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Postby Warpigs » Wed Apr 11, 2007 10:27 am

I know we're less than two weeks into the season, but as we all know, many fantasy owners are paranoid and fickle. At this point, which starting pitchers would you consider good buy-low candidates?

Some I would nominate for the list include:

John Patterson
Carlos Zambrano

(On the converse side, if I owned Josh Beckett, I would be trying to move him for an elite alternative)
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Postby ScrappyDoo » Wed Apr 11, 2007 10:42 am

I actually think Beckett is going to be solid this year. Something around a 3.7 ERA with 18-20 wins. The BoSox offense is legit and they seem to like scoring him runs. Hes so young and hes still learning. He has looked real nice this year so far.

I do agree with you though. He did start out last year pretty hot, then collapsed. And if I could trade him for a stud I would, but everyone seems to doubt him.


Patterson will bounce back, hes been solid in the past and hell need a few more games to get back on track.
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Postby DeadWinterDay » Wed Apr 11, 2007 10:43 am

Zambrano is probably the biggest buy low guy right now, or at least it seems to be that way cause I get a lopsided trade offer for him every 5 minutes in one of the leagues I'm.

I'd add Zito to the list. Possibly Schilling.



Lilly could be a sell high candidate, but I actually feel that he'll have a great year in the NL Central a la Arroyo last year.
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Postby masterpinky0509 » Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:08 am

I would question Patterson on the buy-low. I've watched him and he doesn't look good - 87-89 on the fastball, vs. 91-93 where he was 2 years ago. Also, poor control thus far.
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Postby Giambis » Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:25 am

Preface this by saying no smart owner is going to let you buy low on one of these arms. However, what I do think most every owner starts realizing (perhaps correctly) is that arms are unpredictable and sometimes incredibly unreliable. If you can turn that around to get a small deal, or even to get an owner who was previously unwilling to work out a deal for his #1 starter, that's something.

Kazmir is better than he's been pitching.
Myers as well.
I am also particularly high on Bedard, and his struggles in game one can be chalked up to nerves and a lack of control. He turned it around against the Yanks and should be ok
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Postby chris8 » Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:32 am

A few guys you could target if their owners only look at W-L records:

Dan Haren - 0-2 whilst giving up only 1 ER in 13 IP.

Bronson Arroyo - 0-1 with 13 K & 4 BB in 14 IP.

Cole Hamels - no wins yet in 2 quality starts, 2 ER & 15 K in 13 IP.

Ian Snell - 0-1 with 3 ER & 14 K in 13 IP.

Most owners will know to look beyond the W-L records, but not everyone (including some Cy Young voters :-D )
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Postby J35J » Wed Apr 11, 2007 11:34 am

chris8 wrote:A few guys you could target if their owners only look at W-L records:

Dan Haren - 0-2 whilst giving up only 1 ER in 13 IP.

Bronson Arroyo - 0-1 with 13 K & 4 BB in 14 IP.

Cole Hamels - no wins yet in 2 quality starts, 2 ER & 15 K in 13 IP.

Ian Snell - 0-1 with 3 ER & 14 K in 13 IP.

Most owners will know to look beyond the W-L records, but not everyone (including some Cy Young voters :-D )


Yeah you could throw Cain in that category too.


Bedard might be another option to buy low on...
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Postby Absolutely Adequate » Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:24 pm

I really like Zito in this category. He's traditionally bad in April and given the stadium and league, he's due for a turnaround.
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Postby mikhayl » Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:28 pm

Zito and Zambrano are always the answer to this question.
Let's go O's. Let's go Mets.
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Postby MissingOakley » Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:34 pm

I hear you on Haren, though his ERA is being held down by having given up a lot of cheap unearned runs. He's been lucky that so many of the runs haven't been charged to him.
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