My OF consists of: Soriano, Sizemore, Bruce, and Nelson Cruz. Last night, I had Francoeur, Daniel Murphy, Jordan Schafer, and Travis Snider on the bench.
My SP are: Volquez, Vazquez, Garza, Slowey, & Lilly My RP are: Broxton, Fuentes, Francisco, and Balfour
I have no bench pitchers. Is it more valuable to have a pitcher on the bench? If so, do I drop Snider or try to trade him?
I dropped Schafer last night to pick up Pablo Sandoval. Now, I learn he might start for Atlanta. So, with my outfield above, do I drop Snider to get Schafer back or drop Snider for one of the pitchers below? Schafer could be helpful in a trade, or I could just get a pitcher below. HELP PLEASE!!
Available pitchers on waivers: SP: Carpenter, Meche, Carmona, Jimenez, O. Perez, Parra, Volstad, Maholm, Scherzer, Jordan Zimmerman, Tommy Hanson RP: Corpas, Lyon
Unless you think Schafer is the next Andruw Jones, I'd probably stand pat. None of those pitchers jumps out at me as needing to be picked up right away, and you likely won't get any value back on a trade for Snider until he has a hot week or two at the plate.
Scherzer, Carpenter, Meche, and Carmone should NOT be on the WW, unless we're in a very shallow league (8 teams or something crazy). Hate to say it, but at least two of Francouer, Murphy, Snider and Shafer do not have a spot on your team. Get you some of those startes!
Do you set your team weekly or daily? If it's a daily leauge, then yes you should pick up pitchers. I would drop two of these three: Franceour, Murphy, Snider for Carpenter and Scherzer.
The reason being that in a daily league you can use starting pitchers whenever they are scheduled to start a game. This means that a pitcher on your bench is more valualbe than a hitter on your bench. A hitter on your bench will only play when other, better hitters have the day off. Even if they had the same abilities, a bench hitter is 1/5th as valuable as a starting hitter as he will likely only play 1/5th as many games. A bench pitcher however is almost as valuable as a starting pitcher as he will likely play as many games for you as the other pitcher will.
Does that make sense?
With that being said, I am a big believer in Sandoval. If he does turn out to be as good as projected you could then trade him to another team in your league.