aircanada15nc wrote:im in a Yahoo Fantasy Baseball Head to Head league and im in 6th place coming back from 12th but i dont no how i will fair in batting and pitching...
1B- Richie Sexson
2B- Junior Spivey
3B- Desi Relaford
SS- Jimmy Rollins
OF- Carl Everett
OF- Manny Ramirez
OF- Hideki Matsui
Util- Edgar Martinez
Bench- Nick Johnson
Bench- Tim Salmon
Bench- Juan Pierre
SP- Barry Zito
SP- Mark Mulder
RP- Eddie Guardado
RP- Armando Benitez
P- Mike Macdougal
P- Brandon Lyon
P- Tim Hudson
Bench- Jake Peavy
Bench- Hideo Nomo
DL- Jason Isringhausen
So plz can u give me a few tips to help out ma team...
alright, well, i'll give you both the grades and the advice:
infield: C+ -- richie sexson is a bonafide HR hitter, but being in milwaukee, i'd be surprised if he drives in over 125, even with ~50 HR. junior spivey is a good player, but not dominant. i can see him hitting like .280/15/65 with 15 steals, and that would be a good year for him. jimmy rollins is another solid, yet unspectacular SS. his power and steal #s both seem to be down... so i'd think like .270/12/50 with 15-30 steals for him, depending on how streaky he gets. desi relaford is a nice supersub, especially with his good-looking #s this year, but i think he's either going to have a career year (which wouldnt be that impressive either). he's likely to return to earth, batting .270 with little power (10 HR tops), few rbis (40 tops), and probably 15 steals at most. he's a stopgap.
you get the C+ because sexson's HR totals might be some of the best in baseball this season, spivey looks to have 20 HR potential, and jimmy rollins could steal you 30. nick johnson? well, if he's eligible at 3b, that'd help.. but i dont think so. unless you util him, his poitential 20HR/80RBI isnt going to warrant starting him over sexson or edgar.
outfield: A - i'd pull out hideki matsui and put in juan pierre. unless you're in dire need of power and RBIs, you'll be hard-pressed to find a much better basestealer than juan pierre. he's got 17 or 18 already, and looks like he can steal 50-60 for the whole season. jimmy rollins, spivey, and relaford aren't going to lead the way in steals, juan pierre will. not to menton that he's generally a good slap hitter. he'll have his occasional 0-5 nights, but well, if he continues playing hte way he has, i remember 2001, where someone cut him during a slump, then he hit like .350 during the 2nd half of the season and stole many a base. so, long story short, get him in there.
oh, and manny. he's a wonderful hitter who is off ot a slow start. not many people would call like .329/5/29 a bad start... but you'd think it'd be .329/9/39 by now. nevertheless, i don't think that manny is injured, and i do expect him to heat up. he's been getting his knocks in, but he hasn't had a buckwild game yet. i think the best daysa re yet to come, and he is an awesome complement to a top outfielder, and a solid cornerstone by himself.
i agree that carl everett is probably luscious tradebait right now. i dont think many would have bet that carl would be a league leader in HRs... but i don't see him hitting over 40 this season. i could be wrong, but i think it's a win-win situation with him as of right now. you've won in that you have collected 13 or 14 quick home runs early in the season, and you'd win if you got something of value for him. i'd try to nab a "lesser" outfielder and some sort of pitcher. mayeb moises alou and carlos zambrano? or a zach day, brett myers, and a juan encarnacion type? either way, i'd try to make a deft move, perhaps a 1 for 2, and make sure that you have a solid OF to plug in everett's hole. tim salmon would be a solid player, but i wouldn't bank on him being a crux of your OF.
util - currently A+ - edgar martinez is playing hellacious baseball right now. maybe he's popping viagra with raffy. nevertheless, i will not let my grade here slip because of injury potential. for what it is, i'd ride edgar until he falls apart. not to mention, if you are indeed worried about his lack of durability, his trade value should be through the roof. a good card to hold right now.
SP - A- normally, zito and mulder are A material, however, the dropoff after them brings this down a little. hudson and nomo are solid B pitchers, jake peavy is unproven. it seems likely that nomo and hudson will have ERAs in the threes, but i don't have them in a tier as high as zito and mulder's.
RP - B+ - many think benitez sucks, but hey, if you suck and still have a dozen saves in mid may, you're not doing that badly. guardado will save his usual 35+ games, macdougal looks like a 25-35 save guy, and brandon lyon.. well, if he gets the boston closer job i'm sure he'll have enough OPs to lunge for 25.
so i think you need one more powerful infield bat. someone like eric chavez, scott rolen, jeff kent, or heck, maybe even a tony batista, adam dunn, brad wilkerson, or someone who has potential to pop 25-40 home runs, drive in 100 or more, and keep desi relaford out of the starting lineup. methinks you could package hudson, macdougal, and matsui/salmon/johnson and get that type of player. either way, i agree with the previous poster that macdougal is still worth more than he will be in a few months, so you might as well see what you can get while the royals are still a buzz. everett and macdougal should be able to land you a chavez, rolen, and maybe a solid pitcher, or even another OF like moises alou.
either way, you have some flexibility on your roster, so i think this batting, coupled with trade/waiver wire savvy, can help you contend.