Thursday, March 28, 2013

MAKING THE PITCH: Kansas City Royals

Felipe M

We take a look at the projected starting rotations and closer situations of every MLB team.  Of course, this will come from a fantasy perspective.  All cited stats are based on 2013 projections.  

Please take a quick look at the terrible Houston Astros pitching staff.  

Now let's take a look at the Kansas City Royals:


2013 Pitching Projections
Player
Team
K/BB
K/9
BB/9
H/9
WHIP
HR/9
James Shields
Kansas City
3.66
8.64
2.36
8.40
1.20
0.92
Ervin Santana
Kansas City
2.31
7.25
3.14
8.72
1.32
1.20
Wade Davis
Kansas City
2.29
7.53
3.29
8.80
1.34
1.01
Jeremy Guthrie
Kansas City
2.05
5.42
2.64
9.47
1.35
1.18
Greg Holland
Kansas City
2.60
10.17
3.91
6.52
1.16
0.52












As you can see, James Shields is really the only guy worth having on your fantasy team.  He was listed as a Top-20 pitcher on my list.

There's speculation that Ervin Santana has been hiding an injury for the last couple of years.  So far in the spring, he's pitched fairly well (18 K's in 19 innings as of March 25th) and might be worth a pickup from waivers as he's only owned in 42% of CBS Leagues and only 2.3% of ESPN Leagues.  

Wade Davis has been an intriguing pitcher since his days with the Tampa Rays.  However, injuries, bad luck, and a stacked pitching staff in Tampa have seem to always get in the way of his progress.  He projects to have a bad WHIP.  This spring, his ERA is 1.29 but has walked more batters than strikeouts.  He's only owned in 33% of CBS Leagues.

Not a big fan of Jeremy Guthrie and was appalled when the Royals decided to give him a new contract over the winter.  Just bad!

Closer Greg Holland can be a dominant closer if he can do a better job with his walks.  Of all projected closers coming into the 2013 season, Holland's 3.91 BB/9 is the 5th worst in the league.  

Luis Mendoza is the 5th starter and after looking at his numbers from last season, he's not worth the space I just wasted on this page.

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