Mar
29

Open Thread: My RAB Fantasy Baseball League Team

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We held the draft for our massive 20 team fantasy baseball league last night, which took us about three and half hours to complete. The turnout was very good, at one point I believe we had 19 of the 20 owners present. If you’re wondering what the first three rounds of a 20 team league look like, then click here. I had the second overall pick, meaning the wait between picks was either really short or unbearably long. Here’s my team, position by position…

C: John Baker (17th round, 322nd overall)
1B: Todd Helton (9, 162)
2B: Robbie Cano (3, 42)
SS: Hanley Ramirez (1, 2)
3B: Casey Blake (8, 159)
OF: Jayson Werth (2, 39)
OF: Carlos Gonzalez (6, 119)
OF: Brad Hawpe (7, 122)
UTIL: David Ortiz (10, 199)

SP: Wandy Rodriguez (4, 79)
SP: Cole Hamels (5, 82)
RP: C.J. Wilson (19, 362)
RP:
P: Ben Sheets (11, 202)
P: Brian Matusz (13, 242)
P: Dallas Braden (16, 319)

Bench: Jhonny Peralta (12, 239)
Bench: Carlos Santana (14, 279)
Bench: Josh Willingham (15, 282)
Bench: Edinson Volquez (18, 359)
Bench: Matt Diaz (20, 399)
Bench: Ronnie Belliard (21, 402)
Bench: Jonathan Niese (22, 439)

Obviously, I completely punted the saves category. I figured I was better off grabbing as many starters as possible since they’re much tougher to come by mid-season. Volquez was a straight DL stash with an eye towards midseason. I already slid him into a DL spot and grabbed Luke Gregerson for that empty RP spot. I was hoping to do the same with Erik Bedard, but he went before I got the chance. Santana is another guy I’m stashing on bench, hoping the Indians call up the game’s 10th best prospect sooner rather than later.

Our league counts OBP (and quality starts), so the Helton, Werth, Hawpe and (to a lesser extent) Blake picks are really going to help there. Ortiz was toiling away in the 10th round, and there was really no one else on the board with a realistic chance of 30-100, so I took the bait. Even if he gives me 20-80, I can’t complain. Hopefully Gonzalez’s second half breakout (.320-.384-.608, 12 HR, 11 SB in his last 62 games) is a sign of things to come, and maybe Belliard beats out Blake Dewitt for the Dodgers second base job. He, along with Peralta have multi-position eligibility all over the infield. Diaz could be useful if I’m smart and only play him against lefties, who he annihilates.

I thought my Wandy and Hamels picks were sneaky good in the 4th and 5th rounds of a league that deep. Wandy is on par fantasy-wise with Johan Santana, who went 25 picks earlier. Hamels’ peripherals in 2009 were nearly identical to what they were in 2008, yet his ERA was more than a full run higher, so I’m hopefully that corrects itself. Sheets was a total roll of the dice, but I figured his upside was worth a shot in the 11th round when guys like Kevin Correia and Kevin Slowey and Randy Wells went one round earlier. The idea of a rookie starter in the AL East scares me, but Matusz isn’t like most rookies. Braden, Wilson, and Niese … let’s see what you got.

The one guy I was really hoping to get with my second pick was Ben Zobrist because a) he can rake, and b) he was eligible at the two middle infield spots plus the outfield, and I heart flexibility. He went with the last pick of the first round, so I didn’t even had a chance to get my hopes up. Part of me wishes I took CC Sabathia over Cano in the third round, but the second base market was pretty shallow, and I’m hopefully Robbie breaks out in the fifth spot this year.

Once you’re done laughing at my team, go ahead and use this as your open thread. The Devils are the only local team in action tonight, but there’s a new episode of 24 on, and in case you haven’t heard, this will be the final season because the show’s been canceled. It sure was fun while it lasted…

  • bexarama

    Not involved with the fantasy draft, but this was pretty cool:
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....fTape.html

  • JackISBACK

    I like your offense, but man your pitching blows. You have 2 SPs, and an injury risk Sheets. I know its a big league, but I think you should’ve left someone like Peralta off and gone for pitching instead because Peralta @ 3B is not that great value, and you have Hanley for SS anyway.

    • Tseng

      Mauer went 3rd? Dang, I snagged him with the 10th pick yesterday. Also think David Wright went way too high.

      Agree with Jack re: pitching. I like Wandy and I’m iffy on Cole though I think he’ll do better this year. The rest of your pitching is a big ?

      • andrew

        If you could see the pitching from the rest of the league, Wandy and Hamels is probably one of the better 1/2 punches out there. My pitching staff is a lot of question marks as well:

        Wainright
        Burnett
        Lilly
        Ohlendorf
        Duke
        Matt Palmer
        Snell
        Robinson Tejada

        • 28 next year

          Mine is pretty good at the top and alright as you go down.

