Jameson Taillon ’s presence in the Pittsburgh rotation was delayed due to injuries in the minors, including missing all of the 2014 season with Tommy John surgery and then hernia surgery shortly after his return. Once in the big leagues, he missed six weeks in 2017 due to testicular cancer. It was far from the prototypical road for a second-overall selection, but he was able to make first extended run in the big leagues in 2018, as it was the first season since 2013 that Taillon hadn’t made an appearance on the disabled list.

At first glance, Taillon’s 2018 campaign looks like a decent season for a young pitcher in his 26-year-old season. He went 14-10 with a 3.20 ERA across 191 innings, making 32 starts for the Pittsburgh Pirates. However, it was a tale of two halves for Taillon, whose second half breakout should have fantasy owners frothing at the mouth.


The first metric that certainly jumps off the board is the sharp decrease in Taillon’s ERA. His ERA dropped a full...