i dont intend to come off as mean here, however my forecast for your squad is not nearly as pleasant as adequate's. i see your team as a bottom third team... let's take a look:
C Lieberthal, Mike -- solid, nothing special, maybe 25HR at his max.
1B Helton, Todd - good avg/power/rbi
2B Castillo, Luis - good avg/steals
3B Pujols, Albert - good avg/power/rbi
SS Jeter, Derek - solid
OF Jones, Andruw - 30/100 @ best
OF Pierre, Juan - solid .300+ hitter w/steals
OF Erstad, Darin - probably won't recreate 2000 season (.350/25/80/25 steals), potentially worthless in fantasy
Util Rollins, Jimmy - can steal bases, but can he get on base?
Bench Hinske, Eric - possible sophomore slump, .275/20/80 seems likely
Bench Kotsay, Mark - .300/20/80 would be a great year from mr. kotsay.
SP Maddux, Greg
SP Miller, Wade
SP Washburn, Jarrod
P Burnett, A.J.
P Lidle, Cory
Bench Sheets, Ben
Bench Ohka, Tomo
starters - solid staff all the way around, should be competitive, however, i don't see an automatic 15 game winner in the bunch here. sure, wade miller CAN do it. maddux certainly HAS done it. washburn was hot last year, as was lidle.. so in order to be a league-leading staff you have to have 3 or 4 near/career years out of your starters
RP Smoltz, John
RP Baez, Danys
Bench Dejean, Mike
decent. i say decent because danys baez hasn't gone through even a 3-4 month span as a closer in MLB yet, although he has a good chance to earn you some cheap saves. dejean's alright too, however how many saves can you possibly get from the brewers?
so the doctor prescribes, in order of your need, a power outfielder (a veritable lock for 40+ HR), a solid closer (kelvin escobar, mike williams, etc), and then a dominant lock-for-15-wins starter.
sorry if i came off mean, but this is how i see it.
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