Thunder Bay Thunder
Rotation: Kershaw is one of the best pitchers in baseball and Parker looks promising. Solid start. Lineup: Solid 1-4; Reyes is a good table-setter, Torii is a perfect fit hitting at #2 and Zimmerman is a stud when he's healthy. I'd try to find a cleanup hitter that would allow you to move Laroche back a spot, other than that, solid. Defense is ridiculous BTW, kudos. Overall: Good balance and I'm sure you'll continue to draft well.
Newark Eagles Rotation: Cueto is solid. Lineup: Votto and Kemp are a filthy 3-4 combo. Overall: Clubhouse is not updated, so I can't really say anything.
Cicero Capone's Rotation: Well, safe to say that it currently sucks since you haven't drafted any pitchers. Lineup: Murderer's row, solid 1-5. Overall: I love your lineup, however, I think the lack of good pitching will hurt you because most teams in the redraft are pretty well balanced.
London Knights Rotation: Potential to be filthy. If all goes according to plan, you have 3 aces. Halladay is still good and I am not as down on Lincecum as most people are. Lineup: Swisher is a good switch-hitter but I'm just not a fan of Reddick, at all. You have a lot of work to do. Overall: Solid pitching, below-average lineup. Focus on hitters from now on.
Springfield Isotopes Rotation: Solid 1-2 combo, very good start. Lineup: I thought the Hill pick was a pretty significant reach, Granderson will hit for power and Montero is really better suited to hit at the top of the lineup, don't hit him 5th and let his OBP go to waste. Can Desmond repeat his 2012? I don't think he can. Overall: Solid rotation, lineup has it's question marks though. Need to do some work their.
Early Rankings Thunder Bay Thunder
Dublin Jimmy McNultys Rotation: Morrow is a red-flag due to his injury history, I have a huge mancrush on Matt Moore though. Lineup: Trout is a stud, as is Pedroia. Markakis is nice. Overall: Good balance, even though Morrow has the potential to be a #1 starter, I'm not buying it until he proves he can stay healthy and produce at that level for an extended period of time.
Puerto Rico Mamasitas Rotation: Solid start. I love Fister, and Carp, regardless of his injury last year, to me is a proven pitcher and was great value where you took him. Lineup: Filthy start. Gordon is one of the more underrated players in baseball, Braun will mash where-ever he plays and Napoli is solid. Overall: Nice to see what Havoc can do when he finally gets his own team. Love what you've done so far.
Hartford Whalers Rotation: Bumgarner is a stud and Dempster is a good #2 option, especially in the NL. Solid start. Lineup: What's not to like? Kinsler is due for a bounce back year, Longo is a stud, Butler is coming off one of his stronger seasons and Goldy is one of the better young hitters in baseball. Like it quite a bit. Overall: Looks like you guys and Havoc will go toe to toe for the division.
Raleigh Riddlers Rotation: Sale is one of my favorite SP's, and if healthy Haren is a very good #2 option. His dip in velocity is reason gives concern though. Lineup: Damn you for taking Gardner, love him. Heyward is very good and Craig is nice. Good start. Doesn't have that "wow middle of the order hitter" but still 3 very good bats who will get the job done. Overall: Good balance, I see nothing wrong here, lots to like. Keep drafting well and this team could look very appealing by the time we get into the later rounds.
Early Rankings Puerto Rico Mamasitas
Dublin Jimmy McNultys
Key West Manatees Rotation: I like Scherzer a lot, not a big Miley fan but he had a solid season, would like to see if he can repeat it. Lineup: Bourn at leadoff is perfect, Rollins is a decent switch-hitter and Posey is a stud. MVP!! Overall: Pretty good start.
Santiago Putas Rotation: Zim, C.J. and Shark is a solid 1-3. Good job. Lineup: I love the Zorilla, one of my favorite players and A-Ram can certainly hit. Overall: You've got a shytload of picks coming up so I'm sure this team will look much better pretty soon if you don't make any stupid picks. PS: Fix your damn clubhouse.
Half Chance Luckers Rotation: Shields and Hudson is a pretty good 1-2, but, could this rotation be that much stronger if it wasn't for the Anderson pick? That was a humongous reach. Lineup: Cutch is a stud, I'd probably hit him 3rd if I were you. I'm a big Lawrie fan, any points you gain with me there you lose with Tex, who I believe will only continue to decline going forward. Overall: Anderson pick really screwed this team up. There was a ton of good value left when that pick was made and the recent trade will only set this team back even more. It's a shame, because the first 2 picks were really good.
Montgomery Biscuits Rotation: Waino is a stud. You need to find a good #2-3 SP. Lineup: Love the lineup. Chooch, Fielder, Ortiz are all solid and Morse is nice too. Overall: Amazing start. This team could go far if you find some good SP's to fill your #2-3 spots.
Beacon Hill Warriors Rotation: Just saw Strasburg and Kuroda and I have a boner. Is this supposed to happen? Lineup: A-Jax is a solid leadoff hitter and Wright can certainly anchor a lineup. Asdrubal also is an abover-average hitter for his position. Let's see how you fill out the rest of the holes, good start. Overall: Like I said, this team could look much more appealing after I see how you fill out the rest of your lineup.
Early Rankings Montgomery Biscuits
Beacon Hill Warriors
Santiago Putas (for now)
Key West Manatees
Half Chance Luckers
Vermont Catamounts Rotation: Love me some Latos and Cahill is a good #2-3 option. Lineup: Can Ellsbury finally stay healthy and be the hitter everybody believes he can be? Remains to be seen. Miggy is amazing, so I would move him to the 3 spot and Yadi had an amazing 2012 but I don't but him as a cleanup hitter. Overall: Very impressive start. Let's see what you do with your next few picks. BTW, change the color for the stats in your clubhouse, that yellow color is way too bright.
Salem Stingers Rotation: Cain is sweet. Kennedy however, I'm not sure what to expect. Has his luck run out? We'll see. Lineup: Can't really complain, solid 2-3-4. I'm a big Upton supporter. Overall: I like your team quite a bit, plus the defense is solid. Good job.
Las Vegas Wolfpack Rotation: Good start, Johnson has ace potential but it comes with some injury concerns. Lynn was good this year, wore down at the end of the season which is why I think his numbers suffered a bit. Lineup: Bautista and Hamilton is a filthy 3-4, I absolutely love Rizzo and I can't really complain about Weiters at #6 even though I'm not a big fan of his. Overall: Solid start. Would like to see what you do with your pitching going forward since there seem to be some question marks there but I think you'll be good.
Compton Kitty Cats Rotation: Sabathia is an ace, good start. Lineup: Damn vladdy, I love all 3 of your guys so far. I wanted both Freese/Andrus and Harper is only going to continue to get better. Overall: Good start. You have 2 skipped picks that could have been used on some of the better players that were picked after your turn. Question, why are their stats in white text in your clubhouse?
Early Rankings Compton Kitty Cats
Las Vegas Wolfpack
Lakeside Monarchs Rotation: Verlander, Hellickson and Harrison is a filthy 1-2-3 but I might be biased because I have a huge mancrush on Hellickson. Lineup: Castro and Jones are nice, but this lineup needs work. Overall: You need to do a good job of drafting some solid hitters with your next few picks. Lineup needs some loving.
Danger Bay Daryls Rotation: Peavy is a good start, you need to fill our the 2-3 spots with good SP's. Lineup: Solid. Konerko, Cano and Headley are all studs. Overall: Heart of the lineup is set, I'd focus on pitching with my next few pick(s) if I were you.
Whiskey Dick Mountain Climaxes Rotation: Solid 1-2. Weaver is a stud and I believe Lester was very unlucky this past season and will come back strong in 2013. Lineup: Love Werth and Tulo, not sure if Encarnacion can repeat his 2012 season but he's still a good hitter. Overall: You have three 7th's which I'm sure you'll put to good use and by the end of that round this team could be very dangerous.