          Verlander
          Josh Johnson
          Mike Gonzalez
          Scott Downs
          Joel Pineiro
          Ian Kennedy
          C.J. Wilson

          with Betancourt, Braden, League, and Zito

        • Tseng

          I’m a fan of Lilly and Ohlendorf.

      • chriskeo

        I decided to take a huge risk there, hoping it will pay off, we will see.

        • chriskeo

          with Mauer

  • http://yanksdraftsandprospects.blogspot.com/ Jake H

    I think I would be better at fantasy baseball now. I won the first year I did it 5 years ago then got bored with it so I stopped for a few years.

  • AFSH

    Hey Guys, I want your thoughts for my fantasy team (we had the draft yesterday); it’s a H2H league, with 12 teams, AL only with the following categories: R, RBI, SB, TB, AVG, OBP, IP, W, SV, K, ERA and WHIP.
    C – A.J. Pierzynski
    1B – Justin Morneau
    2B – Maicer Izturis
    3B – Álex Rodríguez
    SS – Alexei Ramírez
    OF – Curtis Granderson
    OF – Denard Span
    OF – Juan Rivera
    Util – J.D. Drew

    SP Félix Hernández
    SP Jon Lester
    SP John Lackey
    RP Kerry Wood (with the idea of putting him on the DL and grabbing another RP for the moment)
    RP Fernando Rodney
    RP Jim Johnson
    P Hideki Okajima
    BN David Price
    BN Mark Buehrle
    BN Nick Blackburn
    BN Justin Masterson
    BN Brad Bergesen
    BN Dallas Braden

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Last place.

  • chriskeo

    I was hoping to do the same with Erik Bedard, but he went before I got the chance.

    Your Welcome,
    Jersey Crushers ;)

    • andrew

      Yea, but who got Jason Hirsch?

      Sincerely,
      The Joba Rules (probably need to change the name now that it’s a sore subject for me to think about)

  • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

    Me and Ax have the same strategy except I took 2 hopeful call-ups:

    R. Martin
    C. Pena
    S. Schumaker
    E. Longoria
    E. Cabrera
    N. Markakis
    C. Rasmus
    D. Fowler
    J. Thome
    C. Dickerson

    C. Sabathia
    C. Billingsly
    J. Soria
    M. Gonzalez
    G. Floyd
    D. Price
    M. Latos
    G. Gonzalez

    Bench:
    C. Ruiz
    R. Garko
    F. Sanchez
    D. Jennings

    K. Drabek
    E. Volquez (DL)

  • Brad Toughy

    I agree with the consensus. Hitting’s impressive and the pitching’s a little meh. Opposite of my team in “River Ave. Blues – The 4th” Carlos Gonzalez was a guy I was prepped to pick and then he went 2 picks before I was going to take him. Dat’s da breaks, I guess!

    My team could be named “Adrian Gonzalez and stud pitchers” I’ve got Josh Johnson, Adam Wainwright and Felix Hernandez fronting my staff, although I’m trying to find a partner to swap one of those in a package for an elite hitter. So far, no takers yet. Most of our league is weak on pitching so I can probably find a deal that works for both of us.

  • al

    Please stop with all the posts about fantasy. First rule about fantasy sports: NO ONE CARES ABOUT YOUR FANTASY TEAM.

    • bexarama

      Meh it’ll stop when the actual games start

    • 28 next year

      plus, the open thread clearly has a fantasy theme, just skip over what you don’t want to read

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      name your topic sir, and we shall discuss!

      • Jose

        The politics of sex in religion.

      • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

        Teen pregnancy—great thing or greatest thing?

        • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

          can’t it be both?

          • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

            There can be only one Highlander!

        • Jack

          Ke$ha or Justin Bieber?

          • Tom Zig

            Ke$ha.

            • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

              In a landslide. If I ever see her in person, she’ll have the special privilege of seeing me pantless with glitter all over my genitalia.

              Tik tok, indeed.

              • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

                I’m going with Bieber. Tik Tok is alright but I don’t like anything else.

                Bieber has Baby and One Time at least.

                /shame’d

    • Accent Shallow

      Completely agreed, but with RAB sponsoring ~7 leagues, it’s something we have to deal with.

      If it comes up in game threads, though . . .

      /urge to kill rising

      • Jose

        No baseball and no beer make Jose something something.

        • Accent Shallow

          That’s funny, the blood usually gets off at the second floor.

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    You can’t have John Baker without Frank Poncherello.

