SleepersSeptember 14, 2009

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By R.J. White

You probably didn’t notice this, but there’s a starting pitcher available in most leagues that has a 0.00 ERA over the last month — and no, it’s not someone that hasn’t played. This guy has a 1.71 ERA and 0.76 WHIP since the All-Star break, posting over a K an inning in the process. Intrigued? I’d be too. These numbers are a bit skewed, as he’s only made two starts over his 31.2 post-All Star innings, but it’s plain to see: give Robinson Tejeda the ball, and he’ll get people out.

Since being moved into the rotation in September, Tejeda has made starts against Detroit and Los Angeles, both at home. He’s pitched a total of 11.1 innings in those starts, striking out 14 batters and walking four. On September 4 against the Angels, he allowed just one hit and two walks. On September 9 against Detroit, he allowed three hits and two walks. Could we be looking at 2010’s breakout SP?

Tejeda gets a rematch in his start on Tuesday, this time in Detroit. Owned in just 6% of Yahoo leagues, he’s worth a spot start at the very least, and the 27-year-old should be owned in dynasty leagues at this point. With the Royals at the bottom of the division, why not give Tejeda a shot at the rotation next year?

R.J. White is a fantasy blogger at the sports site FanHouse. Check out his work both here and there, and feel free to talk to him in the forums, where he posts under the name daullaz.
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3 Responses to “Robinson Tejeda”

  1. User avatar Inukchuk says:

    What, no shout out?


  2. User avatar daullaz says:

    Thanks! I forgot to run a search to see if he was mentioned — had to figure one of you guys beat me to it.

  3. User avatar bazzy_51 says:

    Only cause for concern tho is a possible ‘injury’ on the horizon. He let up a bit in his last start with his arm speed and was ‘babying’ his changeup. Its not as bad as it could possibly get yet, the reason for this being he had ‘irritation’ on his finger last start that they will be monitoring very closely in his next start for fear of it turning into a blister. We all know what happens at that point, but great find R.J. for now he is an awesome pickup and start for the playoff stretch, just watch out for a possible upcoming injury.


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