In compiling a Jeff Fassero postmortem, I realize I completely forgot him in my preseason projections. For the sake of continuity, allow me to present my projection for Fassero's 2006:
ERA - 7.80
IP - 15
K - 7
BB - 8
IP w/bases loaded - 0.1
Eerie, I know. It almost makes me wish I had made this one public.
My March feelings on Fassero starting the season with the Giants:
- Eh. Long relievers aren't to be taken too seriously.
- He did okay last year.
- If he starts to struggle at all, though, he needs to be taken to the glue factory.
He was a good Giant for a year, but was pushed into higher-leverage situations when Kevin Correia was slotted as the long man. That was never meant to last, especially with Brad Hennessey out of the rotation. Hopefully Brian Wilson comes back with a "Hello Goodbye", advises Fassero to "Let it Be", and tells Dave Righetti, "Hey, 'Start Me Up'!"