Collette Calls: Breaking Down German Marquez
Collette Calls: Breaking Down German Marquez

This article is part of our Collette Calls series.

There are several truisms in fantasy baseball. You can never have too much power. Do not reach for closers. Pitchers get hurt more often than hitters. Do your best to avoid drafting Rockies starting pitchers. Those all make sense, especially the last one in a time where offensive production improved year over year from 2015 to 2017 when Colorado pitchers pitch half of their games in one of the best run environments in baseball due to a combination of the expansive outfield as well as the altitude's effect on pitches.

Enter German Marquez, who picked up his 10th win of the season Tuesday against the slumping Astros, whose season has taken a turn since they decided to test the karma gods and acquire an abusive reliever from Toronto. (Bad things happen when you steal Jobu's rum, and they also happen when you break your own zero-tolerance policy in the name of winning.) Marquez now has a positive dollar value in mixed leagues, something rare for Colorado starting pitchers, and has now earned $8 in NL-formats.

There is something happening here with the 23-year-old hurler, who is showing growth in his second full season at the big league level, although the surface stats do not yet show it. He is one strikeout shy of equaling his 2017 total despite facing 116 fewer batters to date. The other side of that is that he is two walks shy of matching his 2017 total of 49 and his ERA is still hanging

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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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