Wednesday, July 6, 2011

San Diego Padres - Fantasy Fillers

I am not talking about the Good Ol' Days of Tony Gwynn, Derek Bell, Andy Benes and Andy Ashby . This new look Padres team is filled with potential, and plenty of pitching.

Pitching
Every year the Padres put up great pitching numbers, with the help of their home ballpark.  However, Tim Stauffer(59% owned)  has proved he can pitch anywhere and deserves a roster spot on a weak pitching staff.  Stauffer has a sub 3 era and has already logged 112 innings while striking out 89 batters.  In 18 starts he has just 10 decisions though leading to a 5-5 record.  He has been great all year long, and should keep it up and be on your roster if you need pitching.

Aaron Harang had already won 7 games before landing on the DL June 10 with a foot contusion.  If he can come back and continue to pitch the way he was before the injury, you must pick him up.
 
If your league uses Relief Pitchers, just take anyone who has SD attached to their name. 

Hitting
Even though they rank in the bottom of nearly every offensive category, there are some nice fill in players on the Padres roster.  The top two are OF Ryan Ludwick(39%) and 3B Chase Headley(30%).  Ryan Ludwick's 52 RBI should be reason enough to have him on your team.  If he was scoring runs more frequently his value would be incredible.  Remember, this guys hit 20 HR and drove in 97 RBI just 3 seasons ago.  Headley is one of the 4 3B batting over .300, but the biggest concerns with him are the lack of pop and strikeout frequency.  2 home runs from your 3B is tough to live with but the .300 average, 23 doubles and 40 walks can not be over looked. 

Young stud Anthony Rizzo(9%) is someone to keep an eye on during the second half of the season.  I think the All Star break will be great for him, as it will give him a chance to go home, relax and come back with a fresh start.

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