Zimmermann and Lannan. Get Strasburg signed and, if he's 50 percent as good as advertised, that's 3/5 of a major-league rotation.
I've been convinced on Zimmermann for a while, pretty much since the Randy Johnson game (still steamed about the strike three call on Dunn). I've mostly been convinced on Lannan, too, though his effort tonight pushed me over the top. I'm not even sure I can explain why. Poise means as much to me as anything else and I've seen that get better with him as the season has progressed.
As I told my wife one night: All pitchers get in trouble. Good ones turn five-run innings into two-run innings. Bad ones turn two-run innings into five-run innings.
Not sure that applies here, though? Was he ever in trouble?
Ray Knight just said "he's our best pitcher." My Son The Braves fan called it "a Maddux-esque night." That's a high compliment from him, since he worships Maddux and John Smoltz.
Not sure he's the best. I still hold out for Z-nn there. I do think he's a keeper.
Now who are the other two? Are they on the team now? Are they in the system?