Brett Cecil quietly having solid campaign 

September, 30, 2010
With all the discussion this week about Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez and his Cy Young Award candidacy -- I would vote for him -- look at some of the pitchers who have won more than the 13 games King Felix has, and you might be surprised. Were you aware Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Brett Cecil got his 15th win of the season Wednesday night? Maybe not, since Cecil is owned in fewer than 20 percent of ESPN standard mixed leagues.

Cecil beat the postseason-bound Tampa Bay Rays, and I'm guessing one of the reasons fantasy owners were cool on the 23-year-old was because of the matchup. Well, forgetting the fact the Rays weren't featuring their best offense, Cecil actually went 3-1 against the Rays this season. In fact, Cecil was 11-2 against American League East teams in 2010, including a sweet 4-0 in five starts against the New York Yankees, with a 2.67 ERA.

Brett Cecil
Abelimages/Getty ImagesBrett Cecil has won six of his last seven decisions.
Cecil was able to break out this season by keeping his walks in check, and he did a terrific job against left-handed hitters. In 2011, he should make more strides in his peripheral categories, probably lower his ERA into the 3.75 range and up his strikeouts. Will he win 15 games again? Well, fantasy owners should know better than to try to predict wins. Cecil will finish 4-0 in September but with a 6.92 ERA. I'm calling it fatigue and a bit of luck, but his overall strong performance this season was legitimate.