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Dear RotoRob: The Hunter and the Haunted

June 6, 2007 | By James Morris | comment on this post
Cincinnati Reds outfielder Josh Hamilton is back from his, er, gastronimical issues.
Josh Hamilton has been a revelation this year, but keeping him over Hunter Pence? We don’t think so.

Dear RotoRob.com,

Hey, I have a tough decision. I have Josh Hamilton on the DL and I picked up Hunter Pence. When Hamilton comes back I need to decide which one I should keep. I only have one spot left. Who should I keep?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks.

Daryl

Daryl,

Last time I looked Pence was hitting .355/.389/.589 and Hamilton was batting .261 with a .336 OBP before the injury. Hamilton had to go on the DL for gastroenteritis, which means he had a bad tummy ache (at least that’s the Kool Aid the Reds wanted us to drink) and had to miss work for 15 days.

If I could, I would keep Hamilton in the DL slot and ride Pence until he calms down. If that is not an option, then I drop Hamilton and ride Pence until he cools off. The problem is that Pence is just going crazy at the plate right now and I wouldn’t cut him loose until he gives me a reason to. As we discussed last week, Pence has been a breath of fresh air in an otherwise putrid situation in Houston.

Hamilton is off the DL now, and doubled Tuesday night in his first game back, but Pence just won’t slow down (.400 in the past week).

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