    • andrew

      Yes. Y-E-S.

  • 28 next year

    My first ever fantasy team with the 20th pick (The RAB Championship League

    C: Matt Wieters
    1B: Jose Lopez
    2B: Martin Prado
    3B: Chase Headley
    SS: Elvis Andrus
    OF: Matt Holliday
    OF: Grady Sizemore
    OF: Rajai Davis
    Util: James Loney

    SP: Justin Verlander
    SP: Josh Johnson
    RP: Scott Downs
    RP: Mike Gonzalez
    P: Ian Kennedy
    P: C.J. Wilson
    P: Joel Pineiro

    BN: Rafael Betancourt
    BN: Ian Desmond
    BN: Dallas Braden
    BN: Brandon League
    BN: Barry Zito
    BN: Lyle Overbay

    My first time so I just gave it my all. The relief pitchers were picked late. Any suggestions? BTW: I was offered Brian Roberts for Matt Holliday, didn’t think that it was good, any opinions.

    • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

      I like this team actually. I wouldn’t do that trade though.

      • 28 next year

        it was tough to draft twice in a row and then wait for forty picks. And yea, I rejected the trade.

    • Brad Toughy

      I like the team too. Pitching heavy, so yeah, I’d have turned down the trade that would have left you without a sure power guy.

      I like the Ian Kennedy pick, but I’d guess most guys on this site would. Overall, your team is like mine (coincidentally I had the 20th pick too) in that we’re both got serious front-end pitching studs, one banger on offense and then a bunch of guys who probably will middle-of-the-pack you.

      • 28 next year

        Johnson and Verlander were the top guys available so I went with them, overall, I think my team compares favorably. Ian Kennedy was available late being the third starter, I figured he would get a lot of opportunities and in the NL West, he should be decent.

  • danny

    crap!
    Teix just got nailed on the elbow and is coming out of them game.

    • Stryker

      fuck jeremy guthrie. i hope a-rod takes him deep every AB.

    • pete

      quote from masn:

      “well they’re not gonna be loaded any longer”

      uhh…yeah they will…

  • Salty Buggah

    Uh-oh. Be OK Tex

  • Spaceman.Spiff

    C Victor Martinez
    1B Adrian Gonzalez
    2B Kelly Johnson
    3B Chase Headley
    SS Everth Cabrera
    OF Curtis Granderson
    OF Manny Ramirez
    OF Carlos Quentin
    UTIL Sean Rodriguez

    BN Carlos Santana

    SP Cliff Lee
    SP Ricky Nolasco
    RP Rafael Soriano
    RP Billy Wagner
    P Jason Frasor
    P Ben Sheets
    P Brian Matusz

    BN Wade Davis
    BN Aroldis Chapman
    BN Chris Young
    BN Chad Gaudin
    BN Brad Penny

    Due to my embarrassment of riches in my pitching, I am currently shopping Brad Penny for a Smoak-type bat.

    • 28 next year

      strong team, was this really in the RAB leagues?

      • Brad Toughy

        That team lines up to about what the teams in our league look like.

        • Spaceman.Spiff

          I do like that I have 3 closers, in a 20-team league I should clean up in that category unless my guys get injured (which is not beyond reason). I could even consider a trade later in the season and probably get more than what I paid for them. I got Cliff Lee pretty late I thought and I’m really high on Nolasco so my one-two punch is okay I think. My starters have some upside beyond them too I’d say. If Sheets can thrive in the Coliseum, he has upside and I got him late so I’m not complaining.

  • bexarama

    oh crap on LoHud they’re acting like Tex is seriously injured, should I get nervous or is it just LoHud bein’ LoHud?

    • Brad Toughy

      Is it LoHud the authors, or LoHud the commenters?

      If it’s in the comments, I’d ignore it. But getting hit on the elbow, especially if it got all bone, is never great.

      • bexarama

        the commenters. So, yeah.

    • Jose

      Based on the response on LoHud I think Tex may be dead. They’ll probably get X-rays and see what that shows.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        Yeah, just to confirm the diagnosis.

      • bexarama

        Haha I laughed at this because it’s true. After my initial “AAAHHH NOOO!!!!” reaction, I figured it was just LoHud being LoHud. Seriously, I think someone asked to get Frank Thomas out of retirement. smh

        • Brad Toughy

          Unless something’s broken, it’s probably just a bad bruise that Tex will have a week to take care of. Getting hit anywhere right on the bone stings like hell once it happens and he’ll be hella sore, but I’d guess he’ll be starting at first and batting third come Sunday.

          • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

            But he’s dependent on getting on a good streak…sigh.

          • Brad Toughy

            Diagnosed with an elbow contusion, read, bruise.

