Nomo, Mussina lacking velocity
Several starting pitchers who were counted on to make major contributions this year have been ineffective.
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.
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