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Buyer Beware: Zach Britton

Postby WebHamster » Sun May 29, 2011 9:04 am

If I told you that a starting pitcher in this year’s player pool is owned in 72 percent of Yahoo! leagues thanks to doing his best 2008 Aaron Cook impersonation you’d likely wonder; what the heck is going on? What’s going on is that a blue chip prospect has glowing surface stats and owners [...]

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Re: Buyer Beware: Zach Britton

Postby jcook3127 » Sun May 29, 2011 2:36 pm

Eh...he's obviously not as good as his 2.35 ERA indicates, but I think he's a solid play


Ground ball rate at 56%...sub 30% fly balls...that's usually going to keep your ERA under 4 as long as you aren't walking a ton of guys...

Yea, the BABIP could easily correct which will lower the LOB% and both of those things will probably happen..but there's no reason he can't be a fairly consistent, high 3 ERA pitcher the rest of the way
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Re: Buyer Beware: Zach Britton

Postby Cream » Mon May 30, 2011 8:24 am

Right on queue...

5 2/3 IP, 10H, 3BB, 6ER. Couldn't have come up with this article a week earlier?
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Re: Buyer Beware: Zach Britton

Postby B-Chad » Mon May 30, 2011 2:41 pm

jcook3127 wrote:Eh...he's obviously not as good as his 2.35 ERA indicates, but I think he's a solid play


Ground ball rate at 56%...sub 30% fly balls...that's usually going to keep your ERA under 4 as long as you aren't walking a ton of guys...

Yea, the BABIP could easily correct which will lower the LOB% and both of those things will probably happen..but there's no reason he can't be a fairly consistent, high 3 ERA pitcher the rest of the way


I agree that he likely will pitch to a high 3 low 4 ERA. The problem is, that's just not worthwhile if it comes with a 1.30-1.35 WHIP and a low strikeout rate, yet as of last week he was owned in more Yahoo! fantasy leagues than a guy like Gavin Floyd.
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