In 2011, he was 9-5 with a 3.95 ERA with the Rockies before going to the D-Backs, having a couple bad games and then getting his leg broken. 4.70 isn't ideals, but how much worse is that that where Pavano was last year? If he can eat 200+ innings with a 4.70 ERA on this team, that isn't bad for a 5th starter.
I really hope Marquis can duplicate his numbers from 2009, but 2011, 2010, 2008, 2007, and 2006 speak that he probably can't. Seth, you really think a 4.70 ERA with a bad K:BB ratio and a fair amount of home runs given up is the pitcher I'm describing?
I agree with Thrylos... the starting pitcher being described is Jason Marquis.
"If the Twins were serious about contending this year, they should have signed or traded for a legitimate middle-of-the-rotation starter to take 180-220 innings, all of which are by definition winnable or losable games, since they are after all starting a tied game."
Would you be happy, if they signed a guy who could pitch 216 innings, with an ERA around 4 and win 15 games?
If so, those were Jason Marquis' numbers in Colorado (of all places) in 2009...