Finch Files: Cardinals will improve
Hello out there! Welcome back to another installment of the Finch Files. It's been a hot week in Arizona, but training camp was great anyway. We're scrimmaging now, so I'm getting my arm in shape. It's rough going sometimes, but I love it. I'll definitely be ready for Opening Day with the Chicago Bandits at the end of June. Our first game is against the Rockford Thunder, so I'll be facing Kat Osterman. I'm excited for the matchup. She's a great girl and a great competitor, so it's bound to be a fun way to start the season!
On a separate note, we had a great Mother's Day over the weekend. I hope everyone out there had the same. Looking back to the last one when Ace was only a few days old, it's hard to believe it's already been a year! He's such a funny little guy with a happy personality -- he certainly makes me glad I'm a mom.
Let's get to the mailbag. We've got some good questions this week, so keep 'em coming!
Mike, Washington, D.C. : Jennie, do you think Scott Rolen is going to come out of his slump soon? Mike Lowell and Hank Blalock among others are available in my league. Should I drop Rolen now, or wait it out some more? Thanks
Jeff Wallace, Lake Havasu City: Hey Jennie. I got one question and one comment. I got a trade proposal from another team in my league. The trade was Lance Berkman and C.C. Sabathia for Randy Johnson, Carlos Beltran, and Rafael Soriano. Should I accept the trade even though it's a three-for-two deal his way? Second, I live in Arizona, and I would give anything for my daughter Shelby to have an opportunity to meet you. She is 9 and has played 3 years of softball and wants to learn how to pitch. Any suggestions from the "best"? Thanks for your input. Sincerely, Jeff Wallace
If I understand you correctly, he's getting Randy Johnson, Carlos Beltran and Rafael Soriano from you. If that's the case, then I think Berkman and Sabathia is a good deal for you. Soriano is a temporary closer. I know I hyped Randy Johnson in the preseason as a good value, but the reality now, that the season's under way, is that he's a 42 year-old who could break down on any pitch. Beltran would be the best of the five players, but Berkman isn't far behind and Sabathia is a big upgrade to your pitching.
Scott Z, Houston : I have Adrian Beltre on almost every team. He's killing my batting average and other stats. I keep waiting for him to get back to form when he was with LA. Am I dreaming or what? Should I drop him for the likes of a Mike Lowell?
Bertha, Pasadena: I picked Barry Bonds late in my draft, thinking his upside is worth it over potentially mediocre players. Obviously it has worked out so far, and my question to you is do you think this will continue? Is Bonds one to slow down with .290-30-90 numbers, or could he be the Bonds of old, hitting high-.300s with 40-plus homers?
Dave Webster: Can I count on Chipper Jones to stay healthy and produce all year? Also Delmon Young is a player I just traded for in exchange for Marcus Giles and James Shields who were both FA pickups. Will he hit like what the projections say, or struggle since he's still so young?
Delmon Young will have his ups and downs this year, so I don't think he'll quite hit his projections, this year, but you'll probably want to draft him again next April.
Andrew Kantner, Charlottesville I'm in a H2H league. I've got Eric Gagne and Akinori Otsuka. Right now, Dan Wheeler, Al Reyes and Ryan Dempster are sitting on the waiver wire. If I drop both, I can have two closers rather than playing the Rangers DL-game all season, but I know those guys are available for a reason (and Gagne could be magic in a bottle). What do you think? Thanks!
Max, Philadelphia: Jenny, I just want to ask your opinion on two young potential studs; Tim Lincecum and Phil Hughes. I used a waiver spot on both of them and have them sitting on my roster hoping that they'll turn into potential studs, but I don't know if I'm wasting my time. What do you think?
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