This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Every spring, I provide readers with a list of pitchers I expect to provide value throughout the upcoming season. There is a brief recap of each team's potential rotation, followed by a, "The guy to own" recommendation. In most cases, this won't be the recognized ace of the staff as he will usually be full price when his name comes up – rather this suggestion is all about value. We're looking for that guy who will be underrated by many fantasy team owners; buyable or available at a discount. That is the overriding theme of this column. And, we'll continue to look for arms that can help you win; some today and some perhaps a few weeks or months down the road!
That said, let's review my list of recommended, by team, 2019 draft day targets:
Alex Cobb – Orioles (0-2, 1.86 WHIP, 10.95 ERA): I wasn't too excited about any of the starting pitchers on this staff, but Cobb is occasionally competent. Unfortunately, he suffered a groin strain in spring training, putting him behind as the season opened. He pitched poorly upon his return, before going on the injured list with a back strain.
Chris Sale – Red Sox (0-5, 1.40 WHIP, 6.30 ERA): Certainly a candidate for "most disappointing start to the season." With a career worst month, Sale has been off his game since Opening Day. It's actually pretty amazing that he consistently remains in command of his pitches given his motion. He's coming back.