I'm in a HR-only league along with my regular two leagues -- I know, I know, pretty "lowbrow" to play in a HR derby league, but it's low maintenance compared to my others, it's easy on the brain, and there's a great $650 first place payout -- and I wanted to discuss a few guys and get your thoughts on their potential this year:
Luis Gonzalez: Will never hit 57 again, but is 35 too much to hope for? Not much protection in that sorry D'backs lineup anymore, but he seems to be starting hot. My projection: 28-30. Yours?
Klesko: Ditto above re: lineup, and pitchers could avoid him. And back issues started the season....do you think he's a lock for his usual 28 HRs, or did nevin's injury leave him too exposed in that Pads lineup.
Soriano: Will he keep going and top 40, or will he have a "sophomore slump" and end up 30-35?
Thome: The man can rake, no matter where he's playing, no matter who's pitching, no matter what astrological sign the moon and sun are in....BUT, do you tink he's around 50 again or will he have a dropoff? Notoriously slow starter.
Choi: Cubbies 1B of the present/future, has 3 HRs already, seems to be hitting a groove which should keep Dusty "I like my players old and rickety" Baker from working Karros in too much against lefties. Is 25-30 too optimistic for Hee Seop?
Juan Gonzalez. Contract year + notoriously selfish dude + sick talent + seemingly healthy = big comeback year. Can he hit 35?
Chavez: Does he finally top 40 this year?
Chipper: Are injuries catching up to him? Is he a 40+ guy anymore, or is 30 more realistic?
Ken Harvey: Deeeeep sleeper, fulltime DH for KC. Big powerful dude, starting hot....can he make 25 vanish into the stands?
I know this was pretty long. Thanks for any input on as many of these guys as you can....