Let's compare two players. Both are young pitchers on "contending" teams. Here are their stats as starters in 2009:
- Player A: 9 Starts / 3 Wins / 3 Losses / 4.70 ERA / 1.64 WHIP / 47 K / 31 BB / 44 IP
- Player B: 10 Starts / 1 Win / 5 Losses / 5.80 ERA / 1.45 WHIP 42 K / 12 BB / 49.2 IP
Player A is David Price. Player B is Felipe Paulino. Now, I don't think Paulino is as good as Price. But just wanted to point out that young pitchers are inconsistent, yet Tampa Bay has stuck with Price in the rotation, while still contending. Yet Houston has moved Paulino back and forth from the rotation to the pen, and just skipped his last start. You have to think the constant uncertainty hasn't helped Paulino either. Maybe the Astros can learn something from their old friends Hickey and Hunsicker . . .