By Josh Kramer
Holy Sheets. Ben Sheets is back. After a nearly two-year hiatus between Major League starts, Ben Sheets proved that he isn’t done yet. If I were the Washington Nationals, I would take note. With Ben Sheets back, Atlanta not only is a wild-card contender, but they are a pennant contender. Ben Sheets learned the number one rule that applies to all pitchers at a young age and never forgot it. This rule is the secret to being a successful pitcher.
Did you forget when Sheets had a 116/11 strikeout-to-walk ratio back in 2006? Or his 264/32 mark in 2004? Guy could paint the corners in a similar fashion to Greg Maddux in the mid-90s while bringing the heat. These days, the velocity is not going to be the same as it once was for Sheets. Do not expect to see any 98 mph gas like the good old days. But do expect to see the ball paint the corners and keep hitters off-balance.
With Beachy still out, the timing could not be better. In order to compete with the Nationals, Hudson and Hanson desperately need the help of another quality starter. Ben Sheets is only 33-years-0ld. Despite all of the injuries and other various setbacks, Sheets could be Atlanta’s ticket back to the playoffs. In addition, he could very well turn into the MLB’s comeback player of the year. I know this much. Sheets will be a hard guy to root against. Continue reading