Topeka Trolls Rotation: Greinke and Gio is a filthy 1-2 combo. Lineup: You've done a nice job so far. I like all 4 guys even though I'm not sure if Utley will ever be the same player again after all his injuries. Panda and Hart are solid. Overall: One of the better teams in the division, I see this team fighting it out with Whiskey Dick for the division.
Early Rankings Topeka Trolls
Whiskey Dick Mountain (for now)
Danger Bay Daryls
Hope everyone appreciates the PR's and will repay the favor since I can't do my own division.
It is deep which I like, I don't like how i don't know what the stats are from. Nothing too flashy, just a very solid deep lineup. I don't trust LaRoche to be a true #4 hitter and i think hunter will regress slightly
Defense- Solid plus defenders everywhere, noone is a defensive whiz but noone is a liabilty
Kershaw is fantastic, would of been my first starter picked, parker is very good as well but your number 3/4 could be lacking, grading just the first two guys would be an A but realizing that you don't have a 3/4/5 yet I will give you a B+ just assuming they will take you down a bit
Overall- B+/A- team. Depending on who you can get as your 3/4 starter i think will be big in determing how far your team will go, but excellent start thus far.
Offense- First name that jumps at me is sadly Melky, just someone i can't trust at all and i would never want someone who was just suspepended being my number 2 hitter, no idea how he will be, but besides that its great, the 3/4 is deadly, prolly best in game, youk is a question mark for me but i like frazier and jeter is very good.
Defense- Jeter is garbage, and not looking at stats i think everyone else is a fine defender, but jeter will hurt you.
Rotation- Cueto is great, i wanted him instead of Zim, the #2 and #3 guys i don't think are good enough in the roles they are, even though they are solid enough pitchers they will need to be helped by a great offense and good defense.
Overall- B+-- A team centered around the offense but even with that still has a couple question marks, weaker rotation and without the stats hard to judge the defense, i think finding a good #4 starter will be important as well as getting good defenders to help out your pitching
Lineup- Dear god, its sexy and has a good hitter in every spot thus far, easily best lineup i have seen thus far
Defense- Infield is great, outfield is not, besides dejesus. I would not of drafted Fowler cause of his defense
Rotation- I dislike teams that go all offense or all pitching, i frankly find it stupid and even though your lineup is great your pitching will be what kills you when you face balanced teams.
Lohse stats look good but i don't believe he can carry a rotation and i think his stats from last year overate him, with no 2/3/4/5 listed the rotation will be a problem
Overall- B-/B The rotation is going to be what holds you back, look to trade a bat or two for a stater.
Ouch, by far worst offense i have seen, noone scares me at all, a bunch of decent hitters, but overall fairly weak.
Defense- With no stats going off memorary, I think all are good, not sure about trumbo and Swish though
Rotation- Felix is a stud, before trading out of nine he was the guy i had targeted, doc is a semi question mark, but should rebound and linc is a question mark as well, for focusing on the rotation its weaker than i thought it would be
Overall- C, fairly poor team thus far, i would look to trade felix in a block buster for a stud bat and a 2 starter
Lineup- I don't trust hill at all, grandy has been declining, and i don't think desmond would repeat last year
Defense- Grandy is weak, not sure about others
Rotation- Very good, masterson relies on grounders but i think your infield is solid.
Overall- B Decent team, lineup might hold you back
Don't liek Gonzo at 4 cause of his power decline, besides that it is very good, very deep lineup-- A
Defense- Excellent defense besides Cepedes but it was his first year i would assume he will improve-- A-
Rotation- Solid rotation for focusing on the lineup, but still nothing special and all are more 2/3 starters, facing a balanced team might cause them trouble
Overall- A- one of the better teams i have seen thus far, rotation could hold you back, i would look into dealing gonzo, cause i think he is a tad overatted and cepedes could bat 4 no problem (imo)
Question marks for sure, is mcann finished now, dunn had a decent year last year but nothing compared to what he used to be, hanley is a solid player now, but not the stud he used to be, beltran is a hitting stud though.
Rotation- I don't like Yu, maybe thats cause i wrongly associate him with dice k and how dice had a good first year but walk rates were too high and then was awful so i have questions about him. Price is a boss, and medlen is good too
Defense- I think this will be your weak point, hanley isn't good, and beltran hasn't been good over past couple years i think.
Overall- B+. Solid balanced team, couple more solid bats with little question marks who play good defense will help out
Offense- I love beltre, have questions about Cargo if he can preform well outside coors, really like walker and jones is solid
Defense- Beltre is a stud, walker is good i think, cargo is weak
Rotation- Dickey is very solid, bills needs to show he is healthy, don't like vog at the 2
Overall- B/B+ . Solid rotation could hold you back cause lineup while good isn't great.
Lineup- Love it, hate how you do the stats though, Career numbers are not very important, i have questions about uggla but he is your 6
Defense- Def a weak point, no plus defenders
Rotation- Again the stats annoy me, lee is very good, i don't like danks as a two. Lacking the third starter currently hurts you in my book.
B/B+-- Please fix the stats/make them uniformed show the past 3 years, what they are projected. As a future voter that would be something that would turn me off.
By far the closet divison i have seen, all teams judging by bullpen and how they fill out remaining teams could flip flop.
I should sleep, will do more tomorrow.
Rotation- Will morrow pitch enough innings? Thats the question with him, he is always and injury concern to me and thats why i don't like him as the number 1. I like moore and think he will eventually be great, and he is good now, but not sure if he is ready to be a number 2 starter and pitch the innings needed. Hammel was solid last year and think he will be solid again.
Lineup- I hate Markakis in the 3 hole, alot. I love trout, jennings had a poor o year last year and i like peds
Defense- Trout is a god, jennings is awesome, peds is good, no clue on kakis
I think you clubhouse needs a bit of updating, drafting first and waiting is tough to find a true number 1 so i think you did fine, but i would of tried to get a more proven number 1
Rotation- I still don't love fister, no matter what stats say. I still think he is good though, i like carp and i like harral. Carp is getting up there in age though.
Lineup- I dont like Pagan leading off, but besides that it looks good, naps is a bit of question mark in the 4 hole though
Defense- Looks very good to me, besides Pagan
Overall- B+/A-. Very solid team rotation is good but not sure if it will be good enough vs others, i would find a better leadoff hitter though too
Rotation- How dempster pitched in texas scared me, bumgarner kinda fell of at end, but still really like him, not having a third starter hurts you.
Lineup- Not sure what to expect from Berkman, Kinslers splits are scary and don't like crisp. other than that. i'm a big fan
Defense- I don't think Berk or Butler are good, not sure about others
Overall- B/B+. Wished you had 3 pitchers instead of 2 and one wasn't dempster.
Rotation- First of all you play in Petco, Sale is great, Haren has been declining, hopefully Petco helps him, I don't like Jackson, Pettitte pitched well last year, can he handle a full season at the age though?
Lineup- Really like gardner, i like heyward, only big problem is lack of slg% out of these guys for playing in Petco, but overall solid lineup, nothing too special
Defense- Great OF defense which is needed, looks like IF defense might need some work
Overall- B/B+ solid team thus far, haren in the number two slot is holding you back though
Two and three are neck in neck with 4 not being far, no clear cut favorite imo
Apparently psd is doing maintence at 9 am, will do others later
Won't do AL Central because i'm in there.
I like Latos, iffy on Cahill being a two and Wandy is soo up and down
Wouldn't of drafted Yadier where you did but he had a great year last year, miggy is awesome, i don't like ells or weeks at all though, is middlebrooks batting 5th? thats iffy if so
Defense- Miggy and weeks are poor, not sure on others, besides yadier who is a boss
Overall- B-/B- Decent team lineup could use another bat and a good 4th starter
Rotation- I have alot of questions about Hanson with his declining velocity but he is your 4 so not that big of a problem, I really like cain, iffy on kennedey, and not sure about clay
Offense- I hope last year was just an off year for upton, i think it was but still a risk with him in the 3 hole, phillips is good but not a 2 type hitter with the low obp, i really like the kuebel and ellis, lineup is alright, could use a really high obp guy for leadoff though
Defense- Everyone is solid I believe
Overall- B Another fine team with an iffy 2-4 rotation and could use another big bat.
