Yordano Ventura electric in season debut
In a fantasy baseball world that unfortunately gets cluttered with so many injuries -- and there were more significant ones Tuesday -- it’s always nice to see a young pitcher with nasty stuff make us smile. It reminds us why baseball is so awesome and helps us forget that, for example, Tampa Bay Rays lefty Matt Moore might need season-ending surgery and half the sluggers seem to have thumb injuries. Kansas City Royals right-hander Yordano Ventura was all positive Tuesday, reaching triple digits with his fastball and flummoxing Tampa Bay Rays hitters with his changeup for six scoreless innings. He didn’t win because the Royals never scored and through seven games they still haven’t homered but oh, Ventura did his part.
What makes me laugh is that after Ventura was selected late in roughly half of ESPN average live drafts and skipped from his first start because of a rainout, fantasy owners gave up on the flamethrower and started dropping him. Yes, Ventura is one of the most-dropped pitchers in ESPN leagues. He was down to about 15 percent ownership; now it's double that after Tuesday's performance, but impatient people cutting him so quickly is odd. I don’t view Ventura as spot-starter material. I think he's a future star. The only thing affecting his current value is the fact the Royals will temper his innings, as they did last week. Perhaps Ventura makes 25 starts, something like that. Remember the ridiculous Stephen Strasburg rules a few seasons ago? Fantasy owners whined for months, but my basic point is enjoy the statistics when he is pitching and simply find someone else in September when he's not. What, you'd rather own an average pitcher who will make 33 starts, like Mark Buehrle?