messyjesse1 wrote:Derrek Lee
what's the deal with d lee not getting respect for finally learning how to dominate like he has his whole life. I was 3 years behind him at elk grove h.s. in elk grove california (sacramento area) and i watched him absolutely dominate. sometimes it takes people a bit longer than others to figure it out, and he was on the SAME level as pujols for the ENTIRE year. you guys could pass on him next year but you will be sorely dissapointed with your decision. i promise you he will repeat those numbers very closely for 3-4 years to come.
i understand beltres situation but he was obviously playing for money and last year for d lee was no contract year.
it is utterly ignorant to say that you are not sold on him or j bay for that matter, these guys have skills and they need to be respected.
oh by the way... wtf were the padres thinking getting rid of them?
the problem with lee is not so much that he won't be able to dominate or put up the numbers he did this year, the problem is that he will be ranked higher than he should because his numbers pre all-star game were amazing.
i have no study on this, but i'm pretty sure most fantasy baseball players know that derek lee was the best hitter in baseball before the ASG, but have no idea that v-mart lead the majors in AVG after the mid summer classic. reason: people care about their teams in the beggining, but lose interest when they see their teams going nowhere. what will they remember when drafting the following year? that lee is amazing and v-mart stinks.
lee's numbers went down considerably in the second half opposed to the first half of the season, but it would be very hard for someone, even lee, to duplicate his performance pre all-star game. his RBIs numbers were cut in half. one can say it was not entirely his fault as in order for lee to get his RBIs, the cubs need to get on base, but the cubbies had .324 OBP in the first half and .323 in the second half.
even with a not so stellar second half of the season, lee's numbers in the first half were so good that his final numbers still put him at the top 5 among hitters in baseball at the end of the season and those final numbers, in most cases than not, will be the stats in which fantasy baseball players will base themselves when drafting next year.