The Verducci Effect as explained by Amerigo Verducci, “Pitchers generally feel the effects of abusive increases in workload the next year, not the season in which they were pushed. That’s a no amore!” I believe Amerigo’s cousin in the States, Tom, leaves off the last line when he’s describing it. So to avoid this, clubs shutdown or skip young pitchers (this applies to those 25 years old and younger). In fantasy baseball, lots of championships are won in September, H2H and otherwise. If you have rookie pitchers, it’s imperative — ooh, strong word — that you pay attention to which pitchers are going to be shutdown or skipped. Anyway, here’s a list of some pitchers who may be shutdown in September:
Mat Latos – I’m positive if they clinch early, Latos will be done for the regular season. Then again, Latos was on Amerigo’s list last year and he’s doing a’ight. I say pitch him an extra 200 innings this year and he’ll have a zero ERA in 2011.
Jaime Garcia – Been pretty yawnstipating for the last month or so and now he’s inching closer to The VE, a pitcher’s worst STD.
Jeremy Hellickson – Rays are conservative and Hellickson’s already ticketed for the bullpen.
Phil Hughes – With the results of the Joba Rules and Hughes Rules coming back negative (or is that positive?), I’d just continue to throw Hughes, but I don’t run the Yankees (I know that was a common misconception, sorry to disappoint).
Madison Bumgarner – Probably has around 5 more starts left in his arm. Giants are a team that is in playoff contention, so they might push Bumgarner. It wouldn’t surprise me, at least.
Stephen Strasburg – If it’s a surprise to see him on this list, it’s good to have you emerge from that coma.
Travis Wood – See 1/8th of an inch above.
Mike Minor – Is he even still in the rotation? Yes, but won’t be for long.
Dallas Braden – If he throws another 30+ innings, prepare for the 2011 post title, “Verducci Does Dallas.”
Jhoulys Chacin – Rockies better put a leash on, uh, Yo-Lease.