Monday, June 30, 2008

Wandy Rodriguez – Fantasy Baseball Starting Pitcher is Coming On

Wandy Rodriguez (left in this 2008 Topps Series 1 baseball card) was a nice sleeper in most fantasy baseball leagues heading into this season. While his mid-4 ERA and 1.3 WHIP in 2007 weren’t eye-popping, Wandy’s 7.5+ Ks per nine offered the promise of improvement. Astute fantasy baseball players were aware of his extreme home/road splits last year and had Rodriguez active whenever he pitched at home.

Wandy got off to a fine start in 2008 but an oblique injury derailed the pitcher for more than a month. He’s bounced back to post a stellar 2.58 ERA, 1.15 Whip and 51 Ks in 59 innings. He still has faired better at home with a sub-2 ERA compared with a 3.80 ERA on the road but Wandy’s splits are much less extreme than last year.

Wandy Rodriguez is a must start at home and worth a chance on the road in most fantasy baseball formats. This week Rodriguez has 2 starts, one at home and one on the road so I have him down as a must start in all formats for fantasy week 14.

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