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

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