2010 AL Central Preview

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The AL Central is officially the most boring division in Major League Baseball. I seriously don't find any team exciting in the slightest. I hope to have zero AL Central players on my fantasy roster (well maybe Gordon Beckham).

1. Minnesota Twins
Yay the Twins signed Joe Mauer for a boat load of cash for the next decade. Yay, they won't be able to afford any other player for the next decade. The Twins will win this division based on the fact that the division isn't good. They then will be crushed in the first round of the playoffs like always.

Key Player: Joe Mauer, Well he's making about 1/3 of the Twins entire payroll so I think it's pretty safe to say that if anything happens to him then the Twins are shit out of luck.

Player to Eye: Francisco Liriano, Last year we kind of thought Liriano was going to be back and emerge as a beast once again. Well, we were wrong. Very wrong. Now he's the Twins 5th starter, yet a strong Winter and spring training is giving off some hope. What will it amount to?

Record Prediction: 84-78

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2010 AL West Preview

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The AL West is a world for holy beings. It shall continue in 2009.

t1. Los Angeles Angels
Oh the Halos, masters of the AL West. People might be catching up to them but they are still head of the class.

Key Player: Jered Weaver, With the departure of John Lackey the Angels need one of the youngsters to step up and emerge as the staff ace. I think that pitcher will be Jered Weaver. After a so so 08 Weaver improved drastically in 09 posting an ERA of 3.74 and picking up 16 wins. Personally I think there might be some improvement possible and we could see Weaver's ERA, K Rate and Win totals all improve in 2010.

Player to Eye: Joel Piniero, I've never been a big Joel Piniero fan but he did post a 3.49 ERA last season and the Angels will be leaning on him to be a solid back end of the rotation guy. Will he continue his 2009 stat line or will he regress to his 08 ERA of 5.15?

Record Prediction: 84-78

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The Johnnie's Should Go Bold And Grab Pastner

Monday, March 29, 2010

The St. John's coaching search is lingering in misery. They get bold and call Billy Donovan to get shot down immediately. They think they have a candidate in Paul Hewitt locked up and after a night of sleeping on it he decides its best to stay in Hotlanta. They call Seth Greenberg and all his tournament appearances at Virginia Tech and he turns them down. Etc. Etc. Etc. Essentially the Johnies are going nowhere fast and this is why I think it's time to make a very bold move and go after the coach that kicked them out of the NIT.

Josh Pastner is just 32 years old, he's been a college coach for just one single year and he didn't guide his team to the NCAA tournament yet I think he's exactly what St. John's needs. St. John's needs a bold move. They need to take a chance. They don't need Al Skinner or Steve Lavin or some retread from another university, they need a guy they can consider their own, someone that just might be aggressive enough to recruit the Five Boroughs relentlessly and I think that guy is Pastner.

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2010 NL East Preview

It's the NL East, home to hyper thyroids, terrible medical staffs, the World Series Loser and owners of the 1st MLB Draft pick in 09 and 10.

1. Philadelphia Phillies
The Phillies came up just short of a repeat in 2009 so they decided to go out and get the best pitcher in baseball.

Key Player: Cole Hamels, Halladay is going to be untouchable, I think we all know this, but the key to the 2010 Phillies is Cole Hamels. Cole had a disappointing 2009 but if the Phillies can get him back to his 08 MVP form than they will again be a difficult out in October/November.

Player to Eye: Roy Halladay, Halladay will be interesting to watch strictly due to the AL/NL switch and the result it will have on his already unbelievable stat lines.

Record Prediction: 90-72

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2010 NOTY Bracketology

Friday, March 26, 2010


If my other brackets have anything to say about it than this bracket will be a miserable failure, but... Nohjay Nimpson is going to win. I'm sorry to God's Power Offor, my odds on favorite, but Nohjay Nimpson is the perfect name. And it's going to take down Starzanne Stripes whom somehow I missed when creating the odds yesterday. What a classic name.

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Chasing Lines: Why Are There No Lines On NOTY?

Thursday, March 25, 2010

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It's March Madness which means every radio program, blog, mother, cousin, board 2nd grader, etc. is coming up with some bracket of 64 things with the objective of deciphering what is best. The best of all of these brackets on a consistent basis is Name of the Year or NOTY. Of course due to the the fact that this actually isn't a sporting activity and resides on a blogger website there aren't any Vegas lines for whom the favorites are. Well I'm saying there should be and well, I'm going to label the Top 10 Favorites for 2010 NOTY.

