Friday, April 19, 2002

Defense of The Codes

Almost two weeks ago, Pete had the audacity to classify my team as a "Team in Trouble" and said that I had a "sub-par" draft. I admit that I paid to much for Mo Vaughn ($27), but I contend that I had an above average draft. Tonight, I'll compare my draft day hitting team with Pete's. Later, we'll look at pitching.

The Corners
I picked up Vaugh, A. Beltre and R. Sexson for my corner infield spots. None are tremendous bargains, but those three provide me with one of, if not the best first/third combination in the league.

Pete, on the other hand, spent $15 for the rookie Morgan Ensburg. Ensburg is currently hitting .219 with no homeruns despite his home games in the park formerly known as Enron Field. He also has Klesko and Rolen, but both were holdovers. Klesko is a stud, but Rolen is almost as much of an injury risk as Vaughn. All tolled, I have a pretty solid edge on the corners. Hell, Sexson alone has a good shot at out-homering all three of Pete's guys.

The Middle Infield
I've got F. Vina, R. Aurilia and R. Vasquez. Two out of three ain't bad. Vina has been playing leadoff and already has 5 SBs. Aurilia is a stud and has already stormed back from his injury (first HR tonight). Vazquez is a rookie and has looked awful early on, but the season is young.

Pete has Biggio, Alex Gonzales and Jose Vidro. Admittedly, Pete has the edge here. Vidro edges Vina, and Gonzales beats out Vasquez. However, if Aurilia puts up his traditional numbers and Biggio continues his downward slide (as it looks so far), my middle infields cumulative numbers will hold their own against Pete.

Catcher
With Petrick and Lopez, Pete should have the edge in the catcher position. So far those two haven't really panned out, but they'll beat my Hundley/Metheny duo over the course of the season.

Outfield
This one is pretty close because both of our outfield's have their problems. I drafted Edmonds, Pierre, Agbayani, Durazo, and Encarnacion. Edmonds and Durazo will both produce decent power numbers and Pierre will bring home the steals. Agbayani is a throwaway, but playing in Coors field means that there's always hope. Encarnacion is the pivotal player in my outfield. So far, he's delivered -- .306/4/11/3. If Encarnacion produces anything like his 2000 numbers (.289/14/72/16), I'll be fine.

Compare those five to Doug Glanville, Jeromy Burnitz, Peter Bergeron, Danny Bautista, and Matt Stairs. Pete doesn't have a reliable power hitter in the bunch. Edmonds and Pierre clearly outpace Glanville and Burnitz. Encarnacion and Durazo will outperform Bergeron and Bautista. This is the outfield that Pete drafted and he claims that I had a subpar draft? Pete has already cut Stairs, but Agbayani should outdo his replacement (A. Sanchez).

On offense, my draft compares favorably to Pete's. Pete's advantage, if he has any, is in pitching. I'll try and get to that, later.




Monday, April 15, 2002

We have been linked

Pete,

After a little begging on my part, someone has actually linked to our site.

Patio Pundit - a site that offers the best in patio-based political commentary - now links directly to our baseball blog (view the link under "Shameless" on the right hand side). This means that someone other than the two of us might now be reading our commentary on rotisserie baseball. Maybe now I'll actually deliver some of the entries that I keep promising.

Week 3 Observations

Late Friday night, somewhere in the fog when Montezuma replaced Jose Cuervo, I realized that the same rules that apply to dating apply to successful fantasy teams. (I also realized I desperately want to quit law and sell body glitter to young women under 30, but that's a differnt topic).

1. Go Younger Do rock or movie stars upgrade to an older model? No, and neither should you. Young hurlers like Ainsworth, Jansen, Lawrence, Duckworth, Rusch, Williams, and Padilla are providing wonderful returns for limited investments.

2. Dinner and Movie won't get you anywhere The first lesson of Dating 101, learned while watching your "date" suck face with some freeloader at the after-movie party. (Damn, I hate it when I admit things I didn't have to). Moral: it's the cheap girls who get you where you want. For every Sosa and Johnson, there's a Griffey and Brown waiting to waste your money and break your heart. You win the league in the under $10 bargin bin. The best place to look (just like in a bar) is the slightly used pile. Go for guys like Michael Barrett and Alex Ochoa who used to be a hot little numbers until they fell out of favor. Phil Nevin is a perfect example of one time would be superstars who bloom late. This year Travis Lee fits that category ( and thanks to the magic of Blogger's "edit" feature, if Travis Lee doesn't pan out, I'll change the name in October and take the credit).

3. Avoid Closing Time Desperation . It's 1:30 and every available woman's being hunted with the intensity of the Osama Bin Laden search. So you jump at the next body with a pulse that shows interest. Six hours later you wake in horror. Moral: It's often best to do nothing. Don't panic when an established hitter like Kendall goes 0 for April. I'm a firm believer that any trade you make in May you'll live to regret later (remember Bichette for Reynolds and Klesko in '95? Glavine for, well nothing, in '96 and of course, the all time favorite: Molitor for Lofton in '94.) Personal Digression: I was heartbroken when Larry Walker broke roto records in '97. Having to taunt you by saying you traded the player with the "second best roto season ever" just doesn't have the same zing.

4. Britney Spears . Okay, she's got nothing to do with Roto, but I figured listing her name might drive some (any?) traffic to our site

5. In the end, personality wins out . You know the story. You date young women, date wild women, date women with no substance. In the end, who do you come back to? The long term friend whose always been there! Roto baseball's the same way. Different teams will lead throughout the season, but in the end, it's the same group of owners who almost always end up on the top. Why? The reasons are as varied as the number of leagues in which they participate, but the guiding principle is this. If you're not one of them, figure out what they do and follow the blueprint. Learn from your mistakes. Don't keep repeating them.