This article is part of our Mound Musings series.Every season at about this time, I like to take a look at the first half and evaluate the biggest surprises. I'm going to try to avoid the impact of injuries while reviewing the performance of some pitchers who have disappointed me, at least from a standpoint of missed time/starts. Pitchers like Noah Syndergaard and Clayton Kershaw missing much of the first half obviously hurts and would be considered bad in many ways. You will notice I am convinced that injuries have played some part in several of the poor first-half performances. Injuries are always a factor, but in many ways the past couple of years, they have become an everyday annoyance for almost every fantasy owner.
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