Tuesday, April 21, 2009

More on Jordan Zimmerman

So, you already know what Boss thinks about Jordan Zimmerman. And I'll admit that he certainly looked very good last night. But while he might be exactly what the Nats rotation needs, I'm not going to go out and pick him up for my baseball fantasy team (and I'm not just saying that because Boss had already picked him up this morning in our league).

I certainly thought about picking him up last night when he was efficiently (only 72 pitches!) working his way through six innings of six-hit, two-run ball. Add in the three strikeouts to only one walk and you're got a pretty attractive candidate--especially in deeper leagues like ours (12 teams).

But...our league also counts losses, which is the main reason why I didn't pick him up. Also, I think that the Nats are going to have a pretty short leash on a 22-year-old pitcher who's never thrown more than 134 innings in his professional career. I think that you're going to see a lot of five- and six-inning starts for him over the next few months and the Nats will probably shut him down for the season when he starts approaching the 150-inning mark...if he gets that high.

Anyway, just my two cents. I certainly hope that he turns into a ten-game winner, but I doubt you'd get much more than that even in a perfect world. Brad Evans at Yahoo predicted the following line: 135 IP, 8 W, 4.34 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 101 K. Seems about right to me...but be sure to kick in about six losses. as well.

1 comment:

  1. I was surprised when someone hadn't picked him up in yahoo when i logged in this morning.

    But then again, i'm basically conceding losses in fantasy this year (along with saves) by virtue of loading up on starters. So I don't care about wins versus losses. I want guys who can get me Ks along with good whip and era.

    JZimm looks like a guy who can miss bats, who can keep runs off the board and who threw a pretty efficient game yesterday against a good hitting team.

    Loved his fastball. Loved his offspeed stuff. Maybe i'll dump him again for a different starter in a bit or dump him the first time he gets lit up. But I kinda wanted a guy on my team i actually like.

    Fantasy team gripe: i think i can't stand my team. I don't think i have a single hitter that I really wanted. I don't know what happened to me during the draft, but there's just nobody on the team that i look for stats from this year. Last year i had guys like CJones and Longoria that I felt like i really "stole" but this year no surprises; all the "sleepers" that I wanted were gone. the one flier I took for a prospect (LaPorta) seems buried in AAA right now.