Tag:Randy Wolf
Posted on: January 14, 2009 6:40 am

Omar plays with market, it plays him

Now that we have lost out on Derek Lowe to the Braves, Omar has to step things up and bring in Oliver Perez.

While I like Ben Sheets and Randy Wolf, I have always wanted them brought in as possible back of the rotation starters due to their injury risk. Omar really dropped the ball by waiting for the market to expand on Lowe and now we have no choice but to sign Perez to be our 3rd/4th starter.

If Omar would have just been more aggresive from the start with Lowe (I am not saying he should have gave in to the 4th year but maybe offer more money than the rumored 3/$36 million dollar offer and an option for the 4th), Lowe would probably be ours now. Instead, we continue to read now about fallback option after fallback option.

I won't debate the positives and negatives of Perez. We've been doing that all season. The only fact that remians at this point is that regardless of what my ulcer may go through with Perez on the mound at any given time, he is the healthiest and best option still available. Omar cannot wait until this market expands as he did for Lowe. Teams like the Dodgers have pitching needs as well and the money to spend. Get a move on now Omar.  

Posted on: January 8, 2009 7:29 am

Mets have got to move faster

Now that it appears the Red Sox are on the verge of adding John Smoltz (along with Rocco Baldelli, whom I would have loved to have seen in a Mets uniform), I have to wonder whether this is going to affect our trying to sign Derek Lowe.

The Braves definately have the money to add starting pitching (they have tried all winter to trade for Jake Peavy and we're in on the bidding of $80 mil to A.J. Burnett) and now that it appears that John Smoltz is ready to jump ship, I just cannot see the Braves going with a rotation that features Jair Jurrjens, Javier Vasquez,  Jorge Campillo, Charlie Morton and Jo-Jo Reyes, with Tim Hudson out until likely late in the summer. Tom Glavine is also unlikely to return even more so now that Smoltz is gone.

The Mets really need to hurry up and lock up another starting pitcher whether it be Lowe, Oliver Perez, Randy Wolf, whomever and quick because Atlanta could easily swoop in and take 2 of the guys we are currently looking at. 

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.

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