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Knee-jerk reactions- dropping pitchers after horrible starts

Postby sportsaddict » Mon Apr 21, 2008 9:33 pm

I have Justin Germano in my Cafe league, and he basically just ended my chances at ERA this week.

Before I joined this site, I probably would have flat out dropped Germano, even though he's had a pretty good year until this start and has at least proved he is worthy of a roster spot in somewhat shallow leagues for a few more starts.

Has anyone ever dropped somebody after a horrible start, simply out of anger, and then ended up regretting it? I don't mean a slumping hitter- I mean a pitcher after ONE bad start.
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Re: Knee-jerk reactions- dropping pitchers after horrible starts

Postby freeling_prideful » Mon Apr 21, 2008 10:15 pm

I usually only do it with fringe pitchers who are interchangeable anyways. That being said, how deep is your league that you are firmly holding onto Germano?
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Re: Knee-jerk reactions- dropping pitchers after horrible starts

Postby pangbones » Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:17 pm

I have. Though only with "spot starters". I dropped Randy Wolf last year, after he got torched in his 2 starts for the week. He then had like 3 good games in a row, but then got hurt, so I didn't regret it too much. Guys like Germano, are borderline guys anyways, so unless it's a really deep league, you can probably get away with dropping him.
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Postby A Fleshner Fantasy » Mon Apr 21, 2008 11:19 pm

I almost always wait at least a day before making a decision. Knee jerk reactions almost never turn out well.
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Re: Knee-jerk reactions- dropping pitchers after horrible starts

Postby dclark0699 » Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:01 am

sportsaddict wrote:I have Justin Germano in my Cafe league, and he basically just ended my chances at ERA this week.

Before I joined this site, I probably would have flat out dropped Germano, even though he's had a pretty good year until this start and has at least proved he is worthy of a roster spot in somewhat shallow leagues for a few more starts.

Has anyone ever dropped somebody after a horrible start, simply out of anger, and then ended up regretting it? I don't mean a slumping hitter- I mean a pitcher after ONE bad start.


I don't regret it - but I cut Mark Buerhle in the middle of his opening day start this year. I never should have drafted him - been then convinced myself that starting him, as a lefty, against Cleveland would be a good idea.


Matt Cain was on the top of the Drops list the other day for Yahoo Public leagues.
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Re: Knee-jerk reactions- dropping pitchers after horrible starts

Postby Grounded Polo » Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:47 am

I cut bait on Ian Kennedy on the teams I had him right after his last start. I make knee jerk reactions pretty frequently with guys on the fringes of roster spots. If it's someone else, I'll try sitting on it.
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Re: Knee-jerk reactions- dropping pitchers after horrible starts

Postby Russell James » Tue Apr 22, 2008 9:55 am

I usually only drop fringe pitchers.

I dropped Morales last week after his horrible start. I'm just sick of looking at a 20+ ERA. I picked up Scott Baker who I had on my watch list anyways. He had a good start and I think he will be a decent 5th starter.
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Re: Knee-jerk reactions- dropping pitchers after horrible starts

Postby Yoda » Tue Apr 22, 2008 10:06 am

Grounded Polo wrote:I cut bait on Ian Kennedy on the teams I had him right after his last start. I make knee jerk reactions pretty frequently with guys on the fringes of roster spots. If it's someone else, I'll try sitting on it.


Same here. If I don't feel good about a player then I cut him. Generally these are the bottom half picks from the draft.
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