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Dear RotoRob: Seeking Smoltz Insurance

July 13, 2007 | By James Morris | comment on this post
San Francisco Giants starter Tim Lincecum looks poised for a big second half.
Tim Lincecum could be a great second-half choice if you’re a concerned Smoltz owner.

Dear RotoRob.com,

I’ve got a baseball question for you: With John Smoltz’s health up in the air, I was thinking I might want to scour the waiver wire to see what will be available if he does go on the DL. In our league we can only pick up a guy if one of ours goes on the DL. They will hold the spot for Smoltz while he is on the DL.

Some of my choices:

Young guys include Tim Lincecum, Chad Billingsley and Fausto Carmona. Others available: Justin Germano, Jeff Francis, Greg Maddux, Chad Gaudin, Paul Byrd and Jason Vargas.

Do you have any ideas on who would be the best replacement for the second half of the season? Any help would be gladly appreciated.

Thanks.

Daryl
Ashland, NE

Daryl,

It’s funny that you ask because I just got off the phone with Brad Ziegler from the A’s Triple-A team, who I was interviewing for a story on the site. He was talking to me about how much he likes Lincecum. If I were to pick up someone to hope for a big second half, Lincecum would be my guy after that conversation. The mere 13 hits and three runs he’s allowed over his last three starts and 20 IP doesn’t hurt, either.

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