Fantasy Baseball Tumbling Dice: Pitching and outfield help (Rebuild, Part 1)

by Lawr Michaels, MastersBall.com on September 18, 2012 @ 09:55:19 PDT

 

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Pitching is a bit more daunting, for there I have:

Player 2012 Stats
2012 IP
Projected 2013 IP
Ubaldo Jimenez 9-16, 5.43
172.1
207
Kevin Correia 10-9, 4.29
147
176
P.J. Walters 2-4, 6.70
42.2
51
Jeff Niemann 2-3, 3.08
38
46
Aaron Laffey 3-5, 4.55
97
116
Jhoulys Chacin 2-5, 4.86
50
60
Jonathan Sanchez 1-9, 8.07
64.2
77
Alex White 2-8, 5.15
92.2
111
Totals/Avg 31-59 W/L
703
843

As optimistic as I can be about my outfield, I have to worry seriously about my starting pitching (note my relief corps includes Ernesto Frieri, Carlos Marmol, and Josh Lindblom).

New York Mets SP Matt Harvey
Harvey a priority

I mean, when Correia and Laffey seem to be the best options, with Jimenez as an innings eater, and with Sanchez as useless, that says a lot. This is odd, for two years ago a five-man rotation of Jimenez, Chacin, Niemann, Sanchez, and Correia in such a deep format seemed pretty good. However, that does again demonstrate how fleeting pitching can be, year to year.

There is hope that White, Niemann, and Chacin could all come back from inexperience and/or injury, but if nothing else I will need arms simply to cover the extra 350 starting pitcher innings I will need into the coming season.

Worse, there does not appear to be a dominant potential arm among the group, whereas at least Brown and Guzman have 20-homer potential on the position player side.

Though Harvey would have limited innings, he still looks to me like the real deal, and one who will both improve and ideally be durable.

And, with Wade Miley and Kris Medlen gone last year, and the best looking prospects in the American League like Yu Darvish, Matt Moore, and Tommy Milone, pickings are thin for potential starters on the NL side.

Hence, Harvey needs the focus, with Michael Fiers and Drew Pomeranz as potential selections.

So, as I noted, 2013 should emerge as a solid step towards my rebuild, although I cannot expect the process to complete without one more rookie draft and/or a trade or two.

Still, it is fun. More important, what we learn in one format can inevitably help us in any other format.

And, of course, it is good to be shed of a losing year, looking once again forward to a cluster of successful seasons. Maybe even a title!

(Next week we can break down the XFL possibilities.)

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About Lawr Michaels, MastersBall.com

Lawr Michaels has been a player in the fantasy baseball industry since he began writing for John Benson in 1993. He has written for STATS, Inc, was the first fantasy columnist for CBS Sportsline, and has appeared in numerous journals and on websites. In 1996, he founded CREATiVESPORTS, a staple for serious fantasy players, which he merged into Mastersball in 2010.

Over the years, Lawr has participated in a wide variety of playing formats and won numerous titles, including AL Tout Wars crowns in 2001 and 2009. Along with his Mastersball duties, Lawr works for MLB.com as a statistician.

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