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Add/Drop ?
Posted by David Martorano at 5/2/2007 12:24:00 PM
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About a month into the fantasy season, certain players have failed to come close to reaching the expectations of fantasy owners. At this point in the season, it is fair to consider whether or not patience is worth exercising on these players.

The following is a list of players who have failed to meet expectations and my opinions as to whether or not these players are worth holding onto in the hope of a turnaround (This list is written with standard 12 team fantasy leaguers in mind):

1. Travis Hafner- Hafnerís disappointing 2007 season has extended into 2008. Heís a one trick pony who isnít performing his one trick very often. I canít help but think of steroids as an obvious explanation for Hafnerís dramatic drop in performance. Iím dropping Hafner.

2. Andruw Jones- Jones awful 2007 season has carried over into 2008. Heís not doing much of anything positive at the plate and has serious competition for the centerfield job in the super talented Matt Kemp. Iím dropping Jones.

3. Tom Gorzelanny- Gorzelannyís All Star campaign from 2007 has not extended into 2008. However, I believe in Gorzelannyís stuff and hope that his 5 inning shutout performance against the Mets can get him moving in the right direction. Iím adding Gorzelanny.

4. Ubaldo Jimenez- Jimenez was lights out in the 2007 postseason. However, he has struggled this season with control and consistency. Out of options, Colorado almost has no choice but to stick it out with Ubaldo. I plan on sticking it out as well. I trust his stuff. Iím adding Jimenez.

5. Ian Kennedy- Kennedy is young, inexperienced and is currently pitching as if he is afraid of contact. Throw in the fact that heís pitching in the AL East and I see little reason to hold onto him. Iím dropping Kennedy.

6. Mike Mussina- Earlier this season, I was perplexed by the number of fantasy leaguers who had given up on Mussina. I told myself that 2007 was an aberration and he could be quite useful as a back end of the rotation starter. The reality is that Mussinaís stuff looks extremely ordinary at best and he possesses little upside. Iím dropping Mussina.

7. Jeremy Bonderman- Bonderman was a predicted Cy Young candidate for 2007. He proved his supporters wrong by having a dismal injury shortened campaign. He is again struggling with control and consistency in 2008. Based on his ability and the run support he will receive pitching for Detroit, I remain a believer that he can be at least a solid back end of the rotation fantasy starter. Iím adding Bonderman.

8. Brett Myers- Myers is back as a starting pitcher and is struggling mightily. A frequently offered explanation for his struggles is diminished velocity on his fastball. I believe that Myers is simply struggling to adapt to life as a starting pitcher. I would expect him to find his way soon enough. Iím adding Myers.

9. Shane Victorino- The ďflying HawaiianĒ is back from the DL and will actually have to battle for at bats with Jayson Werth and Geoff Jenkins. I believe Victorino will play often enough. I simply rather look for more intriguing options on the waiver wire. High upside youngsters like Jeff Clement, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Lastings Milledge or Adam Jones appeal to me more than Victorino. Iím dropping Victorino.

10. Lastings Milledge- Milledge has failed to offer starting caliber production. I remain a believer in his skills and feel that itís a matter of time before Milledge really becomes comfortable as a starting major league ball player. His upside makes him an unavoidable add. Iím adding Milledge.


From here on out, Victorino is the safest bet of the "high upside" guys if you need SBs and runs, I'd keep him.
Posted by kevinccp at 5/2/2008 1:28:00 PM
There's no bigger Gorzy fan than me, but 27 walks in 27.3 innings amidst complaints of shoulder stiffness doesn't bode well IMO.
Posted by MattM777 at 5/2/2008 2:09:00 PM
This is void of analysis. There's a lot of talk of trusting or distrusting a pitcher's "stuff," but I don't know what that means, and I'm not sure you do either.

"I believe that Myers is simply struggling to adapt to life as a starting pitcher."

That's a completely unverifiable statement based on a questionable premise (that moving from bullpen to rotation requires "adapting") to begin with.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 5/2/2008 2:32:00 PM
Thornbury- I dont like your attitude. And I dont like your blogs either. I just keep it quiet.
Posted by djm1144 at 5/2/2008 3:12:00 PM
Extremely lacking in details and depth.

Also, the general shotgun assumption that Hafner must have been on steriods to accomplish the power numbers he did is insulting as a fan without any real basis of information.

The peripherals indicate the problems with Hafner are not related to muscle mass but more hie eye, selectiveness, his agressiveness, and the other details that go into plate approach.

Who is this guy again?
Posted by Krono99 at 5/2/2008 9:09:00 PM

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