MLB Open Draft Day
H2H weekly play
Set your lineups weekly
Point system (Single = 1, Double = 2, Triple = 3, Home Run = 4, Run = 1, RBI = 1, Walk = 1, Stolen Base = 2, Caught Stealing = -1 )
Draft entire Pitching Staff, not individual pitchers (basically Wins, K's, ERA and WHIP are counted)
That's the basics, so let's see how we drafted.
It's a twelve team league and here's the owners/teams that joined, by draft order (please correct me if I'm wrong on the usernames).
Marfa Polecats - Belive he goes as "Henry" around here
- formerly Wrigley's Believe it or Not, now John Beasley
Kill the Goat
- I'll go with "Q"
Hendry's Okonomi Buffet - I believe that's DCTom, but might go as Tom K.
(too many Tom's around here)
The Christian Coalition - Ruz
Nippon-Hamilton Fighters - The Joe
WISCGRAD'S TEAM - naturally, Wiscgrad
For Seeking Heat - Matt of America
Kerry Wood's Hot Tub - believe he goes by "OmarLittle" around here
Karl Hungus' Logjammers - Dr. Aaron B.
PEDia Lights - cubswinthepennant (my vote for best team name)
The Cub Reporter - myself
So let's see how it went (click on the image for a larger version).
Here's my draft with comments. I wasn't pleased with the last pick in the draft, but the two picks in a row is nice.
|1||Ryan Howard (1B, PHI)||"For Seeking Heat" started off early grabbing my players, by taking Utley.|
|2||Grady Sizemore (OF, CLE)||Have him in another keeper league, makes life easier for me|
|3||Alex Rios (OF, TOR)||Feel he's a guy ready to take the leap to super-stardom this year|
|4||Chicago Cubs (P, CHC)||Bit of a reach, but team should be good and always up there in K's.|
|5||Chipper Jones (3B, ATL)||Was hoping for Aramis or Garrett Atkins (FSH strikes again), but happy to "settle" on Chipper.|
|6||Nick Swisher (1B, OF, CWS)||Multiple position eligibility and the park should be friendlier.|
|7||Aaron Hill (2B, TOR)||Was thinking Orlando Hudson would fall here, but Ruz grabbed him earlier|
|8||Rafael Furcal (SS, LAD)||Meh, guess he can't be worse than he was last year.|
|9||Jason Bay (OF, PIT)||Was hoping for Salty from Texas, but FSH struck again. Bay should rebound, but he's a bench player at the moment.|
|10||Alex Gordon (1B, 3B, KC)||Multiple positions and counting on him to take a huge step forward this year|
|11||Howie Kendrick (2B, LAA)||Amazed he fell this far...|
|12||Josh Hamilton (OF, TEX)||Lefties usually feast at the Ballpark or whatever it's called these days.|
|13||Dioner Navarro (C, TB)||Counting that Joe Sheehan will be right about his breakout players for 2008|
|14||Scott Rolen (3B, TOR)||Guess you can't have enough third basemen|
|15||David Eckstein (SS, TOR)||needed a backup SS and Eck was the last one left who might get regular playing time.|
So there you have it, how did I do? Shortstop and catcher are my big worries, but should have enough depth around the rest of the diamond. We're filling up a second league and it might be full (big lowitzki is running commish on that one), but drop me a line if you're interested.
he should hit more of those. that would be an ideal outcome. /moneyballs
Russell with 19 RBI in July so far. Grand Slams help.
...and Familia with back-to-back blown saves. Blows a one-run lead vs. Rockies today, gets his 2nd consecutive loss.
I am OK with the Mets missing the playoffs and suffering crushing losses at home --- just want them to beat St. Louis.
He played with fire twice agains the Cubs -- unfortunately, the Cubs couldn't stop swinging.
How about Kyle Farnsworth? I know he was consistently upper 90s.
If he puts up Soriano numbers I will be ecstatic
I think Javy is learning--but he's learning to make contact, not learning to lay off pitches out of the zone. A quick glance at his plate discipline numbers on Fangraphs shows that his contact rate is up, especially his contact rate out of the zone, but his swing rate is up too, especially his swing rate out of the zone.
I definitely saw ballpark radar guns go up to 102 on Kerry Wood back when he was still a starter, but who knows how accurate they were.
They've mentioned Henry Rodriguez (2013), Chris Carpenter, and Andrew Cashner as Cubs who have gone 100+. They said Rodriguez was tops at 100.8. Who knows before 2008?
He'll play regardless of what he does, just like Soriano played for seven years before they finally ditched him.
What can they do? All I can think of is they can keep hiring and firing hitting coaches until they find one who can get him to stop hitting balls with the handle of the bat.
(All those broken bats added to his paycheck is just a bit much.)
Lester will probably be all right.
I think Arrieta might have added too much muscle preparing for that butt-naked ESPN photo shoot. Pitchers are supposed to be loose, not muscled up.
I have basically written off Heyward for this year -- if you are working on major swing changes in late July, you are going to struggle. Hopefully, he can be more productive at the plate next year. It will be interesting to see what they do with him if the Cardinals keep winning and close the gap. Heyward is dead last in the NL in slugging and in the bottom 5 in OPS -- yet still has a positive WAR. Hunh.
Has anybody in a Cub uniform ever thrown a ball 103 before?
He certainly looks better, no doubt, and is a different player than what we saw when he first came up. Full credit to him for changing his approach and saving his career.
But he has zero walks in 35AB since the break, and 10 in 251 AB all year. He does seem to be able to hit some pitches out of the zone, but, a guy with his pop should be drawing more walks. However, it's easy to forget he is still only 23, and probably trying to make an impact to prove he should be an everyday player.
The usual suspects, Molina and Wong. Gyorko drew a walk with two outs, none on. I recall us (particularly Szczur and Bryant) swinging at everything Familia threw.
Yup. Thanks Q
Here it is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTNekUcY-XM