bellings wrote:I think that it's different because everyone was looking at Brian Roberts and going, "This doesn't make any sense, he's not a homerun hitter." At least with Shelton his stats aren't a complete anamoly. It's not like he's leading the league in SB's or something.
You know you can sort all free agents (or even the entire player database) by what stat you are looking for, right?
Being ranked #1 in season at Yahoo simply means that "X player" has put up the most valuable stats so far (through a whole big week ...a whole 4.9% of the season ). Last year it was Brian Roberts, who was hitting bombs and stealing bases while having a big average. This year it's Shelton due to all the bombs and high average. Basically the exact same situation.
The only thing that little "1" at Yahoo is good for, is to sell high to someone who actually believes he will continue to hit. There's usually 1 or 2 guys in every league who will overpay for someone like that, so trade him while the trading is good. His value can't get any higher.
Brad Penny is #2 overall by the way. Do you think he will actually continue to have more than 1 K per inning, win every start, hold a sub 2 ERA, and a sub 1 WHIP? Of course not, and no different than Shelton. They are hot, the goofballs at Yahoo give them a second set of rankings (for in season purposes), and people go nuts for these guys. Happens every year.
Just look at the top 10 (and I'll omit anyone that any kind of argument can be made for):
Do you really believe any of those guys will put up first round draft pick numbers? Of course not. No way, no how, not a chance.