Six weeks into the 2016 MLB season and there are two type of overly concerning starts: Slumping players and then there’s SLUMPING stars.
We draft in confidence with our first few picks in our fantasy draft and when these all-stars struggle, their struggles seem magnified.
“These guys are supposed to be sure things,” you say, which ultimately follows an expletive or two (or three).
There’s nothing worse than sitting in the cellar of the rankings this far into the season while rostering struggling studs. When it’s this late in the season, one has to wonder if this regression is going to last all season.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at five players and their concerning starts.
2016 Fantasy Baseball: Five Players and Their Overly Concerning Starts
Troy Tulowitzki, SS, Toronto Blue Jays
Troy Tulowitzki has been bad.
Sure, looking at his stats you easily see six home runs in 34 games. Not bad.
What’s overly concerning is Tulo’s K rate continues to climb. He’s currently sitting on a 39K/16BB ratio. We’re just about a quarter through the season and he’s striking out at an all-time high, and if this K rate continues he’ll have his most strikeouts in a season since his first full-time season in 2007.
One has to wonder: Was Tulo a product of Coors Field? Is this the beginning of the end of Troy Tulowitzki? (Cue Unsolved Mysteries theme)
Carlos Gomez, OF, Houston Astros
Carlos Gomez has been an absolute mess since being traded to the Astros.
Question: What do the number zero and Gomez have in common? Zero equals the amount of home runs Gomez has in 30 games this season. Yikes.
Similar to Tulo, Gomez’s K rate is horrible – make that even worse. In 30 games, CarGo has 40 Ks. FORTY.
For a guy that rarely walks (six BBs in 2016 so far), who’s currently sitting on a .204 average, one has to start worrying about the 30-year-old and his slow start.
Justin Upton, OF, Detroit Tigers
Upon signing a 6-year, $132.75 million contract, the Detroit Tigers felt like they had their missing piece to their heavily armored lineup.
What they got – 33 games into the 2016 season – is a guy who’s hit two home runs, stole one base and is hitting a pedestrian .221.
Again, the strike outs are a problem here, as Upton is sitting on a 53K/7BB ratio.
Upton has always profiled as a strike out machine who’ll go on streaks of greatness. But as it stands right now, he’s looking at striking out over 200+ times this season, which would be an all-time high.
Will Upton snap out of it? Will the Tigs get what they paid for?? Find out next time – same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!
David Price, SP, Boston Red Sox
On another episode of overpaid off-season acquisitions: David Price was given a 7-year, $217 million dollar contract.
With that in mind, Price is currently being paid over $30 million this season for these stats: Seven games started, 41.1 innings pitched, 45 hits, 31 ER, 4 HRs given up, 12 BBs, a 6.75 ERA, 1.38 WHIP with a .278 BAA.
Okay, I know what you’re saying, “Rob, this is a lot of stats and Rob, you moron, it’s only seven games.”
And you’re right, but hey, ease up on the mean words, but what you need to see is that overall, Price is struggling mightily and you have to wonder if the Price is right – and don’t forget to get your pets spayed and neutered.
Dallas Keuchel, SP, Houston Astros
Dallas Keuchel backed up a very impressive 2014 campaign by winning the AL Cy Young award in 2015.
Going into 2016 every analyst saw Keuchel as a sure thing from here on out for fantasy purposes – the guy won the Cy Young, how could he become a bust (cough, R.A. Dickey).
Similar to Houston Astro’s early season struggles, he’s has had a hard time getting on track.
He sitting on 38K in 44IP, which is Keuchel-like.
And a 4.7 ERA and a 1.52 WHIP, which isn’t Keuchel-like.
It’ll be interesting to see if/when the Astros start hitting that Keuchel’s numbers will correspond, either way his struggles are overly concerning as of right now.
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