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Posted by Dalton Del Don at 4/8/2008 5:38:00 PM
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In my main league, I drafted Ryan Howard and David Ortiz with the first two picks. They are a combined 8-for-57 (.140), giving me a major leg up in the batting average category early on.

Dice-K looks awfully good so far. Nine walks in 18.1 innings are far too many, but 22 Ks and just eight hits allowed suggest his stuff is better than ever. With a full season under his belt, maybe he wonít fatigue like he did last year. If he improves his command, a run at the Cy Young isnít out of the question. Then again, the same is true for a dozen other guys.

Jose Reyes has now gone 21 consecutive games without a steal, attempting just two swipes during that span. In fact, heís been caught in five of his past nine attempts. Itís probably not something to worry about, but itíd be nice if he started running again sometime soon.

T-minus 21 days until Mario Kart drops on the Wii.

The 1962 Mets finished 40-120, the worst record ever in the modern-day schedule. I will bet anyone even-money the Giants post a worse record this season. Iíve been offered free tickets (great seats) and a ride to a game in SF next week, but unless they drastically lowered the beer prices, Iíll probably stay home and do something more entertaining instead. Like laundry.

Speaking of Bay Area teams, Iíd like someone to explain something to me. As a subscriber to the MLB Extra Innings package, my ďlocalĒ teams are blacked out. Well, the Oakland Aís fall under this category, yet they arenít telecasted by my cable company quite frequently. How does this make sense? Out of 30 teams in major league baseball, the one I canít watch on TV is the team located closest to me? Huh?

If Joe Saunders is still available on your leagueís waiver wire, join a new one.

Little known fact: Cueto means Cy Young in Spanish.

Joakim Soria is a machine. Over his last 16.1 innings, heís allowed two runs with a sparkling 22:1 K:BB ratio. Iím thinking the Padres regret leaving him unprotected in the Rule 5 draft.

Iíd rather eat fast food (although barely) than ever gamble on Daniel Cabrera again. Iím throwing in the towel. I give up.

I could beat a score of 37 while bowling left-handed and blindfolded.

Todd Wellemeyer has looked good during back-to-back outings to start the year, fanning 13 batters over 12 innings. Moreover, heís a must-start against the Littles during his next two games.

Speaking of Wellemeyer, if I hadnít won him in FAAB in NL-only LABR thanks to a tiebreaker, Jonah Keri would have, and he was dropping Barry Zito as a result. If youíre getting dropped in a league so deep that guys are fighting over the likes of Tim Redding, Odalis Perez and Kyle McClellan, then itís time to start sending back that paycheck.

Kosuke Fukudome and Hiroki Kuroda (is that bad to lump them together?) both look like real deals early on. Even Ichiro Suzuki hit .243/.317/.306 during his first month of major league baseball. Fukudome, meanwhile, has looked like he belongs the moment his lackluster spring ended. He still might not amount to a fantasy superstar, but with that eye at the plate, heís going to really help the Cubs. Moreover, Kuroda looked simply fantastic during his first start. As long as he pounds that strike zone, heís going to experience quite a bit of success this season, especially the first time teams see him.


3D- I know it seems screwy but the reason your "local" game is blacked out is because it is probably available to you on your local sports network...somewhere in the 600's on your dish.

I think the reason they do this is to ensure you are being exposed to local advertising instead of something that is out of your market.
Posted by skinsnut at 4/8/2008 5:57:00 PM
That's what I'm saying, it is NOT broadcast locally. The Giants are always on, but the A's are very hit-and-miss, but both are blacked out in the Extra Innings package. I understand their reasoning but think the black out should be removed if the game's not offered on a local telecast.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 4/8/2008 6:12:00 PM
In my prime I was quite good at bowling. Once won a tournament with the best bolwers from six ACC colleges, including semi-pros. So bring it, Dalton! Anyway, if all Obama could do is 37, he should have stayed home. He lost votes with that. Seriously.

Saying SF will lose more than 120 games is the boldest prediction I have read in a long time. You'd almost have to try not to win 43 games, especially since their pitching is at least average. I take the over on that, but I see the argument. And I understand not wanting to kill 3 hours watching them play.

