Thank you, Captain Obvious: Drafting the pitcher with the fourth-best K/BB in all of baseball last year would be a wise move.
Whatís not so obvious: That pitcher is David Bush.
As I was conducting some preseason research for my Eagle-Tribune fantasy column, I came across this stat, and it blew me away. I knew Bush had good command last year, but I had no idea he was THIS good. Bushís 4.37 K/BB was better than Chris Carpenter, Roy Halladay, Brandon Webb, Randy Johnson and a litany of other star hurlers.
Bush is without a doubt The O-Zoneís sleeper of the year. Expectations arenít immense for this guy -- he plays for a small-market club, and even in lilí olí Milwaukee, heís only the fourth-biggest name on the starting staff. But donít let the lack of fanfare fool you. Bush boasts elite command, and he could be a top-10 starter in NL-only leagues this year. Maybe even top-5.
And while weíre talking about pitchingÖ
Daisuke Matsuzaka made his debut tonight, tossing two scoreless innings against The Juggernaut Known as Boston College. Originally, I was going to write about this in The O-Zone, but what can I really say? Two innings against a college club doesnít tell us anything we donít already know.
Thatís my problem with Matsuzaka: We just donít know. And thatís also why Iíll be keeping quiet when his name comes up in my fantasy drafts this month.
I need to see a whole year of Dice-K before Iíll be confident making any sort of projection for him. I donít care if heís 6-0 with a 1.50 ERA at the end of April -- I need to see him succeed again and again and again and again before Iíll believe heís the real deal.
Posted by Joe Oberkrieser at 3/2/2007 8:34:00 PM