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A different start to the season

Well, with the first month of the season gone by, I'm doing better than the Twins, but that's not saying a whole heck of a lot. Unlike the Twins, who as Aaron Gleeman notes, combine a punchless offense with awful pitching and mediocre defense, I've got a decent offense and a good bullpen - but the starting pitching is really bad.

Usually I concentrate on pitching during the draft and wind up with a bunch of speedy high-average guys, which is completely unlike the sort of team I actually like where most guys hit pretty well with a little power and there's a couple of bashers on the team to drive them in.
This year was different - after finishing a miserable fifth last year, I decided to get a bunch of bashers first and leave the pitching to last.

So I did, and this is what I wound up with:
C Joe Mauer, Mike Lieberthal
1B David Ortiz
2B Jose Cantu,
3B Hank Blalock, Aubrey Huff
SS Bill Hall, Jason Bartlett
OF Lance Berkman, Brian Giles, Curtis Granderson, Kevin Mench, Dave Dellucci, Rocco Baldelli

SP Brad Radke, Tim Wakefield, Joe Blanton, Jeff Weaver, Scott Kazmir
RP Frank Rodriguez, Joe Nathan

Of course part of the problem here is that Cantu went on the DL almost immediately, and since Jason Bartlett is inexplicably wasting time in triple-A, I was short a second baseman for a couple of days until I managed to pick up the Pirates' Jose Castillo to fill in for a couple of days until I could get Carlos Guillen to play full-time at short and Matt Cuddyer to backstop Bill Hall as utilty infielder.

A bigger part of the problem is that my starters have just been hammered. Brad Radke, Jeff Weaver and Joe Blanton all have had their day in the barrel; Tim Wakefield, meanwhile, can't seem to buy a win, which leaves Scott Kazmir of the lowly D-Rays leading my rotation with a lordly three wins and 31 K's.

Well, it's a long season. Maybe Gardenhire will pull his head out of his ass and start playing Cuddyer instead of that billboard they presently have taking up space there. (The Animal should power-bomb this loser for disgracing the family name.) Maybe Curtis Granderson will start stealing a few bases. I just have to take it one day at a time.

But that's pretty hard when you get swept by the Tigers, for God's sake.

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zippychik
May. 3rd, 2006 12:31 am (UTC)
Hey, Wombat,
Shakey - Wakey, as he is affectionately called by his fans, won last night against the Yankees. Sweet. It was the first time I got to see the Sox's new reliever, Papelbon. He was pretty awesome. Too bad you didn't get him on your team, but who knew?

Thanks for the baseball geekery. I needed a fix. We got free tix to the SkyChiefs' game on Thursday. Unfortunately the weather forecast is cold and rainy. If we do end up going, it'll be my first game of the season.



wombat_socho
May. 4th, 2006 12:31 pm (UTC)
That's the problem with closers. You draft somebody you think has the job nailed down, and the manager decides to go with somebody else or the guy gets traded, and there you are.

I can't help wondering what happened to that kid two seasons ago who threw the knuckler for the Reds pretty well and then got traded to the Astros, never to be seen again. Seems to me the D-Rays or the Nats could have used somebody with a 4.50 ERA, even if he couldn't pitch in Coors Field.
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