It’s Fantasy Season

by on February 7, 2011   No Comments

For reasons that haven’t made themselves clear yet I am unofficially marking today as the opening of Fantasy Season. Recently, last year’s booms and busts(yeah yeah, you got Cargo in the 14th. I’ll put it on your epitaph) have been discussed over cold beers and crisp, clean fantasy magazines with only the faintest beginnings of chicken-scratched notes. And because I spent more of Superbowl Sunday preparing for drafts that are still over a month away than I did watching football, I feel obligated to share findings, musings and other points of interest with the readers of this post. Both of you.

In Fantasy Baseball there are few things to brag about. It’s a rarity for an owner to completely dodge the three headed monster of slumps, injuries and woulda-coulda-shoulda draft choices. You either win or you made a great pick that you can still brag about in the off-season or keep for next year. I can hear the Pavlovian drooling at the thought of my notes so we better get down to it.

A Look At Closers: NL Central

by on February 9, 2010   2 Comments

Is there any division with a more muddled bullpen picture than the NL central? Consider that the longest tenured closer in the central is Fransisco Cordero of the Reds at a whopping two full seasons in a Cincinnati uniform. In that time Cordero has racked up an impressive 73 saves(on losing teams) with 137ip, 136K’s and a combined era of 2.76. Cordero has proven himself reliable in both leagues to lock games down and give a strikeout or more per inning. Solid all the way around.

After Cordero we’ll look at the Brewers who at this point appear to be going with Trevor Hoffman. Not much can be said about Hoffman that hasn’t been said before, but it’s worth noting that he nearly duplicated many of his career best peripherals at the age of 41 last season and is really showing no signs of slowing. A k/9, bb/9 and h/9 all equal or better than his career averages at a point when, if we’re being honest, his career should be winding down. After Hoffman however, the Brewer bullpen is very short on closing experience. Latroy Hawkins and David Riske have some while Todd Coffey was once the closer-in-waiting for the Reds.  If Hoffman falters or gets hurt the back end of Brewers games are likely to be nail biters.

News of the Irrelevant – Royals Sign Ankiel

by on January 22, 2010   6 Comments

The game of baseball, of all of its great traditions, has one black eye worse than performance-enhancing drugs:  the worst competitive balance in all of professional sports.  There are at least twelve teams with no shot to win the World Series before pitchers and catchers even lace up their cleats.  Anything that happens with these twelve teams, including the uber-mediocre free agents they sign, is what I like to call the, “News of the Irrelevant.”