Chris Tillman‘s line yesterday was nothing to sneeze at — 6 IP, 5 ER, 10 baserunners — more like gag. Sometimes it takes one to get roofied before you fully understand what rookie pitchers can do to you. I point the rookie pitchers out. They have upside — hey, look at Happ, he’s been good — but I haven’t owned one since Hochevar. I love rookie hitters though. As mentioned before, rookie hitters go 0-for-20, you drop them — no harm, no foul. You get a Tillman start and you end up walking like you were just jumping hurdles. So that brings me to, Brian Matusz. He’s been dazzling in Double-A. As with most young pitchers, he’ll probably be limited on his pitch count/innings, so I wouldn’t expect more than 8-10 starts. Then throw in the fact that he’ll have tough matchups and you should proceed with caution, but worth a flier in 12 team leagues? Sure, if expectations are in check. Or you can do like I did when I pulled the ol’ “You gotta use your waiver claim, sucker” trick with Matusz. Let me explain the unfortunately named “You gotta use your waiver claim, sucker” trick. I rushed out and grabbed Matusz off waivers, then the next day I dropped him so someone (<– the sucker) uses their waiver claim to get roofied. Ah, yes. That stings. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:
Zach Greinke – 5 IP, 6 ER, 9 Ks, 13 baserunners. For the first time in a long time, I’m actually interested in who will win the AL Cy Young. Sorry, just being a normal baseball fan there. Won’t let it happen again.Please, blog, may I have some more?