It’s playoff time in most fantasy baseball leagues. It’s do or die. The league title is on the line and the bottle of Yoo-Hoo could be dumped over your head!
Unlike in the real thing, in fantasy baseball, September is the time to start dealing your starting pitchers. Moving pitchers in and out, as much as your league rules permit, during playoff time is critical to your winning the playoffs.
Managers should surely take advantage of two start pitchers this time of year. BatBoy BeeZee has kept you informed of two start pitchers all season long! Now, is especially the best time to pay attention to his excellent advice.
PAY MORE ATTENTION TO MATCH UPS
Now is also the time when many MLB managers of teams who are out of the running are trying out new players. Usually, managers won’t start their September call-ups this time of year against teams that are in contention, but if there’s a game between two non-contenders, take advantage of the match-ups.
Same with starting pitchers whom will face a difficult schedule the next few starts. Drop them in favor of a less reliable pitcher who has a bunch of patsies left on the docket. The same goes for hitters as well, of course.
If you don’t play in a keeper league, after your starting pitcher has made his last start, drop him. I don’t care if he’s Cliff Lee, drop him. He’ll do you no good the rest of the season.
And, most importantly (you’ve heard this advice before), don’t ever yell at a player at a game and tell him he’s on your fantasy baseball team. He really doesn’t care.
TIGERS HOLD 2009 TRYOUTS
Fantasy Baseball Dugout Tip: Following this plan of action, look to pick up Texas’ Kevin Millwood next week. On Monday, the Rangers will host Dontrelle Willis and the Tigers in Willis’ first start in the majors since May. Willis, who had labrum and rotator cuff surgery in 2007 had struggled with the Tigers all season before being sent down. How bad was it? Willis walked 21 in 11 1/3 innings and had a humongous 10.32 ERA.
Willis, who is remarkably just 26-years-old, has started five games at Single A Lakeland and AAA Toledo where he’s a more respectable 1-1, 4.41. But, the Mud Hens don’t face lineups like the one that Josh Hamilton and the Rangers will throw at him on Monday night. You’d have to think that Millwood, who has been admittedly less than stellar recently (1-2, 6.62, last 3 starts), has a good chance for a win on Monday night to run his record to 10-9 on the season. In Millwood’s one outing this year against the Tigers, he pitched a complete game win giving up just 6 hits, one walk, and one earned run.
After the start, if your league allows it, drop Millwood as he’s likely to pitch again on Sunday against the Angels. That’s a matchup you don’t want.
If you want more, the Tigers will continue their September lab experiments on Wednesday as Freddy Garcia takes to the mound for the first time since June, 2007. Phillies’ fans surely remember that Garcia’s one win in the 2007 season cost them a cool $10 million.
Garcia will face Vicente Padilla (13-7, 4.69). Garcia pitched a combined five innings in the minors this year so I wouldn’t expect him to be in the game long enough to earn a win, even if he is effective. Padilla, just off the DL is another good one night pick up. Padilla, beat the Mariners on Tuesday night in a strong return performance.