Collette Calls: Whiffing on Carpenter
Collette Calls: Whiffing on Carpenter

This article is part of our Collette Calls series.

W. Edwards Deming told us, "In God we trust. All others must bring data." Steve Jobs also told us, "Don't let the noise of other people's opinions drown out your own inner voice." This article covers two players that I advised others to pass on or drop that directly addresses both of those quotes.

Every year, I make two appearances on the BaseballHQ podcast hosted by Patrick Davitt. I enjoy his show because he lets the guest do most of the talking and asks solid questions. One feature of his podcast that I enjoy is when he asks the guest to pick a hitter and a pitcher to pick up from each league as well as one to drop from each one in his "Boons and Banes" section. I was on the June 22 episode (linked above) and had this to say about the pitcher I chose as my NL boon, Jon Lester:

"Lester has stranded every single baserunner that has reached base in the month of June. He has allowed two runs – both solo home runs – but other than that, he has stranded everyone. He has five straight wins and has won 9 of his 15 decisions. To me, this screams 1989 (1990) Jack Armstrong…everything has gone his way despite when you look at some of the other stuff. This foundation is not going to last. To me, Jon Lester is Jack Armstrong and I am putting them in the same class and I would be
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Jason Collette
Jason has been helping fantasy owners since 1999 at RotoJunkie, Fanball, Baseball Prospectus and now here at RotoWire. He covers the Tampa Bay Rays at theprocessreport.net. You can hear Jason weekly on many of the Sirius/XM Fantasy channel offerings throughout the season as well as on the Sleeper and the Bust podcast on iTunes. An eight-time FSWA finalist, Jason won the FSWA's Fantasy Baseball Writer of the Year award in 2013 and the Baseball Series of the Year award in 2018 for Collette Calls.
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