Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:07 pm

2012 A Season Full of Questions

I have not posted a blog in awhile but here goes nothing...

Now that we are only 2 weeks away from the Super Bowl, pitchers and catchers are just around the corner.  I see this upcoming baseball season as an exciting one, with many big name stars changing teams and many younger players coming into their own and claiming the starting spots.  There are also many questions to be answered and here are a few that come to mind:

Will the 2012 Marlins be the baseball powerhouse that some predict or will they be the new version of the Bronx Zoo?
Can the Cardinals hope to excel in the NL Central when they lost their manager, pitching coach, and the best player in the game?
Can the Brewers absorb the loss of Fielder forever and Braun for the first 50 games if he is suspended?
What will the Angels do with Mark Trumbo and Kendry Morales now that Albert is aboard?
How good can Yu Darvish be after Nolan Ryan gets his hands on him this spring?
Where will the Nationals really end up in the standings if their large crop of young players...Espinosa, Ramos, Strasburg, Zimmerman, Desmond and Morse were one year wonders...and is Jason Werth up for a rebound?
How do the Braves stack up when three fifths of their starting rotation are questionable due to injury and they can't seem to hit?
Can the Yankees go into the season with confidence when the left side of their infield is a combined 75 years old with injury history and no one to back them up?
Can Don Mattingly push the Dodgers to greater heights when two of his three blue chips...Loney, Ethier...have lost their sparkle and their rotation after Kershaw has no sparkle at all?

These questions and 100 more should make for a great season...I am sure there will be tons of surprises in the standings and I will bet you will see some big names continue to be moved as the season goes on...Hold on for the ride!!!...Wink
Category: MLB
Posted on: July 12, 2011 5:14 pm

David Wright...Can He Come "BACK"?


  I don't see any team offering anything near what the true value of Wright is and the Mets would be foolish to believe that he can't come back and trade him for less than he is worth.  I hope he can overcome this injury and be productive to his previous level,  After all he is only 29 years old and should have plenty left to offer for the next 8-10 years.  My only fear with back injuries comes from looking at two players that had their careers cut short and/or found their ability level diminished.

Mike Bossy had to retire at 30 years old due to back injuries.  He tried to take off a year to rest his back after playing only 63 games in the 1986-87 season, but he could not come back.  Bossy scored over 50 goals per season for 9 consecutive seasons with the Islanders from 1977-1986 (still a record) and was one of the premier players in hockey during his career.

Darryl Strawberry hurt his back in 1992 and although most realize that off the field issues led to his overall downfall, his power numbers and ability to play a full season were greatly diminished by the back injury.  After 9 consecutive seasons of at least 26 HRs, Strawberry only hit 28 HRs over the next 6 seasons after he hurt his back.  He did not play more than 63 games in a season for those 6 seasons and it is remarkable that he was able to hit 24 HRs in 1998 with the Yankeesin 101 games at age 36.  


Joe Montana also had a serious back injury in the first week of the 1986 season.  He had a spinal disc injury, surgery, and his doctor recommended that he retire from football.  He was able to come back that year and although he palyed only 8 games, he was able to play that year, and for the next and for 6 of the next 8 years at Pro Bowl level and still have a Hall of Fame career. Montana beat all the odds and is the exception to the rule.  

Hopefully, Wright will come back and have the remainder of what seemed to be shaping up as a Hall of Fame career himself.
Posted on: July 11, 2011 3:20 pm

2011 First Half Winners and Losers

We have now reached the All Star break and I wanted to put out a quick list of some who did and some who didn't in the first half.  I will separate by AL and NL in the first block and then list my picks for all of baseball.

Biggest Surprise AL

Cleveland Indians... 47-42 at the break and only 1/2 game out of first place...34-54 last year at the break and a 93 loss season.
Hitter- Asdrubal of the main reasons for the Indians success...14 HR/53 RBI/.293 after only moderate stats in 2010.
Pitcher- Josh Beckett... many people thought he was done last year after only 6 wins and a 5.78 ERA... 8-3 with a 2.27 ERA/0.95 WHIP

Biggest Disappointment AL- Adam Dunn...9 HRs and a .160 BA...WHAT HAPPENED?

Biggest Surprise NL

 Pittsburgh Pirates...47-43 at the break and only 1 game out...A team without a winning record since 1992
Hitter- Lance Berkman...after only 14 HRs and a .248 BA last year, Berkman has been great this year with 24 HRs/63 RBIs at the break.
Pitcher- Joel Hanrahan...A big part of the Pirates success, Hanrahan has 26 Saves/ 1.34 ERA/0.92 WHIP after only 6 saves last year.

Biggest Disappointment NL- Ubaldo Jimenez... 4 Wins and a 4.14 ERA...Where is the guy that won 19 games last year??

MLB BEST HITTER- This was a tough one with Jose Reyes hitting .354/30 SB and Adrian Gonzalez batting .354/77 RBI not to mention the great first half by Matt Kemp with a line of 22 HR/67 RBI/27 SB/.313 BA, but the winner has to be:


MLB BEST PITCHER- This one seemed a bit easier for me although Weaver and Sabathia have had great first halves, I have to pick:

Justin Verlander-he has been dominant this year with a great line of 12 W/ 147 Ks/ 2.15 ERA/ 0.87 WHIP and a No-Hitter.

