How does my team look to you? I know I will always lose Saves but I am ok giving up one category. Where am I weak?
Yahoo 12 team 5x5 H2H. C J.R. Towles(Hou - C) 1B Todd Helton(Col - 1B) 2B José López(Sea - 2B) 3B Miguel Cabrera(Det - 3B) SS Rafael Furcal(LAD - SS) OF Jeremy Hermida(Fla - OF) OF Nate McLouth(Pit - OF) OFJermaine Dye(CWS - OF) Util Lance Berkman(Hou - 1B,OF) BN Yunel Escobar(Atl - 2B,3B,SS) BN Jeff Keppinger(Cin - 3B,SS) BN Michael Bourn(Hou - OF) DL Dmitri Young(Was - 1B)
SP Johnny Cueto(Cin - SP) SP Shaun Marcum(Tor - SP,RP) RP Chad Billingsley(LAD - SP,RP) RP Chad Cordero(Was - RP) P Josh Beckett(Bos - SP) P Jake Westbrook(Cle - SP) P Carlos Zambrano(ChC - SP) BN C.C. Sabathia(Cle - SP) BN Roy Oswalt(Hou - SP)
Also just added Inge since he is one start away from being eligible for Catcher on Yahoo, and Leyland is hinting that he might use him when Rogers starts. Dropped Keppinger for him. This would give me a backup 3B, OF, C.
Your pitching apppears to be a strength, though neither Sabathia nor Oswalt have gotten off to the strongest of starts. It's a matter of when, not if they correct themselves and become a major, major plus along with Zambrano and Beckett. Cueto seems poised for a run at RoY after only a few starts. It's clear that you've given up on saves which, as you said, is okay in this type of league. Marcum, Billingsley and Westbrook all are excellent depth options and will become expendable once the season becomes more established. I like Towles catching because I think he's going to quietly emerge as a productive hitter this year. People are really low on Helton these days and he still offers a .300-15-80 in the worst case scenario. I have no doubt that Cabrera will come around although I'm quietly praying for the sake of my Indians that he doesn't. Yunel Escobar seems like a great depth choice who will score a lot of runs in the Braves' lineup. Berkman is remarkably consistent and you can count on .300+-35+-100+ out of him. My only concern is your outfield situation featuring Hermida, McLouth and Dye. I'm not so sure about Keppinger and Young on the Bench. Furcal seems to be your only truly formidable SB option. I'd look to the WW for some easy steals for the outfield. Seeing as how Hermida and McLouth have not truly broken out and Dye is a year removed from an exceptionally productive season. it may be a cause for concern. I can see Dye rebounding somewhat, but your offense is not strong enough to shoulder two young, unproven outfielders.
Your starters are solid, just not fully producing right now. Your offense isn't very strong, but that is given since you went for pitchers. Because you are giving up on saves, I suggest trading Cordero once he is the closer again for some offense (someone will overpay for closers) and get good relievers to plug in at RP slots to help with ERA, WHIP and the vulture Wins. I do like that you have a bunch of hot players throughout your lineup.
Your pitching is obviously a strong point. Wait that out, it should be fine. Your lineup is not that bad. I think Jose Lopez can have a nice year. I actually think your weakness is your outfield. Hermida has all the potential but he is always hurt, I would ride McLouth until hes all hit out, and Dye is an injury concern as well. If your already gonna give up saves I would trade Cordero and like JJStokes said, maybe get a nice outfielder with speed since you are lacking that just a bit. Maybe package one of your starters and Cordero and look at a guy like Nick Markakis who has 30/20 potential, or a Grady Sizemore.