Archive for April, 2009

Japanese Fantasy Baseball?

Posted in News with tags , , , on April 26, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

Let’s get something straight America…fantasy baseball is big in Japan, too. Actually, I’m not real sure if fantasy baseball is big for the Japanese. I do know that Tuffy Rhodes, an American playing pro ball in Japan, just hit his 450th homerun against the Nippon Ham Fighters. Yes, the Nippon Ham Fighters. That’s pretty crazy.

Tsuyoshi Shinjo wears masks and does other crazy things before games when hes warming up. (This is an actual mask - this is not an enhanced photo.)

Tsuyoshi Shinjo wears masks and does other crazy things before games when he's warming up. (This is an actual mask - this is not an enhanced photo.)

What else is crazy? This guy. It’s Tsuyoshi Shinjo warming up before a game against the Yomiuri Giants at the Sapporo Dome. This guy is apparently known for his pregame antics and routines. I’d love to see Randy Johnson pull this off.

Leave it to the Japanese to put their twist on fantasy baseball. I’m not sure if I like their version better, but I’m definitely interested.
By the way, if you’re in a Japanese fantasy baseball league, then you need to pick up Yu Darvish. That’s about all I’ve got on that one.

Pedro the National?

Posted in Uncategorized on April 26, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

Well, I don’t think the Nats are going to give Pedro $5 million a year to play…they just can’t afford it. If Pedro comes down a bit and takes less money, would he have any fantasy value in Washington?

Pedro wants $5 million a year, but the Nats have other numbers in mind

Pedro wants $5 million a year, but the Nats have other numbers in mind

Hey, the Nationals have at least proven they have the ability to win a game on any given day. So, if Pedro comes along to the Nationals, does he carry any real fantasy value with him?

Last year he had a 5.61 ERA in 20 starts for the Mets, so it’s not looking like he’s going to bring too much fantasy value. In the WBC he pitched 6 scoreless innings. Promising? Or is it just a ticket to a couple million dollars for one more year of pointing up and thanking the clouds, or the sun, or maybe it’s just the brim of his jerry-curl-juice-stained ball cap.

I don’t think there’s much value here with Pedro, no matter where he goes. And word is that the Angels are also interested in the guy. Don’t get me wrong – I’m not going to say that I’d never pick him up on a Sunday morning when I’m down by 2 or 3 wins and 15 K’s and I need to take a chance. Other than that, I’m staying away from the guy.

It All Comes Down to Sunday

Posted in Strategy on April 26, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

If you’re like me and you’re more into Head2Head leagues, then you know how important Sundays can be. Personally, I find myself grabbing starting pitchers and piling on the numbers. Maybe you think that’s a bad idea, but it’s my strategy and I rarely can control myself.

These guys were available and so I picked them up…

Kenshin Kawakami ATL
Aaron Laffey CLE
Ross Ohlendorf PIT

There were some others available, but this is who I wanted. I had already picked up Kawakami and Laffey earlier in the week, just for Sunday…but Ohlendorf, I grabbed him last night in a fit of nervousness.

Hey, I’ve picked them up, so you might as well if you still can.

Volquez Gone Wild

Posted in News with tags , on April 25, 2009 by cuzitsmybday
Volquez beaned Yunel Escobar and walked in two runs last night against the Braves.

Volquez beaned Yunel Escobar and walked in two runs last night against the Braves.

I knew I cut Volquez for a reason. His overall numbers last year by the end of the season were pretty good and the potential seems to be there for a nice season this year, but he can be so wild and sporadic that I’m not sure if he’s worth it.

He’s the kind of pitcher you watch throw 10 Ks with a 2.30 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP from the bench because he lost your trust in his last start. So, his next start comes along and you feel like you can’t bench him and he does you in again.

He started out hot against the Braves and I was kicking myself, but the wheels fell off and he gave up his own lead without ever giving up a hit. Then Frenchy Francouer broke up the no-no with a solo shot and I felt good again about dumping the guy.

He might be worth holding onto, but if you’re like me and you pile up your SPs and keep a constant flow of daily matchups rolling through your lineup, then I’d just dump him. You never know who you’re going to get.

Greinke gets the CG SO

Posted in News with tags , , on April 25, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

Well, I was wrong. I feared the Tigers would take their .295 BA against Greinke and tear him up. Little did I know that he really is the real deal. Nine-thousand Royals fans can’t be wrong. Maybe they’ll be fighting for the division by the end of it all. Just goes to show you that sometimes even the numbers don’t tell the whole story.

Edison Volquez Walking in Runs

Posted in Rant on April 24, 2009 by cuzitsmybday

Right now, Volquez has walked 5 in one inning. He’s still pitching a no-no but two runs have come in because of his control. He’s thrown 85 pitches and the 4th is now over.

This could end up being one of those situations where a pitcher throws a no-no and loses. Well, that’s not going to happen here, but it’s still pretty odd to see.

I dropped him from my team last week. I had it with the spaghetti-haired WHIP crusher. Somebody snatched him right up and then I wondered if I had made the wrong move. His K’s are there, but he walks a ton and the Reds can’t hit. After this game is over, I have the feeling Volquez will be all over the waiver wire.

Happy Birthday Chipper Jones

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on April 24, 2009 by cuzitsmybday
Happy Birthday Chip Chip!

Happy Birthday Chip Chip!

Hey buddy, it’s your birthday! You’re 37!

You bat .500 on your special day!

The Braves are 8-1 on Chip Chip’s birthday, so that means you need to bench Volquez and start Vazquez, obviously.

Kidding of course, it’s the Braves…don’t bench Volquez.