Who’d You Rather?

Posted: August 9, 2012 in Articles
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By David Kerr

This week for “Who’d You Rather” (shoutout to the “Dear Mr. Fantasy” podcast) @44jaydog on Twitter wanted me to compare Brennan Boesch and Lorenzo Cain. This is actually a pretty good comparison because of how they’ve both performed since the All-Star break.

Brennan Boesch OR Lorenzo Cain

If you visted fantasy websites or picked up a magazine in late winter or early spring, you probably saw Brennan Boesch and Lorenzo Cain high on a lot of people’s sleeper list. Both have taken different steps at not producing this year, but finally in August both have come around and seem to be relatively productive.

Brennan Boesch

Last season Boesch hit 14 home runs and maintained a .283 average. With Detroit’s acquisition of Prince Fielder, many thought he would fill in nicely in the 2 hole and hit 20 home runs with plenty of runs scored. Up to the All-Star break, Boesch was hitting. 243 with only 8 homers. What’s worse is that he wasn’t really getting on base either, walking only 12 times. You aren’t going to score many runs if you can’t make it to first base. Boesch has picked his game up a little bit batting .292 since the break. He isn’t hitting ahead of two premier players anymore though, as he seems to be back and forth between the 5 and 7 holes in the lineup. Though he won’t score as many runs, this should definitely increase his RBI total. If he can maintain a .280 average he could provide decent HR/RBI numbers in the final 2 months.

Lorenzo Cain

Lorenzo Cain was one of the hottest hitters in Spring Training this year. He batted .371 with 5 home runs and 5 steals and looked as though he was ready to really break out as a power/speed combo that could be had later in drafts. Those plans were derailed when he landed on the DL for 3 months with groin issues. Seemingly healthy, Cain has done very well since the break. His numbers are VERY similar to Boesch’s in the same time period, except that Cain has a slightly higher average and he’s chipped in 4 steals. Cain is now batting third in the Royals lineup, so if he catches fire he has the chance to put up serious numbers.

The Verdict: Lorenzo Cain. I prefer Cain over Boesch because with Boesch you know what you’re going to get and I just don’t see much upside. Also, if Boesch went ice cold, I think he’d be put in a platoon which would lessen his playing time. I don’t think that will happen, but it’s a possibility. If Cain is healthy, he’s going to play. The Royals aren’t that far away from contending and Cain could be an important part of the equation. He needs to get at bats at the Major League level. I could see him chip in another 4 or 5 home runs with 8 steals the rest of the way and if he hits .280, that’s pretty darn solid.

I will have another “Who’d You Rather” up this weekend when I compare Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen!

Thanks for reading! Comments are always welcomed and encouraged. If you happened to stumble upon my blog, you can follow me on Twitter and ask me your Fantasy Baseball question’s daily. Just click the Twitter icon below.

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  1. Jason says:

    You hit it right on the money here. To go further, in a keeper, Cain would be heads and shoulders above Boesch. Even though he is in fact a little shorter. I have been struggling with Boesch for 3 years now. He can only string together a half a season at best. Like you said, you know what you get with him. I’m going with upside, oh and also CF eligibility in Yahoo!. Thanks for the post, I look forward to following your blog. Jason

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