Sunday, June 27, 2010

Stephen Strasburg Major League Debut T-shirt!

Hope everyone's summer is off to a great start!  For those of you who know me personally, you know that I'm always have some crazy idea I want to try.  The last crazy idea was working to become a fantasy sports personality and thus, The Fantasy Man was born back in 2006.  Now in 2010, in hopes to knock down some student loans and other stupid bills, I have launched my next venture.  It's a new website called WhereDidYouGetThatTee and yes, it's a site where you can purchase some new fun sports t-shirts.

Since about 1999, I have been designing and making t-shirts for business, events, teams, and for my own enjoyment. I do it as a small side business and is something I've really been able to master over time.  So recently I came up with the idea to promote some new and unique tees that I feel people out there would buy. Over the next few weeks you'll see the kind of flavor I am promoting and I guarantee you'll love these tees!

The website is obviously new and lacks the big design and the overall content. Give it time though! As I add t-shirts, I'll add content. After I add about 5-10 tees, you'll start to see the site shape up. My goal is to start a business here from the ground floor, and I'm giving you the chance to watch it grow from the beginning. I know, its a weird concept, but you'll see me change the logo a hundred times, switch site colors, add concepts, then delete them, and then add them again. It's crazy as I'm a guy who just can't make up his mind!

Anyway, the first t-shirt offered on the new site is the Stephen Strasburg Major League Debut t-shirt . It goes for $19.99 plus $7.00 shipping but you can't get this shirt anywhere!  I designed it myself and it's going to be a hit!  To check out the tee and purchase it, please click that link above or go to .  You may not be a Strasburg fan but if you play fantasy baseball, you know this guy is all the hype right why not grab the tee?

Thank you guys for checking out the new site and my first t-shirt. You can pay with paypal for a safe and secure payment. Of course, feel free to email me with any questions.  I'm not quite sure what the next tee will be but we'll see how the Strasburg tee does and we'll go from there. Thanks for taking the time to check it out. I hope you buy one!

Mikey The Fantasy Man

Thursday, June 24, 2010

NL King - Jason Castro & Madison Bumgarner Called Up

Jason Castro the Astros top prospect has been called up and will become the Astros starting catcher for the foreseeable future. Castro before Spring Training was ranked #41 on Baseball America's Top 100 list but before you go Lady Gaga over him keep in mind a big reason why Castro is considered that high of a prospect is his defense and calling games. Castro hitting stats in AAA this year are as follows:
57 Games - 4HR - 26RBI - 31RBI - 1 SB - .265 Avg

Castro will probably hit towards the bottom of the lineup the rest of this year. If you are weak at your number 2 catcher position Castro can be a nice complementary player but don't expect anything more than that.

Another top prospect made his MLB debut the other night in San Francisco and that would be Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner entered spring training as Baseball America's 14th best prospect of their top 100 list in February. A lot of buzz was around Bumgarner as he had a 1.48 ERA in A ball and a 1.93 ERA in AA. Going into spring training camp there was even talk that Bumgarner could win the 5th starting spot in the rotation. Bumgarner has a rough spring and started the year in AAA and got off to a rough start there as well.

Bumgarner eventually righted the ship and after 14 starts at AAA Bumgarner had a 7-1 record with a 3.16 ERA, 1.33 Ratio & 59K in 82 2/3 IP. As write this story it appears Bumgarner's 1st start vs Boston at SF was a success. Bumgarner threw 96 pitches of which 66 were strikes and went 7 innings allowing 4 earned runs, 6 base runners while striking out 5. They only big downer was he allowed 2 Home Runs in the game.

Bumgarner is a talented kid and could be a guy who can help your team in the 2nd half as a back of the rotation pitcher for you. He pitches in a pitchers park which is a big plus but remember the following, Bumgarner plays for a team that has a lot of trouble scoring runs so don't expect that many wins. Also even when Bumgarner was mowing them down in A & AA ball he was not a big strikeout guy. So what I am saying is if you can pick up Bumgarner in your league's waiver wire - free agency do so and see what the kid can do in his next few starts. Like I said I think he can be a nice helper but that to me would be the high side based on the amount of wins he would get as well as strikouts.
NL King - C.Lizza

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

NL King - Players I Be Worried About


Lance Berkman - Hou - Between getting older (now 34) and being on an awful team I be worried about his production. If you can get decent numbers from Berkman the rest of the way take it and run.

Yuneal Escobar - Atl - This guy has all the tools but can't put it together and has drove Bobby Cox & the Braves brass crazy. He is too good to play like this.

Rafael Furcal - LA - Between him getting older, coming off another leg injury I wouldn't expect more than nice contributions the rest of the way and don't expect a lot of steals.

Chipper Jones - Atl - My all time favorite NL player. Hate to say this as he is just wearing down. He is still capable of a hot month if his body can cooperate. Again take decent numbers and be happy with that.

