I begin with a link: http://tinyurl.com/3dzgl66
The link lists the pitchers with between 2.4-2.8 BB/9 and 7.8-8.2 SO/9 in a season, ranked by innings. Some pretty good names and pretty good seasons on the list.
Tom Gorzelanny has 2.6 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 this season, right in line with the above numbers. Unfortunately, he's also allowing 1.4 HR/9, which explains why his season has been nowhere near as good as those at the top of the previous list.
But I'm still wondering. Gorzelanny's in an awkward situation. He's no longer in the rotation and he's going into an arbitration-eligible offseason.
Meanwhile, we'd love for all our pitchers to have his walk and K numbers. His xFIP* this year is 3.95, and he's not yet 30. Of course, his career ratios are 3.9 BB/9 and 6.8 SO/9, and he's always been a fly ball pitcher, leaving him susceptible to the HR (although not nearly to this year's degree; 1.0 career HR/9). They traded three prospects for him, but they have other prospects--pitching prospects--who are more likely to play a role deeper into the future of the Nationals. And for some of them, it's even getting to be time to see what they can do.
So then, all things considered, what do you think Tom Gorzelanny's future holds, especially, of course, in regards to the Nationals?
*ERA-ish number based on walks, strikeouts, and expected home runs