Finch Files: Nick Swisher, Julio Lugo
Hey Finch Files followers! I'm enjoying hearing from some of you multiple times. I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day weekend. We had some good family time ourselves. It's getting harder to find that time, between my husband Casey Daigle's playing schedule and mine. Sometimes it feels like we're running all the time -- a marathon. We really enjoy the moments we have with each other and our 1-year-old son Ace.
Speaking of marathons, I think this might be a good time to remind everyone out there that the baseball season is a marathon of sorts. We're still seeing skewed statistics out there from the cold weather on the east coast at the beginning of the season. Hang in there. Things will balance out for the most part.
With that, let's get to the mailbag and your questions!
John (Brooklyn): Nick Swisher is a career .260 minor-league hitter and a .250 major-league one. Is his average to date legit and he's finally matured, or should I just trust the history? How about Julio Lugo, who's currently putting up good numbers in every category outside of his average -- will we ever know which player we'll get out of him?
Same comment applies to Lugo. I expect he'll start hitting in the .270 - .280 range as we've seen in the past. This is a marathon. Players have peaks and valleys. With the cold weather in the northeast earlier this season, a lot of averages are a mess. I think the fact that he's driven in a lot of runs (30 RBIs) and stolen 15 bases bodes well for him to have even bigger numbers when he starts hitting well.
Ryan (Rosemount): Do you know if ESPN is going to televise any of the softball games that you're preparing for?
Tammy: Jennie, this really isn't a fantasy question, I was just wondering what you think of Cal Ripken Jr.? My husband absolutely loves the man, buys all his books and coaches fastpitch softball according to some of the standards that Cal has set concerning attitude, work ethic, etc. & Just wondering if you think that's ok ... since he's a baseball player and not a fastpitch player?
Justin, (Chaska, MN): What should I do with Bob Wickman? Should I keep him or get an extra infielder, say Howie Kendrick? Or should I go after another closer? I have Ryan Dempster as well, and nobody knows what will happen with him.
Jeff (Lake Havasu City, AZ): Hey Jennie. I gave you a holla last week in reference to a trade and it worked out great. I had confidence in myself, but just wanted a second opinion.. As for a baseball pick up, I have been "eye ballin" Carlos Pena from Tampa Bay. What do you think of him and would you think of possibly considering to drop maybe a Jeff Kent or an Adrian Gonzalez for him? I use these two as utility players to back up David Ortiz.
As for your fantasy question, stick with Kent and Gonzalez because they both have long-standing track records. Even in 2006 when he was limited by injuries, Kent produced outstanding numbers. Gonzalez hit .336 in the second half last year. My concern with Pena is that he's had hot streaks like this before and then became frigid. Keep tabs on Pena but stick with what you have.
Amanda (Raymore,Mo) I'm a big fan of the Royals born and raised in the KC area. do you think they have a good pitching lineup?
Alex (Mich): A guy in my league was shopping Albert Pujols. I made several offers trying to unload Carlos Delgado. After several failed attempts he offered me Pujols and J.J. Hardy for Delgado and Jose Reyes. As much as I didn't want to part with Reyes, Hardy is having a career year and Pujols for Delgado, I think, is a no-brainer. I saw Pujols play in Detroit and he was tearing it up. Even though I had to give up Reyes, do you think this was a good deal to make? I did go ahead and pull the trigger on it while it was still on the table. Your thoughts?
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