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Posted by Dalton Del Don at 4/6/2008 5:49:00 PM
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Iím not that worried about the Tigersí dismal start. The fact Miguel Cabrera, Gary Sheffield and Curtis Granderson are all injured is some cause for concern, but Iíd still take them over the Indians in the Central at even money. Dontrelle Willisí recent line of no-hit ball through five innings with a 0:7 K:BB ratio is one of the strangest youíll ever see.

With Johnny Cueto and Edinson Volquez looking legit, the Reds have to be taken seriously. If Homer Bailey develops, thereís a chance Cincy could boast the best 1-5 starting rotation in major league baseball during the second half of this season. They have the upside to win the National League.

Matt Kempís continuous exclusion from the starting lineup is simply inexcusable. Maybe thereís some politics involved not wanting to show up a GM who signed Juan Pierre for $45 million, but if Joe Torre truly is making this decision from a baseball standpoint, heís officially lost his mind. Or maybe thatís already happened, and itís only now becoming glaringly apparent.

Chris Young, who allowed a perfect 44-of-44 successful stolen base attempts against him last year, is already ahead of the curve, as he picked off James Loney on Sunday.

Will someone please inform Travis Buck the season began. Heís started the year in an 0-for-21 slump with a 9:0 K:BB ratio. Thatís not very good.

Without a doubt, there is not a more annoying commentator than Ron Santo.

Justin Upton is batting .333 with three homers already but with nine strikeouts in 24 at-bats, he makes for a better sell-high than anything else. Of course, in a keeper format, that doesnít apply, as he could go 35/35 one day.

When Fred Lewis is your teamís No. 3 hitter, you know youíre in trouble. Good thing the Giants combat that with an awful infield defense. Iím going on record right now: the Giants wonít win 50 games this season. Forward thinking owners might want to pick up Justin Germano now for his Wednesday start against the Littles. Same with Kyle Lohse after that.

Last season, J.D. Drew didnít hit his third homer until June 8. This year, he has two bombs in four games played. Additionally, his 6:0 K:BB ratio might be construed as a good thing, as it shows heís taking a much more aggressive approach at the plate. Heís going to go down as a serious steal in fantasy leagues.

Jered Weaver and Ian Snell are two young pitchers ready to post monster 2008 seasons. Donít forget, Snell entered last yearís All-Star break with a 2.93 ERA and 1.17 WHIP before wearing down in his first 200-inning season. Weaver, meanwhile, was hampered by a loss of velocity after a spring training injury last season. Now that a few extra mph has returned, heís going to be extremely difficult to hit, especially against right-handers.

I wouldnít be too concerned with Josh Beckettís poor first start; his stuff was there, and he was bound to be shaky early on after a stunted spring. If someone in your league is uneasy with his health and bad outing Sunday, go make a legitimate offer.


Comments....

Should have put $10 on the Reds when I was in Vegas. I'm sure their World Series odds make them a pretty good investment. Kind of like how Geoff Ogilvy is 40/1 to win the Masters.
Posted by MPStopa at 4/6/2008 6:21:00 PM
 
I hope today was a taste of what's to come from Snell this year. Gotta love the 10K:0BB ratio... the only things keeping Snell from being an absolute monster are:

(1) His tendency to implode a bit when he walks the #8 or #9 hitter (which he does way too often) with no outs.

(2) His inability to get through the 5th inning whenever he is pitching a gem (today he only gave up 1 run in that 5th - but I thought it might get worse)

He has nasty stuff though. I'm thrilled the bucs locked him up
Posted by billgoofnow at 4/6/2008 7:01:00 PM
 
Let's discuss AL Central props; see my email. I'm not working off the first week; I thought Cleveland was better before the season started.
Posted by spianow at 4/6/2008 7:10:00 PM
 
Joe Torre must be watching Grady Little managerial videos. Apparently Kemp playing "most of the time" = 50%. Pierre being 1-for-11 helps Kemp's cause, but this is ridiculous.

Duly noted on Buck...now benched in Staff League 2.

Hoping Upton carries me to a Tout title.
Posted by vtadave at 4/6/2008 9:21:00 PM
 
3D - I agree with you on Santo but his homerism is still kind of funny though. He is so over the top it really is amusing.

He calls games like he is in his recliner at home, like any Cub fan, moaning and groaning the bad breaks and poor play as well as hooting and hollering when they prevail.

I guess if you are a Cubs fan you love it but for us listening on XM radio are like 'is this guy for real?'
Posted by skinsnut at 4/6/2008 9:34:00 PM
 
skinsnut - Despite my previous comment, I actually do agree with you to a degree on Santo. So over the top it becomes amusing is a great description.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 4/6/2008 10:21:00 PM
 
Dude, Santo isn't even the worst in Chicago. Give me Santo over Hawk Harrelson, any day.
Posted by Erickson at 4/6/2008 10:25:00 PM
 
He gone.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 4/6/2008 10:39:00 PM
 
Beckett is a prime "buy low" candidate right now. I'm trying to deal Harden for him in one of my leagues.
Posted by kevinccp at 4/8/2008 5:27:00 AM
 

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