10. Pencilman Jeffries - Underrated quality name that just might take the Crotchtangle Region.

9. Spartacus Bernstein - This name screams POWER and JEW. Or WARRIOR and JEW. Or 300 and JEW. Something and JEW. It's got potential.

8. Gregor Schwinghammer Jr. - Gregor was birthed by Schwinghammer Sr., aka Austin Powers.

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2010 NL West Preview

The NL West still home of two of the worst offenses in baseball in 2010 and quite possibly ever.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers are the big time favorites in the NL West thanks to their advantage in offense over their competition. But with the positives there are possible negatives. The Dodgers do have some question marks in regards with their rotation both at the top (Kershaw & Billingsley) and with its depth.

Key Player: Chad Billingsley, Billingsley was supposed to step up in 2009 and be the Dodgers staff ace, unfortunately for the Dodger Blue he did not. His ERA and Ks dipped dramatically and the Dodgers didn't even start him in the playoffs. In 2010 they will need Billingsley to go back to the guy that had a 3.14 ERA in 08 if they want to get past the Phillies in the postseason.

Player to Eye: Matt Kemp, Why is Matt Kemp an intriguing player to watch? Well take a look at his splits from last year. Kemp was much more effective when batting near the bottom of the lineup last season. This year its expected that he will move up the lineup to a more dependent spot (and why wouldn't he), will his production stay the same when batting 3rd, 4th or 5th?

Record Prediction: 88-74

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2010 NL Central Preview

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

It's the NL Central, Home of the dominant Pirates of Pittsburgh.

1. St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals went out and spent some big cash this offseason to keep Matt Holliday around but will that mean success in the postseason? One could argue that their team isn't much improved from 2010 when they were quickly dispatched from the playoffs.

Key Player: Albert Pujols, This doesn't change any year for the St. Louis Cardinals. If Albert Pujols were to suffer an injury the Cardinals will not make the playoffs. Even with Ludwick and Holliday and Lopez the Cardinals won't provide enough offense if Pujols is out.

Player to Eye: Chris Carpenter, Last year I said Carpenter might be the steal of all fantasy drafts and well, he was. Carpenter should have won the Cy Young award (apparently not losing a game in 4 months is an overrated stat aka Saber-matricians gone too far) but was nonetheless a top NL starter. Will his body hold up for a second consecutive season? The Cards can't really afford for Carpenter or Wainwright to go down either.

Record Prediction: 88-74

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2010 MLB Standings Prediction

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

I'll get into the details for each team in my divisional previews over the next two weeks but here are the 2010 Standings predictions. Ridicule as much as you like.

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First Fantasy Draft of the Year

League Settings: 12 Team Head to Head, Traditional 5*5

Holy Power Batman
I didn't really go in planning to grab two 450 pound men that play 1B and hit a crap ton of home runs but that kind of just happened. I actually was planning on taking Ian Kinsler with my second pick to sure up a middle infield spot but changed my mind at the idea of having 90+ HRs and 250 RBIs locked up.

I Heart Yovani
I just do. If I don't get him in my drafts I get a sad feeling inside.

Grabbing the Limped
People shy away from injured people for little to no reason. Just a reminder to H2H folk, injured players are typically back in time for the playoffs. With that being said I'd rather have the potential of Carlos Beltran and Brandon Webb in September with the negatives of getting waiver wire production in the meaningless months of April and May.

Sometimes You Just Need to Admit Defeat and Wait
At some point I realized that all the 3B and SS were pretty much gone and that there was no point in drafting one because they essentially be around 5 rounds later anyway. This is how I landed Chris Davis and Alcides Escobar.

Closers Closers and More Closers
Give me all the crappy / mid tier closers you can. I'll take them all.

And Oliver Perez for shits and giggles...

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2010 ACC Helmet Schedule (Retro)

Here is your 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference Schedule in helmet form. I prefer the retro helmet so you get them again this year. For a Glossary of all the Helmet Schedules click on the link.



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2010 SEC Helmet Schedule (Retro)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Here is your 2010 Southeastern Conference Schedule in helmet form. I prefer the retro helmet so you get them again this year. For a Glossary of all the Helmet Schedules click on the link.


