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I'm looking to take a chance on a young rookie pitcher in the second half, and I'm trying to decide between Daniel Hudson or Travis Wood. Who do you think will be better? I also may just wait on Jeremy Hellickson.
Also, to pick up one of these guys, I would need to part with either Mike Leake or R.A. Dickey. Would it be better to just let the two of those guys stay on my roster or are they both expected to struggle as the season moves on?
If you're going to roll the dice on a rookie, I would go with Wood. He went toe-to-toe with Halladay and didn't blink. Hudson struggled in his first outing and I don't think he was supposed to be called up this early. The Sox needed a starter since Peavy went down, so depending on what they do at the trade deadline, he could be shipped back down. Course, Wood has the same type of problem since the Reds have a bunch of guys coming off the DL, but I think he's a safer play.
I wouldn't keep Dickey. Yes, he's done pretty well so far, but his career numbers say he's going to come back down to earth. Not only that, but as a knuckleballer, you don't really know how he's going to pitch in a given day. He could be great for 8 innings, or he could be so bad he doesn't make it out of the 1st. I generally stay away from pitchers like that since I want reliable numbers and not a lottery ticket.
Leake's got your standard rookie issues (fatigue, batters see him enough to start figuring him out) so he's not a guy I'm keen on for the second half. I had him in the first few months of the season, and while his ERA was good, his high WHIP and lack of wins and K's led me to cut him loose.