Monday, August 1, 2011


The trade deadline has come and gone and the last swap that was made had the Seattle Mariners trading SP Erik Bedard to the Boston Red Sox in a package of 7 total players.  Bedard becomes the replacement for Clay Buchholz who will be out the rest of the season with a back fracture and so now is a good time to look at him in terms of what he will supply in moving to a much better team but those plays in the toughest division in the game.  Lets dig in and find out.

For straters, Erik Bedard has pitched very well this season, his last starts notwithstanding.  Including that bad start, which was his first in coming off the DL with a bum knee, Bedard has pitched to a 3.45 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP while striking out 87 batters in 91.1 innings.  Almost ace-like numbers which masks a deceptive 4-7 record due to the horrible run support he got in Seattle.  Run support wont be an issue in Boston however as Bedard stands a much better chance of winning games in being backed by arguably the best lineup in all of baseball.

Thus we hit the flip side of the argument as Bedard moves over from one of the easiest pitching divisions in baseball in the AL West to the toughest by far in the AL East. This no doubt will show itself in Bedard's ERA and WHIP as he goes against the Toronto Blue Jays and New York Yankees power-packed lineups the rest of the season.  Count on that 3.45 ERA ending up closer to 4.00 when all is said and done, despite the additional wins that could come his way.  Also there is still some concern about Bedard that he may not be totally right after getting pummeled for 5 ER in a little over an inning pitched in his first start off the DL.  We could chalk it up to being distracted by the trade talk which also happened to Ubaldo Jimenez in a 4 ER/1 IP outing on Saturday or maybe the oft-injured Bedard is still not up to speed with his health.  This bears watching.

All in all, I think Erik Bedard is a risky guy to use as far as fantasy baseball is concerned the rest of the way for all of the reasons I discussed above.  If you are an owner, feel happy that you got what you did out of him already and be very cautious in who you start him against the rest of the season.  Avoid the Yankees and Blue Jays, and maybe even the Rays as well and pick and choose like this throughout.  It will be better this way.

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