I definitely go Bud Norris, then it's close between Beachy and Masterson. Honestly it could go either way.
Bud Norris has a ridiculous strike out rate that is pretty much unmatched by any starting pitcher right now. He's starting to put together some real quality starts now, so I think he's starting to harness that potential and get into a zone. A lot of people are calling him this year's Brandon Morrow, and if you recall, Morrow was pretty damn good the second half of last season.
Beachy/Masterson... Well, Masterson has always had solid potential, but we saw what he did in a full season last year - nothing special. He's off to a great start, but I think his W-L record is deceiving. I don't think he will keep it up at this pace. Beachy has more K potential than Masterson and is on the better team. Even though Masterson is off to the better start, and might have slightly more potential than Beachy, I would give the tie breaker to Beachy because I like strike out guys, he's on the better team, and he's pitching in the NL.
cs3 wrote:Easy question... which 2 starting pitchers do you want on your H2H team. standard 5x5 cats + QS
Justin Masterson Bud Norris Brandon Beachy
and more importantly, why?
Hmm...this is a good one.
Masterson-I think this is his breakout year. Having a consistent catcher behind the plate definitely helps one's confidence. It's no coincidence that he is pitching as well as he is. I picked him up as a f/a and he has rewarded me since. I know he is due for a loss sooner or later, but his offense is capable of getting him the "W".
Norris-How I missed this guy on the f/a market (he was a f/a until April 29) still boggles my mind. As much as I like him, I don't like the team he pitches for. I feel he's going to get a lot of "ND", which is a shame.
Beachy-Could be the "sleeper" this year in the Atlanta rotation Unfortunately, he'll have the same issue as Norris: a lot of "ND".
IMO, Masterson and Norris are worth grabbing. But Beachy and Masterson are a coin flip.
Beachy, Norris. Beachy has been more consistent thus far. Norris, if he can put it all together, could really be something. Masterson is certainly a decent back end piece for fantasy rosters, but doesn't have the potential that Beachy and Norris do, IMHO.
Both players have great K/9 rates, and I actually would choose Beachy over Norris since I am not sure Norris' new found control will last the entire season and he may become a WHIP liabilty.
Masterson has gotten off to a great start, but as with the Indians overall I dont think it will last. 2 straight years of ERA > 4.50 and WHIP > 1.45 prior to this one, it is of course possible he breaks out but I think the other 2 have bigger upside (and lesser downside).
Thanks for all the replies. I posted this because i had Beachy and Masterson on my roster but Bud Norris has been really intriguing to me since the end of last year.
So I ended up dropping Masterson, to pick up Bud. I dont think Masterson is going to completely collapse or anything, but i dont think he keeps his ERA under 4 the rest of the way, and the difference in K's is going to be huge between the two. Since my starting staff is built to win the counting stats (W, QS, K), possibly at the expense of ratios, i decided it would be better to guarantee myself another high k/9 SP rather than a guy who is likely to have a much lower k rate but a better whip.