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Dear RotoRob: You Gotta Have Hart

July 20, 2007 | By James Morris | comment on this post
Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Corey Hart is on a serious tear.
You’ll want to have surging Corey Hart active against the Cards next week.

Dear (Savior of the season),

I have A-Ram at 3B with Mike Lowell as a backup. I have Manny, Sheff and Carlos Lee at OF with Corey Hart as a backup. I have Jorge Posada at C with Pudge as a backup.

So here is my question: Lowell, Pudge, Hart…which guy should I stick in UTL spot? Should I keep rotating them or just pick one guy and go with it?



Over the past month, Hart has been on fire, going 32-for-108 (.296) with 26 runs scored, seven home runs, 18 RBI, and six stolen bases. I’d say play him until he cools off a bit. But, also look at the week’s upcoming match-ups to see how favourable it is to play him.

Lowell is playing Tampa and Baltimore coming up, so that is a favorable play there.

Hart has St. Louis, the Mets, and Philly coming up, so that could be a bit of a problem there (although note that the Phils have given up more runs than any NL team).

Pudge has the White Sox and A’s coming up, but in the middle of that he has the Angels.

I’d play Hart against the Cards, Pudge against the White Sox and A’s, then Lowell from Friday July 27 to Thursday August 2. For the utility guy, you can play the match-ups. Or, just stick with whoever is hot at that moment. Don’t have someone set in stone at the UTL spot because that is a flex position. You can put the hottest guy available in there regardless of position. Detailed enough for you?

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