This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Last spring, I took a quick spin through the leagues, evaluating the pitching for each team heading into the season. I made recommendations, naming the pitcher on each MLB staff I would at least consider owning and putting the pressure on a handful of arms I felt might be key contributors on a lot of fantasy league champions. Not too surprisingly, there were several who made me look very good, and a few who did their best to make me look pretty silly. That's how it works without a crystal ball.
Below are two seven-man starting rotations. The first is the best of times – pitchers who met, and in some cases even exceeded my expectations. The second rotation is the worst of times – pitchers who, for a variety of reasons, were big disappointments. Let's have a look at who stood out on both sides of the ledger:
The Best of Times
Patrick Corbin (Diamondbacks) – Corbin isn't the best pitcher here, but he gets the top spot based on his anticipated price tag, and my projected contribution heading into this season. He was my most highly recommended starting pitcher, and I'm pretty sure his fantasy owners are satisfied. I love strikeouts and exceptional breaking pitches. Corbin gives you both with an assortment ranging from a slider, to a slurve, to a true curveball. Remember, uncovering excellent value is what Mound Musings is all about!
Chris Sale (Red Sox) – Here's probably the top guy on the preseason tout