Sunday, April 25, 2010

April MVPS

1. Blue Vajayjays
Casey McGehee: .338 10/4/14/0
Who needs Ryan Zimmerman when you have this guy? McGehee is a big readon why the Jays are first out of the gate in April. Stolen bases are the only thing keeping this team under 100 points.

2. Hully13
Robinson Cano: .368 17/5/14/2
Everyone was predicting a breakout season and he's delivered so far batting in a run producers spot for the first time in his career.

3. Jefford Nation
Tyler Clippard: 3 Wins, 0.61 ERA, 0.75 WHIP
Clippard barely nudged out Kevin Gregg and Jorge Cantu for the award. Most sports forecasters predicted 3 Nationals wins in the month of April, not 3 from their 7th inning reliever.

4. Joba Hughes
Mark Reynolds: .254 13/7/20/1
The roto gold received no love on draft day. His average might be crap but he excels in every other category.

5. Choo-Choo Train
Ryan Braun: .366 14/5/20/4
As much as I hate giving the team MVP award to their 1st round selection he has done nothing but 'rake' since the opening pitch four weeks ago.

6. Halladays Homies, formly known as Mannywood 2010
Roy Halladay: 4 wins, .82 ERA, .88 WHIP, 28 k's.
We're looking at the major's first 25 game winner since the early 1990's. He's the best pitcher in baseball playing on the best offensive team in baseball. This usally equates to a good season.

7. Ravishing Rick Bo
Carlos Marmol: 0 wins, 3 saves, 19 ks (in 9 innings) .93 ERA, .93 WHIP.
Ryan's man crush is finally starting to pay off. His k rates have always been out of this world but he's now learning not to walk every other batter this season.

8. Fear Franchise
Ubaldo Jimenez: 4 wins, .95 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 25 k's.
I thought Ubaldo would win 18-20 games this year for a very good Colorado baseball club. I didnt predict this start but I can't say he's surprised me. He is the best in baseball at keeping the ball in the park and that's extremely important when half of your starts are in Colorado.

9. Los Hernandez-ez
Vernon Wells: .306 16/7/13/1
He's starting to cool down but Jays fans have to happy with the 7 ding dongs in the month of April. Perhaps he's worth that 120 million dollar contract afterall? Nah, not a chance.

10. Hairy Dingerz
David Price: 3 wins, 2.20 ERA, 1.05 whip. 26 k's.
People tend to forget that he was the first overall pick a few years back and was a 'can't miss prospect'. He's put it all together this year and looks almost unhittable. The general rule in the baseball world is to draft players that Jae Park reaches on one year too early.

11. The Brew Crew
Miguel Cabrera .347 11/4/22/0
Miguel and Kemp are keeping the Brew Crew from have almost zero statistics to speak of. The return of Aaron Hill should start to boost the offense and get this team moving in the right direction.

12. Smell the Glove
Tim Lincecum: 4 wins, 1.00 ERA, .93 WHIP, 32 ks.
From a pitching perspective, Smell the Glove is having a great season.
Hitting wise? Peeeeeeeweuhhhhhhhhhhh! He's a Ryan Howard injury away from finishing last in every category minus stolen bases. Trade for pitching for some ding dongs!

Next up mid-week: April Un-MVPS: Team Killers


Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bronson Baseball '10 Sunday Style Edition

Welcome to the Sunday Style Edition!

Gavin Floyd should have stayed in bed this morning; one inning pitched with an ERA of 63.00 and a WHIP of 10.00. Look at the bright side Smell my Glove, at least he had 2 K's. You'd think with that crappy performance he was pitching out of the bullpen for Fear Franchise.
Save alert, save alert, save alert! Los Hernandez-ez got his first one of the year! I'm pretty suprised you hadn't dropped that bum Broxton by now! Speaking of Ramey, tough night at the office: respectable stats: .310 average, a dave, whip below 1.00 and -10 points on the night! Welcome back into the pack my friend!
Three hundred dollar side-bet update:
Franchise 63.5
Ricky Bo 61.5
Mannywood 58.0
She's a tight race early in the season!

a couple of points to ponder heading into the work week:
Ricky Bo's hitters are starting to wake up...
glad to see that Brett Anderson and Carlos Marmol are human afterall...but Matt Garza, give me a break!