JJ always seems injured, he is awesome when healthy but always a risk, lynn had a great year, but is that because he is a good pitcher or cause cards produce such great starters? i have questions about him, I like beckett a little though even though he has been awful i think he will turn it around
Very, very good, revere i don't love as the leadoff just cause of a semi poor obp, he is still good though, a really good number 2 hitter obp would be awesome for you guys. 3-4 are sexual, i like rizzo even though i would bat wieters 5 instead of him, i also love manny as well
Defense- Nothing is really offered by the defense at all, OF could cost you some runs
Overall- Lineup will carry this squad, rotation and defense could hold you back from going very far though
Rotation, CC is a stud, Marcum is decent for a 2 and burhle is meh
Lineup, Wil Myers? why if not for him you might have a decent lineup but he has proven nothing to be batting number 5, not totally sold on harper yet either as a 3 hitter.
Defense- All studs as i can see, no idea about Myers though
If not for myers and maybe drafting someone else besides harper could of been a very good team, still time though to try and find a better 5 hitter and a good solid 4 starter
Love Verlander, hellickson's advanced stats scare me alot, don't like him as a 2, harrison is solid, felix is meh
Hate Kipnis as the three hitter, a bunch of decent guys, Jones coming off a career year, fairly weak though
Defense- No stats no idea how they are i think Castro is bad though
Overall- B- --- Re order your lineup, i would have jones in the 3 hole and maybe perez at the 4? still your lineup lacks another big bat, also update defensive stats
Peavy def bounced back last year, i like him but not really as a 1, mcarthy if he was healthy would be a good two, not sure about health though, Can Hisashi pitch 150+ innings? He is an ok third stater
Very good lineup, one of my favorites i have seen
Defense- Again with no stats not toally sure, i know headly is good though
Overall- B+ defending on how your defense team i think you can be a pretty good/very good team, i would try and get a solid starter who can eat innings
Rotation- I like it, semi worried about Lester but i think he will bonce back, not very familiar with cobb, overall i like it though
Lineup- Tulo's injuries scare me, not sure if i buy edwin as a masher after one great year, but solid in all other spots
Defense- Again no stats, so not sure
Overall- B+ Very solid well rounded team
Rotation, I like Greinke, even though he had a bit of a down 2012 i think he regains form, gio was great last year, don't know if he can keep up that type of greatness but still an excellent two, i like harvey but concerned about the innings and if he can go a full season and still pitch well
Lineup- I don't like Chase, he always seems injured and has been on the downslope, i really like jay, and pablo, iffy on hart and don't like pence as a 5 hitter
Defense- Pence has been below average past couple years, Hart is poor, Chase is good as is Jay
Overall- B+ I like this team, not thrilled with lineup but really like the front of the rotation, but getting a good fourth stater will def help out
1. Whiskey Dick
2. Danger Bay
Top 3 are quite close
Last edited by WhyDuquette; 12-12-2012 at 11:16 PM.
I like what youíve done so farÖto a certain point. It remains to be seen what Jeter will do coming off of a significant ankle injury, as well as being another year older. I personally donít have a problem with Melky, but it remains to be seen how much the PED scandal will hurt his value. Kemp/Votto is a SOLID ĺ, probably one of the best in the game. Youk in the 5 hole doesnít really do much for me, heís steadily regressed sine posting a 5.9 WAR in 2009 and his advanced power numbers have also declined. Frazier has the potential to be a very good ball player and I donít see a problem with him in the 6 spot, any higher (except for 2), and I wouldnít like it so much.
Look for a bigger bat to hit in the 5 hole and move Youk down or find a way to hit him 2. Maybe even a LH bat to split Youk and Frazier if you canít maneuver around them.
I can buy into Cueto as an ace, heís had back to back impressive seasons. I donít know what some people are hesitant about in not wanting to call him an ace, but I think heís fine. Porcello and Maholm are underwhelming, but theyíll get the job done for you. I just donít get the correlation for Porcelloís advanced statsÖ.heís been relatively good, yet ends up with an ERA near 5, which may hurt you in some votersí eyes. His low K rate probably doesnít help him, either. Also, you need a horse. Porcello-182 IP, Maholm is consistent in terms of 180ish innings, and Cueto just had his first season of 200+ IP, previous high was 185.
Find a solid vet guy who will throw 180-200 IP out of your 4th spot. Keep it consistent.
There is still a lot to be determined about this team. Could go either way. I think with the right types of players with your next couple picks, your team could do some serious damage, and you also have the name value to help you do it.
Mauer and Pujols is a very scary thought. They compliment each other so well that itís like they were meant to be. Outside of that, Iím not really a huge fan though. Fowler, while good, his stats are heavily inflated by Coors. Every offensive category sees a big drop off on the road. I understand itís a redraft though, and obviously he wasnít your first choice, I just think heís a product of Coors (a la former Cub undrafted) . DeJesus is a solid 2 hitter, one I was looking at myself, but heís nothing special. Heíll grind out a solid year with a high OBP and plus defense, but he wonít turn heads. Brings us to Josh Willingham. While I know the stats are fine, I just feel like heís due to regress a bit in the power department. Iím not so sure that heíll hit 35 HRís again and he wont give you a big boost name value wise, but Iím sure you can argue as to why heíll be effective at Busch. Andre Ethier is decent, but his splits this year were atrocious. Exact quote from FG, ďEthier could find himself a platoon player next year given his struggles (.218/.270/.324) against left-handed pitchers, the LA Times reportsĒ (Fangraphs). Thatís pretty bad against LHP and Ethier might have hit that point where the idea of a platoon starts creeping in on him. Escobar is fine as a 7 hitter, probably be one of the better 7 hitters in the league as I expect his OBP to go back up and him to be fine in 2013.
Maybe try and shake things up with a deal? Iím not really sure here, to be honest. This offense has a potentially deadly 3-4-5 with a 2 hitter with a very high OBP. The table is set, could get scary if you shake things up a bit.
Kyle Lohse is pretty solid, has thrown really well for the past 2 years, but his periphs kinda scare me for being the only pitcher on your roster. Heís back home in Busch now, but I donít feel like he can lead possibly even an average staff with the other talent that is left right now.
You need quality arms in the worst way. Maybe you have been saving up money and plan on going after some high priced guys, but you need effective innings eaters to help sure up the rotation behind Lohse. I understand SP flew off the board at certain points and I think you kind of got caught in between one of those runs.
For going for an all out offensive approach, Iím not sure how I feel about this team. Since I live about 7 minutes away from Cicero, Iím scared to say anything for fear that the home crowd will come with pitchforks to get me Nonetheless, the rotation needs work. Maybe Iím being a bit picky, but Iím trying to be constructive for every team with what I see. Iím sure you know SP is your weakness and youíll work to address that.
You donít have an order listed, so Iíll just go down the list you have by position. I really like Avila and C is a weak spot, so I think you filled that well. He gets on base, isnít a defensive liability and has shown some sneaky power, so you could have done a lot worse. Mark TrumboÖI am not a fan. He strikes out a lot and hits HRís, I donít know if thereís much more to it than that. His K rate was at a career high of 26%. I just canít see him anchoring an offense as anything other than MAYBE a 5. You could do a lot worse, and I understand the power is nice and some people may feel differently, I just donít like him. Reddick is a guy that screams outlier year to me. His wRC+ was low (107-108), the HRís were nice and heís a solid defender. A .305 OBP from a 3 or 4 hitter is not going to bode well for you (assuming thatís where you hit him). Iím not on the Reddick bandwagon. Swisher, however, is a different story. I love Nick Swisher and I think he provides a lot of interesting opportunities with his flexibility. You could hit him 2-5 and I wouldnít have a problem with it. Might not be a very good lineup if he hits 3 or 4, but I could see it. Personally, Iíd suggest Swisher in the 2 spot. Seager is a guy that I will defend every day. He raked away from SafeCo, played solid defense, and is still young with room for improvement. I think you would be wise to point out his home/road splits and use that to your advantage . Iím guessing Aybar is your lead off hitter? Could be worse, I think that Aybar kind of flies under the radar for a guy who put up a 4.1 then 3.4 WAR as heís not in the top class of SS, but heís a solid guy. OBP has always been a little low (except 2009) for a leadoff guy, though.
