Note: This was written before it was found out that Carmona wasn’t, well, Carmona…so I left it as it. We all know that he’s now Roberto Hernandez, or was Roberto Hernandez and is again?
Happy New Year!!!!
The battle for the #5 starter on the Indians team of the decade came down to two players. The first player had one exquisite season that was so good, many felt he would be one of the best pitchers in baseball for years to come. The other pitcher never had a season with an E.R.A. below 4.53, but was as consistent as you could be as a bottom-end starter.
The first pitcher, Fausto Carmona, was brilliant in 2007, then dropped off the map as a starter in 2008 and 2009. The second pitcher, Paul Byrd, was never lights out, but always managed to win double figures, and keep the teams he pitched for into games. Unfortunately for Byrd, many of his wins were less about his pitching, and more about his offense and defense. At the end of the day, Fausto Carmona’s brilliance and near Cy Young 2007 season carry him in this battle.
The All-Aught Indians #5 starter is Fausto Carmona.