This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
Mound Musings is all about interaction. I appreciate the questions, and discussing whether this guy or that guy is the best pitcher to have on a roster is what it's all about. As we get up to speed for the 2019 season, I thought it might be useful to outline some of the things I focus on when comparing pitchers, or just deciding whether I would like a specific pitcher taking the mound for my teams. Injuries are a huge part of the evaluation process – both for the short term and over the long haul – and determining the impact, good and bad, is the bottom line. There are several things to look at, so let's go.
What does that injury mean to his fantasy value: Injuries seem to have become a huge part of the fantasy game, and as amazing as it seems, the impact is still growing. Just like in the actual game, depth is important for fantasy owners, and avoiding "harm" (see below) is increasingly challenging. How soon will my guy return? What can I expect when he comes back? If he's a little rusty, how can I tell? Those are the questions. I'll try to fill in some answers, and we'll even look at a way to profit (value) from an injury.
Obviously, injuries vary widely. Some are relatively minor, and the pitcher returns in just a couple of weeks. In most cases, the impact on the pitcher's performance is relatively minimal. The exception being