            • bexarama

              That’s what I figured but reading the LoHud comments was a terrible idea. Feel better Texy!

    • danny

      eh, i think they are getting that from his reaction, by that it alone it looked like it could be serious. But those crazy lohudians have to remember he got hit on the elbow, I’d like to know how they would want him to react.

      all in all, just stay away from the comments section and hope for a bad bruise.

  • Phil

    Since we’re all posting our teams :) (I had 4th overall pick):

    C: Russel Martin
    1B: Adam LaRoche
    2B: Felipe Lopez
    SS: Jose Reyes
    3B: Alex Rodriguez
    OF: Alex Rios
    OF: Juan Pierre
    OF: Vernon Wells
    UTIL: Alexei Ramirez

    SP: Dan Haren
    SP: Josh Beckett
    RP: Mariano Rivera
    RP: Jonathan Papelbon
    P: Neftali Feliz
    P: Alfredo Aceves
    P: Tyler Clippard

    Bench: Mike Lowell
    Bench: Gerardo Perra
    Bench: Randy Winn
    Bench: Cristian Guzman
    Bench: Darren O’Day
    Bench: Jeremy Affeldt

    My interweb died around 2/3 of the way through, and I’d liked to have gotten another starter instead of even more relievers. I did not punt saves.

    • Brad Toughy

      I don’t think punting saves is all that great an idea, especially in a deep league. If you can grab two closers in the middle rounds (10-15) you can give yourself a step up on most everyone else on saves.

      There’s more league-average bats to go around than there are closers, or at least that’s the way I looked at it. I got Aardsma and Ryan Franklin in rounds 11&12 and still filled in the rest of my roster about as good as Mike seems to have.

      You’ve got two stud front guys for your staff, a slugger in your lineup and still managed to grab about 65-75 saves and the potential for more if certain closers go down.

  • Jack

    Lanny’s gonna be pissed when he sees this thread.

  • billbybob

    Anyone read the Dan Shaughnessy piece on Tim Duncan over at Si.com? It is truly incomprehensible. First, he suggests that Duncan is not one of the ten greatest players of all time; he lists off a multidude of players that he thinks are better than Duncan. Fittingly, he provides no evidence as to why any of these players are better. Then, Shaughnessy points out how Duncan has some of the greatest statistics of any big man ever. Ugh Dan, if you are trying to prove that Tim doesn’t belong in the top ten, I would throw in evidence the refutes your point. He ends by further muddling his original point with some more pro-Duncan top ten all time crap. Sorry for the rant, but it was just a poorly argued and organized article. No suprise, given that it was Dan freakin’ Shaughnessy writing.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.c.....?eref=sihp

    • billbybob

      I like my use of the word multidude. It is many dudes.

      • bexarama

        I laughed.

        Good lord I hate Dan Shaghnawhatever

    • Ivan

      That article was all sorts of fail…

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Well here’s my team in the second league. I got the 12th pick.

    C: Joe Mauer
    1B: Billy Butler
    2B: Maicer Izturis
    SS: Jimmy Rollins
    3B: Aramis Ramirez
    OF: Brad Hawpe
    OF: Mike Cameron
    OF: Kosuke Fukudome
    UTIL: Xavier Nady

    SP: Matt Garza
    SP: Josh Beckett
    RP: David Robertson
    RP: Leo Nunez
    P: Ben Sheets
    P: Rick Porcello
    P: Colby Lewis

    Bench: Ben Francisco
    Bench: Pedro Feliz
    Bench: Jeremy Hermdia
    Bench: Cristian Guzman
    Bench: Phil Coke
    Bench: Jeremy Affeldt

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com/ JMK the Overshare’s Mystique and Aura

      Pitching’s weak but I love the lineup.

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        Yeah I wanted to get the hitters first and get some quality pitching later on. The starters are alright but I think I’m in the punt saves bandwagon and got D-Rob with his insane K rates.

  • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

    I can only hope the last episode of 24 is better than the last Sopranos.

    • bexarama

      DON’T STOP —

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        That was even worse than the final Seinfeld, which was pretty bad.

    • Tom Zig

      I heard Chuck Norris is the terrorist chieftain and he battles Jack Bauer in hand-to-hand combat, in a minefield. All while Ride of the Valkyries is playing in the background.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        I was with you, right up to the Nazi/KKK music selection.

        • Accent Shallow

          Poor Wagner.

        • Tom Zig

          Man I was thinking like it in that sense. But yeah you’re right poor choice.

          • Tom Zig

            Oops. Was is supposed to be WAS NOT. Man, how the meaning of a sentence changes when you leave out a word.

            • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

              It’s OK, we still love you despite the fact that you’re a hideous racist.

