Fantasy Baseball: You Down With Jason Marquis?

Jun 23, 2012


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Jason Marquis, how can I explain it
I’ll take you frame by frame it
Left Minnesota ’cause he was getting hit
San Diego success has you scratchin’ temple
Why?…well…that’s not that simple
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OK, now that I got my Naught By Nature out of my system, let’s take a look at Jason Marquis’ recent success.
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When Marquis left Minnesota he was 2-4 with a bloated  8.47 ERA. Those are beer league softball numbers. Now that he’s back in the National League, it’s like he’s a new man.
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For the Padres, he’s still struggling with wins and losses at 1-2, but he has posted a 1.86 over 19-1/3 innings in his three starts.
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Marquis has never really been a shut down pitcher, as evidenced by his lifetime marks of 107-104, 4.60 ERA, and 1.44 WHIP, but he has at least been a serviceable pitcher with some fantasy value. Two things that couldn’t have been further from the case in his brief stint in Minnesota.
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Part of it could be his comfort level in the National League. He is also going to a pitcher’s park (not that Target Field is a launching pad) and to an offensively-challenged division. It also could just be the sweet mustache he’s rocking.
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It should not be surprising that Marquis is only owned in a handful of fantasy leagues considering his early-season struggles. I will still only use him as a streaming option, but that wasn’t even a question a few weeks ago. His next start comes tomorrow against the Mariners in Seattle so continued success wouldn’t be surprising.
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