Ok, so the league is really big. 20 teams, 35 man rosters. Lots of players being kept. I inherited the 3rd to worst team in the league, and made lots of changes. So I'm wondering how my team might stack up.
First, here's the stats we record:
Offense: Runs, Home Runs, RBIs, Total Bases, Walks, Strikeouts, Sacrifices, Steals, Caught Stealing, Ground Into Double Plays, Batting Average, OBP, Slugging Percentage, Fielding Percentage
Pitching: Innings Pitched, Hits, Earned Runs, Home Runs, Walks, Strikeouts, Quality Starts, Wins, Losses, Saves, Save Percentage, Holds, ERA, WHIP, K/9, K/BB
Head to Head scoring, the league is in 2 divisions of 10 teams.
Lots of stats. I built my team on speed, since I figured it would carry over into the most categories as far as offense. To me, speed means more runs, less double plays, more steals, and more bunting, which means more sacrifices. Speedy guys are usually also younger, which is a huge advantage in this league.
Pitching is scarce as you might imagine, so I grabbed whatever I could.
Here's my club:
C - Bengie Molina
1B - Ryan Garko
2B - Kazuo Matsui
3B - Mike Lowell
SS - Elvis Andrus
LF - Carlos Lee
CF - Adam Jones
RF - Randy Winn
UTL Anybody else
Bench: Eric Byrnes LF, Jesus Flores C, Nick Swisher 1B-LF-CF, Emilio Bonifacio 2B, Luis Castillo 2B,
Emmanuel Burriss 2B-SS, Jason Kubel RF, Colby Rasmus RF, Travis Buck RF, Dewayne Wise LF-CF
SP: Chris Carpenter, Chien Ming Wang, John Maine, Wandy Rodriguez, Dave Bush, Andrew Miller, Tim Wakefield, Franklin Morales, Jose Contreras, Gio Gonzalez
RP: Joel Hanrahan, Scott Linebrink, Darren Oliver (may get dropped), Doug Brocail, Jose Veras, Edwar Ramirez
Disabled List (I can hold 5): Shaun Marcum, Jeff Francis, Alex Rodriguez
Obviously the A-Rod injury really hurt my chances to get off to a good start, but I'm hoping I can hold down the fort with a hot start from Lowell (wishful thinking), I'll also have Bonifacio at that spot relatively soon, although he seems more useful at second base right now. I don't really like my first base situation at all, but I haven't been able to improve it. Garko/Swisher are much better than what I started with there.
My pitching is obviously a weakness, but I've got a lot of guys. I'm hoping to get some good value out of my 3 youngsters, although I don't think I can expect to. Light on saves, but I'm not awfully worried about that. I figure more of than that not Hanrahan will get 1-2 saves a week. If he makes them both, I'm really only conceding the saves category, as my percentage will be 1000.
As far as the other teams in the league. THere are 2-3 really top heavy stacked teams that I don't think I can match up with in the division. On the other side there are a few more. I'm kind of wondering though, how bad off I really am?
Any suggestions? Any players you'd suggest I target to sum up the holes?
I also have some minor leaguers, but not too many that will affect me at the start of the year, so I didn't list them. I'll be starting out with Gio, Andrus, and Rasmus on my roster.