Regan's Rumblings: Playing Time Problems
Regan's Rumblings: Playing Time Problems

This article is part of our Regan's Rumblings series.

Let's just say first off that I may be regretting parts of last week's column. My first headline stated that "Shohei Ohtani isn't a fantasy ace, nor is he an above-average DH." Let's look at the numbers:

Average MLB DH this year: .206/.301/.297, 22 AB/HR
Ohtani: .368/.400/.842, 6.3 AB/HR

How about on the mound?

Average MLB starting pitcher this year: 3.99 ERA, 8.3 K/9, 3.5 BB/9
Ohtani: 2.08 ERA, 12.5 K/9, 1.4 BB/9

I will say that the sample remains minute (two starts and 19 at-bats), but there is at least a possibility we're witnessing history here. I am in the camp where spring stats DO mean something, though in some cases (like this one), apparently, they do not. Now off to see if I can get a share of Ohtani somewhere.

Now on to this week's topic, playing time. Typically, in 12-team mixed leagues, you're not drafting a lot of platoon or part-time players. That what makes some of the following players so frustrating:

Ian Happ, OF/2B, CHC

I was giddy as a Happ owner when he homered on the first pitch of the against Miami's Jose Urena on Opening Day. Of course, Happ then struck out in six of his next seven at-bats and is now hitting .156/.229/.250 with a 51.4 K%. He also started just three of the last six games, yielding to Albert Almora, the defensively superior option. Happ had a strong rookie season in 2017, batting .253/.328/.514 with 24 homers in 413

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David Regan
David Regan is a six-time Fantasy Sports Writers Association award winner, including the 2015 Baseball Article of the Year and the 2010 Baseball Writer of the Year.
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