For the past few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure of contributing to the MLB.com fantasy roundtable. What does this entail? Well, each week a few of us "so-called experts" get asked a fantasy-baseball related question. We answer it. Then people (may or may not) read it. Then people (may or may not) take our advice to heart.
We’ve had four questions so far, and I’m happy to say that I’m batting .750 in my expertise. What did I have to say? To recap:
Question 4: Which hot pitcher is due for a cold streak.
My answer: Mike Maroth
The verditct: When the question was posed, Maroth was 5-2 with a 2.45 ERA. Two days later he lasted just 1/3 of an inning vs. the worst team in baseball. Advantage Ben.
Question 3: Which reliever with less than 20 career saves is worth picking up right now.
My answer: J. J Putz
The verdict: Putz is five-for-five in save opportunities this month, and aside from a game where he was too tired to pitch, has recieved all of the Mariners save opportunities since "Everyday" Eddie Guardado’s nickname took on a different meaning. Advantage Ben.
Question 2: Which struggling pitcher will turn things around soon.
My answer: Jon Lieber
The verdict: When the question was posed, Lieber was 2-4 with a 6.60 ERA. A few days after I sprinkled fantasy dust on the veteran righty, he pitched 8 2/3 innings of two-hit, shutout ball in the homer-friendly Great American Ballpark. Since then, Lieber has had a pair of average starts facing the Red Sox and Mets – who both happen to be in first place. Advantage Ben.
Question 1: Which hitter is about to go on a tear.
My answer: Ryan Doumit
The verdict: With a lot of catchers struggling at the plate, I thought fantasy owners could use a young, power hitting backstop. Of course they could. The problem is that the Pirates didn’t need him, and Ronny Paulino stole Doumit’s job while he was on the DL. Advantage not Ben.
So indeed, I’ve got a 75% success rate thus far. Great for baseball. Ok for math class. Considering I love baseball and hate math, I’m rather happy with the outcome.