This article is part of our Bernie on the Scene series.
This is the last week of the regular "sprint" season. That means we can now reflect on the mistakes we made on our fantasy teams while looking ahead to next year.
There are some players who were just awful, producing statistics that come nowhere near their norm. I discussed a few last week. This week I want to look at pitchers about whom I have to think very carefully going into next year.
I still like ERA and WHIP as very revealing statistics. And they are stats scouts still trust the most today. Statistics as of Sept. 19.
Robbie Ray, Blue Jays, LHP (entering free agency)
Nobody has wasted a better pitching arm more than Robbie Ray.
Ray still needs a GPS to find home plate. This season he has walked 41 hitters in 47.2 innings. He has struck out 63.
The Diamondbacks couldn't get him out of Arizona fast enough, as he was 1-4 with a 7.84 ERA when he was traded to Toronto. His WHIP was a miserable 2.00.
Since arriving in Toronto, Ray has lowered his combined ERA to 7.17, still plenty miserable. He has walked 10 in 16.2 innings with Toronto.
Ray has yielded 13 home runs in 47.2 combined American and National League innings.
Next year? No way for me. Even if he looks good in spring training, like he did this year, I'm not touching Robbie Ray. He will be 29 next season. If he hasn't found command yet, when will