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Postby Lakeland » Fri May 02, 2003 12:55 pm

Is there any good catchers in the MLB besides Piazza, Posada, or Rodriguez. I have santiago and toby hall but am not please with their numbers, besides the guy from oakland is there anybody else worth picking up?

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Postby msaint » Fri May 02, 2003 1:23 pm

While he won't thrill you with his average, Varitek should post some pretty good RBI numbers in that Sox lineup over the course of a season, and give you maybe 13-15 HRs.
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Postby ondeckb » Fri May 02, 2003 3:43 pm

Ramon Hernandez may be having a breakout year. Another intriguing possibility is Marrero, IF he heats up and IF he gets enough playing time.
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Postby rotisseriking » Fri May 02, 2003 3:54 pm

Um, Jason Kendall?? Mike Matheny may be having a career year but his numbers are a helluva lot better than Piazza's so far.
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Postby timkell » Fri May 02, 2003 3:58 pm

I think if you don't have one of the big three then you just need to play the hot hand. Some guys, like Kendall, deserve a little more loyalty than the rest of the pack, but if you have Santiago, you play him while he's hot, then drop him as soon as he falters for some other guy who's had a good two weeks.

If you're in a daily league, Charles Johnson might be available on the waiver wire. You can start him whenever they're home. He's hitting almost .400 at home, but awful on the road.

Then you just swap out other guys while the Rockies are on the road.

I have Posada, though, so I'm happy.
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Postby ball crusher » Fri May 02, 2003 4:26 pm

I agree with ondeck, Hernandez is putting up respectable numbers and appears to be playing very consistently.
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Postby jdh » Fri May 02, 2003 5:11 pm

A few other catchers to target. Lo Duca is one of the better offensive catchers, and should hit well enough not to hurt your batting average, probably in the .280-.290 range with some power. Kendall is considered by many to be in the top 3 or 4, but he has really declined, is injury prone and is hurt by the Pirates' dreadful lineup, especially without Giles right now. Lieberthal is another excellent option, because he is hitting in the midst of the Phillies lineup, alongside Thome, Abreu and Burrell. In fact, the Phillies are currently using him as their cleanup hitter, he is so hot right now and if he can stay healthy could have a monster season.
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Postby HYLRedSox » Sat May 03, 2003 6:05 pm

All's I have to say is... Varitek 2 SB's today! Yea!
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Postby Quaker » Sat May 03, 2003 6:13 pm

I picked Matheny off the wire after the first week and he's been fine. I don't expect it all year, but I'll take it while he's hitting.
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