Well my trusty old (and I do mean old) laptop finally went to the big Silicon Valley in the sky. Ten years, two hard drives, and one battery later, it finally suffered something I can’t fix. Therefore, the next installment might not be up for a couple of days because typing this on a tablet SUCKS!. But this one is still here. Enjoy!
Over the next week, we will be going over the buy low and sell high options for each position. We will follow the positions the way that the powers that be in baseball decided. Since this is the fifth installment, we will focus on position 5, which is third base!
As with each baseball season, there are plenty of players that are well over or well under their career averages. Finding the players that will either shed their horrid slumps, or cool off after hot starts can be the difference between winning and losing your league.
How does one go about finding the overachievers and underachievers? Season numbers vs. careeer numbers are a good place to start. But everyone has to have a breakout season sometime. What if a players is in the midst of one of those? Sometimes you just have to go with your gut…….and hope you are reading the right column!
Buy low candidates:
David Wright, Mets: Wright is having a disappointing season, causing some naysayers to throw dirt on his major league career. Wright is 31, but his skills have not diminished that much. Wright has double digit homers and steals every year except for his 69 game rookie season when he stole only six bags. His days of 25+ home runs are gone, but there is no way that he will only hit the ten bombs that he is on pace for. He should be somewhere near 20. His steals are right in line with the last few years, but you can bet the power will increase, and maybe even the batting avrerage. While his .271 mark is still good, He is a career .300 hitter. He could get close to that once again.
Manny Machado, Orioles: Machado has gained more notoriety for his off field antics and injuries than anything he has done on the few. That is like because a .218 average, four home runs, and 11 RBI is nothing to brag about. Machado has not developed a lot of home run power like owners had hoped, but that could happen once he gets going. He was a career .279 hitter before the season, so his average will likely rise significantly. He also clubbed 51 doubles last year in his first full big league season. Even if ten percent of those go over the wall instead of into it, that could put him at 20 homers. His upside is immense, even in redraft leagues.
Ryan Zimmerman, Nationals: The trouble with Zimm has always been the injuries. Well, maybe he got that out of the way for this season already. His two home runs in 73 at bats is well below his career output, but I chalk that up to some rust. The fact that he is about to gain outfield eligibility will help his value out a lot in standard leagues. His .275 average is right in line with his career numbers, but I expect the power numbers to climb as he settles in. The caveat with Zimmerman is the same as always: don’t pay much for him, because he has proven to be quite injury prone.