Monday, March 26, 2007
Another Monday! Yay!
Hey everyone and welcome back to the work week. I have to admit that I left town Friday afternoon and got back later Sunday evening. I was actually about eight rounds late for my first fantasy draft of the year. Although, I was calling in my picks to a friend. Real quickly, it's a 5x5 mixed roto league, and here is how I did:
C - Joe Mauer, 1B - Derrick Lee, 2B - Rickie Weeks, 3B - Alex Gordon, SS - Derek Jeter, OF - Ichiro, Gary Sheffield, Nick Markakis, Jason Kubel and Chris Young, MI - Mark Derosa, CI - Kevin Youklis and Reservie - Dustin Pedroia.
My pitching staff consists of Diasuke Matsuzaka, Jeremy Bonderman, Matt Cain, Chris Capuano, Mike Pelfrey, Scott Olsen, Kei Igawa, Jeremy Sowers, and relievers, Eric Gagne and Bob Wickman.
Not a horrible team, I don't think, considering 1.) I have never been less prepared in my life for a fantasy draft and 2.) I didn't even show up on time! Maybe for those first-time fantasy baseball players, here are a couple of tips... 1.) be prepared, and 2.) be on time! See, this truly is an educational site!
What else happened over the weekend? Well, the Twins got beat pretty bad a couple of times. Someone asked me what my take on Ramon Ortiz getting touched up a bit yesterday would be. Well, honestly, it doesn't bother me. He has been good all spring, I'm not going to let one rough start dampen that. Personally, I have always liked Ortiz, back to his days with the Angels. I don't agree that it was a wise investment to give him $3.1 million based on his last couple of seasons, but I'm not down on him at all.
Pat Neshek gave up three runs on four hits and a walk. Am I worried about him? Not at all, in fact, I would argue that a rough spring outing is a good thing. Part of the job of a relief pitcher is to get over a bad outing. After a rough one, I'm sure the Twins will try to get Neshek back out there to see how he comes back from it.
Glen Perkins was sent down to the minor league camp. I'm sure he will begin the season at AAA Rochester. I really think that is best for his development. Remember that last year, he only went 4-11 at New Britain. I know, his ERA was a solid 3.91 and he had 131 strikeouts in 117.1 innings. He may be ready for the big leagues, but nothing from his 2006 numbers would indicate it, and to not make too much out of spring training, it is best to realize that he could use a little more time. Matt Garza, on the other hand, dominated each level that he was at, and I do believe that he is ready for the big leagues.
Mainly for today, I just wanted to write quick and apologize for not writing more. I would encourage you to peruse the Twins blogs listed on the left of the screen as many are very good. Here are a couple of other links if you would like.
Over at Baseball America, there is a Prospect article that includes comments on Jose Mijares (good and very bad), Matt Moses and Yohan Pino.
I must sleep, but again... feel free to enter Contest #2. There have been several entries over the weekend, and I expect more and more.
I will be back tomorrow, hopefully with something a lot more impressive! have a great day!
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