Joba and Granderson, boo. Gardner, yes. Thanks for recognizing the A-Rod hip problem. I love Andy. Had him on the old ____ list when he left for Houston; now I got him in the Hall.
Agree on Joba and Grandy disappointing. Would definitely add All Star Phil Hughes to the happy surprise ledger!
 The starting staff as a whole has been a nice surprise. Sure, we expect CC to be the ace, but he has been very good in the half, especially given his slow start. AJ has been AJ, but Javy (overall), Andy and Hughes have been much better than expected. Plus, they are pitching deep into games, which has helped hide a rather unreliable bullpen.
Err..... pleasant surprise? How about Swisher? Yeah, he has more talent then Gritner and some others, but still, he has been our 2nd best offensive player. Although I guess we could always dump him and get Benemit back!
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RHP Brandon McCarthy (6-4, 2.79)
RHP Kevin Gausman (7-7, 3.83)
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RHP Bud Norris (12-8, 3.92)
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RHP Shane Greene (4-3, 3.57)
RHP Miguel Gonzalez (9-7, 3.22)
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RHP Chris Tillman (12-5, 3.36)
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