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Mike Hampton: what if he's for real?

Postby chem » Fri Apr 24, 2009 4:16 pm

Through 3 starts, Mike Hampton (Astros) has an ERA of 3.12, WHIP of 1.27, K/9 of 9.35 and FIP of 2.34. All great stats. No doubt the K/9 and FIP have to regress; he was never that big of a strikeout guy.

But what if the ERA and WHIP only mildly regress? I mean, he's a past ace and may actually be fully healthy. Comeback player of the year? If you think he has a reasonable chance at this route, what is his value? Hampton over Kuroda? Hampton over Blanton? Hampton over Jordan Zimmermann? Hampton over Sean Marshall?

The most notable thing about his stats so far is that his BABIP is .341 -- in other words, (mildly) unluckily high. That suggests his WHIP and ERA are not total flukes.

He faces an interesting test against a slugging-loaded Brewers lineup tomorrow. Post here with your thoughts (o)
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Re: Mike Hampton: what if he's for real?

Postby Ender » Fri Apr 24, 2009 5:10 pm

Nothing really changed in his velocity which is down compared to his prime if anything. I'm gonna guess it is just a 3 game fluke but if you already picked him up might as well see what he does in the next few games.
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Re: Mike Hampton: what if he's for real?

Postby smoovethug » Fri Apr 24, 2009 5:21 pm

I really can't take him seriously until he proves to me that he's capable of staying healthy.
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Re: Mike Hampton: what if he's for real?

Postby Neato Torpedo » Fri Apr 24, 2009 5:53 pm

Ender wrote:Nothing really changed in his velocity which is down compared to his prime if anything. I'm gonna guess it is just a 3 game fluke but if you already picked him up might as well see what he does in the next few games.

His velocity is down but he's only using his fastball 33.4% of the time according to fangraphs. Probably not a good idea in terms of long term health.
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Re: Mike Hampton: what if he's for real?

Postby ayebatter » Fri Apr 24, 2009 5:58 pm

Neato Torpedo wrote: Probably not a good idea in terms of long term health.



Ha !! Hampton and 'long term Health' used in the same sentence. ;-D I say go out there and throw that breaking stuff Hampton, your name is back in the news, and it's all good. ;-D
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Re: Mike Hampton: what if he's for real?

Postby J35J » Fri Apr 24, 2009 6:34 pm

Any pitcher who is at least decent and throwing well and in the NL gets a look from me. I picked him up before his last start and will continue to play matchups with him until he falls off....which is likely. But he's pitching decent and in the NL so I'll ride it a few more starts.
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Re: Mike Hampton: what if he's for real?

Postby Padres Fan » Sat Apr 25, 2009 8:56 pm

Mike Hampton is not a figment of your imagination, I met him one when he played for Colorado, so I can state that he is a real live human being, he is also a decent baseball player but fantasy wise probably good as a daily pick up or injury plug in.
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Re: Mike Hampton: what if he's for real?

Postby Ender » Sat Apr 25, 2009 9:11 pm

He only gave up 4 ER tonight but it was a bit deceiving, the Brewers were hitting rockets all over the field tonight including one that hit Hart to save a run. This could have easily been a 6 or 7 ER game for him.
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Re: Mike Hampton: what if he's for real?

Postby silverZ » Sat Apr 25, 2009 10:34 pm

There isn't any way you could convince me to pick up Hampton in any league. I would rather have an empty SP slot.
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Re: Mike Hampton: what if he's for real?

Postby chem » Sun Apr 26, 2009 3:16 am

He was also left in a little longer than probably wise, because the pitcher was coming up 4th in the order in the bottom of the sixth. 3 of his ER came in that top of the sixth, when his pitch count was up. Not a stellar outing, but really, not horrible either. I think he has value in NL Only leagues.
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