Tuesday, April 09, 2002

Week 2 observations

I think we ought to lift the name "misery" from Masri and give it to McDowall. He's been perennially as snake bit as anyone. I remember 3 years ago when he had a slight lead only to have Rondell White go down for the rest of the season. With the Griffey injury, of the 11 players on offense he drafted, only 7 remain (although Griffey is now supposed to be back in about 6 weeks). His offense is in serious trouble having to rely on Pujols and Andrew Jones as anchors. The next most productive player is Todd Zeile (I don't think Dunn will handle the pressure of being "the man" in Cincinnati very well). His team's best hope is a trade involving one of his young pitching arms for another bat. Without an offensive infusion, he's no longer in my mind the front runner.

Some Early Canidates:

"Steal of the Draft"
1. Corey Patterson - would anyone have stopped at $3 if we knew he'd be playing everyday. .390 5 RBIs and 5SB. Gene's ensembled an offensive machine, but I wonder if he'll get rid of the all the pitching baggage that will keep him in the middle of the pack.

2. Michael Barrett - I know you've shared the pain of his everyday .220 average. Maybe the "finest hitter" Moises Alou ever saw is finally starting to blossom. You know in 743 ABs over the last 2 years he had 7 home runs. He's already got 3. Great pick by Ken

3. Alex Ochoa - I really wanted him, yet somehow I ended up with 5 outfielders, each of whom are worse (money on hitting, money on hitting - it's so simple, where did I go wrong?). Also Ken

Interesting point - these two teams are 8th and 9th respectively.

Worst Draft Pick: (injuries excluded)

1. Ben Petrick - 13 dollars, 10 at bats, 1 hit, 0 games played in Coors Field. 'Nuff said.

2. Vinny Castilla - 4 dollars, 1 hit. I stand by my statement. He's done.

Teams to watch:

1. Rod. Have you looked at this man's team. If (and it's a big "if") Larry Walker gives him 130 games, his offense is rivaled only by Tony. A lot rides on Dempster and Kim.

2. Gene. But he's got to cut his crappy veteran starters who will kill him and pick up some young talent. Any bets? (I'd trade teams with him in a heartbeat)

Teams in Trouble:

1. McDowall. It can't all be done with pitching - I learned that 2 years ago. Without any moves, he's sinking fast

2. Morse. Three straight sub-par drafts. Maybe you got cocky with all the free agents you pulled out 3 years ago. Maybe it's trying to keep up with everyone's picks on draft day. Maybe the Roto Gods have struck you down for breaking the all-male barrier on draft weekend. Whatever the reason, you're beginning to rival Al Davis on draft day. Tucker was a great pick up, but with $27 sunk into an overweight, injury prone mid 90's allstar, I can almost hear the S-O-S being sent.

With a little luck . . .

1. My team. Great pitching. With comeback years from Biggio and Vidro, Rolen realizing his 40 home run potential and a June Mantei return - it might be 4.

2. Dan. Floyd and Brown stay healthy. The league figures Ishii out next year and Ortiz remembers how to hit a curve.

3. Masri. Can Berkman and Randy win a roto league? We're about to find out

They should win, but . . .

1. Tony. Or should I say Tony II. As first mentioned by you - Sosa, Helton, Guerrero and Green look a whole lot like his former murder's row that won home runs and RBIs by triple digits.

We'll see if he's learned his roto formulas. 3 digit leads = engraving someone else's name.

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