Crystal Ball--MLB 2012
Posted on: May 22, 2012 1:36 am
This season so far is, well.... strange! Who would of thought that Albert Pujols' switch to the American league would take such a toll on his extremely good batting skills. But i have always said that each league has totally different pitching. It seems that American league pitchers seem to keep most pitches lower than their National league counterparts. The season is still young, but trouble seems to be plaguing the 32 year old slugger. The ball reads that this will be Da Machines worst season of his career trying to learn AL pitchers. Tim Lincecum seems to have lost his velocity on his most unhittable pitch, his fastball. Although he still strikes out alot of batters it seems like he tires quickly and he leaves way to many not-so-fast fastballs over the plate. I smell tommy johns. But im writing this post as always to get a good discussion going about some fantasy baseball (fantasy..like always). PITCHERS.... my favorite position. Is Brandon Beachy a top 5 MLB pitcher? I think so. He has excellent command and changes speeds very well. If i could get him for cheap, which at this point i will not, i would love it. As a matter of fact i recently tried trading Tim Lincecum for him. Its a bold trade especially if Timbo turns everything around but i really think something is bothering him. Edwin Encarnarcion, i actually was lucky to be able to grab him off waivers but i think he is a must have, must start player. With him being eligible for 1st and 3rd base which is a plus. Can David Wright and Carlos Beltran stay healthy? I dont know but if they can while staying red hot, they were awesome third and fourth round pick-ups. Heck, i got Beltran in the early sixth round. Mike Trout, Yoenis Cespedes, and Bryce Harper. These rookies were all hype at the beginning of the season and probably the most hyped players in recent years. The ball says to pick each and everyone of these ballplayers. Maybe the hype was right, and so far they have hit the nail on the head. All of them have good speed and power, and to top it all each one is good defenders. Adam Jones. Need i say more. If somehow you can pry him from your opponets cold fingers, the ball says this is the AL MVP this season. He is the Ryan Braun/Matt Kemp of the American league. With alot of injuries so far the waiver wire has been bustling. One of the better prospects was the Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz. A pleasant surprise especially at a weak position. A.J. Ellis and J.P.Arencipia(spelling?idk), two catchers that deserve a look especially at a weak position. James McDonald, each week he has produced near 20 points. In my book thats exactly what you need to win games. I have recently picked him up to replace an already injured Daniel Hudson and a recently injured Neftali Feliz. So far i fared well with him in the starting rotation,so far, so good. Well tahts it for now and im hoping some readers will add a few questions and observations on what players should be added, dropped, or forgotten altogether (Mark Reynolds).