Fantasy Baseball: Second Half Success Stories You Regret Dropping
First Half Stats: 18 G, 4.97 ERA, .289 BAA
Wince-Inducing Second Half Stats: 8 G, 1.82 ERA, .217 BAA
After sporting a minuscule 3.02 ERA in 2009 and outshining ace Roy Oswalt for most of the year, Wand-Rod was being drafted in the same company as Josh Johnson, Yovani Gallardo, Cole Hamels, and Lucifer himself Josh Beckett (we'll get to him later).
These were the can't miss up-and-comers of 2010. Well, for the first half of 2010, Rodriguez missed. Badly.
Most frequently with his curveball, which, incidentally, wasn't curving.
He was sporting a 3-10 record and a 6.09 ERA by June 18 and had most fantasy owners headed for the hills, while he was handed the first ticket to Dropsville—never to be looked at, let alone considered by those whom he burned ever again.
And then, somehow, everything clicked. His ERA has been on a steady decline since June 24, allowing one run or less nine times since then, while compiling an 81:16 K:BB ratio for the suddenly relevant Astros.
First Half Stats: 16 G, 4.61 ERA, .268 BAA
Gut Wrenching Second Half Stats: 9 G, 1.98 ERA, .213 BAA
Scherzer had the fantasy world all-a-twitter after a move from spacious Chase Field to Comerica Park, and while his 4.12 ERA wasn't all that impressive, his 174 Ks were. 2010 would be the year Scherzer catapulted himself into the fantasy elite.
Cue a three week stretch from April 28 to May 14 in which he surrendered six, 10, five, and six runs, respectively, and Scherzer and his bloated 7.29 ERA found themselves down in the minors, with many fantasy owners abandoning ship as well.
"How could this be?" befuddled fantasy owners asked their computer screens. "He was nearly a surefire lock to bust out this season!"
Well, a dominant two week stint in the minors, followed by a 14 K "re-debut" turned skeptics into believers once again, and three months later, Scherzer's on pace to break his 172 K mark from a year ago, while brandishing a 3.60 ERA.
No doubt that three-week stretch did significant damage to the early season hopes of many, and to have Mad Max battle back the way he has may seem heroic to some, but to you, former owner, it's an epic backstabbing.
First Half Stats: 8 G, 7.29 ERA, 1.66 WHIP, .305 BAA
Unworthy of an Extension Second Half Stats: 7 G, 5.65 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, .265 BAA
Small sample sizes, yes, but vomit-inducing nonetheless.
Beckett was another "can't miss" starter as one of the anchors of a "perceived" legendary Red Sox rotation. And while Clay Buchholz and (to a lesser extent) Jon Lester lived up to their billings, the rest have been an unequivocal bust.
That extension he signed back in April? Laughable.
Four years, $68 million dollars, and a bad back later, the Red Sox have themselves a No. 5 starter.
Beckett not only burned owners in the first half, but he laughed all the way to the bank, teamed up with Jacoby Ellsbury for the "seemingly short-term injuries that lingered far longer than reasonably expected" club, and rubbed salt in the wound of patient (and presumptively Red Sox die-hards) owners with a second half that's seen him give up a combined 19 runs in three starts from Aug. 8 to Aug. 19.
In the end, there's no way the owners who drafted these tormenting Jekyll and Hyde starters could ever forgive them.
It's best to forget and ignore. But remember, while burn wounds do heal—they almost always leave a scar.