Keep Your Cool
Hey guys – Keep, Trade or Drop these guys? 5×5, 12 Team, Mixed
Chris B. Young
Also – These guys are on the WW. I could use some steals, but really just want the best player. What do you think?
Gary Matthews Jr
JR from Drexel
Iwamura was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, so you can easily slide him into your DL slot, freeing your from the decision of who to drop. Once he returns and produces his first big game, by all means, shop his inflated batting average.
It’s way too early to trade high-upside power/speed guys like Chris Young and Mark Teahen. Dishing, or even worse, dropping these types are the sorts of short-term, emotional choices managers regret down the line. Young’s struggles are largely due to his early-season groin injury, while Teahen’s sluggish offense has more to do with the demands of changing positions. It’s a long season, so don’t overreact to slow starts, especially when it comes to athletic, patient hitters who have shown the ability to mash and slash in the Minors. Stop staring at their current stats, have a drink and stay cool.
With respect to your pickup choices, I’d go with Shane Victorino. Batting second in the Phils’ lineup, ahead of Chase Utley, he sees lots of juicy pitches, along with plenty of running opportunities. Also, his six doubles says the homers will come, especially in Philly’s bandbox.
— Alex Cushing