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And All My Brackets Are Terrible

CIT Bracket
In order to get off on a really bad footing let's start off with my CIT bracket which was atrocious starting at the opening tip. My final for the tournament consisted of George Mason and Loyola Marymount. Well... both teams lost in the first round so that bracket is officially in major shambles.

CBI Bracket
And then just to double up in the opening round I chose Oregon State to win the CBI. They won a postseason tournament last year so why not two in a row? Well they got crushed by Boston University in the opening round so that's why.

NIT Bracket
I picked UConn to beat Illinois which is surprisingly still a possibility. This likely ends tonight given that UConn barely beat Northeastern and plays at Virginia Tech, a team that hasn't played well below expectations all year.

NCAA Bracket
This years tournament is certainly one where an East Coast bias won't help you at all. In addition making your bracket Chalk-lity makes for disaster as well. So the combo of those two things make my bracket a piece of crap. At the very minimum at least I didn't pick Kansas to win the finals, I just had them in the game.

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Brent Seabrook Awesome At Selling a Concussion

Friday, March 19, 2010

This hit from the Blackhawks Ducks game was vicious enough to land James Wisniewski an 8 game suspension but the announcer isn't as fooled as everyone else. He knows that Brent Seabrook was just selling like he was unconcsious. Enjoy at the 1 minute mark.

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I Guarantee CBS Is Not Looking Forward to Saturday

Yesterday was one of the most entertaining opening days of the NCAA Tournament of all time. It provided grand upsets. It provided overtime thrillers. It mixed in some buzzer beaters and closing second winners. It was essentially everything you could ask for from 16 games and perhaps more. So why would CBS be disappointed in yesterday's outcome? Well take a look at the slate of games on Saturday and tell me which game if it was on in mid-January you would have to watch? Of the 8 games on Saturday's CBS slate only one consists of two teams from a power conferences and even that game is much less appealing to CBS than a Texas vs. Kentucky showdown would have been. The rest of the games will probably be entertaining but they certainly won't be drawing any large market non-diehard NCAA Tournament fans to the TV. I'm pretty certain CBS wishes the games were provided the same drama but the big teams that got upset, like Georgetown, were moving on to the next round.

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Chasing Lines: Uh, Perhaps It's Time to Bet Against the Big East

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Coming into this week many proclaimed that the Big East was the best conference in the entire country and that there would be many a Big East celebration in March. Well after a few days of NIT games and one day of the NCAA tournament perhaps the Big East was getting a bit too much love. Of the 8 Big East teams to play a postseason game this far, only one beat the spread, and they still lost.

4 NIT Games
~UConn defeats Northeastern at home by just 2.
~St. John's (the team that beat the spread) lost by two on the road at Memphis.
~Seton Hall got crushed at home by Texas Tech and their coach was subsequently canned.
~USF lost at home by 1 to NC State.

4 NCAA 1st Round Games
~Villanova was lucky to pull out an overtime victory.
~Notre Dame couldn't hit a jump shot and lost a 6-11 matchup.
~Georgetown was thoroughly embarrassed by a mediocre Ohio team.
~Marquette struggled in the second half and lost their 6-11 matchup on a Washington runner in the closing seconds.

So with all these negative results and 4 Big East games today, it might be wise to make an anti-Big East run. Let's take a quick peak at today's Big East games.

Todays Games
~West Virginia vs. Morgan St.: WVU is too hot to bet against, I would lay off this one.
~Syracuse vs. Vermont: I'd stay away from this as well as I'm sure Boeheim doesn't want another close 1st round game with UVM.
~Pittsburgh vs. Oakland: Pitt probably didn't deserve a 3 seed and they don't blow teams out, could be a good spread to pounce on.
~Louisville vs. Cal: Everyone seemingly went with Pitino in this game but with the Big East's struggles it's probably time to back track from that stance.

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2010 Fantasy OF Rankings

Thursday, March 18, 2010

How am I doing my rankings? First I take the CHONE projections for each player, next I calculate what percentage of my needed stats they will garner me in my keeper league (3rd place for each category). Finally I see just how much added bonus they give me in comparison to the average player at the position.

