- Eric Karabell, ESPN.com Senior Writer
There sure is irony in the fact that the best pitcher in baseball, at least as of today, sports the same league-leading 0.87 ERA as a guy fantasy owners usually don't want to go anywhere near. That's right, the great Ubaldo Jimenez of the Colorado Rockies, he of the April no-hitter, major strikeout rate and sparkling 6-0 record, the guy leading all pitchers on the fantasy Player Rater, is tied for the major league lead in ERA with ... Livan Hernandez?
It's true. That said, Hernandez is not, nor should he be, nearly as popular in fantasy leagues heading into Tuesday's home outing against the sputtering Atlanta Braves. I've seen ownership numbers for Hernandez steadily rise over the past three weeks despite so much incontrovertible evidence that this guy is going to hurt fantasy teams, and he's now owned in more ESPN standard mixed leagues than not. He's at 50.6 percent owned with the rush to add spot starters in the past few days. I'll admit, against a Braves offense that ranks 25th in runs scored, I'd add Hernandez, too.
Eric Karabell explains why owning such "flammable" pitchers as Livan Hernandez, Dontrelle Willis and John Maine can be dangerous.