It was the calm before the storm, with just two games on Thursday, before an incomprehensible 14 games Friday. Even though there were only two games, it didn’t stop the stars of the NBA from turning on a show. Let’s take a look at what went down.
You can’t win your league on draft day, but you can lose it.
So the old adage goes.
Thus, while I feel confident about the team I assembled in an AL-only auction Tuesday, I know I will have to stay on top of FAAB every week and make the correct lineup decisions throughout the year to have a chance at winning. The competition in this league is stiff to say the least, with the likes of Al Melchoir and Scott White from CBSSports.com, Todd Zola and Ryan Carey from Mastersball, Keith Cromer from Baseball Prospectus and RotoWire colleagues Paul Sporer and Andrew Fiorentino all included, among others.
Adam Wainwright has been one of the most consistent starting pitchers in baseball over the last five years, save for a down year in 2012, but reasons for worry continue to persist heading into 2015. Not only did Wainwright have surgery in October to trim a tendon in his pitching elbow (ouch), but the right-hander also left the team’s spring training site in Jupiter, Fla., on Wednesday, to head back to St. Louis for a consultation with doctors regarding abdominal pain he has been dealing with since Monday.
While the rhetoric from Wainwright and the Cardinals organization makes the move seem precautionary (teams downplaying spring training injuries is almost as much a right of spring training passage as the 10 million “best shape of his life” stories we’ll hear between now and the end of March) it’s still worth keeping an eye on.
A healthy Wainwright is a top-10 starting pitcher, but between the elbow injury, and this new abdominal pain, there’s more reason than ever to worry about him heading into 2015 (a.k.a. Wainwright is NOT healthy). Add in a drop in strikeout rate and groundball rate last season, and it may make sense to drop Wainwright down your draft boards a bit, at the very least, until we have more clarity on this new injury.
“I feel I’ve been managing myself pretty good. I know a lot of people get mad when they see me sit out. But I think a lot of people don’t understand that when I sit out, it’s not because of this year. I’m thinking about long term. I’m thinking about after I’m done with basketball, having graduations to go to, having meetings to go to.”
“I don’t want to be in my meetings all sore or be at my son’s graduation all sore just because of something I did in the past.’’
- Derrick Rose
It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago, but then you begin to look back at old draft results.
Here are a few things the collective “we” thought last year:
Carlos Gomez wasn’t a sure-fire first-round pick. Bryce Harper was.
Justin Verlander was still an ace. (NFBC ADP: 42.13)