Find A true middle of the order bat. The guys you expect to do the damage in the middle look like a pair of 5 hitters in Trumbo and Reddick. The supporting pieces arenít bad, but you donít have that one guy who you want up to the plate in a big situation. Find that guy to center your lineup around and those other pieces look a lot better.
Impressive. King Felix is a top 5 SP in all of baseball and Halladay is a year removed from being top 5-10. Actually, same goes for Lincecum. I think you did very well buying low on Doc and Timmy. The only problem is that you will have to argue for regression back to the mean for both of them. You shelled out a lot of money for these three, you need to make sure they work as a strength for you, not a weakness, which they could if people think they may be done. Iím trying to look at every angle here, and I can see that being a concern. However, on paper, that rotation is pure filth.
Find a LHP. Mix it up. If you find a decent enough one, (not that theyíre still available), Timmy can move to the 4 spot. Like I said, youíll face some concerns about whether theyíll return to form or not, but I wouldnít worry all that much.
I love the SP, itís great. But the offense is really going to hinder you. Coming from someone who made the playoffs in the MLB redraft after basing a team off of pitching in a hitter friendly park (I had Crisp-Kipnis-Tex-Bruce-Seager with Gio-Greinke-Niese), people will always say your offense is too weak. Maybe move one of your 3 TORP type SP for a big bat and then things get clearer.
David Murphy leading off makes sense because of his OBP, I would like to see him repeat this high OBP, though. He was a 4 WAR player this year, but in the past heís never topped 2. Not knocking you for it, just would like to see it again. Montero in the 2 spot is interesting. I see where youíre going with it and Iím curious to see how you finish out your lineup behind him. I see him as a top 5 catcher, and heíll give you plus offense relative to his position, just curious to see the final product. Aaron Hill hitting 3 is something I canít get behind. Heís very inconsistent and seems to fluctuate with his power constantly. Not something you want out of the 3 hole in your lineup. I donít think his wRC+, wOBA, or ISO are sustainable. The Grandyman was a good choice, as he still has a lot of thump left in his bat, but youíll have to deal with Kís and his ever declining defense. I like Desmond as he plays a premium position, but heíll need to show the power and keep his defensive numbers up again to establish himself. He could be on that cusp of one of the top tiers of SS, but I donít think heís a 5+ WIN SS. Iíd be more comfortable right around 4 wins.
The problem I have with this offense is consistency. You have a collection of nice players, but Murphy, Desmond, Hill are all guys coming off of great years and I would assume that theyíll revert back towards their averages, or in Desmondís case, come back down to Earth a bit. Find a consistent guy to plug and play, maybe trade for a middle of the order guy?
I really like what you have going here. Hamels is a personal favorite of mine and I think heís a great guy to have head up a staff. To say he ďregressedĒ this year wouldnít be fair as he still put up a 4.5 win season with very good numbers in nearly every category. Heíll give up some HRís, but moving to PNC should help that. Gallardo is a very solid 2. He has now posted four consecutive seasons where his ERA/FIP/xFIP have all stayed under 4. The only alarming thing is, again, the HRís. Considering heíll, like Hamels, move to PNC should help him out as well. Also love that you go LHP/RHP at the top. Masterson is a guy I personally think is much better than his stats tell. His GB% is awesome, but those periphs shot up this year. I think he may need a trade out of Cleveland, but as a 3 on your staff, I like it.
Not much of a problem with this staff, at all. Look to add some vet arms to the back end of the rotation and maybe some guys that will eat innings up and I think youíll have one of the better rotations in the redraft.
Offense will struggle, but the pitching is very good. I think if you can find some offensive pieces to help you out, you can make a push. There arenít a lot of impact bats left at this point, so maybe a trade is in order to help sure up the offense.
This guy must suck, Iím not doing his PR.
Newark is the class of the 4/5 teams ranked in this division, I wonít rank my own team. Cicero, London, and Springfield are close relative to each others teams, but with a move or two, any of them can land up top. The bottom 3 are ordered based on their position in the PR, I think theyíre all interchangeable to be honest.
De Aza up top is solid, had a very good year. Like I have said for a lot of teams thus far, I need to see it from him again. Over the course of his career, heís been a guy who has gotten on base pretty well, so I donít expect it to change, just need to see it. I really like Prado. Offers a ton of flexibility and brings a nice bat, heís underrated. Coming off of a down year, he put up a very solid line, love his OBP. Perfect guy to hit in a two hole. Not a ton of power, doesnít K a lot, and gets on base. Giancarlo Stanton is Giancarlo Stanton. He might hit 427 HRís in a season at Citizens Bank Park. Heís a personal favorite of mine, but he is a very dirty man. AGon is someone I was hoping to draft myself (Surprise?!). The dip in power is a concern, but he will definitely do what his main function in this lineup is, and thatís protect Stanton. I see a better year for AGon ahead. Cespedes is interesting. I donít think this is what people expected after he went like 0-17 in Dominican Winter Ball, he had a really solid year. Again, MOAR OBP. Heíll do well in this lineup. Andrelton Simmons is already touted as the best defensive SS there is and he brought his bat with him last year. However, Iím not sure this is sustainable. Even if he regresses pretty significantly on the offensive end, his defense is THAT good to keep him in a lineup. Infante is a plus defender, which makes him and Simmons dirty. His bat is more ďmehĒ to me. Heís a 9 hitter. Heíll do his job. He was a UTIL All Star
Get a speed guy to hit 9 and move Infante to 7. Or Simmons to 7 and Infante to 8. I think youíd be better off with a guy who can create some chaos at the bottom of the order and while Infante is solid, heís not that guy.
Lots of 2/3 type guys. Sanchez has been pretty consistent over the past 3 years and there are worse guys to build a rotation around, but I canít buy into him as an ace, which I know is not what youíre trying to make him out to be, but heís the best SP you have. Garza might be the worst throwing pitcher ever. If you havenít seen his throw against the Brewers? Then youtube it. Threw the ball 10 rows into the stands. Anyway, heís pretty good at the pitching thing. His injury is a little cause for concern and he hasnít been as good as he was in 2011. FIP was up last year and he gave up a LOT of HRís. Still solid. Garcia is a guy who gets it done. Numbers have been impressive every year he has been in the big leagues. The one concern I have is his IP. Heís only thrown over 165 IP once in his career and had some nagging injuries. When heís out there, heís very good.
You need an innings eater who will help cover for Garcia if he goes down, or even Garza. A solid vet arm could do wonders for your staff, but I like the idea behind it.
I think this is a very good team. My main concern would be trying to get an ace if you can find the right deal. Maybe draft another solid SP and trade your pitching depth for a stud? Also, a good 6 hitter would do wonders for your already above average offense.
Iím a Ruggiano fan, but I donít think he should be a leadoff hitter. This was the first time he broke 120 AB in a season and I think heís better suited further down in the order. Beltran is a stud and is coming off of back to back impressive seasons. I really like the idea of him in the two hole, but with what I see in the rest of the order, he might be best suited moving to the 3. Dunn is Dunn. You know exactly what youíll get from him. I explained my thought process for wanting to draft him in 2 words, power and OBP. Dunn sees a lot of pitches and will help the rest of your order. HanRam rebounded a from his abysmal 2011, btu I donít think heíll get back to the level he was at before. I think 2012 HanRam is what we can expect moving forward, which isnít a bad thing. Playing him at SS brings his value back up, too. McCann is a question mark, IMO. Heís hurt, but only expected to miss a week or two of the season. If Grandal is fair game, then so is McCann. He had an awful 2012, to put it lightly. I expect a much better season from him, but thereís no way of knowing. My money is on regressing towards the mean though.
