Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Fantasy Errata

-- Borowski has been placed on the 15-day DL with arm tiredness ... or perhaps general shittiness. Betancourt is probably owned in every league, but he may not close. Kobayashi, the Japanese import, seems like he has a 50/50 chance, considering that the Indians apparently love Betancourt in the set-up role. Unbelievably, I actually expect Borowski to get his job back when he returns.

-- There is one player amongst my money-league fantasy teams who has not hit a home run. That would be Prince Fielder. You can't make this stuff up.

-- Nate McLouth is the number one player in Yahoo standard leagues. Mark Reynolds is number two. Xavier Nady is number five. Work that waiver wire, folks! Hell, Gabe Kapler at 11 and Mike Jacobs at 30 are probably still available in your leagues.

There is one pitcher in the top ten in Yahoo (Ben Sheets). There's only eight in the top 25, and Cliff Lee, Brian Bannister, and Zack Greinke probably went undrafted in your leagues. Papelbon and Isringhausen (??) are the only closers in the top 50. We're early in the season, but the message is clear: spending premium picks on starting pitchers is not a guarantee you'll get a premium season, and spending premium picks on closers is just foolish.

Also, small sample sizes can lead to ridiculous results: i.e., Mark Reynolds and Cliff Lee.

-- Saito was lit up my McLouth last night. I'd say pick up Broxton, but there's no way he's a free agent anywhere. Kuroda pitched well enough for the win (and to be owned in all league formats), but ends up with a no-decision.

-- Another save for Brian Wilson (and another walk). He appears to have settled down after some early season jitters. Randy Johnson pitched well, but ends up with a no-decision. Still, seven Ks in five innings is a harbinger of good things to come. If he hadn't given up three unearned runs, he'd be one step closer to 300 wins.

-- What's wrong with Pat Neshek? Maybe going vegan and blogging for hours a day isn't good for his career. (Err ...). There's no reason to waste time with struggling middle relievers with no shot to close.

-- Carl Crawford and B.J. Upton go deep. My prediction that Upton would be a better 2B option than Brandon Phillips seems right on the money, thus far.

-- Nice to see Billy Butler can angle those line drives into the air every once in a while. I don't know if we'll ever see 30+ homers from him, but he hits nothing but missiles.

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