Nomo, Mussina lacking velocity

Several starting pitchers who were counted on to make major contributions this year have been ineffective.

Updated: May 16, 2004, 9:56 AM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN Insider
From the way Roger Clemens is pitching, you'd swear he wasn't a day over 39 years old. Curt Schilling and Kevin Brown are adjusting nicely to their new surroundings. Pedro Martinez has had his moments. And while Greg Maddux's April was nothing to get excited about, his numbers looked very similar to April 2003.

It's wise not to get too alarmed over a bad first month, considering Roy Halladay went 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA last April on his way to winning a Cy Young Award. From a statistical vantage point, two or three clunkers can make a pitcher's numbers look especially ugly when there's nothing positive to serve as a cushion.

That said, several starting pitchers who were counted on to make major contributions this year have gone above and beyond the call of ineffectiveness. We're talking All-Stars, double-figure winners and pitchers with proven track records who entered the season as No. 1-2-3 guys in their rotations.

Jerry Crasnick | email

ESPN.com MLB Sr. Writer

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