May 21, 2012 posted by Chuck Anderson

Added and Dropped: Pinstriped Pickups

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Raul Ibanez, OF/DH, New York Yankees

The New York Yankees are not used to being in fourth place but they are getting unexpected contributions from two veterans.  Injuries gave them expanded roles and more fantasy value.  May has been cruel to some starting pitchers landing them on the waiver wire.


Raul Ibanez:  New York is limiting his exposure to left-handed pitching and his numbers are better for it.  A 23.7% HR/FB ratio is reminiscent of his career year in 2009.  That was the only other time he broke the 17% barrier and his career level is 13.0%.  He is taking to his new home park well.  His OPS in the Bronx is 1.082, away it is .701.  Use him as part of a rotation to get the best results.

Drop for him:  Torii Hunter, Brennan Boesch, Alfonso Soriano

Don’t drop for him:  Denard Span, Alex Rios, Jason Kubel

Rafael Soriano:  David Robertson is on the DL so the ninth inning is now Soriano’s.  Considering management hedged on making Robertson the replacement for Mariano Rivera Soriano could hold the job if he pitches well.  There are warning signs though.  His 5.09 BB/9 is at a dangerously high level.  He has yet to allow a long ball yet less than a third of balls in play off him are grounders.  There could be rough times ahead.

Drop for him:  Sean Marshall, Henry Rodriguez, Javy Guerra

Don’t drop for him:  Alfredo Aceves, Dale Thayer, Rafael Dolis

Wei-Yin Chen:  He entered Sunday at 4-0 with a 2.45 ERA and 1.20 WHIP.  The surface stats were hard to ignore, especially considering the tough competition he faced.  Most indicators pointed to an ERA over 4.00, and yesterday’s 4.1 IP, 6 ER start brought him up to 3.35.  Do not expect a positive fantasy impact from him.

Drop for him:  Ubaldo Jimenez, Barry Zito, Joe Saunders

Don’t drop for him:  Mark Buehrle, Ryan Vogelsong, Anthony Bass

Yonder Alonso:  He is hitting .338/.419/.492 in May raising his overall average to .293.  He is suffering the expected power drought from moving to San Diego, his ISO is only .121.  Despite batting in the middle of the order he scored only eight runs and has thirteen RBI.  It is not a case of scuffling with men on base, his wOBA is actually higher in that situation.  The Padres are just a bad offensive team.

Drop for him:  Brandon Belt, Vernon Wells, Colby Rasmus

Don’t drop for him:  Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Ty Wigginton, David Murphy

Ricky Nolasco, SP, Miami Marlins


Ricky Nolasco:  Many were buying in on the oft-disappointing hurler after a May 6 start that lowered his ERA to 2.72.  The next two starts were poor and the ERA is up to 4.10.  His K/9 is a meager 4.84 but that is not the whole story.  His swinging strike rate is 8.3%, just above that of Felix Hernandez.  Hang with him, and expect more strikeouts soon.

Drop him for:  James McDonald, Max Scherzer, Bud Norris

Don’t drop him for:  Clay Buchholz, Ivan Nova, Mike Minor

Joe Saunders:  He began the year with five straight quality starts.  In the ensuing 14.1 IP he gave up fifteen earned runs.  His 3.55 ERA is still under the estimators, they all peg him over 4.00.  His 5.15 K/9 is not productive in fantasy, and there is no reason to expect it will rise.

Grant Balfour:  He was booted from closing duties and with a 5.63 ERA in May, does not seem close to getting back to the top of the bullpen hierarchy.  His 2.13 K/BB is his lowest since 2007.  His fastball velocity is down over one mph from 2011 and over 3 mph from its peak.  He is doing too much damage to fantasy teams without much upside.

Drop him for:  Scott Downs, Addison Reed, Ernesto Frieri

Don’t drop him for:  Francisco Cordero, Fernando Salas, Kerry Wood

Gerardo Parra:  With Chris Young activated Parra is not a starter anymore.  He showed greater aggression on the bases this year with nine successful steals in 135 plate appearances.  His OBP is far lower than that of Arizona’s regular outfielders, so another injury is really his only route back to regular playing time.

Drop him for:  Delmon Young, Dayan Viciedo, Rajai Davis

Don’t drop him for:  Ryan Raburn, J.D. Martinez, Marlon Byrd


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