The Wire Troll: Trying Troy on for Size
Troy Tulowitzki’s hitting streak is drawing attention from fantasy owners seeking help at shortstop.
Well, I took a peak at my teams, and at the free agents in my leagues. I see some big names, but then I see low stats by those names. Do I grab them or wait? Reach, or hold what I have? Well, that’s the point of this column and if I can’t answer my own questions, I am in some trouble! So, read on to see what I decided.
SS Troy Tulowitzki, COL — With the Rockies playing every day from Monday to Sunday next week, Tulowitzki (No. 13 on our top 30 prospects this spring) could be a good shortstop replacement if you need one. He hasn’t been lighting it up stats wise, but he is on a seven-game hitting streak and is batting 12-for-31 (.387 BA), with two HRs, eight RBI, and a triple over this stretch. Don’t drop someone good for him, but if you need a DL replacement, give him a look as he is the Rox starter at short.
OF Coco Crisp, BOS — Crisp is batting much better after his completely horrible start. In his first 10 games, he was just 4-for-36 for a lame .111 BA. In the last 12 games, Crisp has gone 16-for-44 for a .364 average. I like Crisp as a hitter and think he is a good bet for the long run if he can stay healthy. Remember that last year was essentially a lost season because of his ongoing thumb issues. I’d give him a good long look. [Note that Coco is out of the lineup Saturday with a stiff neck; it's unclear if this will affect his status next week, but it's something you need to be aware of.]
SP Fausto Carmona, CLE — Well, I’ve been reading all over the place that SP Jake Westbrook (abdomen) appears headed for the 15-day disabled list. Therefore, Carmona will be recalled to take the hill for Monday’s game. It’s not that I think he will toss a no-no, but if you need a start or two next week, he looks like a good bet pitching against the 12-16 Orioles.
SP Mark Hendrickson, LAD — All I am going to say is that if he is still available in your league and you still haven’t grabbed him, you need to stop reading this right now and go read about knitting or something on some other web site. The guy has a crazy ratio of 4.55 hits per nine innings, is fanning 7.8 K/9, and a 1.30 ERA to go along with his 0.69 WHIP. Grab him while he is hot. Who knows how long it will last based on his awful 2006 season.