Where'd this guy come from? I picked him up after he won his first game, 'cause I needed another SP, and his stats were good. He's done great since then, winning 2 more. Does any one know if he has the potential to keep this going/ have a good win count at the end?
I think that people may be getting a little too excited about him. So far, KC has had a very easy schedule, and hasn't played most of the stronger teams, leading to their 9-1 record. In fact, other than Sweeney and Beltran, their offense is anemic at best. That means that even if he keeps pitching like that, he will have a hard time winning more than 10-12 games. I also think there will be some fall off and wouldn't count on him as any more than a 6th or 7th starter in the long haul.
I picked him up in all three of my leagues. The guy is good. Even if the Royals do return to their old ways, someone has to pick up the wins they got with Paul Byrd -- why not him? In my leagues, we start seven pitchers and he is definitely good enough to be in the top 72 in the league. And as for anemic offenses, I would rate the White Sox as having pretty good offensive potential and he shut them down. Granted the Indians and Tigers are anemic, but guess who the Royals will play a lot this year. The American League Central is weak and Hernandez is a good pick
It's not like he came out of nowhere. He was solid during the 2nd half last year. I can't be the only one who was at least looking at him after last year. Securing the #1 SP slot during spring training only solidifed interest.
I still wouldn't be comfortable leaving him in my line-up every start, but he deserves a roster spot when throwing well. If he tanks it or gets injured, he's not a guy you 'must keep' on your roster. He is an option, sometimes a nice option, but not a sure fire stud.
* Steroid induced record
I didn't say bench against Texas, I said bench in Texas. The stadium in Arlington is known as one of the most batter-friendly parks in the majors, probably behind Coors and Enron. Also, especially in the summer, the searing heat tends to wear pitchers down resulting in offensive games. Finally, although the Rangers pitching is terrible, they have a super potent offense that can really kill you, with ARod, Palmeiro, Gonzalez.