Subject: Daily Blurb - September 1, 2010|
Posted by: Guru
-  Wed, Sep 01, 2010, 09:35
Quote of the day
"I finally got some protection. The guy [Manny Ramirez] got a standing ovation just for coming out in the on-deck circle." -- White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who hit a 3-run homer in the 9th inning with potential pinch hitter Manny Ramirez on deck in Cleveland
After fashioning a very solid 2009 season, Wandy Rodriguez was a highly sought pitcher in fantasy baseball drafts this spring. He was the 22nd starting pitcher taken in the 2010 RIBC draft (round 7), coming off a 3.02 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 14 wins. But then things didnít go so well. Prior to the All Star break, Wandy posted a 4.97 ERA and a WHIP of 1.52. Not so good.
But wait, thereís more! Since the ASB, heís been one of the top pitchers in baseball, sporting an ERA of 1.61, and a WHIP of 0.93, while opposing hitters are batting only .203 against him Ė almost 90 points lower than in the first half. If you drafted him and held on, youíre finally getting a nice payoff. If you claimed him off the free agent scrap heap, even better. His full season stats are now respectable (3.71 ERA, 1.29 WHIP) Ė but itís been a real Jekyll and Hyde situation. Last night he continued the trend, outdueling Chris Carpenter over 7 IP in a 3-0 shutout over the slumping Cards.