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.
Good thing the Cubs have five left-handed batters in the lineup. Velasquez is just tearing thru the righties [edit - doesn't seem to faze Bryant!]
ben zobrist gets to ride up front tonight cause he's a good guy at sports.
cubs with a 5 run lead and a lackey shutout through 3ip \m/
HAGSAG: I have not seen Joe Nathan out on the field, but he is supposedly at the UAPC.
ERIC S: Best outing I've ever seen from Manny Rondon, and I've seen most of his outings since the Cubs got him from the Angels.
M. Rondon is competing with six others (Dylan Cease, Bryan Hudson, Jose Paulino, Pedro Silverio, Jesus Castillo, and Erling Moreno) for a starting slot at Eugene, and (as you can probably tell from the EXST box scores) the competition has gotten fierce over the last couple of weeks, With the exception of Moreno, the Eugene SP candidates have upped their game lately, and M. Rondon's outing yesterday was especially impressive/dominating.
E-MAN: Pierce Johnsion was mixing a 92-94 MPH fastball with a plus-change-up AND curve, and he threw strike-after-strike-after-strike with all three of his pitches. I believe that was the best command and pitch-efficiency I've ever seen from Johnson, who often pitches from behind in the count and issues too many walks.
Of course now he has to avoid a recurrence of the lat strain (whch he has had previously in his career) as well as all of the other miscellaneous physical problems he's had over the last three years (hamstring, quad, back, etc).
PHIL: Any movement on P. Johnsons pitches? What was his "out" pitch? I know he was working on a 4th pitch, so wondering what he is looking like these days. Thanks.
AZ Phil, has Nathan showed up in Mesa yet? Thanks.
Eickhoff looks like a good young pitcher. Lets steal him!
Manny Rondon faced 13 batters ... and got 10 to K. Not a bad day's work.
With several other Cubs hitters bailing out on curves today I think overall it wasn't being seen well. It for sure looked silly but a good breaking pitch coming at you and then breaking down isn't the easiest thing to see and has made many hitters look silly. Also Soler should have more walks this year but for quite a few called strikes that were actual balls and even the called strike he bailed on was borderline.
it's not like we're talking about a guy who's never had issues with pitch selection and seeing the ball over here. we're talking about a guy who has some rather legendary swing-and-misses at breaking stuff who's been exploited low. going forward it's worth paying attention to seeing if he can be exploited inside, too. he seriously bailed out of the box on a called strike. sure it was a good curve, but he obviously didn't see that well at all.
It would seem like he is figuring it out now and it's really coming together. Really happy for him. Joe was really protecting him from the 3rd time through the order, but as you allude to, he is earning trust to go deeper.
Wondering if has potential to become a #3 pitcher? His current stats certainly support it.
That doesn't count b/c CRUNCH didn't see it on his 60" HDTV 5 times in replay.
I have seen many players "bail out" when the ball looked like it was gonna hit them.
Especially with the advent of the splitter and pitchers that can really get the ball to dance. Marmol, Sutter, Pedro Martinez, Curt Schilling, Derek Lowe, Smoltz, Arrietta...
These guys have made the best bail out only for the ball to come over the plate and be called a strike.
No shame in that. The same way players whiff hard enough to cause them to drill a hole in the ground from spinning.
a 60" TV with slow-motion replay and multiple looks on that replay helps...a lot...
it's one thing to shy away like he did the 2nd time, it's another to bail out of the box on a called strike. that happened in the 1st one he pulled away from. he misjudged that one by a foot or so...
Good Hendricks sure is fun to watch. He was hitting all his corners today and the Phillies couldn't do anything with his changeup.
Bryant and I believe Zobrist both did that too.