Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Fantasy Baseball All Stars

The Major League All Star Teams were announced over the weekend, and this seems like a perfect time to take stock of my Fantasy Baseball Team. Here is my current roster:

Mauer, Joe C MIN*
Gonzalez, Adrian 1B SD*
Roberts, Brian 2B BAL
Zimmerman, Ryan 3B WAS*
Tejada, Miguel SS HOU*
Braun, Ryan J. LF MIL*
Crawford, Carl LF TB*
Suzuki, Ichiro RF SEA*
Helton, Todd 1B COL

Carpenter, Chris SP STL
Hernandez, Felix SP SEA*
Lowe, Derek SP ATL
Penny, Brad SP BOS
Wolf, Randy SP LA
Papelbon, Jonathan RP BOS*
Wilson, Brian RP SF
Blackburn, Nick SP MIN
Floyd, Gavin SP CHW
Happ, J.A. SP PHI
Pettitte, Andy SP NYY
Strasburg, Stephen SP WAS
Downs, Scott RP TOR
Peavy, Jake SP SD

7 out of 9 offensive players on the All Star Team?! I would say that is the obvious reason why my team is 11-2 and is the highest scoring team in the league. I definitely could use a few more All Star pitchers, but one thing I've learned in Fantasy Baseball is that it is easier to put together a patchwork pitching staff than a patchwork offense. Average pitchers are almost always closer in points good/great pitchers than average position players are to their great counterparts.

It definitely hurts that Jake Peavy has gone on the Disabled List for an extended period of time. In fact, the only two weeks I lost happened after he was on the DL. Get well soon Jake!

You may also ask yourself, why in the name of Mark Prior would you have Stephen Strasburg on your team? Well, we're in a keeper league, and because my team is dominating, I have the luxury of not worrying about the roster spot that Strasburg is taking up. I'd prefer to have him on my roster to see if he signs or gets any action this year. A few years ago I made the mistake of not picking up Tim Lincecum and look what he has done. Either way, I'd like to be the one in control of his rights (for now) and make a hopefully educated decision later on. The alternative is that maybe someone would want to trade for him, and I can get a proven commodity for an as yet unknown entity. Bottom line, I probably wouldn't do this if my team wasn't so awesome.

My team had really stuggled over the last few years, but I glad I finally have a team I can be proud of. I originally thought my draft went well, but don't owners always feel that way? I couldn't imagine exactly how savage this collection of players would be. Hopefully things will continue through the second half of the season- we'll see though...


GMoney said...

D.Lowe and Pettitte have been WHIP nightmares over the past month. I know from experience, dude.

My fantasy baseball awesomeness shown through when, three weeks into the season, I traded Milton Bradley and got back Kevin Millwood. Most lopsided trade ever.

Tony B. said...

That was an excellent deal! Sometimes the best deals are the ones we don't make: King Felix and Crawford for Holliday and Zambrano- glad I didn't do that one!