Vernon Wells -------- 5 HR
Jay Bruce ----------- 2 HR

He'll catch up by the middle of May at the latest. That side bet with Jefford and McMahon was the easiest one of the season! :)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Jimenez for Cy Young!

The three best pitchers to start the season are in the National League. I've never had the pleasure of watching Ubaldo pitch before but since they were playing the Braves tonight it was on cable. I must say, this is the first 'no hitter' I have ever watched from start to finish. His average fastball is slightly more than 97 miles an hour. His sinker is in the high 80's and his curve sits between 79 and 84. If my relief pitchers didnt have an average ERA of 12.00 I would be leading the league in ERA and WHIP with my combination of Jimenez, Santana, Marcum, Harden (and soon to be) Bedard. My pitching will be fine Bronson Baseball. Be afraid, very afraid.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

What's Happening in Bronson Baseball!?

Blue Vajayjays
Scouting Report: His whole offense is on fire! I predicted BV to finish in the top three and he's looking great thus far. The scary part is that his best offensive player outside of King Pujols has done nothing so far. (Zimmerman). So, my logic is when his other players begin to crash Zimmy will be there to balance things out.
Pitching wise, things are looking great. Injuries is the only thing slowing this team down.

Jefford Nation
Scouting Report: I did say that Jefford had the potential to be top 3 and he's obviously showing just that.
The pitchers have figured out Borbon, I can see him getting sent back to Triple A for more seasoning. Plan 1A, i.e. Scott Posednik, seems to have made up for it in the mean time. He's on pace to shatter Ted Williams .406 average one week into the season! Here's hoping he can break it! :)
Pitching wise, it's Kevin Gregg time baby. Enjoy the beautiful stats while they last because logic would predict if he couldnt hack it in the NL, he's going to get eaten alive in the AL East. However, as a Jays fan, I hope I'm wrong and he keeps up the amazing pace.

Ravishing Rick Bo
Scouting Report: Who would have thought the most feared power/speed combination in the land would lay a big fast goose egg the first two weeks into the season?
Does Alexi Ramirez have any stats at all? Who would have thought Napoli would only have nine at bats? Someone should give Ortiz and Arod some HGH, errr, vitiamins, to get them over the himp.
Pitching wise, holy, holy,cow! Every amazing start is on this team. If his offense can turn the corner and his pitching keep 80% of this pace, I'm *&$^#! in our three way bet with Mannywood.
Will Brett Anderson give up a run this season? Will Garza win the Cy Young? Is Grienke the best pitcher on the planet? Enjoy the run Ricky!

Los Hernandez-ez
Scouting Report: My preseason favourite is letting me down so far. His hitters are mashing (I for one thought Cruz would hit 40 homeruns this year if he managed 500 at at bats) so far. Vernon Wells with 5 ding dongs! Sweet! Something tells me that Jay Bruce might hit more this season (and I drunkenly bet Jefford and McMahon in the Falls) so we'll have to wait and see.
Pitching wise, your boys are just warming up. You still have a lot of points on the board that you'll obtain as the months go on. Sure fire top 3 finish if he stays healthy.

Scouting Report: The offense is doing pretty much as I predicted. I think this teams hits about .290, leads the league in runs and steals and is desperate for ding dongs and slightly below average in RBIS.
You heard it hear first: Polanco for MVP! Pitching wise, the team is strugggggling.
Santana can't beat the Nationals, and his army of relievers are getting shelled. He's pretty confident his ERA will be a run lower in 30 days.

Choo Choo Train
Scouting Report: Right where I predicted the club sandwich to fall. Very consistent, good in all areas, weak in none.
Speaking of Choo, he's been on fire, ditto for Jon Rauch. (5 saves!)
I'm currently taking bets on the over/under on when Gonzalez loses the closer gig. I say before May 1st.

Scouting Report: His offense is about what it should be, and getting Kinsler back next week should be a huge bonus. If De La Rosa follows up on his last performance that would be a huge bonus for this K starved roto staff.

The Brew Crew
Scouting Report:
Having Aaaron Hill land on the DL was no fun at all but riding Renteria's hot streak has eased the pain a little.
I'm also wondering, like you, when Jason Bay, who lasted way too long in our draft, is going to start knocking some runs in.
Pitching wise, these boys are loaded for the long run. Picking up Mike Leake could be a sneaky pay off. The 8th overall pick in the 2009 draft went 16-1 in college last year with more than a strikeout per inning and a whip well below 1. His control his much, much, better than his first start displayed. His stuff is average, but his control, when not super nervous, is well above the norm.

