Fantasy 411 Q&A: May 6, 2009
Add Jorge Posada to the list of disappointing fantasy catchers as he’s now out two to three weeks with a hamstring strain. Aside from the fact that two to three weeks isn’t really that long, the good news for Posada owners is they didn’t have to spend an early round pick on him. Whether it be through injury or poor performance, each of the top five backstops according to the MLB.com Fantasy Preview rankings (McCann, Martin, Soto, Mauer, Doumit) have so far turned out to be bad investments. Mauer’s back, so at least he can now start making up for lost time. The 411 endorsed strategy of grabbing an elite catcher isn’t looking too good right now, but there’s still time for that to change.
On today’s podcast, in addition to catchers, the guys will talk about the red hot Brandon Phillips and ice cold B.J. Upton while looking at some of the superb pitching performances from last night (Volquez, Joba, Bedard).
Also, we’ll get to those unanswered blog questions, so hang in there!
That’s all for now,
FEATURED QUESTION OF THE DAY
I’m in a 14 team mixed league I’m strong in pitching but lacking in some
areas of offense. I have Halladay, Oswalt, AJ Burnett, Rich Harden, and
Mark Buehrle making up my starting 5 with Anibal Sanchez, Jamie Moyer,
and Kuroda on my bench. Another owner was looking for pitching so I
offered Mark Buehrle for Joe Mauer, but he counter
offered by asking for Rich Harden. Do you think I should make the deal?
Raymond from Houston
Yes, make that deal. We all know what Harden can do when he’s healthy,
but how nervous are you during each of his starts, wondering if his arm
will stay attached to his body? You have the depth to part with a good
arm for a very good hitter at a premium position. Mauer has his own
health concerns, but it’s better to take the risk on a position player
rather than a pitcher.