A Lot of Depth But Zero Gods
The Outfield position is most certainly the deepest position in fantasy baseball and this is why you are always forced to have more on hand than every other position. In the outfield you are more likely to find a 20/20 sleeper than anywhere else. In the outfield you are certainly more likely to get ample speed. In the outfield you will get a lot, but you probably won't get a fantasy god. Last year Matt Kemp wasn't even kept in my keeper league (a total of 60 hitters were the guy that had him's team was stacked) this year he's often going in the top 5. I love Matt Kemp as much as the next guy, but please look at his splits for a second. When the pressure was off, meaning. he was batting at the bottom of the lineup, he was great. When the pressure was on, not so much. Do you want to spend your first pick in the draft on a player who struggled to hit in a prime spot in his own lineup at a position with depth? Personally I'd rather get a player playing a scarce position that will likely put up similar stats while hitting at the top of their respective lineups.

How Much Will the Suitcases Change the Stats?
Some big faces changed places this offseason and it could mean for a big change in their stats. Jason Bay moves from friendly Fenway to David Wright's nightmare, aka Citi Field. One could easily see a significant drop in all of his stats. Curtis Granderson moves from spacious Comerica to the short porch of Yankee Stadium, will his home runs get an even larger boost? Johnny Damon does the exact opposite move as Granderson, will his home runs decline and will his steals jump?

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Fixing MLB's Divisional Unbalance In The Most Ridiculous Way Imaginable

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Over the past few weeks it seems like a lot of people are thinking about ways for baseball to improve their divisional alignment aka The "Poor Blue Jays, Rays and Orioles never have any chance. Boo Hoo Hoo." Movement. It all seemingly started with Ken Rosenthal at FoxSports, then Tom Verducci got involved, and of course there were bloggers to rip both. Well since I'm planning man with a mild case of insanity here's my idea for realignment, aka the most ridiculous way imaginable, a divisional draft.

Here's how it would work. Each year we take the 6 Divisional Winners and we have a draft. A draft? Yes a draft. The divisional winners would select the teams they want in their own division via a typical 1 through 6 draft. Each team could decide whom they want in their division based on any principle they deem worthy. They could pick the Red Sox with the first pick because the Sox will sell out their stadium 18 times. They could pick the Pirates with the first pick cause you know they are going to suck.

Positive Side Effects (1): Everyone loves a good draft.

Negative Side Effects (3): 15 teams per AL/NL means at minimum one inter-league series at all time. Is that so bad? Rivalries might die quickly. Travel would get even worse for players.

A Mock 1st Round 2010 Draft and a Quick Conclusion After the Jump

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Our Annual Look At The Lovely St. Patrick's Day Sports Merchandise

Every year I take a look across the major 4 American Professional leagues to see just what kind of superb merchandise they are trying to pawn off on you on St. Patrick's day. Buy this shirt which you can wear in relevance for exactly one day during the year. Every other day you will look like an idiot for wearing green apparel for a team who's actual colors are Black and Gold.

NHL



The NHL Provides you with some of the worst of the St. Patty's day merchandise. First you have the boy shorts for the lady of your life with a bunch of clovers and then a random Blackhawks logo (These are available for NFL Teams as well). Next you have the puck which for whatever reason I actually like, probably because its not something you wear. Finally and worst of all, you have the new GRAPHIC-T which is god awful. Nothing says St. Patrick's Day like the San Jose Sharks.

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For Those That Care to Defeat Me In Tournament Challenge

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

I created an ESPN Bracket that you can join here:
Evan Turners' a Douche

Go forth and defeat me.

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2010 NCAA Tournament Predictions


Much like 2009, I'm bringing Chalk-lit to the table. Of the #1 seeds I think Kansas and Kentucky have the toughest climbs but that they are too talented to come up short. Duke probably has the easiest bracket but they are Duke so I can't pick them without hating myself so I choose Nova to get back on track. The Cuse's bracket despite being in the west looks relatively smooth as well so they get through. Finally we're going #1 vs. #2 or Straight Chalk-lit and then I'm taking Wall, Cousins and the freshman crew over Kansas. Do I have confidence in any of my picks? Not at all.

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2010 Fantasy 3B Rankings

How am I doing my rankings? First I take the CHONE projections for each player, next I calculate what percentage of my needed stats they will garner me in my keeper league (3rd place for each category). Finally I see just how much added bonus they give me in comparison to the average player at the position.

Welcome to Third Base where everyone of relevance hails from Norfolk / Virginia Beach...

Does the Power Outage Extend to 2010?
David Wright last year could have been selected as the first overall pick in fantasy drafts and it wouldn't have been incredibly laughable. This season you might be able to get him in the second round which if the power comes back at all could be a steal. Think about this for a second, the hot corner isn't nearly as deep as people think and Wright is just two years removed from 30/30. Then again if Beltran and Reyes are out for lengthy periods of time the pressure will once again fall on Wright's shoulders and that weight didn't exactly work out well for him last year. So do you think the power is coming back? If so pounce in the early 2nd. If not steer clear.

