Monday, July 2 – 10:23 PM
I’ve always taken pride in my ability to identify undervalued starting pitchers, building my rotation on the cheap while using my early-round draft picks to scoop up as many elite bats as possible. The strategy usually works. In the case of my NFBC team this year, it has backfired big time. Meet Ricky Romero, the ace of my staff. Tonight, the Blue Jays’ lefty blew up for the second straight time, allowing eight earned runs for the second straight time. I know I complained about Romero last week, so I’ll keep this short. I have absolutely no idea what to do with him. And the worst part is that this is a weekly league, so I can’t even bench him for his upcoming start on the road vs. the White Sox. If he can’t handle the Royals, I can only imagine how hard he’ll get hammered on Saturday. As for the rest of my rotation, it’s basically a who’s who of either injured pitchers or underachievers: Daniel Hudson, Jeremy Hellickson, Ubaldo Jimenez, Bud Norris, Gavin Floyd. And since no trading is allowed in NFBC, there’s no way to significantly upgrade my rotation. Chalk this up as an NFBC rookie learning experience. I’ll need to draft starting pitching earlier next time around.
Tuesday, July 3 – 11:15 PM
Maybe he just isn’t ready yet. I expected Trevor Bauer to experience some growing pains in his first taste of the Majors. I didn’t expect him to sport a 9.82 ERA and 2.45 WHIP through two starts. A few more outings like tonight’s one (3 1/3 IP, 6 H, 6 ER, 4 BB) and he could be ticketed right back to Triple-A. I own Trevor in three leagues, and in two of those leagues I also own Ricky Romero. Ugh. And even worse than the damage Bauer has done to my ERA and WHIP is the damage he’s done to his keeper appeal. Forget about swapping a $1 Bauer for an established star at the trade deadline. Too late for that.
Wednesday, July 4 – 9:35 PM
Why didn’t I listen to myself? I knew I should have traded Andre Ethier while his stock was sky high. He did this exact same thing last year, starting out the season on fire before going ice cold and then getting hurt. Ethier, who batted .218 with a .628 OPS in June, was officially placed on the DL today with a strained oblique. The good news? He'll be eligible to return immediately following the All-Star break. The bad news? I really should have listened to myself.
Friday, July 6 – 10: 42 PM
I’ve always been a fan of Erik Bedard. When he’s healthy, he’s good. Really good. The problem is that he’s never healthy. Until this year. The problem this year is that he’s not that good. After tonight’s meltdown vs. the light-hitting Giants, Bedard is now 4-10 with a 4.80 ERA and 1.49 WHIP through 17 starts. With these numbers, why is he still on my roster? Good question. My biggest weakness as a fantasy owner is my extreme loyalty to certain players. For me, Bedard is one of those players. I don’t even know what he did to earn this loyalty. Maybe he helped me win a league title some years back. I can’t remember. All I know is that this loyalty has to stop. It has already cost me way too much. Any sane owner in a mixed league would have dropped Bedard a long time ago. I’ll bench him, but drop him?
Not a chance.