  • Rey22

    Wow, some writer at MLB.com has the Orioles finishing above the Rays in the AL East this year, along with this hilarious quote:

    “But Victor Martinez doesn’t give the Red Sox the presence behind the plate that Jason Varitek did.”

    I wish I could get paid for writing stupid nonsense. It would make my life so much easier.

    http://tiny.cc/6as20 (SFW)

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      But teh no hittahs!

    • bexarama

      to be fair, Varitek was pretty good for a number of years. Only issue is, those number of years was like five years ago and he is now awful.

      • bexarama

        and by “a number of years” I mean like three and if there is a serious push to get him to the Hall of Fame I will throw up and write many angry sentences on this here internet.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        If Auston Romine becomes Varitiek in his prime (who’s a frequent comp) then we should all be pretty happy.

        • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

          Austin

        • Accent Shallow

          Well, are we talking same caliber of player, or same caliber of douche?

          Because I’d be thrilled with the former and displeased with the latter.

          • bexarama

            this

            Varitek really is one of my least favorite Red Sox of all time. He is up there with Schilling and Papelbon. What a fdb.

          • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

            The funny thing about douchebags is you love them when they’re on your team, but hate them on your rival. I cant imagine anyone more hated than Roger Clemens was as a Red Sox/Blue Jay, but then we acquired him and Yankee fans fell in love in short order.

            • Tom Zig

              Question: Which players currently on the Yankees if on a rival would be considered douchebags?

              I’d say Posada and A-rod, and maybe Joba.

              • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

                Definitely Posada, maybe Joba. Alex isn’t a douchebag, he’s the opposite, he wants everyone to love him.

                • bexarama

                  I agree with this but I can see why others might think Alex is a DB. The opting out, the steroids, the fact that he doesn’t necessarily come off as very genuine in interviews and he tends to say stupid things, the photos of him kissing himself in a mirror…

              • bexarama

                Definitely Joba, probably A-Rod

                Posada to some extent. A lot of non-Yankee fans hate Jeter because they think he is smug. I’ve heard a bunch of non-Yankee fans call Tex and Swisher douchebags…

                • Tom Zig

                  I can see people disliking Swisher. But Teixeira?

                • bexarama

                  I don’t get it either. Tex is pretty boring off the field from what we see – by that, I mean no controversy or anything. Maybe because he SIGNED FOR A LOT OF MONEY OH NOS!!!!! and sometimes he doesn’t take called strike threes very well.

                • whozat
                • bexarama

                  Could make a case for him to be MVP, could also not do that

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    sixth pick first round, picked utley over cano.

    I feel like I’m cheating on my wife…I should have just picked all Yankees…not matter what I will NOT pick a red sock!

    • Tseng

      Not by design, but I didn’t get any Yankees this year. This could be a good thing, because Yankees I get typically have down years.

      I don’t mind picking Sox players though…. in it to win it.

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        ortiz went in like the 14th round :D

    • Alex S

      some guy in one of my leagues is called “BX Ruff Ryders” he drafted just about every yankee. off the top of my head – Tex, Cano, NJ, Pettite, Joba, Granderson, etc. the dude will come in last place

  • danny

    WTF now guthrie just hit Cervelli on the arm, just barely missed his wrist.

    • danny

      ps- hes okay though, not coming out of the game

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Poor Cervelli. Screw Guthrie.

      • Stryker

        +29

    • Brad Toughy

      Jeremy Guthrie’s just pissed that out of the 440 players drafted in our league yesterday, he wasn’t one of them.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

      I really thought A-Rod’s 1st pitch bomb off Guthrie after hip surgery was a big deal at the time.

      http://www.baseball-reference......gues.shtml

      Until I realized that everyone else hit the crap out of him all year long. Still was fun, though.

      • Accent Shallow

        Meh, he’s no LIMA TIME

  • bexarama

    My mom just yelled “OH MY GOD TEIXEIRA BROKE HIS LEG!!!!” then burst out laughing.

    Do I have permission to kill her, guys?

    • pete

      sleep on it.

    • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

      Don’t kill her, The Congressman Mondesi will have no one to flirt with.

      • bexarama

        hahahaha! ietc!

        She has decided she is going to be “reasonable” this year, whatever that means. I think that means not killing someone if the Yankees start slow because of the whole 0-8 against Boston thing.

      • Jack

        Pfft. That won’t stop him.

    • Accent Shallow

      Is she this excitable in all areas of life, or just Yankee fandom?

      • bexarama

        She’s an absolutely insane Yankee fan. She’s not this crazy about anything else, heh.

