Patience my friends....patience! I know there is a bunch of you already pulling out your hair and cursing like a drunken sailor over the performance of your team and/or injuries for the first part of April. Remember one thing guys, IT'S APRIL !!!!
Look, I know everyone wants their team to get off to a good start and see their team on top of the standings. It's good for the ego - psyche and you have an extra bounce to your step it seems. I get it. But as I've said in a previous post, the baseball season for both real life and in fantasy is a marathon, not a sprint.
Currently, you should be reviewing your team for at least five minutes every day, looking at the waiver wire on possible guys who could help your team and seeing what is going on in MLB and how it effects your team and your league. But don't do anything rash like jump into some crazy panic trade. Don't get me wrong if after your draft you said to yourself I don't have enough steals or saves or power etc etc and you can make a trade where you deal from a area of strength / depth to help fix your weaknesses, then that is a good move. But don't go into panic mode because players like Jason Bay or Carlos Lee are off to horrible starts or a player like Jimmy Rollins is going to be out for 3 weeks or so.
Stay the course. I feel your pain and while my team is doing okay since my draft on Friday April 9th I have had Montero go down with a knee injury (out a month), C.Young go on the DL (SD, Pitcher), Ohlendorf miss a start and then eventually go on the DL, had Jeff Francis pushed back from late April to sometime in May and last night had Aaron Rowand get hit in the face with a pitch and he could go on the DL. So I get it but I feel I have a competitive team and if my guys perform I will be in the mix. KEEP THE FAITH AND DON'T PANIC !!!!
- Carlos Marmol owners should be very happy. Marmol has got off to a great start being absolutly dominant. Marmol has always had filthy stuff but his control has always been a problem. In his first 5 appearances Marmol has pitched 5 1/3 innings, batters are hitting .063 against him, has only issued 2 walks and has 11 strikeouts. Great start and maybe this year Marmol becomes the elite closer he is capable of becoming.
- Ted Lilly had a successful rehab start last week on now hopefully for Lilly owners will have his last rehab start this Monday the 19th. If that goes well Lilly will supposedly pitch for the Cubs on either April 24th or 25th.
- Jeff Francis starting to progress but his initial late April return is getting pushed back to sometime in May. Could be a good depth pitcher to stash on your bench.
NL King - C.Lizza