Monday, October 1, 2007

Bronze Bombshell

Yes folks, once again I earned a fantasy baseball trophy, my skills unrivaled except by those with more skill. This year I only placed third, but third is still better than fourth, or last. Here are my top players, for the hell of it:

Draft Pick - Hitter
Best: Chipper Jones (Atl - 3B), drafted 8th - 134 G, 108 R, 173 H, 29 HR, 102 RBI, 5 SB, .337 AVG, .425 OBP
Runner-up: Ken Griffey Jr. (Cin - OF) drafted 23rd - 144 G, 78 R, 146 H, 30 HR, 93 RBI, 6 SB, .277 AVG, .372 OBP

Pick up - Hitter
Best: Carlos Pena (TB - 1B) - 148 G, 99 R, 138 H, 46 HR, 121 RBI, 1 SB, .282 AVG, .411 OBP
Runner-up: Brad Hawpe (Col - OF) - 151 G, 80 R, 150 H, 29 HR, 116 RBI, 0 SB, .292 AVG, .386 OBP

Draft Pick - Starting Pitcher
Best: Cole Hamels (Phi), drafted 7th - 183.1 IP, 15 W, 5 L, 2 CG, 177 K, 3.39 ERA, 1.12 WHIP
(Very Close) Runner-up: Roy Halladay (Tor), drafted 1st - 225.1 IP, 16 W, 7 L, 7 CG, 139 K, 3.71 ERA, 1.24 WHIP

Pick up - Starting Pitcher
Best: Tim Lincecum (SF) - 146.1 IP, 7 W, 5 L, 0 CG, 150 K, 4.00 ERA, 1.28 WHIP
Runner-up: Shaun Marcum (Tor) - 159.0 IP, 12 W, 6 L, 0 CG, 122 K, 4.13 ERA, 1.25 WHIP

Draft Pick - Relief Pitcher (also the Francisco Squad)
Best: Francisco Cordero (Mil), drafted 12th - 63.1 IP, 44 SV, 86 K, 2.98 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 0 W, 4 L
Runner-up: Francisco Rodriguez (LAA), drafted 4th - 67.1 IP, 40 SV, 90 K, 2.81 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 5 W, 2 L

Pick up - Relief Pitcher
Manny Corpas (post-ASB) - 34.0 IP, 17 SV, 25 K, 1.59 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 1 W, 0 L

Best (only) Trade
Brett Myers for Jake Westbrook (drafted 21st)

As you can see, I heavily favored pitchers in the early part of my draft. I don't think I need to be so pitcher-conscious next season, especially since I went from drafting one closer last year to getting a whole boatload this season. I need to find some relief moderation. And let's be honest, Halladay is good but not 1st round good.

Well, anyway, my skill for picking out unexpected hot players from free agency helped balance out my draft muffs (although that Griffey pick was pure genius), and in the end, I won something, which is the most important lesson and goal of sports (even fake sports).

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