Sunday, August 17, 2008

Karstens gets another tough draw

In his fourth start for the Pirates, after starting against Edinson Volquez and Randy Johnson, Jeff Karstens gets another fun draw in the form of Johan Santana and the New York Mets. Do not let Santana's average-looking record and the wails of the pundits fool you, he's been very good this year and the Mets simply aren't scoring runs for him while their bullpen has blown an obscene amount of leads for him (think Kip Wells in 2003 before his implosion). He's not the same pitcher that won the two Cy Young Awards with the Twins, but he's still one of the best pitchers in the National League. Anyways, this one's certainly worth paying attention to, if only to watch Santana and to see how Jeff Karstens fairs while teams continue to adjust to him in the National League.