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Saturday, February 20, 2021

2021 FANTASY BASEBALL ISSUES: SIX-MAN ROTATIONS VERY POSSIBLE, FURTHER HURTING STARTER VALUE

Yesterday we went into our even more stated opinion that using a high draft pick on a starting pitcher is a terrible idea given the fact they have the highest injury rate by far of any position on the field and that issue will grow even more potent now that every pitcher has to ramp up from zero or less than 100 innings a year ago to now 150 at least for 2021.  Now we get word from a number of teams around the league that a six-man rotation may be in play to remedy some of these health concerns.  One prominent team that came out and said as much was the New York Mets as manager Luis Rojas exclaimed on Saturday when meeting with the media.  The Mets already had Jacob DeGrom, David Peterson, and a June return of Noah Syndergaard under contract heading into last winter and then under new owner Steve Cohen, swung trades for Carlos Carrasco, Jordan Yammamoto, and Joey Lucchesi; while also signing Taijaun Walker and Jerad Eickhoff.  With each of those names having great to decent MLB experience, the Mets have the arms to do so.  So in essence, starting pitchers will see even MORE value taken way since their innings would be curbed a bit more and then have their turn in the rotation moved back an extra day or two each time through.  So for those who are still holding out on the thought that taking starters early is a good idea, you may want to rethink that strategy.

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