I know all lineups are subjective, but I would try and draft a leadoff type guy and move everyone down a slot in the order. I think Ruggiano could be alright in the 2 hole. Just cant buy into him being a leadoff guy.
Very dirty. Price is about as sure of an ace as you can get. All heís done since 2010 is dominate the toughest division in baseball, logging 208 IP or more for three consecutive seasons. And now his GB% jumped from 44% to 53%. Goodnight. Darvish really impressed me this year and I could see him being an ace himself. Iím not really sure how some people expected him to fail. Anyway, 10.4 K/9, periphs all solid, heís about as good as a #2 as youíre gonna find. I loved the Medlen pick for you guys. You were absolutely the right team to take him. You wonít lean on him with Darvish and Price, but heíll still play a key role in your success. Absolutely filthy this year. Surprise, another Braves SP is breaking out.
Donít really have a suggestion. Two vets with experience who log a decent amount of innings and youíre fine. Hell, Kei Igawa could be your 5 and youíd be fine.
I love the SP so much. I think the offense is good enough to push that staff forward. I would really consider moving your lineup around, as I suggested, but I understand thatís how you see it. Great start here.
I really like Neil Walker. I think he kind of flies under the radar and just goes about his business. Heís one of those guys that just goes about doing his job. Good OBP, alright defender, sneaky 10-15 HR pop. Very nice 2 hitter. Now the CarGo problem. Considering where you picked him, very good value. Obviously, Iím sure youíre very aware of his horrendous splits. His splits for away games are THAT drastic. In name value, heís a 3 hitter, but considering you play in Marlins Park, I think he might struggle mightily to get going. Adrian Beltre is a man. The guy rakes consistently while being a top notch defender. I wish I could say more, there just isnít much more to say. Heíll hit HRís, three years of 28 or more. Heíll drive in runs, 3 years of 100+ RBIís. He aven hits around .300 every year, One of my favorite players. Garrett Jones is a bit different. Heíll provide power and some alright protection for Beltre. However, he hasnít posted a strong OBP since 09 and heís a pretty terrible defender. 2012 was the best year heís had since 2009 and Iím not so sure heíll keep that up. First, Jed Lowrie has never played 100 games in an MLB season. He had a breakout year of sorts, but he only played 97 games. I like Lowrieís potential, but I donít think I can look at him seriously before he can log a full season.
I would flip CarGo and Beltre. Beltre is your best hitter, you want him at the plate more often. Also, it creates L/R/S for you in terms of handedness. Jones and Lowrie are question marks to me, not too sure what to expect of them. Make sure you get people with high OBPís to get on base for the core of your order.
R.A. Dickey has to be considered an ace, so you started off well. Iím not sold on knuckleballers in general, but itís hard to argue with what the reigning Cy Young winner has done. 2012 was his best season yet, but the HRís started going up on him. Could be something to watch for. Vogelsong struggled mightily in the second half of the season. His numbers were decent, but theyíre trending upwards. I consider him more of a #3 starter. Billingsley is solidÖbut he might need TJ surgery. His innings are trending downwards as well, so that could be a concern. He was better this year, but he hasnít been quite able to capture his 2010 form again. Could be a solid #3.
Dickey is a #1, for sure. But the way I see it, you have two #3ís after Dickey. I would try and find a way to solidify my rotation if I were you.
I think this team trails the first two. Your lineup outside of Beltre and Walker is somewhat unimpressive, and I understand that CarGo was great value, but his splits are still awful. If you can pull off a deal or two, you can get back in it, but this is a very rough divisioin. In the Central, you might be a little better off.
Choo knows how to get on base, and thatíll bode well in your leadoff spot. Some people want to say heís a platoon guy at this point, but I think platoons went from being underrated to overrated on this site very quickly. Chooís fine there. VMart is a guy I wanted badly, love the idea of him in the 2 spot. Gets on base, sets the table very well. Health is my main concern with him, but itís not a very big one. Holliday is so consistent, canít believe he fell to where he did. Great #3 guy with the right guys in front of him, heíll do lots of damage. Santana has put together back to back solid seasons for a very underwhelming Cleveland team. Again, great OBP and the necessary pop to protect Holliday. Davis has great pop, but man does he K a TON. Heíll give you HRís and decent OBP, but I donít know if heíll ever hit 30+ HRís again. Uggla was very good value where you got him. I would have issue with him if he were hitting anything but 5 or 6, but heís perfect where you have him. He should rake.
Not really anything I can say that would make this better. Maybe get some speed for the bottom of the order? Thatís about it.
Love Cliff Lee. Heís incredibly solid and consistent. You pretty much know what youíre getting out of him. Heís a great guy to lead a staff. Five consecutive lights out seasons and I donít see it ending this year. Also, five consecutive seasons of at least 210 IP. I do have a problem with Danks, especially as a #2. Unless Danks reverts to his 2008-2010 form, heíll struggle as a 2. He was awful last year before getting injured, and his 2011 season had him trending downward. The problem with this game is that we vote before any of our guys will play a game in the 2013 season. I donít disagree that Danks will bounce back, but the voters wonít really care, IMO.
Get at least a #3 guy to plusg in between Lee and Danks and you should be fine. Your lineup will cover up a lot of inconsistencies in your staff, which Lee will cover up about half of anyway.
I love your offense and I love Lee, but you, like Cicero, need some SP in the worst way now. Pitching has flown off the boards for some reason in this redraft, so there are slim pickings now. However, I think youíll maneuver things accordingly and everything will end up working out fine.
The top 3 teams are incredibly close, I have Tokyo slightly edging out Crotch and Bakersfield, for now. That top 3 of the rotation is devastating. However, this draft is far from over and teams may make some moves to improve themselves. I donít think weíll know who will win this division until all the votes are in.
GET MIKE TROUT OUT OF THE 4 HOLE. Had to get that out, sorry. Trout is best suited as a leadoff hitter or even a 3. Hitting him 4 means that your best hitter may not get to the plate in the first inning, which Iím sure you donít want. Trout is a beast, get him in to the first inning. Markakis as a 3 hitter doesnít do it for me, either. I think Markakis is best suited in the 2 hole. He has a solid OBP and has been pretty consistent, but he doesnít have the power for him to be a formidable #3. Pedroia is fine where you have him. Heíll rake with those guys around him, just not sure how it all kind of fits together. I love Desmond Jennings, but Iím not sure why you drafted him. I think you would have been better off going with a power bat there, but cíest la vie. Jennings was hurt last year, so his numbers took a little hit, nothing major though.
Iím not really sure how all of your pieces fit together. Pedroia is best suited in the 2 spot, but so is Markakis. I guess you could hit one of them 3, but itís not going to get you a lot of votes that way. Trout is amazing, but the 4 spot is a bad place for him IMO. Jennings is nice, but I think his pick should have been devoted to a big bat.
Brandon Morrow is a nice piece, but I donít think heís an ace yet. Youíre leaning on a guy who has never thrown 180 IP in a season to be your ace and lead your staff. Not that I donít believe Morrow wonít get there, but heís not there yet. Moore looked good in his first full season of big league work. I think he can be a #2 SP, might draw some concerns over experience, but the kid has talent. Moore and Morrow are both flyball pitchers, so you should be fine with them in Dodger Stadium. Jason Hammel had a good 2010 in terms of periphs, fell in 2011, and bounced back in 2012. Hammel has had constant fluctuation in his stats. Iím not fully sold on him, I think heís fine as a 3 though.
I would look into getting a veteran starter quickly, someone who consistently works a ton of innings. All of the TORP are gone, but there are some solid vets left.
I said it twice, I think Iím gonna say it again. Reorder your lineup, man. Maybe find a power bat to throw in the middle of your lineup. You have some really good pieces, now you just need to make them fit.
