Fantasy Sports Chat

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Fantasy Sports Chat

Blog on Baseball....

The stretch drive is here and I wanted to take a quick moment and chat about some ongoing things I have noticed going on in baseball.

First Thing's First
In this corner weighing in at 180 LHP from the Toronto Blue Jays, Ted Lilly and in this corner weighing in at a robust 225 Head Coach, John Gibbons. (I mean...) If you missed this, what were doing? Lilly refuses to be taken out of the game and he and Gibbons go after each other in the dugout. I thought that their was lots of security at the Rogers Center, where are the mounties when you need them?
What is going on in Canada? The Blue Jays were the chic pick to snake a playoff spot from the Red Sox and/or the Yankees. Right now they couldn't find their way out of a paper bag. Roy Halladay is their saving grace and if he doesn't win the Cy Young this year it is a crime against baseball. Without him the Blue Jays are at the same level as the Orioles and Devil Rays. (That's tough to say as an Orioles fan.)

Mighty Mauer and the Minnesota Maniacs
Joe Mauer will win the AL batting title, the first for himself and the first for a catcher in ages. "Mauer Power" is all the rage in Minnesota, who again finds themselves back in the playoff hunt after a horrendous start to the season.
Justin Morneau is the first Twin to hit over 30 homers and 100 rbi's since 1987 (Yep, Gary Gaetti and Kent Hrbek both did it then). Johan Santana is in prime form, but don't forget about the suprisingly play of Michael Cuddyer, Jason Kubel, Jason Bartlett (once thought of as a AAA castoff), and Nike Punto.
The bullpen shuts the door almost everytime. I wish I had a bullpen like the Twins. Joe Nathan, could be the best closer this side of Rivera, and setup guys Rincon, Reyes, Crain, and rookie Pat Neshek (his quirkly delivery has made him nearly unhittable--- 3-0, 0.84 ERA, 32K-3BB, 21.1 IP after dominating in AAA--- 6-2, 14 SV, 1.95 ERA, 87K-14BB, 60 IP). Now those are results out of a rookie.

Oakland pulling away, again
Raise your hand if you gave up on Frank Thomas (I did). He is on pace for 33 HR, 94 RBI, .278 AVG. He is outperforming the last two seasons combined. Oakland will win the West if injuries and Milton Bradley don't cost them.
This next stretch is crucial as Huston Street is on the DL and the Rangers and Angels are still fighting for their playoff lives.

No Abreu, No Problem
Bobby Abreu goes to the Yankees. Okay, fine. The real story is the Phillies in the wild card race. My potential sleeper team is back from the dead. I thought the apocalpyse would happen first. Ryan Howard, Pat Burrell, Chase Utley, and Jimmy Rollins are leading the "Brotherly Love Phillies" back to contention and with Glavine aching for the Mets, the East may not be out of reach.

Wild, Wild, NL
Everyone is still alive for the playoffs, the NL Central and NL West are cat fights and will be until early October. I am smelling one game playoff scenarios. (No holds barred action)
The Cardinals, the Reds, who wants the Central. Will the Dodgers band together with their egos and drive towards the playoffs? Will the Padres, Giants, and D-Backs sneak in? Or could the Rockies move closer.
The Wild Card is crowded as ever in the National League and an interesting thought for everyone to ponder... Cincinnati is currently atop the Wild Card race with a 66-60 record (.524 winning percentage). However, they would be no where close to the playoffs in the AL the Chicago White Sox (.584), the Twins (.581), the Red Sox (.552), the Angels (.532), and yes the dysfunctional Blue Jays (.532) would be leading the NL Wild Card, but are in the wrong league.


Until next time.
Juba

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