When the news of Patrick Corbin‘s injury came across on Twitter, I immediately thought of two things:
- Darn! I had a player profile for him half-written. I was going to talk about he was the best in baseball at getting ahead on the first pitch, then I was going to close with how filthy his slider is/was. It would’ve been a beautiful piece, worthy of a pulitzer (or something).
- Darn! I just paid $8 for him in the auction on the very day he was injured.
Alas, the injury does look like he’ll be forced to miss all of 2014:
— Venom Strikes (@VenomStrikes) March 16, 2014
But this tweet really captured my mood:
Patrick Corbin tearing his UCL is bad news for people who hate it when heartbreaking things happen to good people.
— Molly Knight (@molly_knight) March 16, 2014
Thank you Twitter user Molly Knight. I have no idea who you are, but you spoke to the feelings in my heart.
Who Replaces Corbin?
Bradley is flithy and is arguably the top pitching prospect in baseball right now. He’s long gone in dynasty leagues, but he’s certainly worth a speculative grab in even shallow mixed leagues.
The problem with Bradley is that he’ll be on a strict innings limit, so he won’t pick up all of Corbin’s innings, despite the optimism that fantasy owners have in his future. Some of those innings lost to injury will certainly be pitched by Delgado.
Delgado is no slouch, but he’s a #4-5 pitcher that won’t kill you, but won’t wow you his upside either. If it’s not Bradley, it would be preferable to look toward another team for Corbin’s fantasy replacement.
But that’s fixing your roster. I don’t know how to fix your feelings.