I realize that we’re still in the beginning of March. I understand that things also often appear a little better when viewed in small sample size. However, so far so good for starting pitcher Brad Penny.
In two starts this spring-a span of 5 1/3 innings, Penny has looked pretty solid. He has yet to allow a walk and has given up less than a hit per inning. His secondary pitches have looked pretty impressive and more importantly he is starting seeing positive results. So far this spring Brad has racked up five strikeouts.
Two starts is definitely a small sample size but I’m an optimist. Regardless of how many innings we’ve seen, I’ll take positive results over getting shelled any day.
Brad Penny is an important piece of the puzzle this season. Plain and simple, Penny must remain healthy and contribute if Detroit wishes to contend this season. Surely the fate of the team doesn’t completely rest on his shoulders. However, things will become much easier for Detroit if the back end of the rotation is anchored by the 2006 or 2007 version of Brad Penny.