Sunday, May 16, 2010

Changes are a Plenty in BB'10

Sir Mash a Lot and Joba Hughes have been battling it out for first all week long. At point last night both were tied with 91.5 points but when the dust settled this morning SML has a 5.5 advantage.
Jefford is sitting comfortable in third but his season has been indecisve if it wants to go or down in the standings.
Fear has moved into fourth, as he predicted, as his injuried players begin to return. Bad news out of Colorado last night though; Sreet was pulled after 5 minutes in his double AA game with arm soreness. Back to the drawing board!
Hully and Fear have been trading spots for 3 days now. He's been camped out in the 70's for awhile now and I expect him to get back their shortly.
Choo Choo Train finally lost ground after holding steady at 70 for what seemed like an eternity. Don't worry, you'll be back.
7th place marks the last spot before the 'low tier' begins. Rickybo is holding ground with a very under performing roster. As the weather heats up so should this team.
Parkie resprsentings the best of of the 40-low 50 teams. At this point Halladay is keeping things from slipping away too much.
The Brew Crew, Dingerz, and Smell the Glove and packed together. The Crew has been the hottest team around with a lot of + nights this week. Then again, when you're in the 40's there generally is only one direction to go.
Jay Ramey takes the rear. I believe I cursed his team (which he agrees with) by making him my pre-season favourite. This roster is a lot of trouble right now. I know Jay doesn't panick but will be make a move when he's still under 60 points in the beginning of June. You can't wait too long Ramey!

On one final note:
Free Mike Stanton.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Changes are a Plenty in Bronson Baseball

It appears more and more that the 2010 version of Bronson Baseball will be the closet season to date. I don't think the winner will have 90 points this season and realistically I could see someone winning with as low as 83-85 points.

Jefford Nation, Sir Mash Alot, and Joba Hughes all took turns yesterday being in first place.

I now have Jefford as the favourite. He's done a great job addressing his pitching concerns. Gallardo and Soriano were excellent additions that will really help in ERA and strikeouts.
I'm not sold on a lot of wins for Gallardo because he has a hard time making it out of the 5th innings.
Hitting wise, Andruw Jones should, well, become Andruw Jones again soon. He'll hit for power against lefties, but that's about it come July.
However, Justin Upton still hasnt done anything yet. When the light goes on, and it will, this should help balance things out.

Sir Mash Alot has been cruising at the top of the standings all season and I did predict to finish 2nd overall.
I don't see any weaknesses on their roster. It's over performing in the power department, but some DL guys will pick up the slack when things cool down.
Great draft pick of Liriano. I really wanted him and gambled he would last one more round...he didnt.

Joba Hughes has slowly made his way up the ranks and briefly held onto 1st for about an hour yesterday.
Again, another roster that seems quite good as it is. He should slowly run away with saves, especially if Bell is not traded to be a set up man at the deadline. (big possibility of that.)
What happens when Texieria starts hitting? The one missing piece? Joba Chamberlain.

Tier Two

Choo Choo Train-
As I have been saying all year long, I expect Sinn and his counterparts to be in this tier all season. The club sandwich of the roto world, this team is as steady as steady can be. I predict a 68-73 point finish.

Fear Franchise-
Well, the only thing I was certain of going into the season is that my team could mash. hahaha, okay, so I thought I would have the least amount of power by far. Am I happy that I'm only 3 ding dongs out of first? Absolutely. Do I now think I can stay in the top 6 in power; yes I do. The main reason you ask? Mike Stanton of Florida. He is the best prospect in the minors not named Strasburg. He has 14 home runs, 31 RBIS, 30 RUNS, a .350 avg, a .500 OBA, and a .900 slugging percentage in Double A. Florida will release hell the first week of June and he'll be a staple in my outfield for the rest of the season.
Also, my pitching is on the way up, not down. I love my rotation of Jimenez, Santana, Marcum, Davis, and Pavano. I have Huston Street and Erik Bedard back in the fold in about 2 weeks, along with Jacoby Ellsbury and Carlos Betran. Be afraid Tier One, be very afraid.

Tier 3

Ravishing Rick Bo, Hairy Dingerz, and Halladay Homies.

Realistically, tier two and tier 3 have been close the entire season. Why did I break them up? Mostly to piss off Jae, as he currently has to be frustrated for his teams lack of production. Ryan's team is grossly under performing, but they mashed last night. I need to get hot so I can keep up with him late in the season.

Tier 4

Los Hernandez-ez
Brew Crew
Smell the Glove

Ramey, what the hell is going on? My first place prediction is in the gutter the second week of May.
The loss of Nelson Cruz certainly didnt help and I'm as surpised as anyone that Mauer got hurt, like that has never happened before! :)
Josh Beckett goes through phases like this so hang in there. The bullpen did a great job last night stranding his 10th and 11th earned runs for the game on 3rd and 2nd base respectively.
I'm starting to jump off your band wagon when I see the likes of Ty Wigginton in your starting lineup.
Were Carlos Silva and Zach Duke unavailable on the waiver wire? Hang in there, your team should come around but it has a lot of ground to make up.

Brew Crew

It hurts the running game with Kemp and Morgan have already been caught 13 times combined. That's more steals then some teams in our league! I prefer them get caught then to try at all though.
Aaron Hill will step up, hang in there. Fister and Silva....I can't comment on it. I like Fister, but not in roto.
Miguel Cabrera is having a monster thankful he's on your roster right now or you'd be in the bottom tier...errr, last place.

