I have an empty pitching slot, and I was trying to figure out which one to pick up...
In all seriousness, though, which one do you think is better? I understand it's not a huge difference, since drafts are over, but I guess it could have significance for trading. Mostly, though, I just wanted to have a discussion for its own sake.
Personally, I like Schmidt better, since I think his stats will be similar and he'll probably get more wins. (I was just thinking in terms of standard 5x5 roto.) But with Schmidt pitching poorly in Spring Training and Bonds getting injured, Schmidt and Sheets have gotten a little closer in my mind, so I was just curious to hear what others think. (Feel free to discuss other competitors for the honor of #3 SP overall going into the season as well...in my mind, Pedro and Prior (when healthy) would be the only other candidates, but of course, that's just me.)
Give me Schmidt. This guy was pushing the first round for a reason last year. He would have been CY, had he not had the groin problem. He should be great this year, great Ks, good wins, good everything. Schmidt is the 3rd best fantasy pitcher. Write it down.
Schmidt gets the nod, but its closer than the consensus. Sheets has tremendous WHIP numbers and gets lots of Ks, but the wins are hard to come by in Milwaukee. Sheets is also less of an injury concern, at least in my mind.
Schmidt has, in my opinion, the most reliability of ANY pitcher. While they will most likely put up nearly identical stats, with some cats leaning one way and others leaning the other way, there's no pitcher closer to a guarantee than Jason Schmidt.
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