BigLeagueChew wrote:I don't know if anyone watched him but i kind of get Chris Carpenter vibes from Sanchez. With us Carpenter had potential but didn't fully reach it here and ended up doing very well in St.louis. That seemed like it was more than just getting a pitcher out of the AL East and more of him finally reaching his potential.
Carpenter had slightly better control and what not but I always felt like we gave up on him too early. Not that I think Sanchez will win a Cy Young or anything just feels like he can be better.
I suppose Carpenter fits. He was absolutely terrible and then suddenly became a Cy Young contender at age 29 after missing more than an entire season because of 2 separate torn labrum. I have no idea how health played into what Carpenter did but the problem with him is that he literally fits as a reason not to give up on basically any
pitcher ever. There are many, many pitchers who are as bad as Carpenter was from 1997-2003. There are also many, many pitchers who were seriously hurt at the end of long stretches of bad pitching. There are extremely few pitchers who are that bad, suffer major injuries, and then suddenly come back as Cy Young contenders. That's a ridiculous gamble.
Now consider that his magical transformation at age 29 happened right at the height of the steroid scandal in baseball in the same year Canseco wrote his book and that there has been a rather dramatic change in players' abilities to play into their 30s after that point and while there is no evidence I'm aware of, it sure as hell seems as does everything from that era. Particularly given that his turnaround came on a team that had only a few years before turned Mark McGwire into an even bigger superstar at age 34 than he had ever been in Oakland and we all know why now. Granted, pitchers don't seem nearly as impacted as hitters from increased PED monitoring but it's still an issue there, too.