What to do with Mark Reynolds?
What Mark Reynolds did in 2009 likely won a ludicrous percentage of fantasy leagues. Reynolds went from the king of the K with decent power to a HR clubbing, stolen base providing, fantasy stud. Sure his average was still just .260 but you can't really complain about a middle to late round draft pick that nearly provided 45-25-100-100. So what exactly will Reynolds provide in 2010? Will the power and speed stay thus resulting in a player or will the K Machine regress to just an average 3rd baseman?

Ryan Zimmerman Did What Last Year?
It's pretty easy to lose the stats of a Washington National. I mean they haven't ever contended in their brief history. But did you have any idea, even the slightest idea that Zimmerman went 33 100 100 last season? Throw in the fact that he is still just 25 and could potentially improve in every category and you might just be able to snatch up a solid player a round or two later than he should go simply because he's a Washington National.

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2010 Women's NIT Bracket

If you are willing to fill out a Women's National Invitational Tournament Bracket then you are pretty much willing to fill out any bracket. Here's my Women's NIT Picks which I likely will not follow at all unless Maryland wins it all and then I can gloat about my intelligence.

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2010 NCAA Women's Bracket Predictions

Is there anything simpler than picking the Ladies Tournament Bracket? First move UConn to the Championship slot. They haven't won played a game that was decided by less than 10 points in their favor in almost two years, it's pretty safe to go with them. Next move Stanford or Nebraska or Notre Dame to the finals to lose to Connecticut. These are really your only options. Next pick basically no upsets anywhere on your bracket. Alright, you now have a near perfect Women's NCAA Tournament Bracket.

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World's First 2010 CIT Bracket (Maybe)

Monday, March 15, 2010


In the quest to fill out as many brackets as possible this week I've stumbled across the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (CIT), now the 4th avalaible postseason tourney. This is the tourney for the powerhouses like Evansville and Drake. Of course I wanted to fill out a bracket but I just couldn't find one. I was little confused until finally I found this disclaimer

In much the same fashion as the old NIT, future opponent will be determined at the conclusion of each round throughout the tournament.

So what you're telling me is not only do I have to pick the winner of the 1st round games, I also have to attempt to read the minds of the CIT committee and try to figure out who is going to play who and where they are going to play each other? Now this is a difficult bracket to fill out.

The first step was to figure out the locations of all the schools, because they obviously want to cut down on travel costs. After that was done I kind of naturally bracketed them with another game so that all 4 teams were relatively in the same region. After that I just went through the tournament like a normal bracket. It's an elementary approach but how else can you try to sift through the chaos that is this non-bracket based tournament.

After breaking it down to the end I have George Mason knocking off Loyola Marymount. It's a lot like last years pick of ODU over Pacific.

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2010 CBI Bracket Predictions


And now practice round #2 the Gazelle Group's College Basketball Invitational Tournament which features approximately zero teams you are that intrigued to watch or know anything about. I'm going with Oregon State for one simple reason, they have already won this tournament before in just its two year history so with that kind of success in the past who's going to hold them down? IUPUI? I don't think so.

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2010 NIT Bracket Prediction

Sunday, March 14, 2010

It's time to do the practice brackets to get ready for the real thing. The first bracket up is the NIT with all your teams that are upset at their bubble bursting or having a mediocre and disappointing season. So who shall be the squad to win the honorary 66th best team in the country? I'm going UConn. Why? They likely have the most talent in the entire 32 team field and I think after a week of Jim Calhoun sodomizing them in practice both verbally and via sprints that the Huskies just might actually play like the team that should be a 5 seed in the NCAA tournament.


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2010 Fantasy Catcher Rankings

How am I doing my rankings? First I take the CHONE projections for each player, next I calculate what percentage of my needed stats they will garner me in my keeper league (3rd place for each category). Finally I see just how much added bonus they give me in comparison to the average player at the position.

What About Joe Mauer's Power?
Joe Mauer for years was a slightly overrated fantasy asset. Sure he was going to give you a ridiculous average especially for a catcher but his power was equivalent to Dioner Navarro's aka non-existant. And then 2009 came and all of a sudden Mauer was smacking home runs left and right with no harm done to his .365 average. If Joe Mauer hits 30+ home runs this season he's worth a 1st round pick because Catcher is so shallow, if he hits 12-15 home runs than you're team might be in trouble.

