Right now, Jason Bartlett has a 45/8/39/.347/19 line. At 29-years-old, he’s flying past his career numbers. Before this season, his career high for homers was 5. He’s already at 8. So let’s say the talk of his new jack swing is true; he can hit for more power now. He’s still not hitting more than 5 homers in the 2nd half (he hit 1 homer in June and July in 87 ABs). Recently, Maddon has batted him 7th or 8th in the order. So the runs won’t come easy unless he eats at Taco Bell. He’s a career .286 hitter with a .398 BABIP right now, so the average will come down. He’s never stolen more than 23 bases in a season, but let’s say he blows that away by ten. So let’s be optimistic and say a 2nd half line of 30/5/35/.300/14. I ran an ultraviolet light over my bedsheets and it read, “That sounds a lot like Clint Barmes’s 2nd half.” Thanks for confirming my suspicions, bed! So Bartlett is a Sell. Anyway, here’s some more players to buy or sell this week in fantasy baseball:
Josh Whitesell – Speaking of -sells, but this one’s a Buy… Kinda. Whitesell doesn’t have every day playing time right now, so grab him in NL-Only leagues, but everywhere else I’d hold tight. So, I guess, that’s a Whitehold.
Ramon Troncoso – The only thing better than getting vulture saves for your birthday is getting vulture wins. But I’d take some vulture saves on my half birthday (<–it’s tomorrow!).
Pedro Martinez – Already went over my thoughts on Pedro to the Phillies. I said, “In his last 48 starts, he has a 4.74 ERA and that was in a pitchers’ park. On the other hand, he has been solid for Ks even as his career winds down. On the third hand, he gave up 19 homers in 109 innings last year. Oy. I would grab him in an NL-Only league to see if there’s a spark left from the midget era, but I’d hold off in mixed leagues.” And that’s me saving you the trouble of searching the site yourself!
Justin Duchscherer – Expected back early August. I’d stash him if I had a DL spot.
Garrett Jones – If you’re wondering about this guy, where ya been? He’s now been mentioned in three straight Buy/Sells.
Jed Lowrie – Will return on Saturday. In a weekly AL-Only league, I’ve already activated him. In a mixed league, where I’m rocking Everth Cabrera, I’m not sure what I’m going to do. I’ll probably drop Lowrie because even in his Sons of Sam Horn-deemed huge year in 2008, he had 2 homers and one steal while batting .258 in two-hundred and sixty at-bats. Pardon me while I yawn.
Marcus Thames – Has 3 homers in the last six games. He can hit 7 more homers in the month of July before he becomes unusable in August, i.e., he’s streaky like Spike’s hair from Degrassi Junior High. If Thames ever becomes a regular fantasy contributor, I have the title, “A Thames Runs Through It” burning a hole in my pocket.
Alex Gordon – Hey, it’s Grey’s favorite prospect that makes San Diego prospect, Nadir Bupkus, look valuable. Boing! The best you could hope for from Gordon is a 5 to 7 homer 2nd half and 5 to 7 steals. Those are optimistic when you consider he just had hip surgery. Gordon’s worth grabbing if your corner spot is in dire straits, Mark Knopfler.
Brandon Wood – Don’t blame Scioscia, where do you put a guy named Wood other than the bench? It’s the power of the aptronym (<–Word of the Day!). So, how long you think Scioscia extends Wood? Hmm… Let’s rephrase. How long until Wood’s demoted again? Week? Two? I hope Wood’s up for good and getting regular at-bats, but I have my doubts. He’s worth a flier but I wouldn’t invest too heavily.
Jay Bruce – Since I had no DL spot, I dropped him for Troncoso in a 15 team league. He might return in 6 weeks. Awesome! He wasn’t hitting when his wrist was one piece. I’d hold him in keepers and deep NL-Only leagues.
Dan Haren – The dog days of summer don’t do him justice. Maybe he’s part-Albino and he’s scared of sun damage. Whatever the case, the stats don’t lie. Not since 2005 has he pitched well in the 2nd half. And that was following a season of 46 innings in 2004, so my guess is he tires. From 2006 through 2008, his 2nd half ERAs have been 4.91, 4.15 and 4.19, respectively. Every way you look at it, he’s not the pitcher in the 2nd half as he has been in the 1st half.
Casey McGehee – McGehee has been slowed by patella tendinitis in his knee. (I went to college with a Patella. Sweet girl.) McGehee’s 3 for his last 17 and has sat out three games in the last week. As I said all along, McGehee wasn’t that great to begin with, if he’s hurting, there’s no reason to wait around. It sure didn’ take McGehee long to go from a Buy to a Sell. (BTW, the “T” that I left off of “didn” is being boxed up and shipped to Mat Latos.)