May 6, 2012 posted by Chuck Anderson

Fantasy Baseball Added and Dropped: Help at the Corners

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Fantasy owners are understandably frustrated by the slow starts of Paul Goldschmidt, Kendrys Morales, Eric Hosmer, Kevin Youkilis, Ryan Roberts, and Aramis Ramirez, to name a few.  Two power hitting corner infielders are riding to the rescue.  Injury problems in Minnesota and hitting problems in Los Angeles are prompting other moves this week.




Chris Davis:  Here is a name from the past.  To Davis’ credit he is making better contact, at 73.5% against his 67.9% career mark.  His strikeout rate is an improved 25.2%, but still high.  He remains a free swinger and currently enjoys a .369 BABIP.  Camden Yards is a good ballpark to do damage in, but Davis remains an add only for his power.


Drop for him:  Adam Lind, Paul Goldschmidt, Mark Reynolds

Don’t Drop for him:  Lucas Duda, Kendrys Morales, Eric Hosmer


Pedro Alvarez:  Starting with a doubleheader on April 25 he is 15-40 (.375) with five home runs and eleven RBI.  His strikeout rate over that time is 22.2%.  The Pittsburgh staff credits a more aggressive approach for his recent success.  Take a chance on him if he fills a need.


Drop for him:  Daniel Murphy, Ty Wigginton, Mat Gamel

Don’t drop for him:  Chase Headley, Aramis Ramirez, Chipper Jones


Jed Lowrie:  He is on a nine game hitting streak and is near the top among shortstops with his .426 OBP.  He is a key part of the Houston offense that surprisingly is in the top ten for runs and OPS.  He has a .371 BABIP with a 51.6% fly ball rate, those two numbers do not mesh.  He also has a .990 OPS against right-handed pitching.  That traditionally is his Achilles’ Heel, he has just a .670 mark against him in his major league career.


Drop for him:  Yunel Escobar, Alcides Escobar, Robert Andino

Don’t drop for him:  J.J. Hardy, Rafael Furcal, Erick Aybar


David Robertson:  Some uncertainty exists, but he is the favorite to earn most of the saves for the Yankees.  Since the start of the 2011 season he is one of the best relief arms in baseball.  This year he is cutting his walk rate from over 4.5 to 2.25.  If Rivera had been hurt in Spring Training Robertson would have been drafted as a top ten closer.


Drop for him:  Sean Marshall, Huston Street, Javy Guerra

Don’t drop for him:  Craig Kimbrel, John Axford, J.J. Putz


Justin Morneau, 1B, Minnesota Twins



Justin Morneau:  He left Monday’s game with a sore left wrist, and was still unable to hit over the weekend.  It has not been thoroughly examined yet, but given Morneau’s history who can be optimistic?  There are better players to stash on the DL.


Drop him for:  Carl Crawford, Michael Morse, Nolan Reimold

Don’t drop him for:  Carlos Quentin, Aubrey Huff, Victor Martinez


Erick Aybar:  Like many of his teammates he is struggling in every facet of the game.  It is a puzzling turn of events for a player on a distinct upward trend heading into 2012.  More patience is needed here, bench if necessary but do not drop except in very shallow leagues.


Drop him for:  Jhonny Peralta, Emilio Bonifacio, Zack Cozart

Don’t drop him for:  Marco Scutaro, Alexei Ramirez, Alexi Casilla


Carlos Marmol:  He will no longer attempt to save games in the ninth inning for the Cubs.  High walk rates finally caught up to him.  Out of all pitchers with 5 IP batters’ swing rate against Marmol is the third lowest.  He cannot consistently throw strikes, and hitters know it.


Drop him for:  Rafael Soriano, Steve Cishek, Ernesto Frieri

Don’t drop him for:  Francisco Rodriguez, Joel Peralta, Fernando Salas


Matt Harrison:  Allowing fourteen earned runs and 22 hits in two starts has a way of lowering one’s ownership rates.  The good news is his FIP and xFIP are holding steady at just under 3.70.  He believes that he identified and fixed the problem in a recent bullpen session.


Drop him for:  Jon Niese, James McDonald, Edwin Jackson

Don’t drop him for:  Trevor Cahill, Jason Vargas, John Danks



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