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Postby astav28 » Mon Feb 05, 2007 2:47 pm

How come hes not even talked about this year as an intriguing possible sleeper? Last year he was drafted in like the 10th round and everyone was so high on him. I know his whip was through the roof (1.50), but isnt it possible he comes back with about 12-15 wins, era around 4 or a bit below, and a reasonable whip.
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Postby George_Foreman » Mon Feb 05, 2007 2:52 pm

He's not a bad guy to grab late in deeper leagues, but he looked pretty bad last year.
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Postby J35J » Mon Feb 05, 2007 2:56 pm

He's terribly mediocore and for fantasy purposes he's worse than that, IMHO.


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Postby CT Smash » Mon Feb 05, 2007 3:20 pm

Duke is certainly a guy to take a last round or $1 flier on at the end of your draft/auction to fill your last bench spot. If he comes back to 2005 form then you have a nice value. If he gets lit up in his first few outings, then drop him for a free agent.
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Postby SOUTHSIDE HITMEN » Mon Feb 05, 2007 3:31 pm

I just got him in a 23 round of a 14 teamerI like the value if you get him late.
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Postby RJ24VC15 » Mon Feb 05, 2007 3:37 pm

I was going to make a similar post, you don't post a 1.50 ERA for half a season as a fluke. I would expect better numbers than last year for this season, as well as better run support for him.
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Postby ironman » Mon Feb 05, 2007 5:36 pm

The problem with him arose when Jim Tracy and his pitching coach Jim Colborn decided last Spring to tinker with his mechanics.

Duke hasn't pitched the same since.
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Postby DbacksRback » Mon Feb 05, 2007 8:20 pm

i see him very similarly to Jeremy Sowers, but I like Sowers more. Duke is not a bad option but it seems that there may be better options out there for a similar price.
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Postby Mercer Boy » Wed Feb 07, 2007 5:00 pm

ironman wrote:The problem with him arose when Jim Tracy and his pitching coach Jim Colborn decided last Spring to tinker with his mechanics.

Duke hasn't pitched the same since.


He went back to what he was comfortable with at the end of the year and posted a 3.67 ERA after the ASB. WHIP was still 1.4, and he only won 5, but this was the Pirates we're talking about...

I honestly don't expect him to do much better this year...he's a nibbler-type pitcher and won't overpower anyone. He'll probably win 12-14 games this year, lose just as many, and post a slightly over 4 ERA with high WHIP. Not great fantasy baseball starting material unless you're in a really deep league... :-/
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