  • Dirty Pena

    Charlies Hayes Mays of The Premier League:

    C: Matt Wieters
    1B: Miguel Cabrera
    2B: Gordon Beckham (soon enough)
    3B: Edwin Encarnacion
    SS: Stephen Drew
    OF: B.J. Upton
    OF: Jay Bruce
    OF: Nolan Reimold
    UTIL: Dexter Fowler
    BN: Kosuke Fukudome
    BN: Brett Wallace
    BN: Gaby Sanchez

    SP: Felix Hernandez
    SP: Phil Hughes
    RP: Joakim Soria
    RP: Chad Qualls
    P: Wade Davis
    P: Brad Lidge
    P: Brett Myers
    BN: Stephen Strasburg
    BN: Chris Tillman
    BN: Fernando Rodney

    • Brad Toughy

      I got Gaby Sanchez in the 21st round, heard he was named the starter today.

      • Tseng

        Yeah I grabbed him today from FA. Woo.

      • Tom Zig

        Is he supposed to be a legit hitter?

    • Tseng

      really shaky starting pitching is what stands out to me the most. I love Phil but he hasn’t proven anything as a starter. Strasburg is a stash for now right? You’ve got like, 3 closers and a potential one though? Maybe try to trade one of those for a SP?

      • Dirty Pena

        If I had known Lidge would be available at pick #309, I wouldn’t have taken Qualls.

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    lance berkman or derrek lee?

    • Alex S

      big puma

    • Accent Shallow

      Fantasy or real life?

      Because I’d rather have Berkman on my team.

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        AAHH! i hate baseball. fantasy baseball is like fantasy hate. ARGH!

        …clinical diagnosis: anxiety, masochism, attention deficit diso

        • Accent Shallow

          By “on my team”, I meant “playing for the team I root for”, not “fantasy baseball.”

          And Berkman > Lee, IMHO

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    http://a.espnradio.com/station.....100329.mp3

    Don’t know if this has been posted but here’s a Cash interview with Kay about Joba.

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      Heh “competition” sure. I’m still not buying that.

      • http://www.theyankeeu.com/ Nostra-Artist

        He’s a starter in the bullpen, which is like asking a cow in the meadow to grunt and fart.

        wait a minute…..

    • pete

      great interview. ca$hlove

  • Jose

    Sweeny: “Teixeira diagnosed with R elbow contusion (or a bruise). No xrays were taken. Will see how he is tomorrow for further evaluation.”

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    MASN just said, right elbow contusion, no x rays taken.

    Good news.

    • bexarama

      ugh, thank goodness

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

    Wow, Jones just murdered a Javy hanger.

  • Accent Shallow

    Lost in all the B-Jobber hullabaloo is the Youkilis issue:

    As a reliever, Joba will have less opportunities to throw at Youk, but he’ll likely be throwing harder out of the pen. Which is more desirable for maximum headhunting efficiency?

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    How does the submit a tip thing work? Do you use your e-mail or the RABbi’s?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Yours. All three of us will get it regardless.

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        Oh alright thanks.

  • The Sheepmeister

    I had the 5th pick in the 7th tier draft.

    C: Ryan Doumit
    1B: Pablo Sandaval (with 3B eligibility)
    2B: Chase Utley
    3B: Casey Blake
    SS: Stephen Drew
    OF: Bobby Abreu
    OF: Corey Hart
    OF: Brett Gardner
    Util: Jack Cust
    Util: Kosuke Fukudome

    SP: Chris Carpenter
    SP: Ricky Nolasco
    RP: Andrew Bailey
    RP: Billy Wagner
    P: Max Scherzer
    P: Brad Bergeson
    P: Barry Zito

    BN: Aaron Rowand
    BN: Ryan Church
    BN: Garrett Atkins
    BN: Ross Ohlendorf
    BN: Brad Penny
    BN: Jon Rauch

    I was stoked to get Utley with the 5th pick.

  • Mike Pop

    Keeper league – categories are R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPS, IP, W, CG, S, K, ERA, WHIP.

    C- Kurt Suzuki
    1B – Lance Berkman
    2B – Ben Zobrist
    3B – Evan Longo
    SS – Troy Tulo
    CI – Carlos Pena
    MI – Ryan Theriot
    OF – Jacoby Ellsbury
    OF – Colby Rasmus
    OF – Carlos Gonzalez
    OF – Nyjer Morgan
    OF – Dexter Fowler
    UTI – Travis Snider
    UTI – Todd Helton

    P – Rick Porcello
    P – Phil Hughes
    P – Heath Bell
    P – Huston Street
    P – Matt Garza
    P – Matt Thornton
    P – Joakim Soria

    Bench – Sheets, Danks, and Jonathan Sanchez.

