JTWOOD: Thanks for the feedback. I had the 16th pick, so it was indeed a late pick for Ortiz with Cabrera on the early swing back. I was happy to get Ortiz there, especially since this is a Boston-based league with lots of Sox fans (Manny went third overall ahead of Beltran and Guerrero
It's funny you like my pitching and not my OF. My initial reaction was the opposite. I thought my staff had more questions and risk/reward guys, while I felt the OF was pretty strong for a league this size. I'm used to playing in 10-12 team leagues where I always like to carry 3-4 closers (I usually try to grab one with SP eligibility but Affeldt and Batista went too early for me). I can't see trading Ryan and going with just one closer. Might as well punt saves and trade Lidge too if I was going that route.
As for the OF, here are the other starting trios:
V. Guerrero, Edmonds, M. Ordonez
Matsui, Holliday, Nix
Bradley, L. Gonzalez, Biggio
Ichiro, Griffey, Kearns
Beltran, Pierre, Podsednik (forget about winning saves that week
Abreu, Cameron, B. Williams
D. Roberts, Burnitz, Mondesi (also has Berkman once healthy)
Alou, Rowand, Finley
M. Ramirez, Mench, J. Jones
Sheffield, Sosa, P. Wilson
L. Walker, Burrell, Floyd
Crawford, Patterson, Winn
Bonds, Giles, T. Hunter (Brynes only other OF to replace Bonds)
Damon, C. Lee, Baldelli (Nixon only other OF to replace Baldelli)
Guillen, Ford, Crisp
Drew, Bay, R. Sanders
G. Anderson, A. Jones, Jenkins
I like my trio (plus Wilkerson) against most of those groups. My middle infield is another story though ...
"I'm telling ya, he jumped us. Gloves off, stick down, no warning. He challenged the Chiefs. Called us names. But Dave was there."
"Dave's a killer."
"Yeah, Dave's a killer."
"Dave's a mess."