Unread E-mail of the day and Pitch or Ditch Week 1.

Britt writes:

Standard 5×5 NL only 25 Man roster 12 team league keeping closely with the Founders

What is the long term for this season prognosis on the following guys I drafted at the end of our draft yesterday?  I am hoping good things.

Reggie Abercrombie – $3

Anderson Hernandez – $1

Carlos Martinez – $1

Matt Diaz – $3

My season could hinge on these guys success or lack thereof.  Thanks!  You guys rule!

Abercrombie has a chance to win significant playing time in the Marlins outfield, and he has a nice combination of speed and power. However, he’ll turn 26 this summer and has never played above Double-A before this season, and he has serious plate discipline issues. His window of opportunity is very small and might close quickly.

Hernandez has been over matched offensively so far in his young minor league career, but the Mets love his defense and his offense did improve as he rose throughout the minors. He won’t delivery any power, but could eventually hit for a passable average and steal a few bases. His glove will keep him in the lineup, in any case.

Martinez could emerge as a fantasy factor this season, simply because the Marlins bullpen is in apparently disarray as new manager Joe Girardi tries to sort out the pieces. His future is probably as a setup man, but there are plenty of setup men with value in unmixed leagues.

Diaz is a career .315 hitter in the minor leagues but has never gotten much of a chance in the Majors due to his poor defense. The Braves will platoon him in left field and at first base and he has a chance to earn more playing time if LaRoche or Langerhans struggle… an excellent sleeper in NL-only leagues.


I agree with Cory’s breakdown, but disagree with one thing in your e-mail. The part about your season possibly hinging on these four players. Without seeing your complete team I am going to say you could cut these four guys today and still win your league and on the flip side you will not lose it because of these four. Cory in the past and to this day myself have been in deep non mixed leagues and know that you need to make moves during the season to make up for some of the risks you took on draft day. Hope for the best with these four but don’t go to sleep at night worrying about them and don’t hesitate to farm or cut them if the better player comes along even if it is a veteran.

Here is Pitch or Ditch from Week One from Bryon in Iowa

Here are the pitch or ditch results for last week.  You both grabbed 3 pitchers.  One of you chose well, the other chose poorly.  As a refresher, I only count the pitchers that you disagree on.

Player W L IP H ER Walks K ERA WHIP
Trachsel 1 0 6 3 1 1 6 1.50 0.67
Bush 1 0 7 2 1 2 7 1.29 0.57
Cain 0 0 6 7 4 3 5 6.00 1.67
Totals 2 0 19 12 6 6 18 2.84 0.95

Player W L IP H ER Walks K ERA WHIP
Wakefield 0 1 3.67 7 7 3 3 17.17 2.72
Padilla 1 0 6 4 1 2 5 1.50 1.00
Wang 0 0 4.33 7 2 3 3 4.16 2.31
Totals 1 1 14.00 18 10 8 11 6.43 1.86

Cory beat Mike at every stat.  Is that a sign of things to come?  Is Cory looking to de-throne Mike?  Find out all season long.  As for the awards…Basically I forgot to write something up earlier and I don’t have time now.  So, I apologize for not having some smart donkey comments to rip on both of you.  If you two could just take a few jabs at each other that would be great.


Iowa City

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Thanks for the answer. Here is my full roster. Trust me there is NOTHING out there in FA. Loaded with junk. Worst case scenario I am hoping those guys are keepers for next year. We are a tough league with seasoned knowledgeable owners. I know trades will have to help get me in the money.

C1 Danny Ardoin Col YR1 1

C2 Sal Fasano Phi YR1 1

1B Adam LaRoche Atl OPT 15

2B Jose Castillo Pit LT1 8

SS Jack Wilson Pit YR2 10

3B Wilson Betemit Atl YR1 8

CI Prince Fielder Mil YR2 10

MI Marcus Giles Atl YR1 25

OF1 Andruw Jones Atl YR2 30

OF2 Jeromy Burnitz Pit YR1

OF3 Matt Diaz Atl YR1 3

OF4 Miguel Cabrera Fla LT2 25

OF5 Reggie Abercrombie Fla YR1 3

UT Adrian Gonzalez SD YR1 12

UT2 Anderson Hernandez NYM YR1 2

P1 Oliver Perez Pit LT0 15 act

P2 Odalis Perez LAD RV0 16 act

P3 Brandon Claussen Cin FY2 6 act

P4 Joey Devine Atl FY2 10 act

P5 #Scott Olsen Fla YR2 10 act

P6 Greg Maddux ChC YR2 15 act

P7 Bobby Howry ChC YR1 7 act

P8 Juan Cruz Ari YR1 3 act

P9 Carlos Martinez Fla YR1 1 act

P10 Matt Cain SF ML 10 act

The last number is the salary. It was a tough draft. Didn’t mean to get so many YR1 Braves, but when Eli Marrero goes for $16 something is amiss. Thoughts?


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