shoelessjoetara wrote:I have a lineup like this:
C Mike Piazza
3B Aramis Ramirez
DH Chris Young
I know it is only the 2nd game of the year but when can I expect things to get better. My team has great pitching also Hernandez,Lackey, Bedard, Hudson, Capuano. It is a 14 team league so all pitching is so so. I am just worried a little looking for
a positive feeling.
While I will echo what everyone else has been saying and tell you that there's not any point in even looking at the standings at this point in the year, I'll also say that there are a couple things you can do.
What you should NOT do is start benching guys who you thought, on draft day, would be very solid for you this season. The reason is that you were probably right; give these guys a season, and they'll put up some studly numbers for you. So don't go benching studs like Pujols, Holliday, Aramis, Sheff, or even solid guys like Cano, Kent, etc.
What you CAN do, though, is think about benching the guys who you thought, on draft day, MIGHT do well, but who you also thought might not do well. These high-risk guys are the ones who you have to be ready to give a quicker hook because you (presumably) didn't have total confidence, even on draft day, that they'd put up great numbers. I would say that Alex Gordon and Chris Young fall into this category for you. Both are great prospects, but they're totally unproven at the Major League level, and even if you're confident that they'll eventually be good, there's no way of telling when that will start to happen. Now, Young's been doing just fine so far, although obviously you should bench him while he's out with this groin injury. But Gordon has seemed absolutely lost out there, having gone 2-for-26, with over 1/3 of his outs coming from K's. I'm not saying that you'd want to drop him, as I do think he'll be good this year, but with a guy who you viewed from the beginning as a high-risk player for this year, it's not a bad idea to bench him until he starts to have a couple good games in a row.
So, I guess what I'm saying is you should stick with your pre-season expectations. If you expected someone to produce solidly for you, then he will - leave him in your lineup. If you expected someone to be good but realized that he's unproven and a high-risk player, then sit him on the bench if he gets into a funk until he shows you that he's out of it. Don't go dropping anyone who had any kind of appreciable value going into the season - that's how you lose leagues. But benching a struggling rookie isn't a bad idea.