Baseball Crank
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April 4, 2003
BASEBALL: Mets 4/4/03

To keep yesterday's Mets loss in perspective (beyond the fact that it still leaves them a game ahead of Atlanta), you have to remember that Piazza was serving a suspension, Mo Vaughn was out with a bellyache (in Mo's case, this is a serious affliction), and Mark Prior was on the mound. Third starter or no, Prior is at least one of the top 10 pitchers in the National League, and could easily cement his position as #4 by the end of the season; expecting him to surpass Johnson, Schilling and Oswalt is asking a bit much, but there's no reason he can't surpass the next tier (Maddux, Morris, and perhaps Millwood). Prior's not a "potential" guy like Kerry Wood; he was just about that good already last season (his numbers from last year projected to 34 starts: yes, an 11-11 record, but 208.2 IP, 175 H, 25 HR, 68 BB, 263 K). All he needs is to cut the home runs just a bit and he'll be totally dominant.

(I tried to find a comparable pitching season to Prior's last year - a pitcher with 140 or more K in less than 120 IP, starting 10 or more games - and the only comp I could find was Pedro Martinez' injury-shortened 2001 campaign).

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