Saturday, May 12, 2007

LaRoche Making Fantasy Impacts

I tend not to write about fantasy baseball too much, having lost an entire summer of my youth to a season of rotisserie. But I did like this analysis of Dodger Andy LaRoche, (espn insider, requires subscription) already making an impact on the Dodgers, and on fantasy baseball teams:

Andy LaRoche, 3B, LAD. This is cheating because LaRoche just got called up by the big club, and on Sunday was installed as the Dodgers' third baseman over struggling Wilson Betemit. This move indicates two things: (1) L.A. made a mistake counting on .140-hitting Betemit out of spring training; (2) L.A. isn't afraid to admit it. LaRoche wasn't exactly tearing it up at Triple-A Las Vegas (.235, 3 HR, 11 RBI), and his defense will be an adventure. But he needs to be owned in all NL-only fantasy leagues and in deeper mixed leagues.

Betemit made a pinch-hit appearance in tonight's game against the Reds, and went 0-for-1 to drop his average to .156. We need to give this guy a rest from the lineup, for the Dodgers' and his sake. I'm sure he's got potential, but he's a step away from hearing voices in the middle of the night. He needs a breather.

The ESPN article also says to keep an eye out on James Loney, 1B, LAD: "He hasn't been great at Triple-A Las Vegas; it likely would take an injury to Nomar Garciaparra." We still hope the Dodgers will Free James Loney.