Hairy Dingerz
Scouting Report: Hairy, listen to me. Things are going to be okay. I really like your roster. Your hitters are struggling, but they'll come around. I love your pitching and you have help on the way come a late May/early June call up from Mr. Baseball, S.S.
I see you with over 70 points by May 1st. Take a deep breath!

Mannywood 2010
Scouting Report: Parkie, I should apologize. I don't mind your team and just like teasing you 'cause it's fun and i can. I also didn't mean to jinx you by saying if Brian Roberts went on the DL your season was over. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery!
Pitching wise, Roy Halladay is terrible. If you want to get rid of him, I could find a spot for him on my bench. Don't fret about Gallardo, he'll rebound. Also, don't panic with Jay Bruce...he's 0-17 but he's going to rebound and 'rake' at that ball-park. The last thing you'll want to do is get happy feat and trade him for a 37 year old closer with bad K's, WHIP, ERA etc. Give him two weeks, all will be well!

Smell The Glove
Scouting Report: There must be a lot of parity so far because your roster isnt struggling too bad and you're not getting any points.
That Ryan Howard guy is under-rrated. He called me this morning (we bonded during our championship run last year) and is really pissed off he is DHing. Quote, unquote "I'm Ryan Fucking Howard. He has some 30 year old duche bag rookie playing first base instead of me? Fuck that. I'm going to hit .240 for the rest of the first half and run his average into the ground. Smell that bitch, that will teach you!"
I tried to calm him down but he's really pissed off. I suggest trying to smooth things over!

Scouting Report:
Cheer up, things are looking positive. Your pitching will improve a lot, so just hang in there.
Chris Young, Dan Uggla, and Mark Reynolds on the same roto team!? I'm predicting a new record for worse average of all time. Somewhere, Ravishing Rick is smiling because is BA just started to look a whole lot better. Happy digging!

Fear Franchise-

Sunday, April 4, 2010

It's opening day!

Boston vs New York in Fenway Park. First pitch, 8:09pm. Josh Beckett vs C.C. Sabathia. My prediction for the game? It will be a high scoring game, something like 8-6 or 7-5. I really don't care who wins because I 'hate' both of them.
I have Pedroia, Ellsbury, and Nick 'DL' Johnson playing tonight. He already hurt his leg on Thursday when he fouled a pitch off of his thigh. For most people, they shake it off in a couple of hours. Nick!?, well it takes him 10x longer to recover from things. Here's hoping he stays healthy for the entire season at DH. If Derek Jeter and Johnny Damon can hit 20 bombs at Yankee Stadium, why can't Johnson!? Batting second for that line-up could provide some video game like statistics. Not bad for a 24th round pick in the Bronson Baseball Draft. Why was he still available? He ALWAYS gets hurt. Well, not this year my friends! You show them Nick, you show them!

Man I love baseball season!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Breaking down the predictions, One team at a time

Manywood 2010
Scouting Report - With only 45.5 points forecasted, Manywood needs BIG seasons from a couple of players to overcome some obvious weaknesses. This team is a Roy Halladay or Brian Roberts injury away from giving up on the season. Already forecasted with a weak RUN and SB ratio; Roberts is by far the best in both categories. Unless KungFu Panda can score 100 runs, I just don't see this current make-up competing in this area. I forecasted Roy Halladay much higher than his CHONE predictions. I gave him 22 wins, 210 ks, and 1.05 whip. Big seasons are a must from Webb and Edwin Jackson for Mannywood to move up in the pitching categories. Jay Bruce is a wild card player. He could go .300 30/100/100/15. If he does, Mannywood should be okay.

