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Postby benjapage » Mon Mar 24, 2008 2:42 pm

please inform which areas i need to address. i will gladly return your favor.
12 teams
5x5
h2h mixed league
non-keeper
(note the massive bench)

c Lo Duca, Paul C WAS
1b Helton, Todd 1B COL
2b Cano, Robinson 2B NYY
3b Cabrera, Miguel 3B DET
ss Escobar, Yunel SS/2B/3B ATL
mi Lugo, Julio SS BOS
ci Braun, Ryan J. 3B/OF MIL
of Bay, Jason LF PIT
of Patterson, Corey CF CIN
of Young, Chris B. CF ARI
u Cabrera, Melky CF NYY


p Accardo, Jeremy RP TOR
p Cain, Matt SP SF
p Harang, Aaron SP CIN
p Harden, Rich SP OAK
p Myers, Brett SP PHI
p Rodriguez, Francisco RP ANA
p Santana, Ervin SP ANA
p Volquez, Edinson SP CIN
p Zambrano, Carlos SP CHC

bn Blalock, Hank 3B TEX
bn Theriot, Ryan SS/2B CHC
bn Keppinger, Jeff SS/3B CIN
bn Loney, James 1B LA
bn Colon, Bartolo SP BOS
bn Floyd, Gavin SP CHW
bn Parra, Manny SP MIL
bn Ryan, B.J. RP TOR
bn Schmidt, Jason SP LA

thanks,
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Re: Rate the Tail on the Donkey

Postby sublime8414 » Mon Mar 24, 2008 2:56 pm

How many teams in the league? Hard to know how good your team will be without knowing that.
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Re: Rate the Tail on the Donkey

Postby benjapage » Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:11 pm

amended--apologies for ambiguities.

still would live a helpful nudge. i'll poke around to see if i can help y'all firstly.

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Re: Rate the Tail on the Donkey

Postby neachoscrew » Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:26 pm

Honestly I really do not like your team at all. Sorry. Don't really know where to help. You can help me out if you want.

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Re: Rate the Tail on the Donkey

Postby benjapage » Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:28 pm

neachoscrew wrote:Honestly I really do not like your team at all. Sorry. Don't really know where to help. You can help me out if you want.

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least helpful post...ever. i'm asking for some added perspective on where i might be overextended and underinvested.

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Re: Rate the Tail on the Donkey

Postby neachoscrew » Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:31 pm

Well I think that you need more power. Your starters look alright, but you need a good closer.
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Re: Rate the Tail on the Donkey

Postby benjapage » Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:59 pm

sources of power i currently regard:

braun (30)
cabrera (40)
young (30)
blalock (20)
cano (25)
helton (20) or loney (20)

and a slew of guys who will help in the double-digits like melky, lo duca, escobar, patterson and maybe even lugo (who reportedly beefed up in the off-season).

any of this sound off/delusional? or does it sound like not enough? thanks for the help.

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Re: Rate the Tail on the Donkey

Postby bigh0rt » Mon Mar 24, 2008 7:40 pm

I like the way Cano's HRs have been trending, but I think 25 is the ceiling for this season more than what to expect. 21-22 would be nice, but we're almost splitting hairs, there. I'm also not confident in Hammerin Hank Blalock hitting 20 HR, but I'm just not as high on him having a nice season as others seem to be. Also keep in mind that Miguel Cabrera has never hit more than 34 HR in a single season, and hit 26 in 2006, so 40 is more of a ceiling than an expectation on him, as well. Again, splitting hairs, but I think 36-37 is about whee he'll fall.

I like Gavin Floyd. B-) Don't care for Harden at all, nor Bartolo, but you've got alot of upside there in guys like Volquez, Parra, Floyd... you handcuffed Ryan with Accardo appropriately. I think Theriot is a better option at MI than Lugo is, but with a bench that deep there's no problem carrying all those guys.

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Re: Rate the Tail on the Donkey

Postby daullaz » Mon Mar 24, 2008 11:21 pm

benjapage wrote:please inform which areas i need to address. i will gladly return your favor.
12 teams
5x5
h2h mixed league
non-keeper
(note the massive bench)

c Lo Duca, Paul C WAS
1b Helton, Todd 1B COL
2b Cano, Robinson 2B NYY
3b Cabrera, Miguel 3B DET
ss Escobar, Yunel SS/2B/3B ATL
mi Lugo, Julio SS BOS
ci Braun, Ryan J. 3B/OF MIL
of Bay, Jason LF PIT
of Patterson, Corey CF CIN
of Young, Chris B. CF ARI
u Cabrera, Melky CF NYY


p Accardo, Jeremy RP TOR
p Cain, Matt SP SF
p Harang, Aaron SP CIN
p Harden, Rich SP OAK
p Myers, Brett SP PHI
p Rodriguez, Francisco RP ANA
p Santana, Ervin SP ANA
p Volquez, Edinson SP CIN
p Zambrano, Carlos SP CHC

bn Blalock, Hank 3B TEX
bn Theriot, Ryan SS/2B CHC
bn Keppinger, Jeff SS/3B CIN
bn Loney, James 1B LA
bn Colon, Bartolo SP BOS
bn Floyd, Gavin SP CHW
bn Parra, Manny SP MIL
bn Ryan, B.J. RP TOR
bn Schmidt, Jason SP LA

