This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Time for a turnaround … is a big second half in the cards?
Last week we started sorting out the real value in 2016 from the pretenders – and the other side of that coin – pitchers who were expected to be valuable additions to a fantasy rotation but who have fallen short, at least so far. It's always a good idea to get rid of the pretenders who somehow managed to post useful numbers in the first half, but it's even more fun to uncover the guy who struggled early on and is primed to turn it around as the season wears on.
This week, I would like to feature a few of those pitchers who have posted disappointing numbers at the halfway point in the season, but who also qualify as pitchers who have the tools and the scenario to reverse those numbers between now and the end of the regular season. It could be injury related, maturity or just fixing a simple flaw.
Let's take a look at some arms you may want to target for your squad going forward:
Some selected pitchers I think could have a productive second half:
Yu Darvish (Texas) – It's not often that a top 10 pitcher is listed as a potential boon selection for the second half of the season, but, there might be enough owners out there who aren't comfortable throwing a pitcher who is coming back mid-season from Tommy John surgery that he could be a significant value.