Tag:Angel Pagan
Posted on: April 17, 2008 10:55 am
Edited on: April 17, 2008 12:34 pm

Fantasy Baseball Blues

I hungered. I waited. Sat by the calender just begging for opening day. Gotta remember to be careful what I wish for. One of my leagues is a rather large 16 team, head to head salary cap keeper league with a unique scoring system that has been running for years. You can carry 7 bench guys and 7 minor leaguers. Before the season started I felt rather confident. 



Anchored with a staff that included CC Sabathia, Josh Beckett,  and Oliver Perez. I figured I was safe having a collection of Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, Orlando Hernandez, Randy Wolf, John Danks, and Braden Looper for my 4th SP slot. Allowed 2 RP's. Mine are: Billy Wagner and Takashi Saito.

While this collection isn't exactly awe inspiring, I figured (like most people would) that since I only have to start 4 guys that having, CC, Josh, and Oli as my top 3 was a great start and that I had enough with the others for that 4th slot. We're into week 3 right now and lets just say I have had to keep sharp objects at a distance. Sabathia has been just dreadful. Beckett started on the DL along with Randy Johnson who was shortly followed by Pedro Martinez. I went from confidence to sheer terror. My relief was the one area I figured I wouldn't have to tool with all season. Through 2.5 weeks, Billy Wagner got his first save opportunity (and save) last night and Saito has only been good for 1 save (and a win).



I figured at the early part of week one that my bats would come to my rescue. They included: Geovany Soto, Carlos Delgado, Kelly Johnson, Michael Young, Garrett Atkins, Alfonso Soriano, Ichiro Suzuki, Andre Ethier, Richie Sexson, Angel Pagan, Jeff Keppinger, and Ryan Ludwick.

Needless to say, I dont think I need to go into the heartburn express my digestive track has gone through. Alfonso Soriano has been sickening. Ichiro got off to a very slow start. Delgado has been just OK but hasn't been [roducing anything (you can add Sexson to that same tag). The couple of bright spots on my roster have been sitting on my bench in faovr of others (who would bench Soriano over Ethier coming into the season? and I have no place to put Keppinger).



I have started the season on an 0-8 tear (we play 4 head to head matchups a week) and am looking at going into next week with an outfield that includes 2 backups (I have to flip a coin over Ludwick or Pagan for right field and Ethier is gonna have to man LF for Soriano's disabled butt). A slumpin Michael Young and the rest of my half asleep roster. Do I start the extremely horrible CC for the 2 starts next week? Hows about Beckett? The way this week is stacking up, I might be looking at going 2-2 if Im lucky which would put me at 2-10 on the season. There is absolutely nothing even halfway decent available on the free agent/waiver wire market (due to extremely knowledgable owners and 16 teams). My team has been a contender every year I've been in the league but nothing looks good on the horizon and I am stuck in the fantasy baseball blues.

Posted on: April 14, 2008 9:23 am

Rangers Drop One/Mets Disappoint

Rangers let one slip by last night as the Devils won it in overtime. Not at all concerned though as I've been saying all along, Rangers win in 5. As with the 1 victory the devils managed to pull out this season against us, it didn't happen in regulation time and the Rangers will bounce back quickly

As for the Mets well, it was not a good weekend at all. No win from Johan on Saturday and while Oliver Perez pitched like garbage yesterday, the Mets failed to capatilize. Repeatedly leaving men on base in scoring position was the theme of the day. More and more as I watch this team I keep asking myself, "When will the 2008 Mets show up?". All we have seen so far is the September 2007 version of the Mets. Playing with no life and making the simple goof play. Angel Pagan continues to rake but with the losses piling up it isn't going to matter unless this team can turn things around. We've got the Nationals for 3 coming up this week so that would seem to be a good place to start. Paul LoDuca continues to have diarrhea of the mouth so it could make for an interesting series but this is definately one that the Mets should take.

Posted on: April 12, 2008 4:09 am
Edited on: April 12, 2008 4:47 am

Figueroa Comes Through

Nelson Figueroa pitched went 6 strong as the Mets made it 3 in a row on Friday night and get our Mets above the .500 mark. All around good story for Figueroa who spent last season pitching for what seemed like eveyone on the planet.

The Good: 

Angel Pagan continued his tear by picking up another 2 hits along with his tenth rbi.

Aaron Heilman got through the 8th inning which gave Billy Wagner his 1st save opportunity this season. Wags then proceeded to breeze through the 9th for the save.

The Bad:

Well at least not for us anyway, the Brewers looked just plain bad on the field. Fielder lets one go right by him early in the game while Gabe Gross booted one and Jason Kendall threw one away. In their defense (or lack thereof), you've got guys playing out of position and I dont see exactly how they are supposed to fix a broken wheel when they dont have the tools.

The Ugly:

Jose Reyes, after going 0-3 to keep his average just a touch over the .200 mark, pulls up lame with tightness in his hamstring and at best wont play in Saturdays game with Johan on the mound. I can only hope that this is a minor thing and that he can start to get things turned around. If we are going to succeed this season we will need a healthy and productive Reyes.

Saturdays game: Gonna be a good pitching matchup as Johan Santana (1-1) takes on Ben Sheets (1-0). We are probably gonna have Jose Reyes out, with Damion Easely filling in at SS, but other than that our lineup should be the same. Who knows what configuration the Brewers will go with on the field as Braun played LF yesterday but pitching duel aside, our Mets should pull this one out as well.

Now on to Hockey.

Rangers got another one last night and took down the Devils 2-1 to take a 2-0 lead in the series (which I again repeat, will not go past 5 games). Lundqvist was stellar behind goal again while Jagr and Avery provided the offense with a 23 second flury in the 3rd period. Sunday night I look for us to take a 3-0 lead.

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