If Only He Played Everyday
The biggest problem with catchers is that most of them get ample days off weekly. For instance Mike Napoli has hit 20 HRs in each of the past two seasons with a .270+ average. These are solid numbers for any position really and especially catcher. The problem is Jeff Mathis steals 50 games away from Napoli each season even though he can't hit .215. Imagine what Napoli could offer you if he took he played 80 games behind the dish and another 65 at DH.

When Do You Gamble on Wieters?
Over the past 4 5 years there's been an ample set of highly touted rookies to gamble on in a fantasy draft. Some of these gambles have paid off, others have failed miserably. This season the man to gamble on is Matt Wieters. Personally I'd rather have Wieters than Ianetta, Shoppach, Yadier Molina, Montero, etc. Why? Post All-Star break Wieters hit .300+ in his rookie year. If he can do that for an entire year you're getting a top 5 catcher at half the price.

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Fill Out Your Own 2010 CIT Bracket

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Comments Changed For the Moment

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Not that this concerns anyone really but I changed the Comments off of Anonymous for the moment because someone in Russia is posting Dick Enhancement links in the comments of about 400 posts.

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Chasing Lines: Who Will Be the Stolen Base King?

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Last week we looked at the potential Home Run Kings so today why not look at the potential Stolen Base Kings. There are 4 odds on favorites to lead the league in Stolen Bases this year:

1. Jacoby Ellsbury: Led the league in steals last year with 70. Don't really have any reason this will decline.

2. Michael Bourn: Steals essentially every time he gets on base. Problem is he's probably going to get on base less this year because his BABIP was through the roof last year and will likely decline.

3. Carl Crawford: Looked like he was on pace for 100 steals and then he stopped at the end of the year. Made it seem like it was an offseason goal to not slowdown midseason this year.

4. Jose Reyes: If he can get his thyroid in order the man did steal 78 bases in 2007.

After these four you're digging for some youngsters to jump into the game. Maybe an Elvis Andrus gets a significant speed burst this season. Maybe rookie Alcides Escobar is the fastest man in the universe. Perhaps Eric Young Jr. makes the Rockies roster and steals every time he gets on base. Could Julio Bourbon get enough plate appearances to eclipse 50?

Perhaps you think a youngster is going to make a big move and win the speedster crown. As for me, I'd put my money down on Ellsbury coming into his prime, increasing his On Base Percentage and matching or bettering his 70 steals from last season.

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2010 Fantasy 2B Ratings

How am I doing my rankings? First I take the CHONE projections for each player, next I calculate what percentage of my needed stats they will garner me in my keeper league (3rd place for each category). Finally I see just how much added bonus they give me in comparison to the average player at the position.

I Love The Kinsler
Kinsler has everything you want in a draft pick. He has power, speed, potential to hit above .300 (see 2008), is in his prime and hits in a great lineup. He went 30/30 last year and his draft stock has gone down thanks to a dip in average. Kinsler will rise up the ranks again this season.

Surprising Depth
Second base used to be a position that was absolutely positively dreadful. In 2010 the position supplies surprising depth and some potential for more. If the breakout seasons from Cano, Zobrist and Aaron Hill continue this position is at least 10 strong. Then it could be even stronger if you think that Rickie Weeks or Howie Kendrick can finally emerge and have their big breakout season. After them the position does fall off considerably so if you're in a two Second Baseman league it might be wise to pounce early.

Don't Look Past Little E
If you're in a 5*5 league its key to never look past steals. Eric Young is going to hurt you in the RBI category but you can accept this if he gets you 40 steals. 40 steals from your second baseman will allow you to focus your attention elsewhere when drafting positions that could provide power or speed ie the outfield. In addition Little E is likely to go after a ton of 2B are already off the board. Of course this all assumes he makes the roster, which may not happen.

What To Do With Zobrist and Hill?
Both Zobrist and Hill made dramatic leaps in production in 2009. For Zobrist it was the first time he actually got a ton of playing time and he hit 27 HRs and nearly recorded 20 steals. For Hill he came off an injury riddled 2008 season and hit 36 Home Runs. I think it might be much to expect either to replicate what they did last year so personally I'd hold off expecting a mild drop in production and let someone else pay high.

