Sammy_D wrote:So, pretty good this time, no?
No doubt. If this had been the beginning of the season I would have started him. Back then I was starting him regardless of matchup. Unfortunately he's cost me 3 spots in the ERA category (dropped from #12 to #9) with his poor play over the last month (roto), so he's no longer an auto-start for me. I will not start him v teams like Boston or Detroit for the forseeable future - you're just asking for trouble.
The way he pitched today is definitely what he's capable of. The 1st inning looked like more of the same crap we've seen for a while - he took 25 pitches to get through the 1st. Today something seemed to click after the first and he was absoultely nails.
A lot has been said about McLaren pitching him too long. This will happen when the guy takes 25-30 pitches to get through innings time after time after time. If he could just get people out
(as he did today after the 1st) he would actually have a normal pitch count come the 7th-8th innings and it wouldn't be such a big deal to pitch him longer. This argument is a red herring as far as I'm concerned. Mac's trying to get W's, and as inconsistent as Felix is he's better than the M's available long relief. If Felix was more effective during the early innings no one would be talking about his pitch counts.
What have I learned today? Nothing. Felix is a maddeningly inconsistent pitcher who has - IMO - regressed over the past 2 years. I've been shopping him for the last couple of weeks and there are no takers in my league. For better or for worse I'm apparently stuck with him. I went so far as to offer him straight up for Carlos Gomez and was turned down.
I keep hearing "he's young". Yes, he is. But apparently that is an excuse for him not being a stud. I accept that - just stop referring to him as a "stud" then and bringing up the "NBYS" axiom - you can't have it both ways.
I was fortunate enough to snag Lince last yr in his rookie yr. There is no comparison b/n Lince and "Queen" - Lince is so far superior it's not even close - and Lince plays for a crap team as well.
Good luck to all of you Felix owners out there - as far as this guy is concerned, matchups don't matter. He is as volatile as he is brilliant....