Buy or Sell (5.29.09)


Lester is trying to regain his 2008 form.


Jon Lester (Starting Pitcher, Boston Red Sox)– We all know what Lester is capable of. The problem is, we are still waiting for the young left-hander to take the next step in being “ace quality”. Lester has a knack for running into a bad inning and that is what makes his numbers look so terrible. His K per 9 and K:BB ratio are still outstanding. Lester has fallen victim of the longball which induces his tendency for the “big inning”. Fantasy owners are likely to trade him for a compliment given his ERA hovering just above 6 and a WHIP around 1.60. Try and buy low on Lester as I see him getting things straightened out and finding his form from last season. 

Alexei Ramirez (2B, SS, OF, Chicago White Sox)– Ramirez came onto the scene early last year and many thought he would be one of the top fantasy middle infielders in 2009. Well he has done nothing but disappoint his fantasy owners through the first month and a half of the season (.240 AVG, 3 HR, 20 RBI, 15 RUNS, 9 SB). However, within the last 10 days he has raised his average from .214 to .240 and has hit all three of his homers in that span. The speed is still there with 9 and should get you around 30 for the year. Maybe the last 2 weeks has been a turning point for Ramirez.

Matt Holliday (Outfield, Oakland A’s)– Don’t look now but the player who most people thought would go to Oakland and struggle, has finely found his comfort zone. After a slow start he has 5 HR in the month of May and raised his AVG from .240 to .273. He still isn’t putting up the stolen bases like he was last year but those days might be numbered. I would try and trade for him before he gets hotter.


Aaron Hill (Second Base, Toronto Blue Jays)– Aaron Hill, as all fantasy players know, has had one of the best starts to the season. His team has also started off hot but are mired in a terrible losing streak due to his team’s inability to hit. This puts more pressure on Hill to do it all and if no one else steps up, Hill may begin to press. His value doesn’t get any higher than right now so try and unload him on someone who is willing to sell the farm to do get him. 

Zach Duke (Starting Pitcher, Pittsburgh Pirates)– Duke has probably been a pleasant FA surprise for many fantasy owners so now I say that there is no better time than to sell him. Duke has proven he has been good at one thing throughout his career; Inconsistency. There is no better time than now to deal him for someone a bit more consistent.


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