Raul Ibanez - Phil - He just turned 38 and watching him against the Yankees this week Yankee Announcer Paul O'Neill kept saying Ibanez is so pull happy now. Wasn't like that before. I know he is 38 but the guy is in great shape and one would think with that lineup & ballpark Ibanez can be a solid player. Ibanez has always been great one half and quiet the other hope that trend continues although Ibanez has struggled since last year's all - star break.

Nate McLouth - Atl - Just landed on the DL and since becoming a Brave has been beyond awful. He is just hitting .177 this year. Maybe the Pirates knew what they were doing when they traded him.

Bengie Molina - SF - Every year Molina put up solid numbers and for catcher they were even better. But every year you kept reading that Molina has a bad body in terms of being an athlete and one year it's just going to go. Looks like this is the year.

Dan Haren - Arz - This guys has ace stuff but when you give up 18 Home Runs in less than half a season you are going to have big issues. Arizona needs a shakeup.

Wandy Rodriguez - Hou - He has had an awful year with 5.60 ERA & 1.67 Ratio. This is a guy who the last 2 years has had solid to great years. The fact the team is a mess doesn't help things.

NL King - C.Lizza

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

NL King - Pedro Alvarez Called to the Show

Another top prospect makes his MLB debut tonight and that's Pittsburgh Pirates' 3B Pedro Alvarez. Alvarez will bat 6th for the Pirates tonight but projects to be their future cleanup hitter. Alvarez potential is to be a real thumper. I am not sure if he will be a great average guy from what I've read but should decent (figure around .260) and be a 30HR & 100RBI man. At least that's what the Pirates are hoping for.
In February, Alvarez was Baseball America's #8 prospect overall. He's been in AAA all season and his current numbers are:  278 PA, 13HR, 53RBI, 42R, 1SB, .333 Avg, .419 OBP & has struck out 68 times.

Again, Alvarez can be a great helper to your fantasy team but as I stated in previous articles about top prospects coming up, your team should not be in make or break mode depending upon the initial success of the Stanton's, Posey's, Alvarez's or even the Strasburg's of the world. Having said that, if you can land Alvarez in your league without going bonkers.... go get him.

NL King - C.Lizza

Sunday, June 13, 2010

NL King - If You Have A Chance You Must Go For It

I have written a couple of articles over the Memorial Day Weekend talking about should a team rebuild and if so the ultimate game plan. Now let's look at the other end of spectrum. If you have a solid squad and have a realistic chance or even an outside chance (anywhere from one to three to five) to win your league the NL King says you have to go for it.
Being in a 10 to 14 team league it is very hard to win your league. Those opportunities to win your league don't happen every year and sometimes it's once in a few years even when you make a lot of good moves. Sometimes you can make good moves and they don't work out. To have championship squad you need all the stars to align regarding your team in terms of offense (both speed and power) & pitching (both starters & relievers). As great as it is to have fantastic keepers the bottom line is their is no better glory than winning your league. In 2008 the last year I won my league I had to trade away Edison Volzquez (1), Josh Johnson (2), Andrew McCutchen (1), Ryan Ludwick (5), Jair Jurgens (2) & Justin Upton (10) to name a few to make the improvements to my team and win the league. I literally won my league that year by 9 RBI & 5 Wins. I won it be the skin of my teeth.
I know it's hard to trade great keepers but again there is no gurantee what anyone will do next year and beyond. Injuries happen, bad years happen, in NL only league a guy can get traded to the American League for instance. A lot can happen so when the opportunity arises Carpe Diem my friends.
Now having said that, you don't trade great keepers to slightly improve your team. You trade great keepers to signifcantly improve your team in the categories that can help you the most. So if your team is in that position this year, go for it. Because, like I said more times than not, the stars won't align for a championship. Take my team this year in my 12 team NL only league. I have 4 elite players in Tulowitzki, Hanley Ramirez, Dan Haren & Adam Wainwright. Only Wainwright is playing like an elite player. Throw in the fact Trevor Hoffman and my insurance policies of LaTroy Hawkins & Ryan Madson blew up & Dexter Fowler struggled and is now in the minors you can see how my team is looking at rebuilding for next year. Now all the players I mentioned are either great or at least good players and in terms of Hoffman I had insurance. It still did not work out. If those guys stats were what they did last year I would be challenging for 1st place this year. But that's not how it works unfortunately for me.
SEIZE THE DAY !!!!!!!!!!

Jose Tabata Quick Hit - Can help your team in SB, R & Average especially. Top 100 prospect for the least few years for the Pirates (part of Nady & Marte trade between the Yanks & Pirates) has hit a career .297 in 6 seasons in the minors, has 106 steals in that time (including 25 this year) however the power has yet to come as Tabata only has 29 HR in 6 minor league seasons. His power can still come and Tabata has always been considered a 5 tool prospect. For instance, Don Mattingly never hit more than 12 HR in a minor league season. Tabata can help your team and maybe be able to get him quietly through free agency as he has a lot less fanfare than Strasburg & Stanton.

