STARTERS: Setting the stage

Many owners hit the panic button during the first weeks of the season, especially when it comes to their starting rotations.

One or two bad outings from their starting staffs can send their ERA and WHIP soaring.

This might cause owners to doubt the preparation they made leading up to their drafts. The breakout targets, sleepers, and end-game SP they targeted on draft day suddenly become disappointments. Some are prematurely dropped or shopped.

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