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July 17, 2013

Sporer Report

Road Warriors

by Paul Sporer


Last week in this space, we looked at some starters who have shown a penchant for doing their best work while in front of their hometown crowd. They aren’t widely rostered in 10- and 12-team leagues, giving you an opportunity to take advantage of those home starts while avoiding the road starts, assuming your league rules allow such frequent transactions. Unsurprisingly, they all play in comfortable environs, but they don’t consistently perform on the road, keeping them from being thoroughly sought-after assets.

Today’s group is the same, but opposite. They play in tougher home ballparks which cause inconsistent work while at home, but their skills shine through on the road, though the composite numbers hide that fact in many instances, creating a buying opportunity. Let’s start in the most obvious of these venues.

PLAYER

H/A

IP

ERA

WHIP

K%

BB%

SO/BB

Tyler Chatwood, COL

away

36.7

1.23

0.95

18%

6%

2.8

home

33.7

4.01

1.66

14%

9%

1.5

Ah, Coors Field: fantasy baseball’s cruel mistress. We love what she does for hitters, but how much of those standings gains do we give back via pitching performance when our pitchers make the trek to Denver? Chatwood is a little different from the rest of the group in that his composite ERA is actually amazing at 2.56, but that hasn’t really earned him much love, as he is on just 14 percent of rosters at both ESPN and Yahoo!. Thus, he makes the list.

His 4.01 home ERA isn’t exactly soul-crushing, but the 1.66 WHIP and 1.5 K:BB portend an ERA surge if he doesn’t improve. His 57 percent ground-ball rate is special, but it is 50 percent at home (still great) compared to an incredibly elite 64 percent mark on the road. He can be trusted outside of Coors and his skills have the potential to work within the unfriendly confines of his home ballpark. For now, though, you’re playing with fire if you leave him in your lineup for those home starts.

PLAYER

H/A

IP

ERA

WHIP

K%

BB%

SO/BB

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