I abhor talking about fantasy sports. I love playing them, and enjoy partaking in both a fantasy football and fantasy baseball league each season, but I see little merit in talking about fantasy sports in a public medium. That being the case, I’m going to contradict myself right away and say a few words about it, mainly because the Sox and Twins have decided to stay in tonight (and rightfully so, considering the low is predicted to be 19 degrees with 25-30 MPH winds coming in off the lake).
The league I joined this year features 14 of us bloggers here on MLBlogs. It’s a neat concept, and so far in my week 1 matchup I’m leading Corey Hart for MVP (link unavailable, I can’t find his blog link so please inform me!) 16-10. I think I have a pretty good offensive lineup, with Posada catching, Cuddyer and Garciaparra splitting time at first base, Josh Barfield at 2nd, the Baltimore tandem of Mora and Tejada at third and short respectively, and Josh Willingham, Milton Bradley, and Ichiro Suzuki in the outfield (with Garret Anderson coming off the bench in case one of them falters). As a utility man I have White Sox 2B Tadahito Iguchi. In addition to Anderson coming off the bench, I also have Brandon Inge, Kenny Lofton, and Nick Johnson (mainly to hold for when he comes off of the DL).
I think the offense is solid – a good mixture of contact hitters and power hitters to provide good coverage in all the statistical areas. There are a couple of stretches (Willingham and Barfield the most obvious examples) but having strong backups in those areas means that I can afford to make a small gamble.
Pitching might be a slightly bigger question, as I have Johan Santana, Jake Peavy, Felix Hernandez, Jeremy Bonderman, and Tim Wakefield as my starters. For relievers, my corps includes K-Rod, Bobby Jenks, Matt Capps, and Pat Neshek. The spare pitchers I have on the roster include Scott Olsen (Florida) and Darren Oliver. Off the bench, I have Cliff Lee (holding on the DL for now), Mike Hampton (another hold), Jermaine Van Buren, Kason Gabbard, and Humberto Sanchez. I don’t have a lot of depth so I still have a few moves to make but I want to see how the roster shakes out for the first couple of weeks of the season. So far, so good.
Here’s hoping for warmer weather tomorrow (or at least more manageable weather for tomorrow’s game!).