stumpak wrote:This thread goes to prove that many people are still dismissive of Rockies pitchers for no good reason. Coors is a hitter's park, but far less so than it was before. Would you not consider Francis just because he pitched in Philly or Comiskey? The differences between those parks and Coors are negligable. And, as pointed out previously, Francis did not exactly suffer in Coors last season.
In deep leagues, Francis was a great buy low candidate after his poor start. I see no reason that he cannot keep up his sub 4.00 ERA for the rest fo the season and be a good #5 starter in 12+ team leagues. And it could be better than this. He does have a poor K rate, but you can still do much worse.
The reason I wouldn't trust Francis to be too good is because of his low K rate, not his home park. However, as a #5 starter, I agree with you that he'd be totally respectable. I also like the Carmona comparison mentioned earlier - obviously, Francis isn't the same kind of pitcher as Carmona, but both are pitchers with low K ratios who hit some nice hot streaks. Like Carmona, I'd definitely ride Francis during this hot streak. However, unlike Carmona, he's probably worth keeping around after he cools off to serve as a #4 or #5 because his K rate is a bit higher than Carmona's, which means that he won't totally screw you over in the strikeout category like Carmona would.