This article is part of our Mound Musings series.
I suppose we should have seen this coming. Interrupted spring training, sitting and waiting, significant deviation from typical routines, starting and stopping in an attempt to get ready, and the ultimate problem of players simply not having enough time to get into game shape. The end result – at least so far – injuries occurring at unprecedented levels. Add in the incredibly complex problems with the current pandemic, and it's easily enough to keep fantasy owners scratching their heads. As we hopefully continue getting up to speed in the 2020 season, I thought it might be a good time to review some of the more recent events that teams, both major league and fantasy, are having to deal with:
Injuries Run Rampant: This is virgin territory. Injuries have always been a factor in MLB and the fantasy game, but this year, with an extremely short schedule, AND a much higher incidence of injuries among pitchers, the challenges are far beyond anything we have dealt with in the past. For fantasy purposes, if you lose a guy at the top of your rotation for an extended period, it is almost impossible to overcome. Almost.
Here's a quick quiz. The following nine starting pitchers have at least two things in common. Patrick Corbin, Mike Soroka, Miles Mikolas, Madison Bumgarner, Masahiro Tanaka, Alex Wood, Carlos Rodon, Brad Keller, and Homer Bailey. Can you identify their two common elements? Well, at just three weeks into