Whole lot of reasons I never expected to be writing this schmohawk post. I don’t usually write a top 20 starter schmohawk post, because I would never draft some of those guys, so you know how I feel about them, but this got me ruminating. I ruminate, y’all! And I was thinking how I would never draft Jose Ramirez, Matt Carpenter or other schmohawks this year, so why wouldn’t I write a Noah Syndergaard schmohawk post? Just because I’m not drafting someone does not exclude them from being stamped schmohawk, it is the one requirement. I only wish I wrote the Clayton Kershaw schmohawk post before he broke. Man, was that shizz obvious eh-eff. I mean, as eh-eff as eh-eff gets. Another thing that nailed it home for me that I had to write this post was Noah Syndergaard’s current ADP: 44. In a slow draft I’m doing right now, he went 37th! Have you people lost your mind? Seriously, put your medulla oblongata on the back of a milk carton, cause shizz is lost. He’s being drafted in front of Patrick Corbin, Stephen Strasburg, Jack–Okay, he’s being drafted in front of all but 13 starters. Clayton Kershaw is another guy who’s <biggest font the world has>still</> being drafted in an area of drafts where it makes me want to use a word that don’t mean anything like loopid. Just because you live in your mother’s basement does not mean you need to be a cellar dweller in your fantasy league too. C’mon, guys and five girl readers, boost up your self-esteem! Turn to your mirror and tell yourself you’re good enough. You don’t have a mirror because you threw it out after your last bout of self-esteem fail? Then look at the reflection of yourself in the toilet and give yourself a pep talk! You’re better than drafting Noah Syndergaard (and Clayton Kershaw)! Anyway, what can we expect from Noah Syndergaard for 2019 fantasy baseball and what makes him overrated?
His 2nd half K/9 was 8.1 down from 10.2 and his BB/9 was up to 2.6 from 1.9. His K% was down to 21.5 in the 2nd half, which is about the same as Jake Junis, Jose Quintana and Marco Gonzales. “Excuse me, bartender, can I order a Woof with a side of Nuh-uh? Put it on my tab, that Syndergaard will pay when it’s revealed he has elbow issues that he’s been battling since the 2nd half of last year.” I am no soothsayer. Not a sayer of soothes. But, I mean, right? He has an elbow issue, doesn’t he? His velocity was down a full mile per hour last year, but was still 97+, so won’t make a big deal of it. He threw 154 1/3 IP last year, and has never thrown more than 185 IP in a season. He’s still only turning 27 this year, so it’s not like 200+ IP can never happen, but he’s no lock for a ton of innings. If he threw more than 190 IP this year, I’d guess at least 10 of those innings came in the postseason, but then I’d be guessing the Mets made the postseason, so I might need to reevaluate my guessing abilities. I have him ranked currently 73 overall, which sounds crackers late, right? Well, our Steamer rankings have him ranked at 69 overall, which is niiiiiiiice, but basically saying he’s as bad as I’m saying. Rudy’s projections have him at: 11-10/3.50/1.17/188 in 181 IP. If you’re scratching your head, thinking, “Golly, that doesn’t sound like a top 13 starter.” You’re right, he’s not. However you want to slice it, he is not worth his current ADP price tag. Also, next time someone says “However,” raise your finger, shaking your head and say, “Howm-ever.”
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