Saturday, January 26, 2008

#52 - Jose Contreras

At number 52, we have Jose Contreras. Don't let the lack of competition fool you, he belongs here. It's just, at times, it seems like he doesn't belong on a major league club. Other times, Jose is the best pitcher in the world.

Therein lies the mystery of Jose Contreras. He can be lights out just as easily as he can be yanked in the first inning. Jose first came to the White Sox in the middle of 2004. He is still there, as of this writing.

Jose has had a winning record every year with the White Sox except 2007, when he went 10-17. His best year came in 2005 when he went 15-7 with a 3.61 ERA. It looked like Jose had solved his demons that plagued him in New York. He even went to the All-Star game in 2006, but did not play.

Between 2005 and 2006, Jose won 17 consecutive games where he was the pitcher of record. Even though his 2007 season was one to mostly forget, he did lead the AL in shutouts. Joel Davis, Rich Barnes and even Jerry Kutzler can all step aside. Jose has this number for awhile.

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