Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Chan Ho Park 2009

It seems like any assertion that Chan Ho Park is a decent major league pitcher has been treated as a joke for the past few years. Five straight years of earned run averages over 5.00 will do that to your reputation. That said, he's really not a bad pitcher. Last year's 79 strikeouts and 36 walks in 95 innings was pretty good. And he does a decent job of keeping the ball on the ground. His 50.9% in 2008 was better than his career average, but he's almost always above 45%. The only problem is that Park has indicated that the Phillies will give him a chance in their starting rotation this year. He's likely to be slightly less effective as a starter (almost all pitchers are), and pitching his home games in Philadelphia obviously isn't good news. That said, if he's used very selectively, Park could have a little value in relatively deep daily transactions formats such as Yahoo. In formats such as FantasySportsLive and SnapDraft...no chance.

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