I like the way this lineup is. Pagan is a guy who I think is more than capable of setting the table. I remember loving him when he came up with the Cubs and always thinking heíd make an impact. Solid leadoff guy who can make things happen. Alex GordonÖyou bastard. I was one pick away from landing him andÖpoof, you snag him right before my pick. Gordon has turned in two awesome years for a not so good KC team and I think he continues to do the same. Also offers you flexibility to hit him in a bunch of different slots in the lineup. Braun is consistent as can be. Steroids or not, he mashes. You know you can pencil Braun in as an impact player for 150-160 games a season, which would be why he was the 2nd position player taken in the draft. Napoli is coming off of a pretty craptastic year at a hitter friendly ballpark. That being said, their division sucks in terms of hitters parks. Heíll bounce back and should provide protection to Braun. Youíll probably get haters due to his inconsistency, though. Kendrys has such bad luck. If he doesnít break his leg celebrating, looked like he was on his way to be a beast at the plate. Heís still no slouch. I like him as a 5 hitter, any higher would be questionable, but I like him where heís at. Kendrick is an interesting 6 hitter, not sure how I feel about that yet. Iím going to assume that thatís going to change eventually once you draft more players. If it stays this way, I think heís weak for a 6 hitter. 8 or 9? Perfect for him.
Get some speed in there. Let your guys cause trouble in front of Gordon-Braun. Maybe even move Gordon to the 4? I donít know, you have a lot of flexibility with that lineup.
Iím not sold on Fister as an ace. Heís a very good SP, donít get me wrong, I just donít know about building a rotation around him. Heís only thrown 200 IP once, other than that heís struggled to crack 170. I think from an ace, you want someone you know will be out there for right around 200 IP. I think he can become an ace if he can stay healthy, he has a bright future. I really like Chris Carpenter. A one time ace who got injured has shown he is still capable of pitching like an ace, in spurts. Youíre going to have to deal with all of the health concerns. He only threw 17 innings in 2012, so it might be an uphill battle with voters. Harrell is another guy you stole from me, jerkface. I think heís very underrated. To put up the numbers he did in the types of ballparks in the NL Central is impressive. He also played for a horrific Houston team who plays on a little league field. Could have done much, much worse for your #3 SP.
I feel like this is my advice to everyone, but fill the back end with some vets who are good for 160-180 IP and youíll be fine. Maybe find a deal for an ace with some of your offensive depth?
I like this team. I think your offense is solid enough to carry you with your pitching staff. Fister will get it done, if heís healthy. I think youíve set yourself up well.
GrandaLoL leadoff? Címonnnnn man! I donít think he ends up there when you guys are done, but itís gonna be kinda hard to play the first 25/50 games, whatever his suspension is, without a C and a leadoff guy. I think this already puts you at a disadvantage. Berkman is a big question mark. Heís up there in age and barely played last season. Thatís a lot to rely on for your number 2 hitter who hasnít played much in a year. Longoria is solid. He missed some time last year, but heís a sure fire top 3 at his position when healthy and it was good value where you got him at a premium position. Also, please DH Billy Butler. I know Iím not doing defenses, but he doesnít belong in the field. I love his bat though, I think heíll work well behind Longoria and provide enough protection. I like that 3-4 combo. Goldie was a guy I considered a bit, like his talent a lot. If he can repeat his 2012, heíll be an awesome 5 hitter. Kinsler in the 6 makes sense, but I might consider switching him with Berkman. People point to splits as a reason to knock Kinsler, but 2B, outside of a select few, is a pretty bad offensive position and you have one of the better ones. Iím a fan.
Maybe switch Kinsler and Berkman. Berkmanís health will be a concern, maybe find a decent bat to put behind him. Move Grandal out of the leadoff spot and get some speed somewhere in the lineup. Overall, I like the pieces, just not the order.
Bumgarner has been very good the past 2 years. 200+ IP with solid periphs. Kind of tapered off a bit at the end of 2012, but he showed up huge in the World Series. I consider him a fringe ace, and you could definitely do a lot worse for your #1 SP. Dempster, even though I hate him, has been incredibly consistent. The troublesome issue is that he struggled mightily after joining the Rangers last year (should have just went to the Braves and gotten the Cubs undrafted SP). I like him as a #2 and think you have a good start to your rotation, however, I think you need to bulk up the back end.
Innings eaters and youíll be okay. Just get some plug and play SP and it shouldnt be a problem.
I really like the pieces you have, I just donít like the arrangement. I think you would do well to revamp your lineup and grab some decent backup options for Berkman/Grandal. SP wise, I think I know who youíre loading up for, if so, carry on.
Gardner spent a majority of the year on the bench with an injury, but I like him as a leadoff hitter. Pretty solid OBP and tons of speed. That speed will wreak havoc. If you can battle through the injury complaints, youíll be fine. Scutaro has a realllly hot name right now, you did well to grab him just for that fact. Scutaro consistently has a high OBP and should slot in very nicely in the 2 hole; prototypical 2 hitter. Jason Heyward is one of my favorite non Cubs players. The SLG may be a problem at PetCo, but the guy just knows how to play the game well. Superb defense, will hit for some power and knows how to get on. No slouch on the bases either. The scary part is, heís only going to get better. Allen Craig is somewhat of a question mark to me as a 4 hitter. Heís been very good, heís hit everywhere he has been. This was his first full season in the majors, though. Teams and pitchers will start to pitch him accordingly now. I can see him being a 4 hitter, just maybe a season later. That being said, Iíve said this a lot, you could do much, much worse. Freddie Freeman is going to break out more than he has sooner or later. I believe heís going to have a very nice career in the MLB. As a 5 hitter, I donít see anything wrong with him at all. Heíll hit for some power, help drive in runs, and his OBP is solid. Iím not a huge Hardy fan, but SS sucks offensively after the top 5 or 6, so relative to that, Hardy is alright, especially hitting 7. Heíll hit some HRís, but that OBP is abysmal.
I really like the way this is put together. Iím not really sold on Craig, yet. I think some more speed will help you. You also play in PetCo, so unless you have an incredible lineup, it will be difficult to mash.
Living in Chicago, I get to see Sale a lot. My family are all White Sox fans, so we actually have season tickets Iíve watched him pitch and itís awesome. Heís the real deal. The concerns are the same for any young TORP. He needs to show he can throw 190-200 IP every year. Haren is a huge bounce back candidate and PetCo is just the medicine he needs. Haren was about as consistent as possible until getting injured. I think he bounces back, but again, youíll have to deal with that concern. Pettitte was a solid pick, but can he last a full season? As a 3, I donít think that hurts you. Anything higher might be trouble, but I think youíre fine. I love EJax as a 4. He could be a 2 on some teams, yet heís your 4. Heís a horse and will eat innings, but pitch well, too.
You can hang on to take another SP for awhile. I love this rotation and how itís formed. Well done.
One of my favorite teams Iíve rated so far. If anyone cant tell, Iíll take pitching first. Some minor tweaks here and there and I think this team can be dangerous.
I like Raleigh a whole lot. The rest of the division is very close, but I have Raleigh up top. Thatís not to say that a couple of moves cannot completely change the landscape of the division.
Early Rankings. Games not even half done so a lot of time to move up or down. But as of now here's my rankings for the NL Central.
1. Thunder Bay
Offense - It isn't the most fearsome lineup in the game but it's filled with a lot of solid hitters. Hunter will regress some, but he's still a quality bat. Reyes is one of my favorite players in baseball. Both of them setting the table for Zimmerman is a quality 1-3. I have concerns about Laroche and Ludwick at 4/5, however Joyce I think was a really solid pickup.
Pitching - The reason I have you at #1. I think your team is the only properly balanced one in this division. Kershaw is a top 3 pitcher. There is nobody I'd feel more comfortable with then him anchoring my staff. Parker was helped very slightly by Oakland, however not a ton. He posted a really good season and he will only improve. Detwiler was a nice surprise and is a serviceable mid rotation starter.
