My line: 180 IP, 4.52 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 112 K, 31 HR
The community line (my projection included):
IP ERA WHIP K HR 173 4.41 1.35 95 24
Park-adjusted AL league ERA last year was 4.14, and Benson had a better season in '05 than the one we're projecting in '06. All the talk is about league average, but if league average holds, we aren't projecting him to meet that. He's going to be acceptable as a low-end starter if he puts up that line.
Personally, I think there's a decent enough chance, I guess, that Mazzone helps Benson to have a strong season. But I couldn't bring myself to put it down as my projection. I didn't want to go out on that limb, because it's been a long time since Benson has been better than mediocre.