Skin Blues wrote:I'd add Parker in an AL league. Actually I just went to do that, and it turns out somebody drafted him. I'd only start him when he's pitching at home or in Seattle for now though, until we get a better idea of how he'll perform.
He'll be pitching Wednesday at home against CWS. I just added him in a 12 team H2H league.
lane_anasazi2 wrote:Whomever gets the call out of Danny Hultzen and James Paxton. Noesi is erratic and Kevin Millwood and Blake Bleven aren't scaring anyone. The M's have no reason to rush them but they're not exactly blocked at the MLB level, either. They're both in AA and doing great, especially Paxton.
As far as this goes, Paxton looks to be losing ground and I don't see any way they rush Hultzen at all. No real NEED to pull either of them at this point.
Outside of the main names I still like Mike Montgomery (yes even with the PCL struggles), Brad Peacock and Jacob Turner.
I think J.Parker is a super intriguing option going forward, but I read a comment somewhere from someone who more or less loosely mapped out the teams he'll face in the coming weeks and it's a pretty tough lineup of teams. (sorry, can't find that comment/post at the moment)
Is this kind of thing going to scare prospective owners off? Should it? I figure pitching at home in Oakland, and on the road in Seattle, among others, Parker should be a decent enough option to trot out there, no?
I find Estrada to be incredibly intriguing. In going through his game logs from last season, he seems to fair far better as a starter than in relief. It's crazy. He only had one bad start last season out of 7. I'm not going to compile the numbers but I'm guessing his ERA and WHIP as a starter were far better than as a relief pitcher. And the same is true in our limited sample this season. Out of the pen, it seems he frequently allows a couple of hits, or walks, and the same was true perusing last season's game log. Is there something to this perhaps? Obviously as a starter you have to have a different mind set. You have to be a lot more under control and pace yourself whereas as a reliever you are basically giving everything you have for one or two short innings. Perhaps he gets too hyped up in those situations and thus becomes more wild/less effective what have you. And perhaps when he starts, he knows he has to pace himself so he is more calm and collected and just generally pitches better...
Is there anything to this or is just a matter of a small sample size? I'm tempted to pick him up because I do think there might just be something to it.