Julio Lugo (free agency)
Rafael Betancourt (free agency)
Matt Stairs (free agency)
Well, one month into the season and I'm in first by 18 points. Still early in the season though.
Not much to say this week. I'll just comment on my position players.
C - Jorge Posada. Best offensive catcher in baseball. I'm happy Torre is batting him 6th now. That's where Jorge should be and it's a great spot to collect a ton of rbis. I'm expecting at least 110 from him this year.
1B - Mike Sweeney. Good numbers so far except he's only drawn 4 walks. Is this because pitchers are respecting Juan Gone's protection? Or is Sweeney being more aggressive? I'm not sure, but I don't like either possible answers.
2B - Junior Spivey. He's returned to his 2002 form. But best of all, he's in a great spot in the lineup which has lead him to collect 15 runs and 17 rbis. Podsednik and Jenkins should continue to do well and if Spivey continues to be in the 3rd spot, him and his owners will be rewared nicely.
3B - Scott Rolen. Best 3rd baseman if you consider A-Rod a shortstop. His homerun pace has dropped off a little but he's a streaky hitter anyways. Should still produce great numbers this year.
SS - Eckstein/Lugo. I've been platooning my SS position like a madman. I've had Womack playing SS a lot for me too until he got injured. Overall production has been okay. If Eckstein was 100% healthy, I would drop Lugo. I can't wait for Nomah to get healthy. I'm really sick of this bs.
OF - Shawn Green. Slow start but I believe his problem so far is that he's facing more lefties than usual. Milton Bradley is also weak against lefties so it seems to me that in late game situations, the opposing managers always bring in their lefty specialist to shut down Bradley and Green. I'd like to see Jim Tracy split up Bradley and Green with a righty like Beltre. Green's OPS vs righties is .999 and his OPS vs lefties is .588. I'm considering starting him only against righties. We'll see.
OF - Jeromy Burnitz. Great at Coors. Terrible on the road. I've been starting him only at home games so far so it's working out well. If you own Burnitz you should do the same.
OF - Matt Lawton. He's not a fluke. He came into camp in great shape this year and after a couple injury plagued seasons, he's looking to prove to Cleveland he deserves his hefty contract. He won't keep up his homerun pace, but I believe a 20-20 season is very realistic.
Util - Edgar Martinez. Old man Edgar's doing okay. It's not his fault that Ichiro can't get on base. Because he's like 87 years old, I can't expect him to put up numbers like last year, but he should have more than 6 runs and 8 rbis at this point. I put the blame on the players surrounding him.
Bench - Chone Figgins. Fastest player in baseball. This guy gets triples on hits where Edgar would get a single. I always find some excuse to get Chone into my lineup somehow. It's nice that he's versatile and can replace most Angels if they get injured. 500 at bats for Figgins would be SWEET. To top it off, Scioscia is batting him 3rd tonight! Having Vladdy as protection is just too much for me. I'm salivating at the potential numbers Figgins can produce.
Bench - Matt Stairs. He's a decent player when you use him against righties. He's likely a temporarily player for my team.
Bench - Larry Walker. A return around June 1st is likely. I hope he returns 100% but even if he does, he'll probably get injured again right away. Frustrating player to own, but I like the upside.
Bench - Nomar Garciaparra. My 1st round pick. My team doesn't need him quite yet and I'm happy Boston is being careful with him. I want him to return 100%. His return looks to be 2-3 weeks away. If I'm still in first place when he gets back, it's not going to be if I take first, but by how much will I take first.
"Steal a little and they'll throw you in jail, steal a lot and they'll make you a king." - Bob Dylan