    Pitching is real weak, but I picked up a leftover team and we could only keep 10 players from the previous year.

    Judge me!

    • Mike Pop

      Oops, forgot to mention I got Joba also.

  • Cecala

    How are Hot Pockets even legal? I tried one and now I feel like I have one of those aliens trying to rip through my stomach.

  • http://www.i-yankees.com iYankees

    I think the emphasis on starters in these particular leagues is overblown. With no substantial innings limit, you can just pick up average starters, which are VERY easy to find at the backend of the draft and throughout the year. Get 6 of them, maybe more. Then you can use them to take strikeouts, wins, plus quality starts. It’s a pretty sound strategy (and if you loaded up on relievers rather than starters, you’ll have taken saves). I didn’t pick up a pitcher starter until the 13th round.

    My team:

    C: JR Towels
    1B: Miguel Cabrera
    2B: Dan Uggla
    3B: Ryan Zimmerman
    SS: Evereth Cabrera
    OF: Hunter Pence
    OF: Adam Dunn
    OF: Jay Bruce
    UT: Todd Helton

    BN: Carlos Beltran
    BN: Magglio Ordonez

    SP: Francisco Liriano
    SP: Shaun Marcum
    RP: Billy Wanger
    RP: Frank Francisco
    P: Brian Fuentes
    P: Octavio Dotel
    P: Matt Lindstrom

    BN: Carl Pavano
    BN: Chris Young
    BN: Gio Gonzalez
    BN: Jeff Francis

    I need more speed, but beyond that I’m pretty pleased for a 20-teamer.

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      I’m against you first game! Good luck!

      • http://www.i-yankees.com iYankees

        You too, Joba!

    • Tseng

      Interesting strategy. I’ll have to see if it works. Which league are you in?

      • http://www.i-yankees.com iYankees

        I think it’s called RAB lite?

        • Jack

          Yep, that’s it.

          I was thisclose to making the password “greattastelessfilling”.

    • Brad Toughy

      Interesting strategy, but by collecting late-round pitchers, you leave yourself short on ERA and WHIP.

      49.8% of all starts last year were QS, so it seems you’re right in believing you can find them late. But the teams with good front-end starting can find those guys too.

      • andrew

        I employed a similar strategy last year in the RAB league (although not as drastic), and finished 8th. I never won ERA or WHIP, but it allowed me to be it allowed me to be above average in the rest of the categories.

      • http://www.i-yankees.com iYankees

        Yea, I figure ERA and WHIP are often crapshoots, though. Employing 4 relievers helps lower ERA and WHIP, as well. I’m pretty much sacrificing the two cats, but if I have one pitcher toss 7 strong innings in a week I may not even use any other starters in an attempt to win saves, WHIP, and ERA, rather than K, QS, and wins.

  • bonestock94

    Drop jake fox for gaby sanchez!?

    • bonestock94

      Or even scott feldman

      • bonestock94

        or ryan sweeney, or ajax

  • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Johnny Damon has fun playing baseball, and believe it or not, that seemingly constant smile is a big part of why he has won so much during his career.

    -Jayson Stark

    • Alex S

      i had no clue there was a direct correlation between wins and fun.

      • Jack

        There is, Stark’s just got it backwards.

    • bexarama

      but is he like a kid out there?

  • Evilest Empire

    I enjoyed the draft last night so much, I’m going to post my team again! …in link form

    http://riveraveblues.com/2010/.....ent-815822

    I’ve since gotten rid of Francisco Cervelli and Kaz Matsui, and picked up Fausto Carmona and Matt Lindstrom. If Carmona has really put it all together again than its a nice pick up and if he doesn’t, no harm done. I picked up Lindstrom because after I drafted Brandon Lyons I realized he wasn’t definitely the closer (thanks Optimist), so those two got handcuffs. God help me, I WILL pick up Houston’s saves.

    I’m severely lacking in offensive depth so I’m working on a couple trades to balance that out.

  • http://www.progressamericana.com/ Pablo Zevallos

    Since we’re posting our teams on here (and I didn’t get any feedback last night ;(), I’ll do mine today (btw, 1st overall pick in the Premier League):

    1. (1) Albert Pujols 1B
    2. (40) Brian McCann C
    3. (41) Mark Reynolds 1B,3B
    4. (80) Ricky Nolasco SP
    5. (81) Ian Stewart 2B,3B
    6. (120) Elvis Andrus SS
    7. (121) Julio Borbón OF
    8. (160) Nick Swisher 1B,OF
    9. (161) Max Scherzer SP
    10. (200) Kevin Correia SP
    11. (201) Nick Johnson 1B
    12. (240) Conor Jackson 1B,OF
    13. (241) Trevor Cahill SP
    14. (280) Matt LaPorta 1B,OF
    15. (281) Mat Latos SP
    16. (320) Matt Lindstrom RP
    17. (321) Jeff Clement C
    18. (360) David Freese 3B
    19. (361) Troy Glaus Util
    20. (400) Bud Norris SP
    21. (401) Tyler Clippard RP (dropped for Colby Lewis SP/RP)
    22. (440) Ty Wigginton 1B,3B

