Posts Tagged ‘Jeremy Hellickson’

All we have left to look at before the baseball season starts is pitching. So of course we should begin with the first guy to take the mound the starting pitcher.

The Best: Clayton Kershaw, Los Angeles Dodgers. A back to back Cy Young award winner and Kershaw has won the award 3 times in 4 seasons. The year he didn’t win it 2012; he finished 2nd. He added the MVP award as well last season when he was 21-3 with a 1.77 E.R.A. and he completed 6 games and 2 shutouts as well. Kershaw missed a few starts early in the season and only made 27 starts last season; imagine what his numbers might’ve been had he started 33 games like he had the past 3 seasons. While Kershaw would be hard pressed to match the season he had in 2014 if he gets close to his numbers it’s a successful one.

Underrated: Tyson Ross, San Diego Padres. Ross was 13-14 with a 2.81 E.R.A. with 2 complete games and a shutout last season. It was his first full season as a starter. Ross made 31 starts last season and before that he had never made more than 16 starts in a season. Ross only has 68 career starts over 5 seasons and should be the Padres 3rd starter in 2015. Ross struckout 19 batters last season while walking 72 for a WHIP of 1.211. Ross was also selected to the All-Star team in 2014. It looks like San Diego has improved in the off season and they should win some more games in 2015. More win for the Padres should equal more wins for Ross and if his other stats stay close to his 2014 numbers he’ll be a solid fantasy pitcher.

Bounce Back: C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Wilson made 31 starts for the Angels last season and posted a 13-10 record, but his E.R.A. was 4.51. If the Angels wouldn’t of scored runs last season Wilson’s record would’ve been terrible. Wilson did throw 1 complete game and it was a shutout last season. Besides lowering the E.R.A. Wilson needs to lower his walk total; he led the A.L. in walks last season with 85. Wilson has made 31 or more starts every season since 2010; so he takes the baseball. If Wilson can get his E.R.A. back to around his career total of 3.72 and bring his walk total down he should repeat his win total or even pick up a few more in 2015.

Stay Away from: Jeremy Hellickson, Arizona Diamondbacks. Hellickson was the A.L. Rookie of the Year in 2011 and has won double digit games every season until last season when he went 1-5 and made just 13 starts because of injuries and a demotion to the minors. In 2013 when he made 31 starts his E.R.A. was 5.71 in his limited starts last season it was 4.52. A move to the National League might help Hellickson’s E.R.A. some, but he never turned into the top of the rotation starter the Tampa Bay Rays thought he would. The Rays dealt Hellickson to the Diamondbacks for 2 minor league pitchers Andrew Velazquez and Justin Williams. Hellickson might be good at the bottom of a solid rotation, but Arizona needs more than that from him and I’m not sure he’ll deliver.