Unread Questions for 4/11/08
Any of these guys dropable? Thinking of picking up Johnny Damon with my #1 WW priority, or Adam Laroche, Evan Longoria, Jack Cust or Jacobs. I’m weak on IF as you can see but the rest of my team is good but could use a good UTIL guy.
(Oak – 2B)
(Tex – 3B)
(Ari – SS)
(Phi – 3B)
(SD – SS)
(Atl – 2B)
All of these players on your team have some value and don’t quite fit the criteria of droppable in a 12 team league. However, Damon, LaRoche, Jacobs, and even Longoria should more than likely NOT be on the waiver wire in a standard 12 teamer, especially one that uses a corner infield spot. If I had to choose someone to drop, it would be Ellis, as last year (19 HR 76 RBI) was the first time he’s ever hit more than 13 homers and driven in more than 52. Ellis has also hit for an inconsistent average throughout his career and doesn’t steal any bases. Unlike Kelly Johnson or Stephen Drew, Ellis has very little upside and plays for a team that struggles to put up runs. Depending on your needs, LaRoche (HR, RBI) or Damon (R, SB) are solid pickups. Although Ellis is certainly a serviceable option, I’d definitely make one of these moves and possibly both if there’s someone else on your roster who’s expendable.
Zach Steinhorn, MLB.com
I’m a west coaster and watched Jonathon Sanchez’s completely dominant performance against the Padres on Wed night. He definitely looks like a high risk guy, but his K’s are hard to ignore. Control has been a problem in his past, but he’s looking better this year (18K/4BB). He was hit badly in his first outing vs. the Brewcrew, what do you see as his potential? Obviously, he’s not going to get many wins in SF, but are his Ks worth the risk as a PoDer?
Fat Dad in Seattle
Hey Fat Dad-
I like Sanchez a lot, and I would’ve said that even before his masterful performance against the Padres April 9. The guy struck out 62 batters in just 52 innings last season, which translates into just under 11 K’s per nine innings (to put that into perspective, reigning NL Cy Young winner Jake Peavy’s K/9 ratio was roughly 9.7 in 2007). Certainly, he still gives up too many hits, which means he isn’t keeping the ball down in the zone consistently enough and could end up looking a lot like Baltimore’s Daniel Cabrera at times. That said, location can be taught (or at the very least improved), while velocity is much more of a “either ya got it or ya don’t” asset in a pitcher. I’d roll the dice on Sanchez, and decide on a weekly basis whether or not he’s a smart start. There’s too much talent there to pass on him in good conscience.
Corey Gottlieb, MLB.com
I’m the commish in a points league that has no moves limit and no innings pitched limit. There have been a couple of people that are complaining that I am “Pitch-or-ditching” too much. I work late, so I am up when the rosters change days and jump on the probable pitchers for the next day, not giving the other mangers to get those pitchers. Now there have been a couple managers complaining that it “isn’t fair”. What do you guys think about it? Do I change anything? If so what are some suggestions to change it? Thanks, Phil in Utah
Yes, this is a classic case of “pitching-or-ditching” a.k.a. “streaming.” Although your league mates might question your “fantasy ethics,” they can’t accuse you of violating any rules, since none were set regarding this topic.
I don’t like streaming because it diminishes the importance of your draft, not to mention the fact that it is ethically infuriating. Of course, you still don’t wield a major competitive advantage against your opponents. I don’t know what your waiver wire looks like, but you’re probably adding No. 3, 4 and even 5 pitchers, many of whom do more damage than good in fantasy. Accumulating more pitchers helps you rack up more points for strikeouts and wins, but it can also burst your ERA and WHIP bubbles, dramatically decreasing the likelihood of acquiring points in those categories.
As much as I dislike streaming, it shouldn’t be banned in your league unless it is a unanimous decision. As I’ve already said, the strategy was assumed to be acceptable before the season considering there were no pitching limits. Even if you were to get the majority of owners to set rules to mitigate streaming, it would be a disservice to those still supporting it. Those owners shouldn’t be punished for continuing a legal practice just because other owners discovered that they didn’t like it after the season began. Think of the precedent that would be set with changing rules mid-season without unanimous support. It would open the floodgates for other rules changes and those owners hurt by the streaming rule could justify making other, non-unanimous changes.
However, if you are strident in wanting to alleviate this situation, contact every owner in your league and get his or her opinion regarding the situation. Then, if you are set on making a change, set rules monitoring the maximum number of games started during a week/season, maximum number of innings pitched during a week/season or both. Those are rules by which everybody can play.
Kyle Stack, MLB.com