Zimmermann is having a solid year (2.61 ERA, 1.12 WHIP). However, he only has 74 strikeouts and his record is 5-6.
Would he be worth dropping for Wainwright or Scherzer? In my league, I'm in 1st in ERA and 2nd in wins and WHIP, but second to last in strikeouts. Zimmermann is hurting me with the strikeouts, but he's been so good this year in two other categories so I'm not sure what to do.
I can't believe you're 2nd to last in Ks with that staff, but even taking that into account I wouldn't drop Zimm for either. Any gain you make in Ks would be offset in a corresponding drop in ERA and WHIP, and with Wainwright there's always the threat of an innings cap coming off TJ surgery, even though one has not yet been established. Plus, it looks like the Nats offense is starting to pick it up as everyone gets healthy, so the wins should come for Zimm in the second half. If anything I'd try to package Zimmermann with one of your extra bats to trade up for an elite pitcher, depending of course on other teams' needs.
tjoy wrote:I agree that I would not drop Zim for Wainwright. You'd be taking too much of a hit in ERA. Can you trade Zim, do a 2 for one and then pick up Wainwright?
By 2 for 1, what type of players are you referring to?
I just proposed 3 different trades (Zimmermann for Bumgarner, Zimmermann and Middlebrooks for Gio Gonzalez, and Zimmermann and Middlebrooks for Cueto) but people in my league don't seem to like trading.