Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Ricky Romero should have a better second half than first half in 2012.
Romero’s 5.22 ERA this season is considerably worse than his career 3.84 ERA. He has been one of the most overshadowed pitchers in baseball in the 2010s, but Romero is only in his fourth major league season. With that said, Romero owners might think the American League has finally figured out how to hit him.
If Romero becomes available in your league, consider picking him up. Romero finished 10th in the AL Cy Young voting in 2011. Also, Romero was the sixth overall pick in the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft. These two things alone suggest Romero is indeed a budding superstar southpaw.
Toronto has used 10 starting pitchers this season due to injuries. The Blue Jays need Romero to anchor their rotation. The lack of stability on the mound has put Toronto in the basement of the AL East. Granted, fantasy baseball is about the performance of individual players, but the situation here surely has impacted Romero’s numbers.
In the second half of 2012, though, the Blue Jays will have Adam Lind back. Toronto also has two of 2012’s best hitters in Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion. Though they are in last place in their division, the Blue Jays have a .500 record.
Romero seems to have figured out why he has struggled, according to an interview in The Huffington Post. This should give him a new outlook in the second half, and you should look out for him.