How Annoying Are Inconsistent Pitchers?

I, like many, play fantasy baseball.  I play in a lifetime league, so finding guys and sticking with them is a goal, yet, you pick up players who look good, then they bomb.  Below are a few guys who fall into the fantasy realm of “I’m Only Good When You Don’t Start Me.”  There are many more who fall into this and there is oneyoung arm on here, which tend to have up’s and down’s anyway, but just a statistical microcosm of frustrations that many people feel on a weekly basis.  Enjoy.

Brad Penny: 2011 Stats: 5-4, 4.76 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 34/25 K/BB in 73 2/3 IP; 12 starts; 5 Quality Starts.

Frustrations begin with the fact that Penny has 6 starts where he has allowed 3 or fewer runs, he is 5-0 with one No Decision in those 6 starts with a 1.79 ERA.  In his remaining 6 starts, he is 0-4 with two No Decisions and an 8.37 ERA.  Brutal.  He has been much better at home (3-1,  2.66 ERA) than on the road (2-3, 7.36 ERA), so it isn’t a total split, but it may be time to just pitch him in the spacious confines of Comerica Park.  It isn’t even that Penny is allowing a huge number of homeruns, 7 all year (1 at home).   He also has the highest groundball percentage (54%) of his career.  Penny last threw 200 innings in 2007, so based on his career stats, he should rebound and be a little more consistent, but if it is Comerica that makes him win, as it looks, you’ll need to only start him at home.  Inconsistent.

Luke Hochevar: 2011 Stats: 3-6, 5.25 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 39/23 K/BB, 84 IP.  13 Starts; 6 Quality Starts.

Hochevar has been this guy since he broke into the Bigs in 2008.  He has provided masterful performances sandwiched between disgusting impersonations of a pitcher in a Major League uniform.  In his 6 Quality Starts, Hochevar is 3-1 with a 2.57 ERA.  In his remaining 7 starts, he is 0-5 with a 7.93 ERA.  Hochevar has given up 13 homers this year (only Colby Lewis, Bronson Arroyo, and Brett Myers have allowed more), 15.5% of his flyballs go for homers, and he is striking out a career low 4.18 per 9 IP.  His home (2-3, 4.68) and road (1-3, 6.49 ERA) are pretty brual, too.  He isn’t long for the Royals rotation with Crow, Montgomery, and Duffy around, so he may not be around long, and he shouldn’t be on fantasy teams, either.  Inconsistent/Awful.

Carlos Carrasco: 2011 Stats: 5-3, 4.52 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 38/19 K/BB, 65 2/3 IP. 11 Starts; 5 Quality Starts.

Carrasco dealt with some elbow pain earlier in the season and it may have led to some inconsistencies, but he was pretty inconsistent at times coming up as a prospect,  just 55-47 in his Minor League career.  Carrasco is just 24, so this is one of those young inconsistency issues, hopefully.  He is 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA in his 5 Quality starts and 2-3 with a 6.68 ERA.  Carrasco has been a road warrior this year, going 3-0 with a 3.48 ERA, compared to his not very Progressive performances in Cleveland, where he is 2-3 with a 5.63 ERA.  The Indians need him to be consistent with guys like Tomlin and Masterson pitching pretty pedestrian-like since the end of April.  He is young and inconsistent, but worth keeping active in hopes of a breakout.

Do you have any pitchers that have made you want to blow your brains out?  These are just a few that I have dealt with the last few years.  Tell me whose inconsistencies really leave you speechless!

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