Letís move over to second base, as our look at solid end-game picks continues. Donít be afraid to take a chance on these guys:
Belliard is nothing special, and right now he doesnít even have a starting job. Heís still a decent gamble in NL-only leagues, though.
Itís not hard to imagine Belliard landing plenty of playing time. The Nationals are starting Cristian Guzman at shortstop, but that might not last long due to Guzmanís bad shoulder and offensive ineptitude. If the Nationals stick Guzman on the bench at some point, Felipe Lopez will shift from second to short, opening up the second-base spot for Belliard.
Belliard has averaged 14 home runs over the last three years -- not too shabby for a cheap second baseman. Heíll provide plenty of value once he finds his way into the lineup.
Callaspo is a backup in Arizona now, but if he winds up with some playing time, heíll give you a HUGE profit on your $1 investment.
Why? Callaspo can steal bases, his batting eye is worthy of the O-Zone Hall of Fame (27/56 K/BB at Triple-A last year), and heís still getting better at age 23. Great skill set, well worth a buck.
Donít forget about Frandsen on draft day. The Giants infield is ready for the nursing home, so thereís bound to be a spot or two or three where the 24-year-old can pick up some at-bats.
Heís been a bust for so long, itís hard to have much hope. Nevertheless, Matsui can steal a few bases (10 last year in 70 games), and he should display some pop in Coloradoís thin air. Heís got the starting second base job all but wrapped up, too.