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I'm assuming this is a daily lineup league, but let me know if I'm wrong. I think you can do better than these guys:

C LoDuca. Who's on the waiver wire? If middle-tier guys like Bengie Molina and Carlos Ruiz are taken, I would look to the power potential of a Chris Snyder or Mike Napoli. LoDuca will get you nothing besides a respectable average. One of those guys I mentioned could help you win HRs and RBI in a few matchups.

Keppinger and/or Theriot. I like most of your infield, but I don't think any of your four SS-eligible guys are going to be worth starting in a 12-teamer. Escobar will hopefully keep his average up and Lugo is good for the steals. I would drop both of those guys for an MI with power and a sleeper OF or another pitcher.

Colon, Schmidt, Santana and maybe Floyd. That staff you put together is solid, but I think you need a lot of help at its fringes. I would pick up at least two middle relievers with great ratios and great K numbers to play each week, even if this is only a weekly-lineup league. If this is a daily-lineup league, I'd cut all these guys to pick up MRs like Heath Bell, Okajima, Broxton, Betancourt, Rafael Perez, Cla Meredith, Fuentes, Neshek, etc. This should bring your ratios way down on a weekly basis.
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Re: Rate the Tail on the Donkey

Postby ramble2 » Tue Mar 25, 2008 2:23 pm

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benjapage wrote:please inform which areas i need to address. i will gladly return your favor.
12 teams
5x5
h2h mixed league
non-keeper
(note the massive bench)

c Lo Duca, Paul C WAS There's got to be a better option than Lo Duca in a 12 team league. Towles still (miraculously) available? Even a Napoli or a Snyder (as mentioned elsewhere) would be an improvement.
1b Helton, Todd 1B COL I'm not a huge Helton fan, but you know what you're going to get. Good average, ~20 HR ceiling, serviceable R and RBI.
2b Cano, Robinson 2B NYY I like Cano a lot. Strong 2B
3b Cabrera, Miguel 3B DET
ss Escobar, Yunel SS/2B/3B ATL
mi Lugo, Julio SS BOS Here's an area you need to address: your MI. Escobar could be okay, but it's never great to rely on a rookie like that. Lugo is borderline, though he'll get you steals. Theriot will probably be your best MI, which isn't great.
ci Braun, Ryan J. 3B/OF MIL
of Bay, Jason LF PIT
of Patterson, Corey CF CIN Keep an eye on the waiver wire for a replacement. I'm not a huge Patterson fan.
of Young, Chris B. CF ARI If he can raise that average a little he'll be your #1 OF.
u Cabrera, Melky CF NYY


p Accardo, Jeremy RP TOR
p Cain, Matt SP SF
p Harang, Aaron SP CIN
p Harden, Rich SP OAK
p Myers, Brett SP PHI
p Rodriguez, Francisco RP ANA
p Santana, Ervin SP ANA
p Volquez, Edinson SP CIN
p Zambrano, Carlos SP CHC

bn Blalock, Hank 3B TEX
bn Theriot, Ryan SS/2B CHC
bn Keppinger, Jeff SS/3B CIN
bn Loney, James 1B LA
bn Colon, Bartolo SP BOS
bn Floyd, Gavin SP CHW
bn Parra, Manny SP MIL
bn Ryan, B.J. RP TOR
bn Schmidt, Jason SP LA

thanks,
b

Your pitching looks okay, but I agree with Daulluz that it would be worth looking at the fringes a bit. Plus, you are relying on guys like Harden and Myers a bit too much, IMO. Both have great potential, but I wouldn't count on them too much. There will be better pitchers than Santana & Colon on the waiver wire, and you'd probably be better off using those roster spots on MR guys who together will put together better numbers.

All in all, your team has some potential to pop, but I think you need better second- and third-tier guys. One idea would be to try and move some of your 2nd tier talent for better 2nd tier talent if they start off hot. I don't think you need blockbuster deals or moves, just a series of small, incremental improvements focusing on depth.
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