Lopez has been Mark Bellhorn-esque so far as an Oriole, having a good year when it's even and a bad year when it's odd. His raw 2005 line doesn't do justice to how frustrating he could be all season. The park-adjusted ERA+ he put up in 2005 (85) was worse than Sidney Ponson's 2004 mark of 90, when Ponson had a 5.30 ERA. Lopez started the season really good at home and awful on the road, and wound up average at home (4.15/1.32) and awful on the road (5.53/1.48).
I don't want to say his W-L record (15-12) was totally luck or just good support, though. The games he won he generally pitched pretty well. He was just terribly inconsistent, and I mean terribly because when he was off, he was off.
ERA by month: 3.98, 3.86, 5.93, 5.82, 4.86, 5.65.
Lopez's last four years:
GS IP ERA WHIP K HR 2002 BAL 28* 196.7 3.57 1.19 136 23 2003 BAL 26 147.0 5.82 1.57 103 24 2004 BAL 23** 170.7 3.59 1.28 121 21 2005 BAL 35 209.3 4.90 1.41 118 28 * also had five relief appearances * also had fourteen relief appearances
That's the line: GS, IP, ERA, WHIP, K, HR. Does Roddy bounce back and have another good season in an even year?
This is the last of the rotation and our projections thus far are calling for a pretty substantial improvement overall. We've got Luis Matos and Brian Roberts left after this.