I need some help. I'm in a keeper league where we get to keep 7 players. so far I've decided on Albert Pujols, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Nick Markakis, Alex Rios and John Lackey. who I can't decide on is whether I should keep Verlander or Gallardo. please shine some light on this conundrum
Those are a solid six keepers you have in place already.
Now I'm assuming there's no penalty to keep either Verlander or Gallardo and either can be kept for as long as you'd like. My suggestion is you keep Gallardo. Verlander's Strand Rate was pretty bad in 2008, which makes him a bit of a bounce back candidate, but his velocity was down, his walks were up, hits were up, he wasn't being particularly unlucky with BABIP, etc. Verlander will be better in 2009, but he still won't be as good as we saw him in 2007. Gallardo, assuming his injury is better, which it should be, will be a better pitcher.