I drafted De La Soul, and have been with him through his ups and downs (though the free agency also took part in some of those
). Since he's back on my team, I've gone through every possible stat available to me wondering if I should start him. During my research, I noticed that the 3 teams that demolished him this year (TB, LAD, ATL), were among the tops in the league against lefties as a team (Philly also handled him pretty well, but they mash pretty much everyone). Washington, on the other hand, is basically slightly below average in most cats against lefties. Moreover, the Nats have been pretty unspectacular the last week or so of games, statistics wise. Of course, statistics don't mean squat if the guy can't throw a decent game. Like I said, I've seen Jorge throw many a time, and I love his stuff, but sometimes he seems to lose focus and loses control. This has happened because the umpire was squeezing him, or simply because he didn't have it that day.
Personally, I'll be starting him. Washington doesn't handle lefties particularly well (though not necessarily awfully by any means), and they've been struggling lately. I don't see a spectacular effort, but a satisfying one nonetheless:
6 2/3, 5H, 2BB, 3ER, 7K, Win/ND
This may have seemed long winded for one decision, but I've been through a lot with this crazy pitcher since I targeted him as my super sleeper steal, and I figure some analysis or reasoning is better than a simple yes or no. Any other insight would definitely be appreciated, though.
Can't worry about tomorrow's pain tonight.