bselig wrote:I didn't understand why people looked at Greinke as an option before the season and I understand it less now.
Why would someone look to Greinke as an option this year? If I'm not mistaken, many in this forum were comparing him to both Harden and Bonderman before this season, in terms of potential. And why not? Last year he had a 1.17 WHIP and a 100:26 K : BB. If you don't see that as indicators of success, I don't know what is.
bselig wrote:Proven track record? I'm assuming that the "track record" includes minor league stats, because the only track record he has in the majors is a season mediocrity.
In what way was last year's performance mediocre? If you're talking about wins, then you are correct. He only had 8. But I don't think most managers who drafted Greinke expected a ton of wins when they drafted him. They did expect great ratios and a decent amount of K's. And yes, I was talking about his minor league performances when I was referring to his track record. I know many posters here do not consider minor league performance as a very good indicator of major league success, but I believe it is worth considering that Greinke has pitched well at all levels. He's also a very level headed and mature pitcher who WILL get out of this rut. The kid is only 21 years old, and he's bound to go through some rough patches at this age.
bselig wrote:Factor in the fact that he is pitching for maybe the worst team in major league baseball and you have yourself an extremely poor fantasy option at starting pitcher. He is strictly a spot starter unless your league is truly huge. If he's being held onto for keeper purposes, he should be riding your bench, where he belongs.
You have some great points here. What hasn't been mentioned is that earlier in the year, when he was pitching well, he was receiving some of the worst run support in the league. Some of that has to do with KC's paltry offense but much of it was just plain bad luck. Undeniably, Greinke has been pitching absolutely horrid lately, and as you mentioned, he should obviously be riding the pine on all fantasy rosters until he pitches himself out of it. He's worth holding onto in deeper leagues, but if I had him in a 10 teamer with shallow rosters, leave him on the WW. I agree that he just doesn't provide the W's or K's to warrant a roster spot in a league like that, especially considering his latest performances. I own him in one league - a 12 team keeper. I've dropped him in my 10 team H2H.