Unread e-mail for May 12th 2006.


How about some points league Love??
10 Team league standard Counting Categories. Starting 3 OF
My Pitching is killing me and my OF is DEEP (Vlad, Beltran, Sizemore, C.Tracy, and Willingham)
Been offered J.Beckett for C. Beltran – Do I pull the trigger?
My Rotation is: C.Shambrano, Burhele, Bonderman, D.Davis
Closers: Lidge, Izzy, Fuentes
1450 Inning limit.


I would not do that deal. First, Zambrano and Isringhausen in particular will both pitcher better as the season progresses, so your pitching will get better in time on its own. And while Davis is a useful pitcher, he’s not someone you should hang onto all season in a 10-team league if he’s struggling. First, Willingham belongs in your lineup at catcher, and if you already have a good catcher you’d play ahead of him — and there aren’t that many — then you are losing value by not trading him and capitalizing on his catcher eligibility. He is one of the top 10 offensive catchers in the game so some team in your league should want him if you can’t play him. Shop him (or your other catcher), not Beltran.

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Rowand was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Friday with a fractured nose and non-displaced fractures around his left eye. Rowand’s highlight-reel wall-kissing catch Thursday was not without consequences. To fill his spot on the roster, outfielder Chris Roberson was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

I agree. There’s no reason why you should sell Beltran.

Also, shame on the Phillies organization for not putting in that padding when they got it.

– Akil from NYC

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