From the files of “Oh, my God, Grey is really stupid,” I predicted Shaun Marcum would start this year’s All-Star game. It’s hyperbole, people! No, it’s man love. No, it’s I’ve lost my mind for Shaun Marcum and there’s no one that can stop me. He’s on all of my fantasy teams this year. I gave him the 2011 projections of 15-8/3.35/1.15/185. That’s Cy Young shizz. If I didn’t think I’d get committed by giving him an ERA under 3, I would’ve. I didn’t love him this much when he was on the Blue Jays. I saw a guy who was just returning from surgery, a guy who doesn’t throw very hard and a guy who throws a lot of fly balls. So what changed and why is he now a 2011 fantasy baseball sleeper?
Because of his move to the NL. This isn’t brain surgery. He was a 3.75 ERA pitcher, give or take, in the AL East. He has to shave at least a quarter of a run off his ERA moving to the NL Central. He struck out 7.60 batters per nine last year. In the NL Central that has to go up to around 8. In his first year back from Tommy John surgery, when most pitchers can’t find their control, he had a BB/9 under 2. That’s a beautiful thing. With all the hyperbole aside that I used to try and light a fire under your ass so you would draft Marcum, I’ll be honest. He might just be around a top 20 starter this year since he’s not going to strikeout 250 guys or something. But he’s being drafted around the 33rd SP off the board. He’s currently going right around my fellow heartthrobs, Daniel Hudson and Brandon Morrow. I kinda want to make love to Marcum in the middle of a cotton candy machine while Morrow and Hudson watch. Is that weird? No, of course not! Marcum’s coming at a decent enough bargain to make him a definite sleeper. I love you, Shaun. Now have my sticky babies! And, you, stop looking at me weird!