Fantasy 411 Q&A: March 13, 2009
FEATURED QUESTION OF THE DAY
Will Carlos Marmol’s poor performance in the World Baseball Classic haunt him as we enter the ’09 season?
Olin — I’ve done some research on this and found that pitchers who
appeared in the WBC in 2006 did decline somewhat compared to 2005, but
not as much as all other MLB pitchers in general… in other words,
statistically, having a pitcher in the WBC is not a big concern for me.
The psychological issue you point out with Marmol is a cause for
concern, as I’ve become more and more convinced over the years that
there is a little something extra to being a closer, but then again, we
don’t have any reason to think he CAN’T do it. Bottom line is, he is a
far, far superior pitcher to Gregg, so while you might have to worry
about Marmol’s head a little bit for now, his arm makes him a major
favorite for saves in Wrigleyville.
Siano in Florida today so it’ll be me and Schwartz with you. Just three weeks away from the start of the season, Dodgers fans have something to be concerned about. Manny Ramirez was scratched from the lineup shortly before yesterday’s exhibition game due to a tight hamstring. While this will probably turn out to be no big deal, I love Manny’s quote of “Maybe age is catching up to me.” Not exactly what Dodgers’ brass wants to hear after inking him to a 45 million dollar contract!
Well, enjoy this weekend’s WBC action. And remember, don’t let a player’s performance influence your judgment of them heading into drafts, unless, of course, it’s an injury.
Keep the questions coming.