Kruk's biggest surprise: Mark Mulder
"After last year's debacle at the end of the season, I thought he was done. I didn't think he had anything left. I think he's proven me wrong."
Let's all stand up and applaud Mr. Kruk for his bravery in admitting that a 27 year old lefthander who, in his first four complete MLB seasons averaged 18 wins with a 3.62 ERA, wasn't quite "done" after all.
Sure, Mulder had a pretty shitty second half last year. But he also had an pretty dominant first half. In April, May, and June he was 10-2 with a 2.91 ERA and a .229 BAA. He started the All Star game for crissakes.
I guess the lesson for major league players is this: even if you've established yourself as one of the games most promising young pitchers, DO NOT have a bad half season or John Kruk will pronounce you "done."