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Strategy help: should I give up on stolen bases?

Postby bobnerns » Thu Jul 08, 2010 5:36 pm

My league is 10-man, H2H most categories, 5x5 non-keeper. Currently I'm solidly in first (10-1-2 record) and will almost certainly make the playoffs (top 4 teams). After the draft, I realized that I picked way too many speedsters. I drafted Rollins at SS and my OF was Shane Victorino, Hunter Pence, Nyjer Morgan, Michael Bourn, Rajai Davis, and Brett Gardner. Looking back I don't know what I was thinking only drafting fast outfielders.

Before the season, I traded Morgan for Manny Ramirez. About a month in I traded Brett Gardner for Josh Hamilton (when Hamilton was hitting under .200). I obviously dropped McLouth a while ago. And a couple of weeks ago I traded Victorino for Zach Greinke because my pitching was weak. I also picked up Magglio Ordonez from free agency at the beginning of the season and Adam Jones off waivers early on. So that leaves me with Rollins, Bourn and Davis as my only real speed. Rollins hasn't been stealing much with his calf injury and Davis has now lost his starting role with Coco Crisp healthy.

I shopped Rajai Davis around but got no takers. When I was just about to drop him, I thought to package Davis and Bourn to buy low on Jason Bay. I've talked to Bay's owner and he is willing to do the trade.

So this leaves me with the big question: do I want to completely abandon the steals category? Right now, Davis is a drain to all stats other than steals. And Bourn isn't and won't produce well in the others as well.

If I make this trade, my team will be
Miguel Montero C
Miguel Cabrera 1B
Rickie Weeks 2B
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Jimmy Rollins SS
Clint Barmes MI
Gaby Sanchez CI
Josh Hamilton OF
Adam Jones OF
Hunter Pence OF
Magglio Ordonez OF
Jason Bay OF
UTIL - Free agent I pick up
Bench - Victor Martinez DL
Bench - Manny Ramirez DL
DL - Chase Utley

Obviously I have a lot of injured players (including Yovani Gallardo and Josh Beckett). Right now I have such a large lead that I can wait out these players. When Martinez is healthy, I'll rotate him, Montero and Sanchez between the catcher and middle infield positions (since Martinez has C and 1B eligibility). And with Ramirez healthy I'll rotate my OF depending on matchups, etc.

So should I do it?
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Re: Strategy help: should I give up on stolen bases?

Postby Padsin05 » Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:00 pm

you should try to get Bonds
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Re: Strategy help: should I give up on stolen bases?

Postby DaSh 1s » Thu Jul 08, 2010 6:06 pm

In before the move.
B-Chad wrote:Pedroia's LD rate of 20% is reason to believe he'll maintain a higher BA then Cano. It should also be noted he hits more FB's then Cano, which means that even if he posts a lower HR/FB then Cano, he should come in reasonably close to Cano in HR's
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Re: Strategy help: should I give up on stolen bases?

Postby bobnerns » Thu Jul 08, 2010 8:50 pm

Padsin05 wrote:you should try to get Bonds

What?

DaSh 1s wrote:In before the move.

Again, what?

Anyone have advice that actually makes sense please?
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Re: Strategy help: should I give up on stolen bases?

Postby Padsin05 » Fri Jul 09, 2010 5:04 am

here since you are relatively new here and the webhamster is on vacation

Dont post questions about your team and what you should do in the Baseball Leftovers forum
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