Jefford Natoin
Scouting Report - This team has much more potential than it's 53.0 points suggests. Jefford Nation ranked very poorly in the pitching categories. However, it wasn't because his pitchers were bad, it's because he does not have enough innings to go around! It's not likely that Kershaw, Carpenter, and Scherzer pitch 175 innings. Let's be honest, the more innings that Mark Buerhle pitchers for the Nation the worse his statistics will become. In my forecast, all of these pitchers stayed healthy, and his five relief pitchers averaged 60 innings pitched. Guess what? He's still over 250 innings shy from 1250! If you have something extra on your roster offer this man a trade for a decent SP! He's going to realize very quickly he needs another one. I suggest picking up Randy Wolfe, it worked for him last year! Also, Jefford dominated the power category. If he moves one of his boppers to the bench and inserts Borbon, he'll be much more balanced in RUNS, AVG, and SB. Bottom line, Jefford has the potential on his roster to move into the top 3.

Scouting Report
The balance offensively on this roster is very good. If his players improve their forecasted batting averages Hully13 could lead the way with the stick.
Pitching wise, I just see his ERA and WHIP being too fat to compensate. Bad ERA and WHIPS tend to lead to lower K's, less wins, and blown saves. This is area that needs to be addressed.

Harry Dingerz
Scouting Report
I think this team will outperform it's predictions. Offensively, I'm a big fan. If Dingerz can find a way to add some more SB I don't see any weaknesses at all.
Pitching wise, the potential is there for greatest. However, the potential goes both ways when looking a little bit closer.

Ravishing Rickbo
Scouting Report
Another team that will outperform their predictions. Offensively, this is the best power/speed team in the entire league. The AVG is a known problem, but it might be resolved on its own. BJ Upton is the wild card. Is he going to go .300/20/100/85/40or is he going to go .250/10/80/60/40. I guess time will tell! Pitching wise, the talent is there. The K potential with Marmol and Soriano as his number 1 and two closers is scary!

Brew Crew
Scouting Report:
Great offense, minus the Bombs and the RBIs. Having Figgins and Morgan in your line up pretty much sets you up in steals and runs, but cripples you in HR and RBIS. Hopefully he spins one of them into a power bat with a R or SB starved team comes a calling. Pitching wise, I just don't see it, but perhaps that's me. If Frank Francisco goes down with an injury, then Feliz is going to rack up a lot of saves.
Kuroda needs to stay healthy for Brew Crew to outperform his pitching forecast.

Choo Choo Train
Scouting Report:
This is a very interesting team. Very middle of the pack in terms of predictions. Not overly strong in any area, but also not weak in any area as well. The interesting thing with a team like this is that you have no idea how things are going to shake out. Even if the pitching outperfoms, what about the hitting? I like this team, I find it a very average,safe, consistent team. If roto baseball was a food, this team would be a club sandwich.

Smell the Glove
Scouting Report: Howard has a lot of pressure on him this season. Even if he hits 50bombs, this team still doesn't have enough power to compete. How long before Hamilton goes on the DL? If he stays healthy, this team obviously is in much better shape. I'm taking bets on who hits the DL first? Weekes, Hamilton, Peavy, or Duchscherer, Sheets, or Andrew Bailey. Smell the Glove doesn't need his team to exceed expectations to win the trophy, he just needs to pray to the injury Gods that the probable takes it easy on him in 2010.

Joba Hughes
Scouting Report:
I like the combination of speed and power on this team. I'm surprised this team managed to get 3 points in AVG with Uggla, Reynolds, Derosa, and McLouth all in his starting lineup. If these hitters average .275 this season, JOBA is in great shape. Pitching wise, I'm a big fan. Hansen was a steal and a potential Cy Young Candidate.

Fear Franchise
Scouting Report:
At least Fear is consistent. Last year was the only time in his Bronson Baseball life that he didnt finish last in HR. (thank-you Mr. Howard, Zimmerman, and Inge.)
Fear's 2010 roster can rake the hits, score a bunch a roles, and steal a lot of bases. He needs guys to step up to secure a couple of more points in HR and RBIs. Actually, he needs a miracle from God. Or, a couple of savy grades. Either will do. Pitching wise, Santana needs to stay healthy, ditto for Harden. Street needs to be back pitching by June 1st and Jimenez needs to take a step forward. If more than one of these doesn't happen, Fear can kiss the top five good-bye.

Blue Vajayjays
Scouting Report
No weaknesses on this team. I see them competing the entire season and only major injuries will slow them down. The wildcard of this team is Fransico Liriano. If he steps up and pitches the way he did this spring, he wins the entire league, no question about that.

