Diamond (8-3, 2.96 ERA) vs. Mendoza (3-6, 4.32 ERA)
The sparkle has faded ever so slightly from Diamond, but he’s still been far and away the best starter we’ve had. Even a slightly scuffed up Diamond is worth more than a Blackburn.
Besides. The Royals only managed one run in seven innings against the guy who was on pace to have the worst ERA+ ever. Diamond has to pitch a good 8 hitless innings, right?