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Postby thirdeyez » Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:53 pm

Alright, so I'll admit right off the bat that I'm mainly a rookie in terms of fantasy baseball, but I went with Justin Duchscherer on a matchup whim April 12th and got better than I could have possibly expected. Now I'm not naive enough to call a pitcher a sleeper because of one solid start (7 1/3 IP, W, 4K, 0 ERA, .55 WHIP), but looking into this guys past stats I can't help but be hopeful and hold onto him instead of picking up the next good FA matchup. Yes he was out for a solid stretch of over a year, but he's back and healthy and did pretty well in spring training. The only year he started and pitched at least 20 innings (2008...2007 he didn't do well as a rookie reliever, 2009 he was out with injury) he posted a 2.54 ERA and 1.00 WHIP over 22 games. Only 95 K's so he won't be massively productive in that arena, but also only 34 walks, which is pretty solid as far as I know. Anyone with better baseball knowledge care to put me in my place? Right now I'm viewing him the way I would a rookie with strong potential, which is how I would classify a sleeper.
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Re: Duchscherer...Potential Sleeper?

Postby Art Vandelay » Tue Apr 13, 2010 8:03 pm

I drafted him late in a couple leagues hoping he can return to 2008 form. I doubt we'll see an ERA near 2.54, but I think 3.20, 1.15, 115 K, and 13 W is doable for him this season.
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Re: Duchscherer...Potential Sleeper?

Postby AussieDodger » Tue Apr 13, 2010 9:22 pm

I'm weary of him because of 1. health and 2. his 2008 season being such a mirage.
His K/9 rate was just barely 6 that year, and the only thing he really had going for him was his excellent BB/9.
I think if his ERA is below 4 over a full '10 season, you'll have been pretty lucky.
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Re: Duchscherer...Potential Sleeper?

Postby MashinSpuds » Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:25 pm

3. He's on the A's.
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Re: Duchscherer...Potential Sleeper?

Postby Grounded Polo » Tue Apr 13, 2010 10:30 pm

He's got alot of upside.

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Re: Duchscherer...Potential Sleeper?

Postby j24jags » Wed Apr 14, 2010 1:23 am

AussieDodger wrote:I'm weary of him because of 1. health and 2. his 2008 season being such a mirage.
His K/9 rate was just barely 6 that year, and the only thing he really had going for him was his excellent BB/9.
I think if his ERA is below 4 over a full '10 season, you'll have been pretty lucky.

This is the big thing. I don't doubt that he can put up solid #s (not ace #s, but solid #3 SP numbers) when healthy, but he is always hurt, and there is no reason to expect differently this season. He's definitely worth owning and plug him in while he's healthy (Except when he faces NYY or powerhouse offenses), but don't expect to get 200 IP out of him.
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Re: Duchscherer...Potential Sleeper?

Postby AquaMan2342 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:08 am

I'll pass for sure.
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Re: Duchscherer...Potential Sleeper?

Postby Dan Lambskin » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:21 am

one thing to consider is that if ;-7 the A's fall out of contention by the deadline and he's pitching well, they could flip him to a contender for prospects
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Re: Duchscherer...Potential Sleeper?

Postby DaSh 1s » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:28 am

MashinSpuds wrote:3. He's on the A's.


Which means he has FANTASTIC ballpark for fantasy pitchers
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Re: Duchscherer...Potential Sleeper?

Postby AussieDodger » Wed Apr 14, 2010 8:57 am

Dan Lambskin wrote:one thing to consider is that if ;-7 the A's fall out of contention by the deadline and he's pitching well, they could flip him to a contender for prospects


haw haw everyone's comedian :-b
Ben Sheets as well amirite? ;-7
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