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2010 Fantasy 1B Rankings

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

How am I doing my rankings? First I take the CHONE projections for each player, next I calculate what percentage of my needed stats they will garner me in my keeper league (3rd place for each category). Finally I see just how much added bonus they give me in comparison to the average player at the position.

1B Is DEEEEEEEEEEEEP
Sure you wouldn't mind having Albert Pujols and his .350 average and 45 home runs, but you could get the 10th 1B off the board and end up with Joey Votto, Lance Berkman or Justin Morneau all of whom are likely to approach 30 HRs 100+ RBI and have a respectable average. There is no other position that even comes close to the depth of first base. If you don't get 20+ home runs from your first baseman than chances are you're either terrible at fantasy baseball or the rest of your lineup is incredibly stacked.

And If Your Lucky Enough to Include DHs It Gets Deeper
In my main league we don't have any utility slots which means that DHs get lumped into the 1B slot. What does this mean? It means that the position adds an extra 4 or 5 players to contribute. You get to lump in Adam Lind (whom please just go look at his stats last year), Vlad, Jason Kubel, Jack Cust, David Ortiz etc.

Even the 24th Guy Might Be Good
You could theoretically wait until near the last round of your draft and still wind up with a guy like Nick Johnson who probably is going to hit 2nd for the Yankees which means he's going to score A LOT of runs. Throw in the fact that all you need to do is bloop a ball down the line for a home run and he's probably ready to luck into 15 HRs so you might get a line of .300 105 runs 80 rbi 15 HRs 0 Steals from a guy at the bottom of the first base food chain.

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A Quick Post About Bladder Control

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

You've probably already seen this somewhere on the interwebs but since I have a tag called Pissin I think this needs to be here...


Edmontonians (I assume that's what you call them) did a fantastic job of holding it in throughout the crunch time of the Olympic Hockey Gold Medal match. They waited for the end of periods to run to the bathroom and what with about 27 Molsons drank per person per period I think that's a mighty feat. [Pat's Papers]

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2010 Fantasy SS Rankings

How am I doing my rankings? First I take the CHONE projections for each player, next I calculate what percentage of my needed stats they will garner me in my keeper league (3rd place for each category). Finally I see just how much added bonus they give me in comparison to the average player at the position.

Point #1, Draft Hanley Ramirez With Your First Pick
The debate is probably on in the fantasy world surrounding whom to pick first between Hanley Ramirez and Albert Pujols, well count me a considerably in Hanley's corner. First off Hanley's all around numbers are likely to be not much worse than Albert's. He's going to give you 20 more steals. He's probably going to have a similar Average/Hits. He might score more runs. Sure he's going to lose out on HRs and RBIs but thats not that big of a deal considering... No matter how you look at it SS is not as deep as 1B. What Hanley does for you far exceeds even the next best shortstops, guys that will be gone by round 4. He gives you ample speed with no decline in any other category. Sure you can get cheap speed, but it comes with the price tag of 3 HRs and 40 RBIs attached. If you have the first pick, don't even think about it, draft Hanley.

The Next 4 and Then Off A Cliff
If you don't get lucky and land Hanley then your options are slim and your move to make better be quick or not at all. Jose Reyes (HGH Man!), Jimmy Rollins, Derek Jeter and Troy Tulowitzki will come off the board very quickly and likely in that order. If you don't wind up with anyone you might as well just stock up at other positions and accept the fact that your middle infielder is going to be turrible.

Bounce Backs?
If you miss the top 5 it might be a good idea to gamble on some bounce backs. Stephen Drew was injured and terrible last year but in 2008 he was an extra base machine and he'll be 27 at the start of the year. Alexei Ramirez is intriguing but still questionable. After a miserable April his bat bounced back but he stopped stealing almost completely. Without the steals he's just JJ Hardy, aka not that good. Finally Rafael Furcal came back last year and played essentially the whole season but you wouldn't know it from his stats. Raffy where did the steals go?

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2010 Big Ten Helmet Schedule (Retro)

Friday, March 05, 2010

Here is your 2010 Big Ten Schedule in helmet form. I prefer the retro helmet so you get them again this year. For a Glossary of all the Helmet Schedules click on the link.



Please click on the image to get the full sized version.

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Chasing Lines: Who Will Be the MLB Home Run King?