MLB BEST TEAM- Boston Red Sox...They don't have the best record at the half but, after the horrible start, they are 55-35 with a 6 game winning streak and 9 wins in their last 10 going into the break.



Posted on: June 20, 2011 6:29 pm

Waiver Wire Follow Up

I chose 4 players last week on my last posting to pick up from the Free Agent pool if available.  Let's see how I did:

J.J. Hardy- .321 BA  2 HR  5 RBI

Ty Wigginton- .368 BA  1 HR  4 RBI

Delmon Young- .294 BA  0 HR  2 RBI

Ryan Ludwick- .182 BA  1 HR  7  RBI

None of my choices really had a slam bang week like:

Mike Morse- .375 BA  3 HR  7 RBI

...but none of them went down the drain either.

I would definitely stick with these four over the next few weeks as I see them continuing to be productive.

Another good pick up, if available, is Marco Scutaro as he is starting to heat up.  He has a good chance for numbers this week as the Red Sox face the Padres at home and the Pirates in Pittsburgh.  Since coming off of the DL, he has raised his average from .236 to .278 and Boston is a hot team right now.

My pitching pick for the week is Madison Bumgarner as he has two starts at home against the Twins and Indians.  Bumgarner has had 2 quality starts in the last 14 days with a 2.07 ERA  1.07 WHIP and  13 Ks.


BRAD Wink 
Posted on: June 12, 2011 2:35 pm

Raiding the Waiver Wire in Fantasy Baseball

One of the biggest challenges during the Fantasy Baseball season often produces the biggest rewards.  Tracking free agent position players and grabbing them from the waiver wire as they get hot can provide you with the points to make you a league winner.  Last year the rewards were provided by players like John Buck, Kelly Johnson, Alex Gonzalez, and Angel Pagan were probably available in most leagues after the initial draft and each provided significant offensive stats to help their owners.  Buck hit 20 HRs, Johnson hit 26 HRs, Gonzalez hit 23, and Pagan hit .297 with 37 SBs.  Good stats for players that were an afterthought on many well prepared draft sheets.  This year there have also been some players that were given the brush off on draft day and put up the numbers worthy of the starting lineup.  Asdrubal Cabrera and Michael Morse are prime examples and were not drafted in most leagues but they have put up good numbers to date.  Morse is hitting .299 with 10 HRs and 36 RBIs and Cabrera has been off the charts with 12 HRs 42 RBIs and a .296 AVG. 

With all of this said, now it's time for me to put in my TWO CENTS WORTH, as the blog is aptly named.  Her is a list of 4 players that should be available on most Waiver Wires and are primed for the taking with good results expected.

Ty Wigginton- Given the every day job by the Rockies in a great hitters park, Super Ty is eligible at muti positions and lets not forget that he hit 22 HRs last year when given the opportunities. He is hitting .318 over the last 2 weeks and hitting .282 at Coors Field this year.

J J Hardy- Hardy has been moved to the top of the lineup by Buck Showalter and that should produce excellent stats with a good hitting lineup including Scott, Markakis, Jones, and Reynolds hitting behind him.  Hardy has been stinging the ball as of late as he is batting .472 with 4 HRs, 7 RBIs, and 11 runs scored over the last 14 days.

Delmon Young-  It is hard to believe that a player that hit .298 with 21 HRs and 112 RBIs could be on the free agent list but Young has had a nightmare first half so far as injuries have compromised his playing time.  He is starting put up his expected numbers lately with a .370 average and 5 RBIs over the last 7 days.  Jump on this one quick!

Ryan Ludwick- May be a bit late on this one as Ludwick has been pounding the ball for the last month with a .360 average and 20 RBIs in the last 30 days.  Over the last 14 days, he has really stepped it up with a .408 average.  The HR numbers are not there and I guess Petco Park is the reason for that.  He is still available on many league free agent lists.

I did not include pitchers in this list and maybe I will do so in some of my future entries.


Posted on: June 10, 2011 4:04 pm

New York Mets...Buyers or Sellers?

The New York Mets have put themselves in a precarious position as we approach the middle of June.  In my opinion, June 15th has always been a good measuring stick of whether or not your team will go anywhere this season.  As we draw closer to this date, The Mets find themselves 2 games under .500 and 6 games behind the Phillies in the East.  This has been accomplished despite the following factors:

1) There is no #1 pitcher on the team.  In fact, they have 5 pitchers that would rate #4 or #5 on every team in baseball.
2) Key injuries to David Wright, Ike Davis, Angel Pagan, Johann Santana, and Chris Young have prevented Terry Collins from fielding what should be his regular squad.
3) Jason Bay has been a total bust this year and Carlos Beltran, although he has played well and with a lot of guts could go down at any moment.
4) The bullpen has spit the bit on far too many occasions, causing losse in 7 games where they had the lead in the 7th inning or later.

With all of this said, it becomes very clear that the next few weeks are the make or break period for my favorite team in sports.  Can the Mets put themselves into a good position by continuing to play good defense and display good SP as they have in the last 2 weeks, or will the walls come down like they did after the All-Star break last year?  Even if they are in a good position at the trading deadline, will the Mets financial problems prevent them from going after the prize this year?

How the rest of the season plays out is the big question out there right now as many GMs around the league feel that the Mets will be the big sellers at the deadline....HERE IS ONE FAN THAT HOPES NOT!!

Just my two cents worth...Brad  Wink
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