NL Only fantasy baseball leagues took a hit last week the number one National League player for the last 10 years is now gone from NL only leagues. How good is King Albert Pujols? Well 2011 was probably his worst stat year and he still went 37HR, 99RBI, 105R, 9SB with a .299 Avg. Pujols turns 32 in January so there was no reason to believe he had at least another four years of huge numbers ahead of him.
As I mentioned in my last article, the hitting numbers in the NL are going down, down, down. Losing the premiere hitter in the NL does not help things. This puts more of a premium on NL hitters such as Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Ryan Braun, Joey Votto, Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzski to name a few. For NL only leagues I don't even want to think about the possibility of Prince Fielder leaving for the American League. Sounds like at minimum both the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners in play for Fielder. I have also heard the Baltimore Orioles.
In terms of what the Cardinals might do in reaction to this, well the simply answer could be they sign Prince Fielder to replace Pujols. Fielder is five years younger and is a huge power bat himself. If they don't want to pay the kind of dollars it will take to sign Prince, the Cardinals could move Lance Berkman to 1B and sign an outfielder such as Carlos Beltran and Jimmy Rollins at Shortstop. So get two good hitters and make the lineup longer.
At the end of day, it's a sad day for NL only leagues.
NL King - C.Lizza @ TheNLKing