Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Colby Rasmus powering up, Andrew Cashner ignored, more

by Nicholas Minnix on September 19, 2013 @ 12:16:26 PDT

 

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SP Andrew Cashner, San Diego Padres

San Diego Padres SP Andrew Cashner
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This has to be an oversight. Have fantasy owners really ignored the Padres' best pitcher for so long? He has a 3.21 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and ... 6.48 K/9. OK, so that's a little disappointing. Cashner hasn't generated strikeouts quite how fantasy owners expected. Seems like a good reason to avoid a hurler with pretty good numbers otherwise.

Well, not really. Ask Tim. Cashner didn't begin the season in the rotation, but he joined it a month into the campaign and posted a 3.81 ERA and 6.07 K/9 in the first half. That didn't tickle fantasy owners, so the righty dialed it up a notch: a 2.36 ERA and 7.08 K/9 post-break.

Cashner really kicked it into gear in the past five or six weeks. He's gone at least seven innings in each of his last six starts. He's posted exactly seven K's in five of them. He twirled a one-hit, complete-game shutout of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday.

Cashner gets the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park this weekend. He may get one more turn, at the San Francisco Giants, if the Friars don't freak out about his innings count. He receives extra rest between starts, so that shouldn't be a big deal.

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Minnix is baseball editor and a fantasy football analyst at KFFL. He plays in LABR and Tout Wars and won the FSWA Baseball Industry Insiders League in 2010.

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