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Every year there are ample Home Run challenges you can enter yourself into. Some of them require you to pick multiple players in tiers, some of them require you to grab one guy and let it rip. With the season just a month away there are the heavy weights that you would expect to be in the running (Fielder, Howard, Pujols, Arod, etc.) and then there are the sleepers that you can actually make money on. So let's take a look at a handful of sleepers that I think might be worth the risk.

5. Garrett Jones - If you're looking for the super off the radar long shot you might want to look at Garrett Jones. Last year as an old rookie Jones came up smoking hot and hit 21 home runs in just 314 at bats. This year he's likely to get near 600 abs and well 21 *2 = 42. Do I think he's going to do that? No. But his odds are going to be so long it might be worth it.

4. Josh Hamilton - Last year he fell off the wagon, got injured and went back to the booze, but in 2008 he showed he has the potential to be a beast. His odds are way down now but

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There's Just Something Not Likeable About Sidney Crosby

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Watching the Gold Medal game over the weekend I realized something, for whatever reason I don't like Sidney Crosby much. I can't really pinpoint why, but I feel as if he's a bit of a punk on the ice. I feel like he's mostly afraid to go toe to toe with someone and hit with them. Something I feel that Alexander Ovechkin is completely unafraid of, as witnessed by him killing Jaromir Jagr. I feel like he is more likely to throw in some cheap shots throughout the game.

For whatever reason I get the impression that Crosby has an aura that says during the game "I am Smug, I'm better than you I should have everything handed to me". Because of this feeling, I enjoyed Jack Johnson giving Sidney Crosby a blatant cheap shot after the period was over and it was blatant. Because of this feeling I was even more annoyed with the US loss than if someone else put the puck in the net. Because of this feeling I will push for the Capitals and anyone else to knock the Penguins out of the playoffs this year.

Perhaps I don't like him simply because he still can't grow any kind of respectable beard.

And pushing for the Penguins to lose means rooting against Brooks Orpik who was easily my favorite American in the Gold medal game simply because on every shift it seemed like his sole purpose was to hit people and hit them hard.

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Random Thing I Don't Get About the World

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

How do we as English speakers devise the spelling and description of foreign countries? I know this is completely off topic and random but frankly I don't get it. I guess I can understand changing Sverige to Sweden because well who the hell would be able to pronounce Sverige? I can understand morphing the Russian words into something more English friendly because they have letters that we don't even use. But why the hell do we say Denmark when they spell their jerseys Danmark or Brazil when they spell it Brasil? Is one letter really that difficult?

Next you move on to some countries that are mildly different but really not that hard to pronounce. We go from Slovensko to Slovakia. From Polska to Poland. From the Nederlands to the Netherlands. From Norge to Norway. From Nippon to Japan. Why the effort to change the actual country name to some mangled English slang?

And then you get to the countries that we seemingly just make up whatever we want. Did you notice Finland's ice hockey jerseys? They say Suomi which has absolutely nothing in common with Finland. The Germans say Deutschland which frankly isn't that hard to say and equally has nothing in common to the word Germany.

I'm starting to wonder what kind of ridiculous names other countries might have made up for us. Its probably something that equates to United Cocky Jackasses of the Western Hemisphere.

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Blogging the Offseason: Miami Dolphins

Monday, March 01, 2010

Blogging the Offseason worked so well for the MLB that I'm bringing it back for the NFL. You can find all the posts under the label Offseason or just go here.

Today's blogger is Matty from the Miami Dolphins blog, The Phinsider.

1. What did you see from Chad Henne in his first season as a serious starter that you liked and that you thought he needed improvement on?
I liked a lot of what I saw. I thought his arm was as strong as advertised and he was far more accurate than many seemed to think he would be. I also liked how he didn't let the mistakes bother him and he really seemed to become a leader on this team as the year went on.

With that said, the two things he has to improve on are his accuracy on touch passes and his tendency to force throws that result in turnovers. But both of those things are easily correctable, in my opinion. So I think he has a bright future ahead.

2. What do you expect the Dolphins to go after with their 12th pick? Which player do you want them to end up with?
While I'd LOVE to see the Dolphins draft Dez Bryant - if he was to fall to 12 - I think the Dolphins will address their defense. They have needs at both inside and outside linebacker as well as nose tackle. I wouldn't rule out Miami looking trade down, gaining extra picks, and then taking Tennessee NT Dan Williams. I also think that Rolando McClain is an obvious choice at #12 if the Dolphins don't address the ILB position through free agency.

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