Reyes has been getting on first with somebody on second. He's a good "buy-low."
Posted by MPStopa at 4/8/2008 7:09:00 PM
I feel your pain 3D. I have been the victim of the same thing here in northern VA. I am an Orioles fan but when the Nats came to town I started getting screwed out of O's games left and right on the Package. Fortunately, I get most of the games now.
Posted by skinsnut at 4/8/2008 7:15:00 PM
I once rolled a 227 in a bowling class I took back in college, but that's the highlight of my career.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 4/8/2008 8:08:00 PM
Man does Andruw Jones look terrible. It's not just the results - he's looking bad doing it.
Posted by spianow at 4/8/2008 8:46:00 PM
I agree. Showing up out of shape after signing a two-year deal coming off a disastrous 2007 probably wasn't the best idea. He's really losing it fast. If Torre insists on starting Pierre every now and then, it should be at Jones' expense.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 4/8/2008 8:51:00 PM
Obama definitely shouldn't have bowled - I agree. It was like John Kerry going hunting. If you're on the trail don't do anything you're embarrassingly bad at. But Obama can ball better than Kerry can windsurf, so that restores some credibility.
Posted by cliss at 4/8/2008 8:54:00 PM
That's the thing about Zito: Even if he miraculously returns to vintage form, how many games does he win on that Giants team?

To me the absolute best-case scenario for Zito is 9 wins, 120 Ks, 4.25 ERA and 1.30 WHIP. And I highly doubt he even sniffs those numbers.

Literally leaving a roster spot empty and rotating in whichever crappy pitcher is facing SF is a strategy I highly endorse, whether in a deep league or a shallow one.
Posted by joneseyjones at 4/8/2008 9:40:00 PM
Zito's always bad in April, and he was very good over the last six weeks last season, but you're ultimately right - there's no longer any upside at all b/c his velocity is gone, and the Giants are the worst team in baseball. I'm a glutton for punishment and drafted Cain/Lincecum in way too many leagues this year.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 4/8/2008 10:22:00 PM
I have the MLB Extra Innings Package and live in Las Vegas. Arizona, San Diego, Anaheim, Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Francisco are all blacked out of the package. I wonder if the cable company knows SF and Oak are almost 600 miles away. I completely agree with 3D on Andruw Jones. Why is he immune to this apparent platoon? Does anyone not named Joe Torre think either Kemp or Ethier shouldn't be in there everyday? Pierre and Jones both look soooo bad out there...

Posted by bvg2723 at 4/8/2008 11:47:00 PM
Jones is immune to this platoon because he is one of the greatest defensive center fielders to ever play.
Posted by skinsnut at 4/9/2008 5:26:00 AM
I can't tell if skinsnut is being sarcastic or not. Perhaps Jones WAS one of the greatest CF ever to play, but that ship has long sailed. He blows.

Dalton, the bowling class I took in college was the best course ever. EVER. I averaged 189. Got a little trophy and everything. (But the best part was that I beat my friends every single game of the class, then, the last game, beat one of them left-handed having never bowled lefty before. So your lefty thing really resonated with me.)
Posted by MPStopa at 4/9/2008 6:44:00 AM
Averaging a 189 is pretty good.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 4/9/2008 7:48:00 AM
Yeah, I could roll back in the day. But I think I preferred the 120-something, left-handed, to beat my friend.
Posted by MPStopa at 4/9/2008 8:00:00 AM
Are you telling me that Andrew Jones is no longer an elite defensive center fielder at the age of 31??

Dalton, do you agree with this assessment? I think this is ridiculous. Say what you want about his offensive struggles of late but the man can play center field with anyone.
Posted by skinsnut at 4/9/2008 8:15:00 AM
skinsnut, Jones is fat, slow, and does not have anything close to the range that he once did. I think he is so overrated as a fielder that it is ridiculous.

That said, I'm curious to see if Dalton agrees...
Posted by MPStopa at 4/9/2008 8:36:00 AM
Does anyone have a mailing address where I can ship Prince Fielder a half dozen big macs prior to tonight's game? Last year as a meat eater he hit 50 homers. This year as a vegetarian he has zero so far... coincidence???????
Posted by billgoofnow at 4/9/2008 9:25:00 AM
2008 Baseball Prospectus on Andrew Jones:

"Still, the 26 home runs Jones hit last year would have led his new team, and his STELLAR defense (13 fielding runs above average) was roughly three wins better than that of Pierre (-17 FRAA.)"

