If LaNady existed, the Pirates would certainly prefer him to the combination of Xavier Nady, who does his hitting very early in the season, and Adam LaRoche, who doesn't do any hitting until much later.
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.
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