Losing Patience with Bonderman

Would you drop Bonderman in a 10 team league if he gets shelled today?  His upcoming matchups are tough (vs White Sox, vs Mariners).  May have to drop him anyway?

Peter from Merced, CA

Peter,

5 of Bonderman’s last 7 outings can best be described as disaster starts, as he’s followed a bad month of July (5.31 ERA 1.38 WHIP) with a terrible month of August (7.11 ERA 1.71 WHIP).  And his 4 June wins are very deceiving, as they came along with a 4.99 ERA.  I don’t think it’s far fetched to say that Bonderman’s a little overrated.  He’s never posted an ERA below 4.08 in any one season.  He’s also allowed more hits than innings pitched in the vast majority of those seasons.  But Bonderman’s positives far outweigh his negatives.  The strikeout rate is still strong, and despite 9 home runs allowed in his last 8 starts, Jeremy’s given up a respectable 21 longballs over 160 2/3 innings for the year.  Though Bonderman is clearly not the low-end fantasy ace many expected, he doesn’t belong on the waiver wire.  You likely spent too high of a draft pick on this guy to justify that kind of a move.  All you can do is bench him for now and hope for a September resurgence.

Zach Steinhorn, MLB.com

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