A couple years ago I won our league’s championship with a team that finished the regular season one game under .500. It was easily the worst team I’ve had in recent memory, but somehow it’s the one that won the championship. (I have the September play of Juan Uribe — .347, 7 HR, 21 RBI — and Andy “The Lesser” LaRoche — .313, 5 HR, 18 RBI — to thank for that.)
Since then a debate has raged between members of our league: Just how far can a stream of spot starters take you?
To find out exactly what kind of production you can get by playing the daily matchups on free agency, I will spend the last month of the season picking spot starters at every position to field a team of unwanted players.
Only players that are owned in fewer than 50 percent of leagues will be considered, and because of the amount of teams that have already given up and moved on to football, I’ll do my best to avoid players who should be owned in over 50 percent of leagues (Carlos Gomez). Let’s see just how far this team can take us.
I was very tempted to pick several more Rockies, most notably Jordan Pacheco, but instead I elected to diversify my spot squad. Nothing against Mike Minor, but I just like a lot of the matchups Colorado has against him.
It was difficult to defend choosing Adam Lind, not because he has a bad matchup but rather because he doesn’t exactly have a good matchup. His sample size this season is pretty small, so I’m banking on his chances of homering at home against the right-handed Miguel Gonzalez.
Speaking of Gonzalez, I went back and forth on whether to include him because Toronto always scares me at home, but the Blue Jays have been pitiful over the last month scoring just 86 runs and striking out a whopping 238 times, both good for 28th-best in the Majors. Baltimore is on a roll, so I’ll roll with Gonzalez.