This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Today is Opening Day and, hopefully the beginning of a 162-game season. YES! It's Opening Day. Almost every pitcher is on the watch list. It's difficult to watch all the live baseball I want to see, but there is still work to be done. Many leagues have already completed their drafts. Others will be happening soon, but draft day is just the beginning of a fantasy season, and no place will likely offer more opportunities to profit than the bullpens.
Not that long ago, assessing a team's pitching staff heading into a season was challenging, but it was usually fairly consistent. Most teams would field a rotation of five starting pitchers they hoped could pitch into the sixth or seventh inning, and have a bullpen with somewhat defined roles. There would be a long man or two, in case the starter didn't get deep enough into the game, followed by set-up guys, charged with bridging the game to the closer. By now, most roles would be fairly we defined. Of course, there could still be changes as the season progressed, but there would probably be a Plan A in place. This year, perhaps more than ever, is different.
Questions abound regarding the pitchers ready to compete in games that count. With last year's abbreviated schedule, most starting pitchers only made 10 to 12 starts. That equates to maybe 60 or 70 innings, and traditional wisdom suggests pitchers should not far exceed their innings total from the previous season. What does