Pitch or Ditch for Wednesday, August 3
NL-only owners like myself were very disappointed on Sunday as Derrek Lee was far and away the best hitter to move from the AL to the NL. All those saved up FAAB dollars for a guy who was hitting .246 with 12 homers and 41 RBIs through 85 games! I’ve always been a believer that non-mixed league owners shouldn’t conserve most of their FAAB dollars for the trade deadline in hopes that a high impact player will switch leagues. It’s just too risky and limits their ability to add useful pieces throughout the first four months of the season. Although my opinion hasn’t changed, the frugal owner was surely rewarded last night as Lee blasted two homers in his Pirates’ debut. Keep in mind that Lee was a career-long National League guy prior to signing with Baltimore, so the “AL is the tougher league” argument is certainly becoming more and more convincing.
Now if only Adam Dunn can go back to the National League. I hear there might be an outfield opening in Houston!
Here’s Pitch or Ditch for tomorrow.
Gonzalez @ Furbush
Harrison @ Fister – Fister suddenly fantasy relevant if he gets a modicum of run support
Carrasco @ Wakefield – don’t like Carrasco vs. BOS
Villanueva @ Shields – don’t like Villanueva vs. TB
Guthrie @ Hochevar
Burnett @ Floyd – could be 2-1 or 10-9, I’ll play it safe
Baker @ Pineiro
Beachy @ Wang
Jackson @ Wolf
Halladay @ Hammel
Marquis @ Vogelsong – Vogelsong continues to amaze
Garza @ Morton
Hensley @ Gee
Willis @ Lyles – Lyles hanging in there, but hard to pitch any Astros’ SP right now given the expected miserable run support
Lilly @ Stauffer