NL King - C.Lizza

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

NL King - Stanton & Strasburg Make Season Debuts

I am going to make this a quick blog because those of you who have been reading my articles know I have written a lot about Mike Stanton & Stephen Strasburg since the winter time.

Washington Nationals' SP Stephen Strasburg went 94 pitches, gave up 2ER and collected an unbelievable 14 K's, including K's for the last 7 batters he faced in his major league debut Tuesday night!

Florida Marlins' OF Mike Stanton went 3 for 5 with two infield hits and 2 runs scored batting seventh in his debut.

Stanton has a huge power bat eventually will be a 4th place hitter. I think Florida will bat him lower in the order to ease the pressure but just a matter of time before he's their cleanup hitter. Scouts compare him to Dave Winfield, that's not bad for those of you old enough to remember big Dave as I am. Stanton played in 52 games in AA and had 21HR, 52RBI, 41R, 1SB, .311 Avg, .441 OBP, .726 SLG and also had 12 doubles and 2 triples.

Strasburg spent the first 2 months in the minors between AA & AAA. Strasburg in 11 starts had a 7-2 Record with a 1.30 ERA in 55 1/3 IP with 65K's. Strasburg had 0.80 Ratio, he walked just 13 batters and gave up just 31 hits in 55 1/3 IP. Everyone feels he will be one of the top starters in all of baseball over the next couple of years.

In terms of what to expect the rest of this year? Remember Strasburg is limited to 95 Innings the rest of the season that's it (15 starts). Also keep in mind these kids are kids. View those prospects through your free agency (or if you had them on your reserve lists) as great helpers to your team for the rest of 2010. If you get more than that that's fantastic just don't make the success of your team come down to Stanton & Strasburg. Remember Mickey Mantle and in recent years Roy Halladay had to be sent back down after early struggles their rookie year,

NL King - C.Lizza

Saturday, June 05, 2010

NL King - The Worm Can Turn

Hey guys, I feel your pain! So far my team has struggled the 1st two months for a variety of reasons that I won't bore you with. For all of you guys and gals out there who feel you have a good team but it's not showing so far, the worm can turn. As much as you have had a big player such as Dan Haren get off to a terrible start, the top teams could easily go through the same thing over the next two months. As much as you have been bitten by the injury bug, the same can happen to the top teams in your league. As much as the top teams in your league have been off to a crazy hot streak, same thing can happen to your team. I know it's very frustrating dealing with your fantasy teams sometimes but you need to keep the faith especially if you feel you have a good team on paper. The worm can turn so don't give up your team unless you honestly look at it and say this is a bad team. Keep the faith.

Stephen Strasburg will be up on June 8th to pitch against the Pirates. Strasburg will have an innings limit this year the major league level of 95ip. I would expect Strasburg to go between 5 to 6 innings most starts which will give an owner around 15 starts the rest of the year. Again expect a few wins, excellent K's and again he is a young pitcher with a lot of expectations on him , so if Strasburg pitched to a 3.60 ERA and a 1.30 Ratio that would be pretty good. So from an expectation level he can help obviously but just don't expect him to be an ace on day one. Anything can happen because Tim Lincecum was an ace on day one but that's very rare.

Word is it's only a matter of time before Mike Stanton is up with the Marlins (some time in June and probably sooner than later). With the way Cody Ross is playing hard to see him losing AB's. Chris Coghlan and Cameron Maybin will have to share AB's.

Shocking great starts to me are Scott Rolen (13HR - I thought he had a bad back that took away his power?), Jamie Garcia (was a good NL sleeper but a 1.32 ERA on 6/2?), Carlos Silva (7-0, 3.29 ERA, 1.17 Ratio, Seattle must be thrilled), Mike Pelfrey (8-1, 1 SV, 2.39 ERA, 1.24 Ratio, bounce back yes but pitching like an ace), Miguel Olivio & Johnny Gomes (HR's yes but the rest no), Kelly Johnson (Bounce back yes to this extent no), Ubaldo Jimenez (developing into ace yes but best start by SP in what like 50 years? No that's a shock!)

Shocking bad starts to me are Wandy Rodriguez (1-7 with a 5.29 ERA), Aramis Ramirez (hitting .162 on 6/2), Nate McLouth (hitting .179 could the Pirates have saw something?), Trevor Hoffman (11.65 ERA, down grade from last year yes say 30 saves and era around 4 but to go from a 1.83 ERA in 2009 to almost a 12 ERA in 2010 is shocking).

NL King - C.Lizza