The 98.8 percent-owned Nady began the 2008 season with his usual opening day binge (4-for-7, 2 HR), and he was batting .337 at the end of April. He's cooled off over the past week, going 1-for-17 in his last five games. He's hit one home run in his last 31 games.
LaRoche, however, has just started to produce. He's a career .179 hitter in April (.163 this season), and his OPS is 136 points higher after the All-Star break. The best April batting average he's ever managed was .214 in his rookie year.
He had a pair of two-hit games against the Cubs over the weekend, and LaRoche hit his fifth home run of the season (his fourth in May) on Sunday. The guy somehow managed a .272 batting average last season after an 11-for-83 April (.133). If he was recently dropped in your league -- and that wouldn't be much of a surprise, since his percent-ownership slips a little every week -- consider adding him.
If you've been contemplating a LaRoche-for-Nady swap, this would be the appropriate time.
Programming Note: We're off to film SportStream, then back for Closing Time.
- Xavier Nady
- Adam LaRoche