Overall- Like I said, I put you at 1 because I think you're the best balanced team in the division. You have the least amount of holes when I look on paper.
Offense - Very good and very deep. Which is expected considering you invested almost everything into it. I think it was a bit overkill, but nonetheless it's a fearsome lineup. Not a fowler fan but he is a guy who gets on base at a decent clip. Dejesus the same. They will set the table adaquetly for that awesome middle of the lineup. very good lineup.
Pitching - This is why I can't put you at #1. Kyle Lohse posted a very good year, however he should not be anyones #1 starter. SL has done wonders resurrecting his career as they do a lot of players, but this is his first really eye opening season. At the age of 34 I have a lot of evidence that tells me he's not this good of a pitcher and it was probably more of an outlier season. Volquez if he could ever harness and control his stuff would be a great pitcher, but it probably won't happen. I think him and Minor are probably a spot or two higher than they should be in an ideal world.
Overall - You have a great lineup. You obviously had a plan to build a good hitting team, which you did, and then to fill out your pitching with just enough. You're close to achieving that and I'm interested to see what you do as we go on. Your next few picks will tell me a lot about where to rank you going forward.
Offense - I'm not gonna talk about your 3-4. They need no explanation to how good they are. I still believe Melky was not a fluke or pure PED story. They helped, but I believe you will still see the KC Melky in Toronto. Very good 2,3 and 4. Youk and Jeter are questions for me. Jeter will be 39 in the middle of 2013. It's very tough for a middle infielder to remain productive at that age, but if anyone can do it it's him. also coming off a big injury. Youk will still give you a good AB, just think his power is done. I think you lack depth in the lineup but have a few major players.
Pitching - Cueto is a good #1. He's consistently been a quality arm pitching in a bandbox. Porcello however I think is a back of the rotation starter. Maholm is a decent middle of the rotation guy. Pitching in my mind is too shallow to win the division.
Overall - Honestly man I loved your homestead team last redraft. You built a really good team and are a good drafter. My question for you would be why you traded so much to get back into round 1? I know Kemp was attractive to pair with Votto but I have no doubt you could have done much more with those picks you gave up and built a better team had you not traded up.
Pitching - Love it. Hamels is awesome. Was going to take him but decided to go with a guy cheaper. He's very durable and consistent. Great ace. Gallardo is a favorite of mine. He's a damn good #2. I think Masterson is overrated, however he gets a lot of GBs and is a fine #3. Very good rotation.
Offense - I think it just lacks that one middle of the order guy that makes you take notice. I, unlike most, do think Ian Desmond has turned a corner. His surge in power is no fluke from the numbers I've been looking at. Granderson is feast or famine and I think he's better suited for a lower role in the lineup. Helton still will give you a good OBP but his power is gone. Hill is very inconsistent, have no idea what to make of him. I just think one more piece and I could have rated you a lot higher.
Overall - I still think you have a chance. Your rotation is strong enough to get you some votes. A bat is really needed though. I don't know how you'll find one but if you can I might jump you.
Pitching - Felix is a top 5 pitcher. Love him. I'm not going to give up on doc, however I don't think he's going to be the Doc of old anymore. His fastball dropped a few ticks, he battled some injuries, and he's getting old. He'll be 36 next year. I still expect a productive pitcher but am wary about penciling him in as a top guy. Lincecum sucked bad last year. however, I do expect a big bounce back from him. His fastball dropped in velocity in 2010, but picked back up in 2011. I think you'll see it happen again in 2013 after a drop in 2012. He still strikes out a ton of guys and probably was unlucky. Awesome #3.
Lineup - I'm assuming Swisher/Trumbo/Reddick is you 3-5. Swisher is underrated. I could live with him batting 3rd if your 4 and 5 were better. Neither Trumbo or Reddick get on base well, nor are they extremely talented offensive player. They'll hit home runs, but that's about it. Saeger, Avila and Aybar are real good complementary pieces. But they have no middle of the order to complement unfortunately.
Overall - In my opinion it would be wise to try and move Doc or Felix for offense. Do with the leftover of the two as you #1, timmy as your 2, and then try and fill in the rest of the pitching. That's your best chance in my opinion as I don't think your offense is good enough right now.
My AL Central ratings. Again, it's early and they likely will change.
1. Beacon Hill
Lineup - I really like how you have set it up. Jackson I think blossomed last year into one of the best leadoff batters in baseball. He brings a rare combination of speed, OBP and power to the top of the order. David Wright is consistently a great offensive threat. Power sometimes is inconsistent, but he will hit and get on base. I really wanted Upton, you took him two picks before I could. I think he was great value and is suited for where you have him. Which is 6th. Espinosa, for a middle infielder, is a real nice bat as well. Good all around lineup.
Pitching - Again, I wanted strasburg. Badly. He's so good and a definite ace. Kuroda is old but he's been really good every year he's been a big leaguer. I think those two are a tremendous building block. Niese is a damn good #3 as well. Great job.
Overall - I really think your team is nice. good rotation and offense. You hit on a lot of picks early that were cheap which allowed you to get great value in Upton and Morneau later. My #1 team in this division.
Lineup - It's really tough not to like what you did. Fielder and Ortiz continue to mash. I keep expecting Ortiz to fall off as he's getting older, but it hasn't happened yet. They're a dynamic 3-4. Morse is an awful defensive player, however his bat is very useful. Torres is a guy I'm very familiar with. I think you could have done better than him for your leadoff spot, even that late. Even so though, this is a good lineup.
Pitching - The reason I put you two instead of one was because I prefer Beacon's pitching. Wainwright started off slow, but he recovered in the second half. I'd expect the Wainwright of old in 2013, which is an ace. Bailey started to come into his own last year. He's always had a good arm and he finally lived up to his potential in 2012. My issue is with Milone. He was helped a lot by O.Co. Opponents OPS'd .855 against him on the road. I'm just a little weary of him and am not totally convinced he's a top 3 starter.
Overall - I think your team is very solid. I nitpicked a bit on Milone, but I had to find some way to distinguish you and beacon. It's real close so I might even have you number one by the end.
Offense - A lot of power between Quentin, ARam and Soriano. Lucroy is not the offensive player he showed in 2012, but he's still a very good offensive player for a catcher. Span is decent at leadoff. Love Zobrist. It's a decent offense. I don't think it's spectacular, but it's serviceable.
Pitching - Your top two will provide a lot of value. Zimmerman has filthy stuff and CJ Wilson is consistently good. Samardzija is a great #3 as well. Have a problem with Hudson though. I don't think he'll give you any value at the #4 spot. Maybe you can expect him back in July or August, but even then I doubt he'll be the Hudson we saw in 2011. It'll take him a bit to get back up to speed. Could have gotten a better value with someone else.
Overall - Lineup trails the top two in my opinion. Your pitching will get you some votes, but I think the Hudson pick was a misstep. If his pick was used on a better bat or more reliable #4 I might have moved you up.
4. Half Chance
Offense - McCutchen is a star. Your lineup is not very deep so I'd suggest hitting him third. It's easier to find a leadoff hitter right now than middle of the order bat, so if Cutch isn't hitting 3 IDK who will. Lawrie was a good pick. I think Tex still has something left. He's not what he was a few years ago, but he'll add some power. Not really sure about Doumit hitting 5th.
Pitching - Shields is a workhorse. He'll throw you a lot of innings and they'll be quality. Tim Hudson is still a quality arm, but he's losing velocity. He's no longer averaging 90 and his Ks are down quite a bit. He's going to be 38 in 2013 and I don't know if he's a dependable #2 anymore. Still a good pitcher though. Anderson is never healthy. It's hard to even expect 80 innings from him. Great when on the mound but that's a rare occurence.
Overall - You have some nice pieces. You just made one or two missteps which hurt you I think. I'm not gonna pile on, and your clubby isn't 100% updated so the jury is still out on your team, but I can't see you catching the top 2.
5. Key West
N/A clubhouse isn't close to updated so IDK how to rate you. Plz update.
