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Cardinals nearing deal with Penny?



According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, the Cardinals are nearing a deal with free agent Brad Penny.

Penny flourished once he returned to the National League this past season and the Cardinals are banking on that success continuing. He should do well under the tutelage of St. Louis pitching coach Dave Duncan and brings a little more fire to a rotation that already features Chris Carpenter and Adam Wainwright. The 31-year-old Penny went 11-9 with a 4.88 ERA and 1.40 WHIP in 2009 and 4-1 with a 2.59 ERA once he arriving in San Francisco.



Source: Andrew Baggarly on Twitter

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Cards aren't denying interest.

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he is the type of pitcher that should flourish under Duncan. Their rotation is going to be nasty.


How exactly is he the kind of guy who flourishes under Duncan?


And their rotation has a decent likelihood of going kaboom this year.


Because in his best year he was a fastball/change up pitcher with the curveball mixed in. If I'm not mistaken (admittedly not the biggest on Duncan knowledge) that is exactly what Duncan teaches his pitchers to do. Develop a good change up and mix it up a lot with your fastball and then have the curveball in pocket for guys who struggle with curves.

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Duncan teaches people to throw a sinking 2 seamer, and Penny has always been a guy who uses 4 seam heat to blow people away. It would be a completely different approach to pitching for him.

Duncan goes as far as mandating that his pitchers throw a two seamer. When various young pitchers haven't fit that profile, they've been traded away.

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Duncan does a good job with project pitchers, by that he has taken pitchers plugged them into a rotation where normally you wouldn't think they would be any good. So, now Duncan gets a guy who was a top pitcher in the end we may see Penny return to at least a #2 pitcher.


Thanks for the input. Much appreciated.

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