Tag:Pickup of the Week
Posted on: August 26, 2008 3:51 am

Pickup of the week: Petit

Yes, I'm back for a second time to single out that one guy to target for this week and beyond, and I think I have a name that might tickle your funny bone.

Yusmeiro Petit.

Ah, it feels good just to say. I talked about him pretty extensively in my Sliders column (which I'll try to avoid doing in the future), so I won't repeat the same stuff I said there. Really, Petit's statistics should speak for themselves. He has a 2.65 ERA and a 0.76 WHIP in six starts -- all while pitching for a contender. If he was named Phil Hughes and pitched for the Yankees, he'd be owned in 94 percent of Fantasy leagues, but since he pitches for the Diamondbacks, he's owned in 24 percent.

Poor Petit. Poor 23-year-old Petit, so young and ... petite? I don't know.

I'm sorry for using the phrase "tickle your funny bone."

That's all for now.

Posted on: August 19, 2008 2:29 am
Edited on: August 19, 2008 3:01 am

Pickup of the week: Wigginton

From now on, I've decided I'd do something quick on Monday, when I have to divert much of my attention to the Sliders column. I thought I'd introduce a pickup of the week, beginning this week with Ty Wigginton.

Granted, Wigginton won't have many weeks like this last one, when he hit four home runs and had multiple hits in six of seven games, but he so far has the best power numbers of his career, even trumping his 116 at-bat 2002, when he shocked the world with six home runs right out of the minors.

His greatest attribute, of course, is qualifying at second base -- one of the weakest positions in Fantasy -- but don't underestimate the value of him also qualifying at third base, first base, and if recent trends continue, outfield. If you like Mark DeRosa because of his versatility, Wigginton might offer even better numbers now that the Astros have committed to playing him every day.

And you can bet they'll play him every day. They can't afford to lose anymore thunder in their lineup -- not with Carlos N. Lee more or less done for the season.

That's all for now.
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