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Eat crow. It’s an English idiom that means humiliation by admitting wrongness or having been proven wrong after taking a strong position. I recently had to eat crow with a certain player you might know- John Smoltz. You might remember the stance I took on John Smoltz’s Fantasy Value before he took the mound for the first time this season. Well I’m prepared to eat crow because clearly if you have held onto John Smoltz until now you should have cut bait a long time ago. This got me thinking… who else can we cut bait on for the 2009 season? Here is the list I came up with.
Jose Reyes has suffered setback after setback and it seems like time is running out for the fleet-footed shortstop. With the Mets fading, chances are he will be shut down for the season. If you are not in a keeper league you can feel free to drop Reyes to free up a DL spot that could be better used to stash someone who can help you down the road. Maybe a Tim Hudson?
Vernon Wells is owned in many leagues solely on name recognition. If you look at the numbers, he should be waiver wire material. He is currently batting .258 and had only three RBI in July. That is hard to do.
Grady Sizemore is another player who has been riddled with injuries all season and because the Indians are not making the playoffs this season, Sizemore is in danger of being shut down in September. It’s not like he’s putting up monster numbers when he plays so if you are not in a keeper league, cut Sizemore and pick up a more useful OF.
He just had his appendix removed and won’t be back until early September. His absence might actually help your team too. Before the injury, Hart was batting .264 with 11 home runs and 40 RBI. Prime waiver wire material.
He has only had one month where his ERA ended under 5.00 and now is looking at a possible demotion to the bullpen with newly acquired Carl Pavano joining the rotation. Owners should feel free to drop Liriano and chalk up 2009 as a lost season for him.
Since the beginning of July, Cueto has posted a 1-5 record with an 8.13 ERA and 1.95 WHIP. He has shown no signs of turning things around and has really ruined what started out as a great season for him.
We all knew Branyan’s .280 batting average at the All-Star break was a mirage. He is a .234 career hitter and has been on nine different teams. The power is nice but since the beginning of July he has batted just .162, which can cripple a team. Cut bait and pick up someone who can give you power without sacrificing your team’s batting average.
In 2008, Saunders enjoyed a season where he posted a 3.41 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. This season, however, it has been a different story as Saunders has a 5.33 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. He just landed himself on the 15-day DL so those waiting for him to return to 2008 form can comfortably cut him loose.
Galarraga bursted onto the 2009 scene with a very strong April, but since then he has been very pedestrian. Since going 3-0 with a 1.85 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in April, Galarraga has posted a 3-10 record with a 6.05 ERA and 1.62 WHIP. It has been a very rocky season for the 27-year-old and you don’t want to be any part of it anymore.
Brandon Inge proved himself to be a valuable catcher before the All-Star break, but those owners who have held onto him have been sorely disappointed. Before the break Inge batted .268 with 21 homers, but since then he has hit only one home run and posted a .189 batting average. He has had some injury problems, but he is also coming back down to earth a little here.
Bruce finally removed his cast and says it feels “as good as can be expected.” He is aiming for an early September return and can provide your team with some power for the last month. However, those who take a chance on him should be aware that it may take a while for Bruce to adjust to hitting again and the power may not come right away.
His line from his last rehab start was very impressive- 6 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 0 BB, 11 K. However, it was against Double-A competition and while 11 strikeouts are nice, he still let up three earned runs in just six innings. I’m not buying a Pedro comeback, but he will be up in the majors soon to help that Phillies rotation. I’m guessing Jamie Moyer becomes the odd man out, but with the Phillies owing him a lot of money, they may go to a six man rotation for the rest of the season. Just thank management for not sending J.A. Happ to the bullpen as previously reported.
Good news (well kind of) for me as C.C. Sabathia pitched a gem against the Red Sox on Saturday and Dan Haren continued his path towards second-half mediocrity. Sabathia vaulted ahead of Haren in ERA and WHIP and brought BAA within 20 points. Here’s how they stand today:
C.C. Sabathia: 5 GS, 4-1, 34.1 IP, 3.41 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, .271 BAA
Dan Haren: 5 GS, 2-2, 31 IP, 4.94 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, .250 BAA
Tags: Armando Galarraga, Brandon Inge, Corey Hart, Fantasy, Fantasy Radar, Francisco Liriano, Grady Sizemore, Jay Bruce, Joe Saunders, John Smoltz, Johnny Cueto, Jose Reyes, Pedro Martinez, Russel Branyan