I'd shoot for Harang, Josh Johnson, or possibly Gallardo. If you want to shoot high you can try for Billingsly, Grienke, Peavy, or Sabbathia but unless someone is desperate for an OF'er it's very doubtful they'd accept. I guess try for one of those top 4 starters and if you get shut down go after Harang/JJ/Gallardo.
by WeTalkinAboutPracticeMan » Tue May 12, 2009 1:30 am
I like Ichiro going for either Billingsley, Gallardo, Johnson or Lester, as opposed to some of the other names that have been tossed around. I'm not exactly sure if you'll be able to get Bill or Gall one on one for Ichiro, but it's been mentioned in posts previous so I'm going to assume that it's a realistic possibility. The other guys I didn't mention above but have been some of the other names offered up in other places generally have suspect bullpens that could end up giving away hard earned W's, or even worse, blowing leads and then having those W's vultured later down in the bullpen. Also, some of the names don't have very strong offenses behind them, or pitch in some of the more generous hitter's parks. Obviously, these are all relatively minor considerations when compared to the individual skill and makeup of the pitchers themselves, but the minor things seem to have a much greater impact in fantasy baseball than they do in real life.
Billingsley, Gallardo, Johnson, Lester all play for teams with a lot of run-scoring potential and marquee hitting talents (even with Manny inactive, in Billingsley's case) that give these four guys some breathing room. Except for maybe Johnson, these guys also have generally stable and effective bullpens behind them with established closers. And all of these guys are also lights out on the mound and will rack up a respectable amount of K's.
Ichiro for any of these four would be a great trade for your team, in my opinion, but you'd be getting the better end of the deal targeting them in this order - Bill, Gall, Lester, Johnson. I'd really like to hear what you think about this assessment. Hopefully that was of some help to you, if you wouldn't mind returning the favor I'd appreciate it - viewtopic.php?f=29&t=384532 viewtopic.php?f=29&t=384532
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