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Biggest Starting Pitcher Fantasy Busts of Opening Week: Fan’s Take
With the Texas Rangers 5-0 victory against the Chicago White Sox on Sunday Night Baseball, the opening week of the 2012 Major League Baseball season is officially in the books. With the completion of that game, there are countless fantasy teams ready to advance their lead in their divisions in the coming weeks, while others are left working at improving their rosters.
Which starting pitchers that were relied upon the most in the opening week left fantasy GMs in a deep hole?
I have never been the biggest believer in Lincecum, as I feel his jerky delivery will lead to oblique issues at some point, but he continues to put up monster numbers. Unfortunately for those GMs who selected him as one of the first 10 pitchers off the board this season, his first start left plenty to the imagination. He pitched just 5 1/3 innings, allowing five earned runs on six hits, losing a 5-4 decision to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
With his move to the National League, Gonzalez was supposed to help lead the Nationals into relevancy in the tough NL East. Instead, he didn't make a great first impression with his new fans, lasting just 3 2/3 innings while allowing four earned runs on seven hits and three walks. He did record six strikeouts, but that wasn't enough to make fantasy GMs call this a successful appearance.
Shields was one of the most consistent pitchers in 2011, leading to his name being called early in countless drafts this season. The preseason hype may have gotten to the talented pitcher, as he was roughed up by the New York Yankees in his first start. He went just five innings, allowing six earned runs on nine hits and three walks, with just three strikeouts.
I am counting on Liriano returning to his 2006 or 2010-self, but his first start of the year didn't leave me confident. He struggled against the Baltimore Orioles, allowing six runs (five earned) on eight hits and two walks, while recording just four strikeouts. He had one of the worst seasons of his career in 2011, but despite his struggles in his opening start, I do still believe he will be a major fantasy threat this season.
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Hobson Lopes has been playing fantasy baseball for more than 10 years and can be followed on Twitter @HobsonLopes.
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