Gorzo Looks Great, Fonzy Looks Young

Going in to this season, the pitcher I was most excited to watch was not Carlos Zambrano, Ted Lilly, Carlos Silva, or the young Randy Wells. It was the volatile, oft-forgotten Tom Gorzelanny. Today, he showed the northside why I was excited:

7 IP, 3 BB, 10 K, 1 HR

Despite one bad pitch, Gorzo threw an absolutely wonderful game. The best part of it all (for the organization, not necessarily for Gorzo) is that he's earning less than $1M and he's got two more years (arbitration years) left! Last year, in very limited time, he was worth $3M according to Fangraphs. So far, he's already been worth $3M. That's pretty sweet.

Of course, I must mention his xFIP (as of yesterday) was ~4.00, which is a touch better than Carlos Silva. Today that normalized a little when he gave up his first homerun of the year, but it's still not as elite as his results would indicate. So, in the long run, I don't think we can expect Gorzo to go 7 IP with 10 K very often, but I do think he will continue to be the best fifth starter in the NL -- and one heck of a great value.

In the meantime, Alfonso Soriano discovered the fountain of youth and has been being just plain mean to pitchers lately. That continued today when he turned in:

H/AB: 3/4, 2 HR, 1 2B

My man vladimir breaks this new old Soriano down for us at Another Cubs Blog:

I think everyone is relieved to see that after a little bit of a slow start, Alfonso Soriano turned it on and had a pretty good April - presently, he's sporting a .406 wOBA and has been worth half a win above replacement. He's doing it without a crazy BABIP - it's .328, which is above his career numbers but not by a ton. Take his numbers out to 500 PAs and he'd be worth about 3 WAR - not superstar numbers but above average. I, at least, would be alright with that production.

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