Los Hernandez-ez
Scouting Report
My favourite team on paper. If Jose Reyes has 500 at bats this year, I just don't see how Ramey doesn't win the league. His hitting is consistent; nothing special, but very good overall.
Pitching wise, this team kicks some serious ass. Nolasco as a number 3 in a 12 team league? Forgetaboutit!
If Los Hernandez-ez adds another closer, he's going to be very tough to beat this season.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Fearless Forecast/Predictions for the Season

I have spent a large portion of the day inputting data into excel. It was a much longer process than I anticipated but I didn't want to quite half way through. I will comment on these results later in the weekend.

Below are the findings:

Fear Franchise 12 12 1 1 11 37
Ravishing Rick 1 2 11 5 9 28
Mannywood 8 1 4 6 3 22
Hairy Dingerz 6 3 9 11 2 31
Joba Hughes 3 10 5 3 7 28
Jefford Nation 5 6 12 12 1 36
Choo Choo Train 10 4 7 9 4 34
Los Henandez-ez 11 5 6 7 8 37
Hully13 2 9 8 8 6 33
Smell The Glove 4 8 3 4 10 29
Blue Vajayjays 7 7 10 10 5 39
Brew Crew 9 11 2 2 12 36

Fear Franchise 5.0 11.0 10.0 8.0 9.0 43.0
Ravishing Rick 6.0 9.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 33.0
Mannywood 11.5 1.0 8.0 2.0 1.0 23.5
Hairy Dingerz 2.0 5.0 9.0 5.0 5.0 26.0
Joba Hughes 10.0 10.0 11.0 4.0 6.0 41.0
Jefford Nation 1.0 3.0 1.0 9.0 3.0 17.0
Choo Choo Train 8.5 8.0 2.0 6.0 4.0 28.5
Los Henandez-ez 11.5 2.0 12.0 12.0 12.0 49.5
Hully13 8.5 5.0 4.0 1.0 2.0 20.5
Smell The Glove 7.0 4.0 7.0 10.0 10.0 38.0
Blue Vajayjays 3.5 12.0 5.0 11.0 11.0 42.5
Brew Crew 3.5 7.0 3.0 3.0 8.0 24.5

1. Los Henandez-ez 86.5
2. Blue Vajayjays 82.0
3. Fear Franchise 80.0
4. Joba Hughes 69.0
5. Smell The Glove 67.0
6. Choo Choo Train 62.5
7. Brew Crew 61.0
8. Ravishing Rick 61.0
9. Hairy Dingerz 57.0
10. Hully13 53.5
11. Jefford Nation 53.0
12. Mannywood 45.5

Congrats to Jay Ramey for being the pre-season favourite to win Bronson Baseball 2010!

Welcome to Bronson Baseball '10

I've decided to blog during the 2010 season on my quest to defend the Roto Championship. I will be making comments on everyone's season, transactions, and ups and downs throughout the year.
On an entertaining note, Ravishing Rick Bo, Mannywood, and myself have a $100 side bet on who finishes higher in the standings. The team that does receives that amount from each of the losers. I took the liberty (and painstaking time) to project their current rosters based on the 162 game season. Findings posted below:

Ravishing : .273 729 215 734 140 84 102 1053 3.71 1.27
Mannywood : .288 700 191 735 70 96 50 1144 3.82 1.29
Franchise : .295 814 162 687 158 73 107 1070 3.72 1.25

Under this scenario, in a three team league, the final standings would be:

ravishing: 1 2 3 2 2 2 2 1 3 2 = 20
(scouting report: Ravishing can mash (HR) and run (SB). He'll need to address that horrible AVG.)

mannywood: 2 1 2 3 1 3 1 3 1 1 = 18
(scouting report: The 'woods should be in the top 5 in hitting (AVG). Unless changes occur, it appears they already punted two positions in a twelve team league. (SB and S). These areas, in particular SB, need to be addressed.)

fear franchise: 3 3 1 1 3 1 3 2 2 3 = 22
(scouting report: Should lead the pack in AVG, R, and SB. As per usual, FEARs team is loaded with WTP.(warning track power). He'll need someone to set up and mash or he'll be getting less than 4 points in both HR and RBIS.)

These predictions do not take into account a few factors like: unknown injuries, huges seasons, hot waiver wire pick ups, or great trades.

It will be interesting to see the final results in October. Looking forward to opening day on Sunday night!