Zito is God wrote:Out of Harden's 19 starts, 11 lasted 6.0 innings or more.
His 7 starts that resulted in him being pulled before the 6th was mostly due to injury rather then poor performance.
Guess who else had 7 starts under 6 IP? Prior: One of the guys you claimed you'd take over Harden.
sorry, I meant to say that I suspect that they will do more of that THIS year, to make sure that he's fully recovered, doesn't have any issues due to workload, etc.
I think that that can backfire as, as StudentoftheGame has pointed out, by the 7th inning, some guys are rolling right along and don't need to come out. Similarly if they decide to postpone starts, toss in extra days of rest or whatever, that can also disrupt a pitcher's rhythym. While that's going on, you might not really hear ANYTHING from the As about what they are doing but, from a fantasy perspective, you will miss starts, have to troll the waiver wire for some backup SP type of deal if you are losing Ks, wonder what's going on, etc.
If he's going in the 4th or 5th or 6th round, I'd prefer to get somebody w/o any question marks. It's not a BIG question mark and I said before I suspect it'll be no big deal and he may be fine, win the Cy Young, go 19-5 or whatever but I am just leery of it and there's a bunch of SP out there. I will pass on Prior for the same reasons but would take him first if I was going to take either of them. I don't know why but freakish collisions/ hit by liners don't bug me as much as a surgically repaired shoulder muscle. We need to find some doctors around here so we can get better injury info...