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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

2016 FANTASY SPORTS BOSS DARKHORSE NL CY YOUNG WINNER: TYSON ROSS SP SAN DIEGO PADRES


One of our more popular features of the lead up to the new fantasy baseball season is our selection of the “Darkhorse AL/NL Cy Young Award Winner” where we pick a pitcher who is not an obvious candidate for the award but who could come out of nowhere and take the hardware like Jake Arrieta did in 2015 with the Chicago Cubs.  With that said, Tyson Ross of the San Diego Padres is our selection for the National League for a few reasons we will discuss.

First when it comes to the 28-year-old Ross, he looks to us as the classic case of a guy who is on the verge of Cy Young numbers but who only has to work out some kinks first.  Already though Ross has put himself into SP 2 territory with his ERA’s of 2.81 and 3.26 his first two full Major League seasons which are very impressive numbers.  Going along with those glowing ERA’s are tremendous strikeout totals of 195 and 212 which scream out “ACE!”  However those numbers don’t tell the whole story here as Ross has some of the worst control in all of baseball, leading the majors in walks in 2015 with an unsightly 84.  That helped shove Ross’ WHIP to a very ugly 1.31 last season and keep him from a finished product. 

However as we look toward 2016, it is all there for Ross to be this season’s Jake Arrieta.  The power arm is tremendous and he could go even higher with his strikeout total this season as he continues to mature in his third MLB season.  Also if Ross could take off even just 20 walks from last year’s total, his ERA could be spectacular since he is among the toughest pitchers in all of baseball to get a hit off of.  Consider that Ross gave up only 165 hits in 195.2 innings in 2014 and 172 hits in 196 innings in 2015.  He is that good.  So again if Ross can cut into those walks even a little bit, his numbers could be silly.  That is why Tyson Ross is our choice for 2016 Darkhorse NL Cy Young winner.

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