Start or sit: Will Justin Smoak step up?
June, 10, 2011
By Eric Karabell | ESPN.com
Generally on Fridays -- seriously, who doesn't love Fridays? -- I discuss some of the spot-starter options for the coming weekend, the starting pitchers I like and the ones who scare me. Well, this week let's take a look at the hitters. While it's true I won't be "spot-starting" hitters, I'm on the fence about a few players I could be sending back to the free-agent wire after this weekend, and there are a few others I'd like to see more of before entrusting them to my active lineup. So let's investigate.
Runnin' outta timeTy Wigginton, 1B/2B/3B, Colorado Rockies: Sure, the versatility is nice, but you have to hit a bit, too. Wigginton just isn't taking advantage of Coors Field (two home runs there), and I wonder how much longer the Rockies will keep using him. Wigginton is the 19th most-added hitter in ESPN leagues over the past week, and I don't understand why.
Justin Smoak, 1B, Seattle Mariners: That didn't take long. Smoak hit .229 in May, and so far in June he's hitting .226, which makes him too risky for me, especially when there are so many interesting corner-infield prospects coming to the big leagues, such as Anthony Rizzo and Mike Moustakas. Smoak gets three right-handed pitchers of varying recent success this weekend in Detroit, and if he exits the weekend 2-for-15, many of us might move on without him.
Peter G. Aiken/US PresswireJustin Smoak has hit just .228 since the start of May.