welp, i got halladay in one of my 3 leagues and i was stoked. then he kinda stank. i cut him, re-acquired him, then re-cut him... someone finally nabbed him after his 2 ER performance last night. i hear he's an atrocious april pitcher then lights out down the stretch.
schill? i was saying earlier that this guy is the prime candidate to get the fork stuck in him. people have debated with me on this and thrown #s at me... but i remember schill's era rising up from the low 2s to the mid-high 2s by the end of last season.. he got beat in the playoffs...a nd has been giving up his fair share of ER this season, granted with a good # of Ks. he's got a 3.92 era, 1.04 whip, and 46 K in 6 starts. so it looks like he'll get you a load of strikeouts... but his only super-dominant performance was against the pir8s.. hmm. i think schilling can and will get rocked more than he did last year. sure, he'll throw some gems here and there... but i see him having an era around 3.5... a record like 17-12 with a 3.63 era, 250-275K, and a 1.1-1.2 whip. i think he's a good pitcher, but i don't think he's a great pitcher anymore. 17 wins might be a stretch. i could see him going like 15-12, 15-8, something like that. i think he'll have some dominant games, he'll have some games where he gives up 5 ER and strikes out 9 in 6 or 7 innings... but i dont think he's going to be more valuable than prior, vazquez, pedro, zito, mulder, etc. i think he's a tier or two below this year.
as for oswalt... shoot, i don't follow the guy all that much, but from the stats i've checked out... he looks like he'll be OK. he's been giving up 2 or 3 runs a start, striking out a decent # of guys... he's only imploded once for 10 runs ( 5 earned) he's given up a lot of HRs (7) which i think has contributed to his mediocrity. actually, barring injury potential (he seems to sling the ball and use a lot of his arm when he throws), i think he's a savvy pickup right now while he hasn't been all that dominating. if he can get the HR ball under control, you're looking at a guy who would be giving up 1 or 2 runs a game with a 2.something era and have 4 to 6 wins right now. i wouldn't worry that much about him unless the HRs don't stop going out, or if he starts giving up 4 or more runs semi-regularly.
burrell? dunno there really. i had him last season in my main league and he was a pleasant surprise. the power is there, he's not really a for-average hitter.. so i think people are growing impatient in waiting for him to start going bananas and get near the top of the HR leader board. he has 7 now, which isn't great, but isn't all that discouraging. i'd look for him to finish with 35 home runs or so. he's one of the more powerful bats in the game, he just hasn't matured into a fully fearsome hitter yet. when he does, i think you'll see that 45+ HR season that people believe he'll have... many thought that it would be this season, but he's looking like 35-40 again. as for the RBIs... well that's a crapshoot. right now he could go anywhere from 90-130, depending on how hot he gets, and how many other phillies get on base for him.