Posted by skinsnut at 4/9/2008 10:00:00 AM
"About five lanes over, a young man in a T-shirt that said "Beer Hunter" fell on his backside while bowling and still recorded a strike. " - good stuff. A "37"?

As for Jones, he was the league's best defensive CF last year according to John Dewan's Fielding Bible Awards. I find it hard to believe he's regressed THAT much in thespace of a few months. I've had no problem with Jones' defense this year and I've watched all the games. That said, I'm comparing him to Juan Pierre 2007, so perhaps that's part of it.
Posted by vtadave at 4/9/2008 10:05:00 AM
I read an article recently, not sure where, that said that Jones' range had deteriorated so greatly that he now had the least range (or at least at the bottom) of all CFs in baseball and that he routinely fails to get to balls that most other CFs do.

At least I think it was an article and not just a dream...
Posted by MPStopa at 4/9/2008 10:49:00 AM
With all due respect MPStopa, I hope you have more than that to rebut my direct citation from the Prospectus than "I think I read some article."
Posted by skinsnut at 4/9/2008 11:05:00 AM
I agree with Stopa. Jones isn't horrible, but he is not an "elite" defensive OF. Hunter, Cameron, those are elite defensive OFs. If Jones bombs this year, does one start to wonder about his performance enhancing use-(05, 06) stick out more than the rest of his years.

Posted by kevinccp at 4/9/2008 11:18:00 AM
I guess the Baseball Prospectus is wrong then. They need to hire new writers. Maybe some of the posters on here can help them out.
Posted by skinsnut at 4/9/2008 11:24:00 AM
Look, I wouldn't make a statement like that unless I was pretty certain that I had a good source. I vividly recall reading an in-depth article on this. I think it was on ESPN. I want to say it was during the offseason, around the time that Jones was negotiating for a new contract. I recall it vividly because it was so eye-opening. I had assumed that Jones was a top-tier defensive player because he's won so many gold gloves, but the author went into a detailed analysis about why he is hopelessly overrated.

I will check the archives and see if I can find it.
Posted by MPStopa at 4/9/2008 11:52:00 AM
It was Jayson Stark. Here is the article:

There is a link on Andruw Jones which discusses him more in depth. He's pretty much right on the money with most of these 10.

Posted by kevinccp at 4/9/2008 1:00:00 PM
The link within that article was what I was talking about. Thanks Kevin.
Posted by MPStopa at 4/9/2008 1:04:00 PM
For what it's worth, I traded Andruw (Dice) Jones just now to DVR for Bronson Arroyo in NL Tout. Break into small groups and discuss.
Posted by spianow at 4/9/2008 2:55:00 PM
My original point was that Andrew Jones is not being discussed in a potential platoon because of what he brings to the team on defense as one of the league's best center fielders. The Prospectus and myself stand by this statement.
Posted by skinsnut at 4/9/2008 3:56:00 PM
My take on Jones is that while he's clearly not as good as he used to be, he's still an above average defensive center fielder....Interesting deal Pianow - seems like a trade based on specific team needs. Tough to evaluate that any other way. Arroyo's been unlucky dating back to last season, he could bounce back. Even deal.
Posted by Dalton Del Don at 4/9/2008 4:47:00 PM
I think Jones is vastly overrated this year....Dunno if he will have regain is preinjury swagger....hopefully they put him at leadoff if Roberts gets delt otherwise hitting in the 8 hole for the O's = ugggh. Arroyo on the other hand I like for a sleeper.....those pollacks are crafty fella's....I think he took you here...good luck.
Posted by Zenguerrilla at 4/9/2008 9:00:00 PM
Poorest move of Dayton Moore's tenure with the Royals? Trying to sign Andruw Jones. Moore should be thankful that it didn't work out. He's just what the Royals don't need.
Posted by thepearl-673 at 4/9/2008 9:26:00 PM
If the poorest move that somebody does is come close to signing someone but not, then he's doing pretty well. It really doesn't matter how close you come - all that matters is whether he signs or not.
Posted by MPStopa at 4/10/2008 7:24:00 AM

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