Villain’s Bullets

Fantasy columns are often done in the bullet format.  I cannot think of a way to thematically weave my fantasy thoughts for the day into a single, flowing column.  Here are my thoughts: naked, free-flowing and sometimes random, but always helpful.

Troy Tulowitzki is a notoriously slow starter, but he’s hitting .300 this April.  Get ready for a monster year from Tulo, wouldn’t surprise me if he was up there with Hanley in the discussion for most valuable fantasy shortstop.

Closers are too erratic a commodity to be as valuable as they are in many fantasy leagues.  At the beginning of a week, a guy can be a nobody stuck in the free agent pool.  By the end of the week, he can be nearly untouchable on a fantasy team.  Just look at what’s happening with Alfredo Simon–and he plays for the Orioles for crying out loud.

The Providence Grays are finally starting to pitch better. Josh Beckett and Justin Verlander have recently had encouraging starts while Rich Harden has been nothing short of dominant tonight (no runs, .29 WHIP so far, 9 Ks) and I have made a few nice pickups that have been pitching well lately, including Doug Fister and Dallas Braden who should help stabilize bloated ratio stats.  The weakest part of my pitching staff is, without a doubt, Edwin Jackson.  He might get cut by my fantasy team now, or maybe after his next start.  He’s just bad.  Really bad.  Really, really bad.  (Look how honest I’m being right now, I could’ve tried to play up his value on the blog, but I’m telling everyone how bad he is, allowing his value to plummet).

Also, I’m not liking word from the Red Sox that Jacoby Ellsbury’s timetable for recovery is uncertain and will likely last a while. Broken ribs are never good, 4 of them seem especially bad. I know I need some steals and the sooner Ellsbury gets back, the better. Until then, here’s to hoping David Wright and Alex Rios keep up their stolen base paces and Ian Kinsler starts running sooner rather than later.

Livan Hernandez is not only one of the most experienced pitchers in baseball this year. He is also one of the best.

Livan Hernandez is impossible to figure out. Is he really this good? It’s not like he’s been going up against bad offenses on his way to accumulating ERAs and WHIPs below 1. He has gone up against Milwaukee, Colorado, the Mets and Cubs this year and given up a combined 3 runs. Insane.

Another video in a series of videos on Korean baseball antics, you’ve got to love how weird some of the stuff these guys do is:

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mojo Jojo on May 4, 2010 at 12:40 am

    …And you will still trade Edwin Jackson to someone in our league by the end of the week. And they’ll very likely read the blog.

    Also, gotta give my love to the newest addition to your Korean Baseball Video Series.


  2. This is not as special as the other video. Ben and I had a coach in baseball camp who threw like that all the time.


  3. […] by Collin in Uncategorized. Leave a Comment Closers, as I stated in yesterday’s post, are completely unreliable commodities.  Jonathan Papelbon is widely regarded as an elite […]


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