just in time, an article to remind you that good pitching exists: Beyond the Boxscore examines bob gibson's 1.12 era. to put this into context for ya, 5 of the cardinals' 7 current starting pitchers are higher than 1.12 in homers per 9, never mind earned runs/9. the only guys beating the standard -- barely -- are carpenter (0.96) and ponson (0.92).
lot of numbers in that article, which concludes that gibson, while overpowering in 1968, needed a bit o luck to winch that era all the way down to 1.12. current roation could use, like, 1/10th as much luck . . . .
good pitching also exists in the minor leagues, where mitchell boggs -- author of a 1-hitter earlier this season -- threw 6 more innings of 1-hit ball for palm beach last night. a 5th-rounder selected out of u georgia last spring, boggs has begun making a resounding case for a promotion to double a; over the last month he has posted a 0.99 era with a 6-1 strikeout-walk ratio and a .200 opponents' batting average. for the season he's 7-3, 3.01 . . . . . .
Update [2006-7-7 19:8:11 by lboros]: sidney ponson has been DFA'd to clear a roster space for jeff weaver. reported at matt leach's blog.