  • donttradecano

    school does scarface play:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....r_embedded (SFW)

    • Alex S

      I’d like to meet whoever got the brilliant idea

      • bexarama

        there are “junior versions” of Into the Woods (which as you would expect if you know that show is basically just the first act, hope the kiddies never get a hold of the second one) and Rent, nothing theater-related surprises me much

    • pat

      No way that’s real.

  • Reggie C.

    DERON WILLIAMS IS A MONSTER!

    Jazz simply hitting everything. Knicks about to get shot out the building.

  • donttradecano

    If Mcnabb goes to the eagles it makes the NFC East a lot easier for the Cowboys and Giants.

    • donttradecano

      fail. meant raiders

  • bexarama

    heh I’m watching Rays/Red Sox on MLB Network and David Ortiz just hit a ball and the crowd went insane… warning track flyout.

    • bexarama

      also let me ask because I have no idea: how do “games” in fantasy baseball work?

      • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

        In a H2H format it adds up H, HR, RBI etc and whoever has more wins that category. Then there’s AVG and OBP which they also calculate which are also categories. Pitching categories include WHIP, QS, ERA and Wins. Whoever wins the most categories wins for that week.

        • bexarama

          thank you. :)

  • Reggie C.

    Tonight’s 24 episode is damn good.

  • Brendan

    I have to ask, what’s the deal with Melvin Croussett? Is he ever coming stateside? I know there is a lot of hyperbole around him but was he ever considered a legit prospect or did I just miss out on the beginning of a meme?

    • Brendan

      By the way, I don’t know if anyone has seen this before, butttttttt

      http://davidblouin.hi5.com/fri.....#8211;html

      • pat

        holy crap, Andy is gonna JIHP

        • Andy in Sunny Daytona

          Every woman that were in those pictures were impregnated by him. Bexy, Rebecca, UWS, Ana, don’t look or you will be with child in the morning.

          • Brendan

            My favorite picture is the one of him holding a naked child. Quite strange.

    • pat

      /Blesses himself, begs for forgiveness, offers sacrifices)

      Pretty much DSL filler who puts up ridiculous numbers tooling on 16 and 17 year olds.

      • Brendan

        And by the way, that’s what I figured, just sometimes it was hard to separate the fact from fiction.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    Isn’t Volquez out for the year?

    • http://www.mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      That won’t stop him from winning the R.O.Y.

      BTW, thanks for the plug earlier.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        No problem; I basically stole your idea so it’s the least I could do.

  • bexarama

    Yankees won the ST game 11-7. Not that it matters but woo.

    • pat

      Double woo. I’d like to win ‘em all if we could.

  • Cecala

    I am super duper mad that the Nets got the 10th win to not be the worst team in basketball history! I would have went to their games at the Atlantic Yards since its right by my college, but now I don’t know because who wants to see the second worst. Go Big or Go Home!

  • Ayer

    What do you think of my team?

    C Joe Mauer, Min C, DH
    1B Kendry Morales, LAA 1B
    2B Ian Kinsler, Tex 2B
    3B Chone Figgins, Sea 3B
    SS Jose Reyes, NYM SS
    2B/SS Dan Uggla, Fla 2B
    1B/3B James Loney, LAD 1B
    OF Ryan Braun, Mil OF
    OF Raul Ibanez, Phi OF
    OF Jason Kubel, Min OF, DH
    OF Jason Heyward, Atl OF
    OF Corey Hart, Mil OF
    UTIL Adam LaRoche, Ari 1B

    Bench Miguel Tejada, Bal SS
    Bench Buster Posey, SF C

    P Jon Lester, Bos SP
    P Justin Verlander, Det SP
    P Joakim Soria, KC RP
    P Jake Peavy, CWS SP
    P Brett Anderson, Oak SP
    P Tim Hudson, Atl SP
    P Rafael Soriano, TB RP
    P Bobby Jenks, CWS RP
    P Brian Matusz, Bal SP
    Bench Jason Frasor, Tor RP

    • H.W. Plainview

      Poor.

  • Russell210

    24 is my favorite show on TV and has been for the past few years. Very sad to see it go. Bauer is very relate-able and it will be sad to lose him =(