy Dolsi 47.7 97
Zach Miner 118 96
Casey Fossum 41.3 95
Eddie Bonine 26.7 91
Chris Lambert 20.7 90
Gary Glover 20.3 90
Kyle Farnsworth 16 89
Armando Galarraga 178.7 89
Nate Robertson 168.7 88
Jeremy Bonderman 71.3 84
Kenny Rogers 173.7 83
Yorman Bazardo 3 82
Joel Zumaya 23.3 82
Denny Bautista 19 80
Todd Jones 41.7 79
Freddy Garcia 15 78
Francisco Cruceta 11.7 75
Francis Beltran 13 73
Dontrelle Willis 24 53

Detroit finally dumped Todd Jones, the epitome of a results-based closer, but discovered that Dontrelle Willis is pitiful. Only one of the Tigers starters were above average, that being Justin Verlander. Really, just a ton of disappointment from a team that people considered the American League monsters heading into the season.

Kansas City Royals

 

NAME IP FIP+
Tony Pena 1 382
Carlos Rosa 3.3 327
Ramon Ramirez 71.7 169
Horacio Ramirez 24.3 135
Joakim Soria 67.3 134
John Bale 26.7 131
Zack Greinke 202.3 120
Gil Meche 210.3 119
Robinson Tejeda 39.3 118
Leo Nunez 48.3 118
Ron Mahay 64.7 101
Kyle Davies 113 101
Luke Hochevar 129 97
Brandon Duckworth 38 95
Brett Tomko 60.7 87
Brian Bannister 182.7 84
Jeff Fulchino 14 82
Yasuhiko Yabuta 37.7 81
Jimmy Gobble 31.7 76
Kip Wells 10.3 71
Neal Musser 1 70
Joel Peralta 52.7 66
Joshua Newman 7 61
Devon Lowery 4.3 54
Hideo Nomo 4.3 31

I'll ignore the Tony Pena jokes. Horacio and Ramon Ramirez were extremely solid for the Royals, as were a handful of others. This team has seemingly done a nice job putting together solid pieces for cheap, minus Gil Meche. Joakim Soria is awesome and underappreciated by the general fan. I don't know if the Royals will finish in fourth or not next season, but they have some fun young talent.

Minnesota Twins

 

NAME IP FIP+
Jose Mijares 10.3 191
Craig Breslow 38.7 168
Joe Nathan 67.7 152
Dennys Reyes 46.3 114
Pat Neshek 13.3 113
Scott Baker 172.3 107
Jesse Crain 62.7 106
Francisco Liriano 76 105
Kevin Slowey 160.3 104
Boof Bonser 118.3 97
Nick Blackburn 193.3 94
Eddie Guardado 7 91
Livan Hernandez 139.7 89
Matt Guerrier 76.3 86
Glen Perkins 151 79
Bobby Korecky 17.7 78
Brian Bass 68.3 78
Juan Rincon 28 71
Philip Humber 11.7 50

The Twins used a strikingly low amount of pitchers, so much so that I actually had to double check my roster. I then did another check to make sure the FIP+ numbers weren't off. I'm a bit astonished at how average this staff was. Joe Nathan is one of the best relievers in the league, Francisco Liriano showed he's still an above average starter, and Brian Bass is intriguing as a groundball specialist. Oh, and why did this team want Jarrod Washburn again?

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