Grounded Polo wrote:
You guys serious about already cutting him?
Stick with him, it's too early to seriously bench one of the few guys who could be a difference maker for the second half. At the very least, who could pass up a tasty Dodgers start? I'd still start him there and if that goes bad, just sit him.
If he looks as bad against the Dodgers as he did the Padres, what lineup would you feel comfortable trotting him out against? He's looking, unfortunately, just like the pitcher there was a lot of anticipation he would look like given his minor league numbers. In a redraft league I'd venture you'd be better off spot starting once a week for the rest of the season than starting him, unless he changes majorly and fast. Sure, there's few (none?) with higher upside, but there's been too many guys who are now Aces who have come in and been non-fantasy productive in their first season to waste time hoping. I remember having Kershaw in 2008 when he was first called up, certain that I had the next big can't miss pitcher on my team, gloating, etc. Then he posted a 4.26 ERA and 1.50 WHIP, and yes, there were innings he showed flashes of his potential, just like Bauer did in the 1st inning last night. But not a single time did Kershaw look as bad as Bauer last night, and there was maybe one or two starts the entire season where you would have wanted him in your fantasy lineup. He wasn't ready to dominate. And Bauer likely isn't either. Check out Kershaw's BB totals over his 7 career starts: 1, 4, 4, 4, 2, 3, 4, 2. After his 1st start, he didn't get out of the 6th inning a single time in those 7, and didn't get out of the 5th in half of them.