NL East. I think this was the hardest one I did so far. A lot of real good teams. Here's my thoughts as of round 11.
1. Crotch Crescent
Offense - Very powerful. Stanton is a cornerstone bat and one of the most powerful in all of baseball. Cespedes if he would have stayed healthy was a top 5 MVP candidate in my mind. He's shown he can carry a lineup and he's your #5. A-Gon didn't have his typical season in 2012, but he's only 30 years old. I have a hard time thinking he won't bounce back. Two good OBP guys at the top to set the table. Very good. Simmons I know you picked mostly for his D probably, so that is a good pick. I'd expect his O to fall, but you don't really need it anyways so not a huge deal.
Pitching - You did well getting Anibal as late as you did. Most redraft teams that load up on offense with their first three picks don't get anywhere close to as good a guy to be their #1. Is he an ace? No, but he's consistently very good and you can pencil him in to have another good year in 2013. I have concerns about Garcia's ability to stay on the field. When he does he's very productive though. Garza is a fine #3. I think this pitching, while not overwhelming, is enough to win with that offense. I would suggest a reliable #4 though soon. Oh, and Romo is a monster in the pen.
Overall - You have a phenominal offense, and Tokyo has phenominal pitching. It came down to me liking your starters a bit more than I like their offense which is why you're #1.
Offense - The reason I put you #2. It's not bad at all, don't get me wrong. I think everyone loves Carlos beltran as a batter. Hanley is a very good bat for a SS, even if he isn't going to be what he was a few years ago. My concern is McCann. 2012 he was battling that shoulder problem and it obviously was not his true ability. His surgery though is one that is typically not easy to bounce back from right away. It was a labrum if I'm correct. It slowed A Gon this year. I'm a bit weary of expecting him, after missing a month or so, to bounce back and be the hitter we know. And he's a major cog of that offense. so that's my big concern.
Pitching - It was hard for me to not put you #1 with this staff. Price continues to post ace numbers. He's about as dominant a pitcher you can ask for. Yu is definitely an elite #2 starter. Not many have better. And I don't care if Medlen only pitched a half a season last year, he is legit. He will be in the #1/2 convo soon, if not in 2013. good job man.
Overall - Like I said above, it was close. Nothing is set in stone, your team is strong. I just had to pick one and I am more comfortable right now with crescent.
Offense- If VMart can recover fully from his knee injury, which he should, it's definitely well above average. Holliday is consistently great. I expect a bit of a fall off from Davis, but I expect Uggla to have a bit of a bounce back too. So it's a wash. Really good lineup. Choo is underrated too. Struggles vs lefties but against righties he mashes.
Pitching - Cliff Lee's price tag scared me off, but as a pitcher he is a staff anchor. He continues to show incredible control and durability. Awesome pitcher. I like Danks too if healthy. Prior to 2012 he was consistently a 3 win pitcher. and he made almost every start. I'm not going to label him as injury prone over one year. I don't really like nolasco. I know his peripherals are good, but he consistently underperforms relative to them. Decent rotation, but I think it's one pitcher short.
Overall - Quality team. I can go either way really. A lot will depend on the pen and how you fill out the team. You don't have a lot of money right now to work with so I'll be interested to see how you do. might be hard to add depth.
Offense - I don't think Cargo is a good fit in Marlins stadium. I know it gets beat to death but his splits really show a guy who benefits a ton from Coors. Away from Coors I really don't think he's a special hitter. Walker is a real good #2, and Beltre will produce for you. I loved the Matt Carpenter pick. I think he's a breakout player waiting to happen. Lowrie faded and is hurt a lot, I'd be weary of depending on him.
Pitching - for the longest time I wasn't convinced on Dickey, but he's won me over. I'm comfortable calling him a #1. He's fine leading your rotation. I saw Vogelsong a lot and he is also very good. He had a rough 6-7 start stretch, but he's been absolutely dominant otherwise the last 2 years. And in the playoffs he completely shutdown SL and Detroit. Billingsley is madly inconsistent but as a 3 he's solid. this is a good rotation.
Overall - I like your pitchers. I think they're underrated and under appreciated. Offense seems lacking to me though.
Vegas – Not sold on Lynn just yet but with Beckett and Harang going after him, it’s good insurance. I really like the line-up, especially if Rizzo and Machado can do what they are expected, but they might be a tad too young still. Don’t know about the defense, looks suspect. Love the back end of the bullpen.
Salem – Rotation looks nice. If Kennedy can revert to 2011, it has 2 aces up there. Lineup looks very powerful, even though after Kubel there’s nothing really special. Can Jay Bruce handle LF? We shall see, aside from that Carter and Rutledge are butchers. The rest is fine. I like the start of your pen.
Vermont – Decent rotation. I wonder how Wandy does in Yankee Stadium. I do not like Ellsbury hitting third, or Yadier hitting 2nd. I would do Ellis-Ells-Miggy-Yadi. After that you don’t have much. You don’t have defensive stats, but I think a lot of those guys are avg/below avg defenders except for the sexiness that is Yadier Molina and probably Ellsbury. I like Frieri, however, he’s a flyball reliever and that doesn’t bode well in Yankee Stadium. You need to strengthen that bullpen.
Compton – I like the rotation you have CC and Buehrle who are work horses. Marcum who is good and Lewis who I despise haha. I am a bit torn about the line up. For some reason I don’t like Harper hitting 3rd, I see him as a #2 batter at the moment. I like Freese when healthy. Reynolds is HR or K. Defense looks good. Bullpen looks good
I think with some minor adjustments via trade Vermont and Salem can move all the way to the top or at least get closer to Vegas.
Beacon: Solid rotation and you have a pitchers park so yeah. Like the line-up aside from the fact that Morneau is your clean up hitter. Concussions are scary **** and he is not what he once was. Defensively it looks good overall. Bullpen is also very nice
Montgomery: Wainwright is great, I am not a fan of Bailey as your #2, he would be best suited as a #3, but I don’t see anyone that you can make your #2 over him. Holy Injury concerns batman. Chooch, Torres, Morse, Papi, Cruz? On any given day you can have all those guys sitting down because of injuries or pain. It is really powerful though. It will score a ton of rons when healthy. Defense is going to be a problem. I do like the bullpen
Half Chance: I like Shields and Hudson. I don’t like Romero as your 3, it appears he just lost it. I’d throw Anderson as #3 even with injury concerns. I like Lawrie and McCutch, but I would put Texeira as your #5 hitter and Ross #6. Not sure how I feel about Howard, my hatred for him is so much. Aside from Tex and Lawrie that defense does not look very good. I like the bullpen.
Santiago: Like the bullpen even with Hudsons comeback aways away. I think Norris can handle it until then. Your lineup looks pretty powerful even though I don’t think Soriano repeats. You can also count on Pena bouncing back a little bit. Corner IF are a problem the rest looks pretty good defensively. Nice back end of the bullpen.
Key West: Not up to date.
Montgomery - If everyone is capable of playing ~130 games you take this division.
This division is pretty close.
Topeka: LoLBanned!! Like the rotation a lot. The lineup looks pretty great too. I would put Gomes ahead of Pence Defense looks good as well, no glaring holes. Bullpen is .
Whiskey: Rotation is solid. Like it a lot. Not a huge fan of the lineup as it is. Move Werth up, he should be hitting lead off or 2nd. Not digging the defensive line up either nor do I like the bullpen sorry
Danger Bay: Not a fan of the rotation but in Safeco it will work great I suppose. Aside from Victorino hitting 2nd. I love your line up. I would switch Vic and Rios. Defense looks great, the best one I’ve seen so far except for Konerko. Like the bullpen too.
Lakeside: Aside from Hamels, I am not a fan of the rest of your rotation. I am not as high on Hellickson as a lot of people. Lineup is nothing special IMO. I think Kipnis should hit ahead of Montero. Defense also looks below average/bad. Bullpen is tight.
Whiskey and Lakeside are very close for 3rd place
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