This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
It's May, and by now some fantasy owners are probably growing frustrated with pitchers who are off to a rocky start. If you've played fantasy baseball for any length of time, you've been here. You draft a pitcher who enters the season with pretty lofty expectations. You're excited. You look up and down your new roster as Opening Day approaches, and you see a title in your future. Six weeks later, you look at the smoldering roster sheet and wonder, what happened? A couple of your "best" pitchers have been repeatedly battered, and you're buried in the standings across a few pitching categories. Trade them? Cut them? There are newcomers out there sprinkling stardust in your eyes! Let's step back and take a deep breath. What you've seen may not be what you'll get over time. Let's take a look at why some of these guys just don't make it happen, and whether it's likely to be short term or if the nightmare will last over the long haul.
Pitchers are human. Really. They are.
That might be good or it might be bad, but it is a fact. And, in most cases, it really depends on your perspective. You have to always keep it in mind. Being human, those guys out there on the mound will perform differently from day to day, and in some cases even from inning to inning.
Pitching isn't easy. In fact, it's very difficult thing to do; especially at the highest level of the