dannahann wrote:Yes indeed! Just incase your league is still asleep and Rasmus wasn't claimed immediatly, here is how he fared since the slump week versus all those lefties:
4 games vs RHP- started all 4 in the 5th slot; 7 for 16 (0.438); 5 of the 7 hits were XB hits - 3HR, a 2B, and a 3B; at least one hit in each game; 5Runs and 7RBI; 1SB in 2 attempts.
There likely won't be another week all year that they only face two right handed starters and as I said earlier at least he was in the lineup this year versus most of those leftys, unlike 2009. Had that slump week occured in July versus mid April it would've barely been noticed and surely wouldn't have kicked off the mass panic last week did.
I love Rasmus, but there's one final chess piece in play here.
Rasmus has a kill zone low and in. If you put a pitch down there, you'd better just have your OFers start retreating as it leaves your hands because he's able to kick his hips open, drop the bat head and pound the piss out of that ball.
NL pitchers will start working him up in the zone. He'll have a final adjustment to make at that point and we'll have to see how he takes to it. The same swing that allows him to get to those low pitches (the way he wips the bat through the zone) will make him susceptible to high hard stuff. He'll need to learn to spit on those because he's not going to be able to get to them.
I made a risky move this season because I thought the fantasy mags had finally pushed this "get your pitchers late" stuff too far so I went after elite SP about 2 or 3 rounds sooner than all the mags and talking heads suggested in order to beat the mid-round rush and single-handidly burn out a run on starting pitching. I targeted Rasmus as a 3rd OFer because I really do believe in him and knew he was undervalued.
At the same time, we'll see some pretty serious BA slumps as the league starts to figure out how to pitch him.