This is exactly why I prefer to draft my fantasy baseball teams as close to opening day as possible. The time in between the end of the draft and the start of the season is just so annoying. First, I look over my roster and kind of like it. An hour later, I stare at it some more before realizing that the squad isn’t nearly as good as I thought it was. There are weaknesses everywhere. What was I thinking? Was I even awake during the draft? But the next day, the team looks pretty good. It’s a continuous roller coaster of emotions until opening day, when those emotions can finally be re-directed towards actual player performance as opposed to hunches. Thankfully, we don’t have to wait much longer before the games that count begin, and I’m curious to see how my Mixed Tout Wars team stacks up against the competition. Now listen, I’m generally an optimist, and I was upbeat on Tuesday when I wrote this full draft review, but the past few days have been filled with doom and gloom. I know, I’m probably overreacting, but here a few of the players who I’m now a bit concerned about.
Freddie Freeman – Still a fan of the Braves’ first sacker, and he is just 24 years old, but maybe last season’s .319 AVG (and .396 OBP) was a fluke being that his BABIP was an unsustainable .371. I need him to be an OBP anchor, so this could be a problem. Oh, and he’s yet to reach the 25-home run plateau.
Jose Altuve – Cleanup? Are you kidding me? I’ve never seen a 5’5” cleanup hitter before, so this is somewhat amusing. What would it mean for Altuve’s stolen base total? I drafted him for his steals, not his RBI. So no, seven homers, 75 RBI and 15 steals will not work for me. Hopefully, the Astros abandon this crazy idea.
Asdrubal Cabrera – What exactly makes me so sure that Asdrubal is in line for a bounce back campaign? Take away his 2011 career season and we’re looking at an average big league shortstop. Maybe the real Asdrubal Cabrera is the 2013 version, the one who put up a rather mediocre stat line. If that turns out to be the case, I would’ve been better off throwing 12 auction dollars out the window.
Nelson Cruz – I couldn’t escape spring training without some sort of injury to one of my new players, and a beaning is never a good thing. It sounds like Cruz is OK though, but I didn’t quite realize how bad his OBP has been over the past few years. As a whole, my team’s projected OBP is terrible.
Chris Carter – The good news is that Carter can hit home runs. The bad news is that he has a lot of trouble making contact with the baseball, which translates to a woeful batting average. The good news is that his walk rate is decent, so he isn’t as much of a liability in an OBP league. The bad news is that he’s struggled mightily this spring, and if he continues to have so much trouble making contact with the baseball, the Astros might explore other options and relegate Carter to platoon duty. I’m not looking forward to dealing with this situation…at all.
Matt Dominguez – Another Astros hitter? Three Astros hitters? That’s too many. Well, at least I’ll get to watch all of them on live TV when they open the regular season against the Yankees on Tuesday night. Now that’s something to look forward to!
Alcides Escobar – Talk about a low OBP. Escobar’s OBP last season was a laughable .259. No, that’s not a typo. And I’ve just about clinched a last place finish in OBP. But if Alcides gives me 30 steals, I can stomach it.
Doug Fister – First, it was elbow inflammation. Then it was a minor lat strain that was expected to sideline Fister for the first week or two of the season. Now it’s a lat strain that could cost him the entire month of April. Great. Just great.
Dan Haren – Let’s see, we have a 33-year-old pitcher coming off the two worst seasons of his big league career. But his WHIP is still useful and he finished 2013 strong. Even if this doesn’t work out, I can’t fault myself too much for shelling out a mere five bucks to get Haren, though I’ll probably fault myself anyway.
Alright, time to take a break from dissecting my roster. I’ll look at it again later tonight, and probably six, eight, 12 times between now and Sunday night at 8:05 PM ET. And I’ll probably change my mind a few more times before then.
The suspense is unbearable.