Monday, June 13, 2011

How To Lose Your Fantasy League: The 2-Start S*** Stream

So in news that could not possibly interest you, my fantasy baseball team is in contention, and it's my ideal team in many respects -- offense working well, pitching a source of constant tinkering, but if we can just get ordinary ratio numbers happening, we should pull back some money at the end of the year. Which is, of course, when the following two things have to happen:

1) Injuries on offense, especially when you finally feel confident enough in your starters to make a trade for pitching, and

2) Ruinous streaming decisions on two-start pitchers.

Which leads us to this week's fateful decision to revisit the horror that is Javier Vazquez. He's freely available in your fantasy league and mine

Now, I get that JV is, well, JV. There's a reason why he was freely available talent, after all. But this week, he had two very winnable starts, and a month of improving velocity and numbers. He's always been a good man to have for strikeout / walk percentage, which is a rare stat that my league does, and I always struggle with. So let's roll the dice, right? What's the worst that could happen?

Monday -- 4 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 6 Ks
Saturday - 3.2 IP. 7 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 6 Ks

15.26 ERA, 2.48 WHIP. But hey, 3.00 K/BB!

Just how bad was Javy? There was one starting pitcher -- one! -- in MLB that was worse in the past seven days, Texas' Colby Lewis. (Colby's also probably available in your league now, too) Javy, for the record, was ranked 1,302 in the Yahoo game, and was 25% owned, so I'm clearly not the only idiot that went near this bag of garbage.

But help is on the way, folks. Jose Reyes, the hottest hitter in the NL, was moved to bring in the 2-start goodness of Dan Haren. Just in time for Martin Prado to go on the disabled list. Remember point #1 from the list...

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