With "Man in a Box" hitting the virtual newsstands twice a week, we're going to change the focus. Monday's column will dissect the pitching performances from the previous week, while Thursday's edition will focus on the offensive end of things.
It's still very early in the season, but it's never too early to gloat over the success of pitching sleepers I had targeted this spring. Of course I may have missed the boat on one or two also (Yes,
• In St. Louis,
• I was extremely down on
• Another young pitcher I liked to have a nice fantasy impact was
• Although he comes with risk, there are strong signs that
• The downfall of
• Want to look like a genius by picking up a fantasy ace before he takes off?
• Ready to jump ship after
• Abandon ship on
• Just when you think the light bulb has turned on for
• The aforementioned Peavy has fallen short of even the most modest expectations. An impressive spring had me drooling over a No. 1 fantasy starter at a 10th-round price, but Peavy has imploded. When a pitcher's K/9 and BB/9 are a matching 6.04, you know things aren't going well. Peavy seemed to be laboring with every pitch during Thursday's seven-walk outing against the Rays. His velocity didn't appear to be down, but his pitches were missing the zone in all different directions. I'd be surprised if a DL stint is not in his immediate future. I still like him as a low-end ace if he's healthy, but we know how that story could turn out.
• Did you realize that
Check back Thursday, as we get a little more offensive.
* All statistics current as of April 25.