By Adam McGill @adammcgill83twitter.com on May 8, 2014
Fantasy baseball owners expect pitchers to average 93 MPH and constantly be able to throw heat. However, not all pitchers are in mid-season form. To help you identify the problem, here are five pitchers that are experiencing a serious drop in velocity so far through the 2014 fantasy baseball season.
Lincecum, a two-time NL Cy Young Award Winner, has utterly fallen apart in recent seasons. He once had one of the deadliest fastballs in all of fantasy, but the fireballer now struggles to get his heater to even hit 90 MPH nowadays. Lincecum’s fastball is nothing near what it used to be.
MPH In Prime: 92.3 MPH (2011)
This Year: 89.8 MPH
Masterson was a popular low-end starter in deeper formats this season, but the veteran has been unable to throw gas this season. His heater is averaging a mediocre 88.8 MPH and it has suddenly become very hittable.
MPH In Prime: 92.7 MPH (2010)
This Year: 88.8 MPH
Colon has never been a four-pitch pitcher. He has always relied heavily on his heater and he has thrown it 88.1% of the time this season. Unfortunately, Colon’s fastball has barely touched 90 MPH this season. His fastball is currently averaging 89 MPH, which is by far the slowest of his career. The 40-year-old simply can't rely on just his fastball anymore.
MPH In Prime: 91.9 MPH (2008)
This Year: 89 MPH
Sabathia surrendered six earned runs to the Houston Astros in his 2014 debut and the southpaw has been a mess this season. Sabathia has now given up four earned runs or more in five of his seven starts this season. The velocity of his fastball is dropping with each passing start, which doesn’t look promising for the remainder of the fantasy season.
MPH In His Prime: 94.2 MPH (2009)
This Year: 88.6 MPH
Weaver had a dreadful 5.93 ERA through his first three starts of the 2014 season. In the four starts since, though, he has a 1.793 ERA and has won three games. Despite the turnaround, Weaver still isn’t throwing heat. His heater has barely touching 89 MPH, and while he is posting respectable numbers at the moment, the veteran's diminishing fastball is worth monitoring moving forward.
MPH In Prime: 89.9 MPH (2010)
This Year: 85.3 MPH
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