This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Another month has passed, and we are now into June. This is typically the time I try to sort through my pitching staff and take a good, long look at any underperformers. One-third of the way through the season, meaning most starting pitchers have taken about 10 turns. That should be long enough for the majority to work through any mechanical issues, or get healthy, or build up normal arm strength/endurance. There are exceptions, so every dog might not get the heave-ho, but I am at that point in the season where I need a viable reason to accept poor performance.
That said, I would like to feature a few pitchers who have made us wonder, "what was I thinking?" as we reflect on draft day. Next week, I think, we'll flip the coin and I'll throw out some pitchers who have posted really impressive numbers so far but might see a major dip (or continued success). Keep in mind, fantasy relies on what's coming next.
Let's take a look at some significant underperformers:
Luis Castillo (Reds, 1-8, 7.22 ERA, 1.78 WHIP) – This spring, Castillo was a popular target, as fantasy owners tried to build deep and reliable rotations in anticipation of a challenging year. Not surprisingly, he ended up being a No. 1 or No. 2 SP on many rosters. He was battered by the Cardinals on Opening Day – okay, ouch, but it happens – but then spun seven shutout innings against Pittsburgh in his next start.