My sad conclusion: there is nothing that can be done about player's injuries; all possible solutions have been tried, nothing has worked. That’s my story and I am sticking to it.
By the end of the the season though, my teams’ active rosters look nothing like what I have drafted five months ago. This is particularly true for my pitching.
Today an article in the "Wall Street Journal" discussed the durability of pitchers and pointed out that Mark Buehrle and Bronson Arroyo have a stellar record avoiding injuries. Well, what can I tell you other than I am not going to draft either of these two gentlemen in a mixed league?
Two years ago, I honed my draft on young guys who have not lost significant playing time. My first pick was Matt Kemp. You know the rest of the story.
So, what’s one to do?
Up to very recently we agonized over frequent injuries to catchers. Now, and in a foreseeable future, it is the pitchers’ turn. My strategy for next year’s draft is to ignore injuries and pick up the best next guy. That said, I am going to stay away from players with even a minor hint of discomfort during spring training (think Jason Motte).
Following that, my bench will be padded with pitchers. If your league rules do not allow a bench or permit only a shallow one, this could be the right time to argue for a rule change.
Given the experience of the last couple of seasons, relying on the draft day will not be enough. It is clear that to do well one must keep his eyes open throughout the entire season. I suggest reading the weekly Tout Wars and LABR free agent reports including the attached commentary. Good pitchers pop up frequently. Check whom the experts pick up. This year in-season pickups, just to name a few, are Jose Fernandez (SP, Marlins), who is fine, Jeff Locke (SP, Pitt) was good, actually very good, for a while, Chris Archer (SP, TB) still good, Chris Rusin (SP, CHC) may not give you many Wins, but his WHIP and ERA are low.
Grumble, grumble, there is nothing new with our favorite pastime. To win one must have a bit of luck, but given all things equal, fantasy baseball demands time. Let’s spend it wisely.
Editor's note: Pasko has a new blog out there entitled Sports in Antiquity. Pasko, a bona fide Romo-phile, looks at some interesting aspects of sports and gaming in the past. Do check it out.