Mound Musings: Early Season Trials and Tribulations
Mound Musings: Early Season Trials and Tribulations

This article is part of our Mound Musings series.

Just three weeks in, and by now some fantasy owners are probably growing frustrated with pitchers who have gotten off to rocky starts. If you've played fantasy baseball for any length of time, you've been here. You draft a pitcher who enters the season with pretty lofty expectations. You're excited. You look up and down your new roster as Opening Day approaches, and you see a title in your future. Three weeks later (or sooner for some), you look at your smoldering roster sheet and wonder, what happened? A couple of your "best" pitchers have been repeatedly battered, and you're buried in the standings across a few pitching categories. Trade them? Cut them? There are newcomers out there sprinkling stardust in your eyes! Let's step back, and take a deep breath. What you've seen, may not be what you'll get over time. Let's take a look at why some of these guys just don't make it happen, and whether it's likely to be short term, or will the nightmare last over the long haul.

Pitchers are only human. They are.

Pitching isn't easy. In fact, it's very difficult thing to do; especially at the highest level of the sport. When people suggest it looks easy enough, I challenge them. Take a can of spray paint, and paint a box on the garage door. Step sixty feet-six inches back, stand on a little hill, and throw a ball at that box. Throw your first toss at the bottom line of the

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Brad Johnson
For more than 25 years, pitching guru Brad "Bogfella" Johnson has provided insightful evaluation and analysis of pitchers to a wide variety of fantasy baseball websites, webcasts and radio broadcasts. He joined RotoWire in 2011 with his popular Bogfella's Notebook.
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