Smell the Glove
The pitching on this team is going to be fine, though it depends what jake peavy we're going to get the rest of the way.
We knew this team was going to be weak in power and rbis and they've proven that theory right with no overperformers. You know what you need to do...pitching for pop sometime before June.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Side bet update

Halladays Hommies, Ravishing Rick Bo, and Fear Franchise have all stumbled out of the gate and have been side by side throughout the season. Over the last two weeks each of them have traded positions at least 5 times.

Fear Franchise-
Fear's hitting is confusing right now. His batters are slugging and running, something he did not predict when drafting. He thought his team would hit for a hit average (.290ish), get a ton of steals, and be weak in ding dongs and RBIs. As of this writing he's one homer from leading the league and batting only .280. The positive is that the average will most certainly go up and the power boost, though will most certainly crash, has been an added bonus.
His pitching is slowly improving thanks to his bullpen not getting shelled every night. Huston Street will be back in two weeks which will be a a nice bonus. My prediction of Ubaldo winning 20 games this year and being in consideration for the Cy Young with Halladay and Terrible Tim looks promising.

Ravishing Rick Bo-
The only place to go is up. His hitting is seriously underperforming. Infact, Guerreo is the only player who is exceeding expectations right now, and one might make an arguement for Upton. It's not a matter of if, but when for this offense.
However, his pitching is over performing. The ERA will most certainly go up and trading the ace from the best team in baseball is going to cost him some valuable wins down the road. In fact, I know think I can get wore wins this season than he can. Side bet anyone?

Halladays Homies-
Heyward was pulled in the 2nd inning tonight with an unknown injury, hopefully it wasnt serious. Without Heyward and Morneau I'm not sure if this season has registered any offensive stats this season. Good news on Roberts, he will not be out for the season. He plans on returning in 3-6 weeks if all goes well.
Pitching wise, Halladay carries the torch. Capps is having an amazing season. In fact, I wish Jae well because his two closers are MY closers in League of Champions. How can I say anything bad about the amazing combination of Capps and Franklin?

Franchise currently leads the race 65.5, 60.5 (RickyBo), 55.0 (Halladays). However, as I mentioned it before, this is changing daily. Parkie is currently covering in our other $100.00 side bet by beating me in League of Champions. In our 15 team league he currently sits first, while im right behind him in second.


Saturday, May 1, 2010

April Un-MVP's, aka Roster Cancers

This team was on fire during April with everyone performing and overperforming. If I had to pick on someone it would be Granderson. His line is 10 2 7 4 .221 which would probably make him the best player on Fear Franchise.

JOBA Hughes
This one is an easy call, Mark Teixeira 11 2 9 0 .136. When, not if he starts hitting should assist with balancing Joba's current overperformers.

I'd have to say Jason Frasor 9.2 0 3 13 8.38 2.59. He went from 2010 closer to someone who could get released very soon if he doesn't start putting it together. He, like the absurb Jim Johnson, no longer deserve to be on fantasy rosters.

Jefford Nation:
Brian McCann 8 2 8 1 .234. He's the number 3 catcher in baseball and not performing like it to date. He'll rebound and his numbers will be there come September but it will be Rickybo benefiting of the numbers, not J-Nation.

Choo Choo Train:
This team is performing well everywhere, just like i originally predicted. The Choo's must be upset with Jurrjens with a line of 24.0 0 0 15 6.38 1.38. No wins, low stike outs, high ERA, below avg WHIP equals bad month of April.

Ravishing Rick Bo:
Offensively, Ry has a lot of people fighting for this award. I had a long debate between A-rod and Sizemore, but ultimately I had to give the award to
Grady 10 0 9 2 .205. No power at all, terrible average, barely running; what happened to this guy?

Toledo Hairy Dingerz
I really should be giving the trophy to Fielder. 4 RBI's on the season, are you kidding me? However, I'm compelled to give the award to Beckham. I desperately wanted him in the draft as a super sub who could fill in at 2nd or 3rd base. With a current line of 4 1 1 0 .190 you'd think he's only played 3 or 4 games this season. Well, you'd be wrong as he has 42 at bats.

Los Hernandez-ez
Well, our pre-season champ is scuffling out of the gate. Josh Beckett is a big reason for it: 28.2 1 0 20 7.22 1.74. His current line is, well, how should I say it, absolutely horrible.

Halladays Hommies
Carlos Lee was expected to hit better than 9 0 5 1 .183. He's turned it on over the last seven days but he still has a long way to go. With Brian Roberts coming back soon Parkie's roster should start making a late May charge up the standings.

Fear Franchise
What a horrible, shitty, underperforming, offense. Get it together bitches! I need Ryan Howard and Ryan Zimmerman, two great Fear professionals, back.
The best hitter on the planet not named Albert is hitting 11 2 7 2 .279 thus far. Hanley, it's up to you to lead the way!

Smell the glove
Here's my issue: the two players I want to comment on, Peavy and Zobrist, were actually both question marks heading into the season. Would Peavy handle the transition to the AL well (28.2 0 0 22 7.85 1.81 )? Is Zobrist a good hitter after his break-out season (9 0 10 5 .241 ?) So far, the jury is still out on both of them.

The Brew Crew
Things are not looking very promising for the Brew Crew this year. Javier Vazquez needs to turn things around 20.0 1 0 18 9.00 1.80. He's playing for one of the best teams in baseball and the wins should be there.
It appears Carlos Silva is this April's version of Zack Duke. I barfed up my cereal when I realized he had made a fantasy baseball roto starting rotation. What the hell is happening in the baseball world this year?

Have a great weekend everyone,

Fear Franchise-