A battle of favorites(?) of mine. Nate Robertson vs. Kyle Farnsworth. Who ya got?
1. 2009 So Far
Nate: 1-0, 9.00 ERA, , 6 games, 6 IP, 2 BB, 4 K, 0 HR, 1.50 WHIP
Farns: 0-3, 9.95 ERA, 8 games, 6.1 IP, 3 BB, 6 K, 2 HR, 2.05 WHIP
Advantage: Nate. That's amazing. The Farns has been even more Farnsworthless than when he was up with us last year.
2. Best Season
Nate: 2006-13-13, 3.84 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 137 K's in 208.2 innings
Farns: 2005-1-1, 2.19 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 87 K's in 70 innings
Advantage: The Farns. In '05 he was dominant and looked to be one of the best relievers in baseball. Nate had poor run support (and Gumtime), but wasn't the beast that Farns was.
Nate: Goofy (to correct lazy eye)
Farns: Goofy (cause he's goofy)
Advantage: Nate. He has a legit reason other than poor eyesight. How have I not made fun of this before?
4. What'd we give up for him?
Nate: Mark Redman & Jerrod Fuell
Farns: Roberto Novoa, Scott Moore, Bo Flowers (1st time), Pudge (2nd time)
Advantage: Push. Pudge is a hall of famer but was done when we dropped him.
5. What'd we get for him?
Nate: Came over with Gary Knotts and Rob Henkell.
Farns: Received Zach Miner and Roman Colon.
Advantage: Farns. Miner's not the best, but he's decent. Gary Knotts is in my five least favorite Tigers of all time for being absolutely terrible.
Nate: 2nd year of a 3 year $21.25 million deal.
Farns: 1st year of a 2 year $9.25 million deal.
Advantage: Farns. Nothing is as bad as Nate's deal...except maybe Dontrelle's.
7. Who you want with you in a fight?
Nate: "I dropped my gum."
Farns: Bad ass. See 2003 vs. Paul Wilson and 2005 vs. Jeremy Affeldt. Kyle's big and crazy...you want him on your side.
Advantage: Farns by a landslide.
Nate: Goes from being the worst starter in baseball with a huge contract in 2008 to complaining about not starting and wanted to be traded in 2009.
Farns: In 2004, kicks an electric fan and ends up on the DL.
Advantage: Nate. Kyle has one of the dumber stints on the DL that I know of there.
9. City Loyalty
Nate: Only Tiger (I believe) that lives in Detroit area. Active in the community.
Farns: Hated in Detroit, Chicago, and New York. KC can't like him too much, either. Not sure about Atlanta.
Advantage: Nate. He may suck, but he's a Detroit guy.
Nate: Low 90's heater. Useless slider.
Farns: Has hit triple didgets. Awesome when he has command.
Nate: Who knows? Doesn't look good. If they released Sheff, Nate can't feel too comfortable.
Farns: Has the ability to rebound. Was decent with the Yanks last year before being traded to us.
12. Easier to make fun of
Nate: Made a stupid blog out of it
Farns: He scares me.
There you have it. Kyle Farnsworth is slightly more valuable than Nate Robertson. Here's to hoping that they both turn it around. (At least you, Nate. Love ya, buddy.)