Archive for July, 2007

Fantasy 101

Posted in General Sports on July 18, 2007 by rodriguezj20

Fantasy Baseball is a lot like the stock market, you got to buy low and sell high. Because of this, here are my top 5 players to sell high on this season.

Dan Haren- Yes he has been the highest rated fantasy pitcher most of the year in most leagues with his 10-3 record, 2.33 era, 104 k’s, and 1.03 whip. However he plays for an Oakland team that does not seem to have enough offense to allow him to finish with 20 wins at the end of the year, is 1-1 over his last four starts not going 7 innings in any of them, and allowing 30 hits over the four starts. And even though he is on pace for 200 k’s, not once has he ever finished the year with 180 k’s.

Eric Byrnes- There is a reason Eric Byrnes has been in and out of the majors since the year 2000. Last year was Eric’s most productive year with 26 home runs and 25 stolen bases, driving in almost 80 runs and batting around .260. His numbers are inflated, and he is not surrounded by any hitters on the Arizona lineup. Last year Eric hit .292 before the all star game, and reverted to his usal self after hitting .242. Expect the same from him this year.

Chipper Jones- Sure this guy is a future hall of famer and the numbers are there at the end of the season every year… but one thing that is not is his health. Chipper Jones has had multiple DL stints every year for the past 4 years. This year he has landed because of hands, and legs already. It is a great time to sell and get proper value for him since it has been a while since his last stint… but I warn you, he will land on it again, last thing you need is a hurt Chiper on your team coming down the strech or starting the playoffs.

Brad Penny- He looks phenomenal right now, 11-1 and a 2.33 era. But did you forget last year? He was 10-2 with a 2.91 era, but was 6-7 with a 6.25 era after the all star break and pitched 20 innings less. Never has he eclipsed 150 k’s, and only once has Mr. Penny eaten up over 200 innings and won more than 15 games. You aren’t going to get better value for him than you are now. People are buying on this guy like he is Johan or Peavy… take advantage, and buyers beware.

Carlos Pena- Carlos is around the .300 avg, with 22 jacks, 58 driven in and 50 runs scored. He is on pace to hit around .290 with 40 home runs 120 rbi’s and 100 runs scored. Does that sound right to you? No, it sure don’t. He is a career .250 hitter, never has he ever driven in or scored 100 runs, and only once has he hit over 25 home runs in his previous 7 major league seasons.

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The Greatest of All Time

Posted in General Sports on July 17, 2007 by rodriguezj20

Barry

Barry is slumping, Bud is probably drunk at a Brewers game hoping it lasts for the rest of his career, Giants front office wants it to last a little longer to sell more tickets, Hammer is out playing golf or something, and I? Well, I’m just hoping he does is it AUGUST 8, against the Nationals. I got my tickets already!

However, we still have no word on Bud, and Hank still refuses to fly around park to park until he does it. Now I excuse Hank, he earned that much when he dealt with death threats, and racism while breaking the record and yet to this day getting any love. However, I can’t excuse Mr. Comish. The best player in baseball history, and yes let me repeat it, THE BEST PLAYER IN BASEBALL HISTORY, is about to break the most prestigious record in all of sports and you don’t know if you are going to be there? And why? Because you have the suspicion that he was on roids? Barry Bonds will not only be the home run king, but he will hit lifetime near .300, be the only player in baseball history to 500 home runs and 500 stolen bases (think about that), and have the most ridiculous on base percentage and slugging percentage of all time. All while being pitched to about one time a game towards the end of his career.

Do I care though? Do I give a rat’s ass if the worst commissioner of sports history is in attendance? In fact I do care, I would be upset if he is there. He does not deserve to share the field with the greatest living ball players of all time, Barry and his godfather. Ted Williams once said, “They created the all star game for Willie Mayes.” He stared in 24 all star games and prior to Bonds was considered the most compete player in baseball history with over 500 home runs and over 300 stolen bases. The Say Hey Kid will likely wear his #24 Giants jersey and rightfully so walk to the field, hug his godson, and stand next to #25… ironically enough, as in baseball history, side by side in numerical order and on the field.

Midseason Awards

Posted in General Sports on July 5, 2007 by rodriguezj20

MVP

American League- Gary Sheffield

Ok, so I know the most obvious choice on the team is Maglio Ordonez, but why do you think Maglio is having the year of his life? Do you think it has anything to do with finally having a bat worth puting in front of him? The man is hitting .295 and is on pace for 40+ home runs and 100+ rbi’s while leading the league in runs scored. And please, spear me the A-Rod crap, MVP stands for most valuable player, and granted he may be the difference between 3rd in the AL East and last, but how valuable is that?

National League- Prince Fielder

Milwakee is the youngest team in the NL out of all the contending teams, yet they have the second best record in the NL 0.5 games back from the Padres. Granted, the NL Central is the worst division in baseball, but that does not take away from 27 home runs, 66 rbi’s, and 59 runs scored. And unlike A-Rod… he has his team contending.

Cy Young

American League- C.C. Sabathia

I know, I know, I should be a homer and call for Josh Beckett, but Josh hasn’t had to do it in a pressure situation, the Sox have dominated the Skankees and they haven’t played a significant game since opening day. In the other hand, the Indians have played over 9 playoff games already versus the Tigers, and every game C.C. pitches, is almost a must win witht the Tigers right on their heels. Oh, and leading the league in wins and strike outs while having a 3.20 era doesn’t hurt.

National League- Jake Peavy

Has anyone else been more lights out? Peavy is top five in almost every single significant category… era, strike outs, innings pitched and wins. But more importantly he leads a club that has the best record in the NL in the toughest division, and on a team that struggles to score any runs.

Rookie of the Year

American League- Daisuke Matsuzaka

Oh now I’m being a homer? I know he only plays every 5 games, and he isn’t completely a rookie, but the fact of the matter is he is eligible, and is having a very good season in a town where winning is everything. Not to mention that Dice-K is the only Sox pitcher in the top 3 of the rotation not to have missed a start due to injury this year. Making him the anchor, and the rock of the staff. He had a rough start, but he finished with 10 wins and 119 strike outs this midseason… that puts him on pace for somewhere around a 3.50 era, 20 wins, and 200+ strike outs.

National League- Hunter Pence

Now I know I always preach about standings and how valuable a player is, but this isn’t the MVP, it is the Rookie of the Year, and it goes to the Rookie with the best numbers. Hunter Pence is on pace to hit over .300, 20+ home runs, and 100+ rbi’s… and he didn’t play the first month of the year! He has added life to an offense that was terrible.