Where in the world did Ryan Vogelsong come from? No, no, I don’t want the birds and the bees, the stork, or the miracle of life answer (at least, definitely not the latter).
After a five-year absence from the majors, Vogelsong had a huge season in 2011, going 13-7 with a 2.71 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and a 6.96 K per 9. He allowed over three earned runs in only three outings. And while he was a huge waiver-wire add for multiple teams, he was an afterthought yet again for fantasy owners drafting this year.
Starting the season on the DL with a back issue may have been a main factor, but Vogelsong has been nothing short of brilliant yet again, with a stronger ERA (2.36), WHIP (1.23), and slightly lower but comparable K rate (6.76) entering Monday afternoon’s tilt with the Cubs. And somehow he’s still not universally owned at 90% ownership in ESPN and 65% in Yahoo leagues. There’s obviously some dead league data in there, but what do you do with Vogelsong?
He’s obviously not a big trade chip...