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Sunday, May 5, 2019

2019 FANTASY BASEBALL INJURY FALLOUT: JAMES PAXTON ONCE AGAIN CAN'T AVOID THE IL, DOWN THREE WEEKS WITH KNEE ISSUE

The sun coming up in the morning.  The Real Housewives bickering.  The Kentucky Derby being overturned (well maybe not that last one).  There are certain things in life that are an almost absolute given and in the fantasy baseball world, one of the more consistent trends each and every season is that ace-level starter James Paxton will hit the IL at least once and maybe for a lengthy time period.  Still yet to avoid the IL in any of his five MLB seasons and he got his yearly stint out of the way early as the New York Yankees placed him on the shelf again for maybe up to three weeks with left knee inflammation.  The good news is that Paxton's arm was not involved but on the other hand, that maybe leaves open the likely chance he will hit the IL again later on in the year with something shoulder/hand/elbow related given his rough delivery and maximum velocity fastball.  The real shame of the injury is that Paxton was pitching his best of the season so far as he recently came off two consecutive 12-strikeout games to answer questions regarding whether or not he was cut out to pitch in the bright lights of New York.  Already one of the best strikeout artists in the game, Paxton's current 12.42 K/9 is absolutely mammoth and his 3.11 ERA was ace-like as well.  Obviously, all of Paxton's fantasy baseball owners know that he is going to hit the IL at least once when they cut the draft check and the fact it will be on the short side this time around is encouraging.  However the volatility remains very high here and Paxton himself will never reach that ace status given all the missed starts. 


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