This past off-season, I was a big proponent (and mentioned it multiple times), that I thought the Pirates should go after some inexpensive bounce-back injury candidates to help improve their rotation. Over and over again, I suggested Brandon Webb and Brad Penny as two candidates that the Pirates should DEFINITELY consider adding.
I'm not too big of a man to be able to admit: boy was I WRONG, WRONG, WRONG, WRONG!!!
Not only is Webb not going to be able to play this year, but Penny (despite one fleeting shot at a no-hitter this year) has pitched pretty poorly for the Tigers this year, with his walks really high and strikeouts are pretty low.
Luckily, NH chose a bounce-back candidate of another kind, namely Kevin Correia. Correia has been a perfect fit for the Bucs rotation. We can argue that his stats may not show that he's dominating as much as his record shows, but I think it's pretty evident that his starts have kind of set the tone for the entire staff. Plus, he seems pretty unflappable (doesn't get too high after a win or too low after a loss.) Nice pick-up, Neal!
So, while lots of people are weighing in on numerous (mostly bad or insane) trade proposals in the last few weeks, let this be a warning to you: Most times it's the moves that you DON'T make, that have the biggest impact.
Thanks again NH, for not listening to me!!