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Fantasy Sports

Now, some of you may know that fantasy baseball, to me, is a fun game that is a great way to make your baseball dreams come true.  But it’s nothing more than that.  It’s a game, nothing more.  Now, I have made several rants on how I have a huge pet peeve over people who follow baseball, or whatever other sport, just to see how their fantasy team is doing.  I mean, c’mon.  That’s not why people love baseball.  There are so many hypocrites out there that say they are baseball fans but only follow the sport to make sure their fantasy team wins.  I hate that so much.

Well, I couldn’t think of anything else to write so I figured I would just talk about this.  So, here we go.  I myself love to play fantasy sports.  It’s just fun.  I love to make up my own team and manage it like I would if it was a professional team.  But I still follow the game of baseball as a fan of the Yankees and not just as a fan of whoever is on my team.  Whether or not I have any Yankee players on my team, I will still love the Yankees.  As goes for Curtis Granderson or Ryan Braun or David Wright.  I am still a true baseball fan whether or not I play fantasy.  I play fantasy baseball, football, basketball, and hockey.  But that’s pretty much it.  I have fun with it and I usually don’t play in competitive leagues.  Usually just casual.  I figured I’d show you some of my teams.

Here’s one of my two baseball teams that I enjoy following more than the other.  I am currently in sixth place out of ten, mostly because of injury problems.  But here it is.

Team Name: The Silver Sluggers

C: Mike Napoli (LAA)

1B: Kevin Youkilis (Bos)

2B: Chase Utley (Phi)

3B: Emilio Bonifacio (Fla)

SS: Alexei Ramirez (CWS)

OF: Jermaine Dye (CWS)

OF: Jason Bay (Bos)

OF: Andrew McCutchen (Pit)

Util: Garret Jones (Pit)

Util: Shin Soo Choo (Cle)

Bn: Brad Hawpe (Col)

SP: Tim Lincecum (SF)

SP: Derek Lowe (Atl)

RP: Jonathon Papelbon (Bos)

RP: Huston Street (Col)

P: Chris Carpenter (StL)

P: Joakim Soria (KC)

P: David Price (TB)

Bn: Jair Jurrjens (Atl)

Bn: Johnny Cueto (Cin)

I’m doing pretty well in this league and I think I could make a run toward the end of the season.  I have been playing a lot better of late because my team’s injury problems have diminished.  I’ve been telling my friends that they better watch out for my team because I could be a spoiler in the playoffs.

On Friday, many of the people in the league that I have that baseball team in did a draft for football that starts up soon.  I missed the whole draft except the last pick in which I chose Sidney Rice from Minnesota.  I figured if Brett Favre ever signed with them that he would be a valuable guy.  So I took a chance and picked him.  Here’s the rest of my team.

Team Name: No Punt Intended

QB: Aaron Rodgers (GB)

WR: Steve Smith (Car)

WR: Marquis Colston (NO)

WR: Santonio Holmes (Pit)

RB: Adrian Peterson (Min)

RB: Frank Gore (SF)

TE: Anthony Fasano (Mia)

BN: Owen Daniels (Tex)

BN: Joseph Addai (Ind)

BN: Carson Palmer (Cin)

BN: Jericho Cotchery (NYJ)

BN: Sidney Rice (Min)

K: John Kasay (Car)

BN: Rian Lindell (Buf)

DEF: Chicago

DEF: New England

So, this league is to start up obviously whenever the NFL season starts so I’m excited for that.

Well, now I’m really bored so I’ll hopefully have something more intersting to write about tomorrow.

-Dillon

Chris Coghlan or Andrew McCutchen?

I’m going to introduce a new topic that I will try to do once a week.  It is going to discuss two players from around the MLB and how they matchup.  Who would I choose.  Who would others choose.  Upsides, downsides.  Better success.  All that jazz.  It’s going to be here.  So here we go.  For the first post of this kind, I will be talking about two recently called up youngsters who have been STELLAR so far this season.

Chris Coghlan or Andrew McCutchen

  • Chris Coghlan: So far this season, this kid has only played in 44 games, yet has been tearing it up for every minute of them.  He has been STELLAR.  He is batting .265, which is respectable, has 2 homers, which is a good start for a leadoff speedy kind of guy.  He has scored 26 runs which is outstanding.  He has 11 RBI and 4 SB whichare also very good stats for a guy who’s only played 44 games so far.  I have been very impressed with how easily he has meshed with the Marlins team. He has fit perfectly into the leadoff spot batting in front of the likes of Hanley Ramirez and Jorge Cantu who make up the powerful middle of the lineup.  Coghlan has also showed impressive defensive skill.  He has played a solid left field with only three errors.  That’s not all that bad but it could be a little better.  But that’s why they’re called professionals.  They can improve and fix their problems to make them better.  I’m sure Coghlan’s defense will improve over his career.  Certainly by next season, he will be shut down in the outfield.  He can also play second base which gives the Marlins some flexibility.  He is an all around great young player who has a lot to learn and a lot to prove.
  • Andrew McCutchen: Ever since the McLouth trade to Atlanta, Pittsburgh has been amazed at how well McCutchen has replaced McLouth in center.  He has filled in with the same skill, mindset, and positive attitude that McLouth had, and maybe a little extra.  He has been a speedy sensation in Pittsburgh and has made many Pittsburgh fans and many MLB followers forget about the loss of McLouth to the Braves.  McCutchen has been tearing it up and has proved he is ready to be a professional.  Right now, I think he may be the fastest guy in the MLB.  You could make an argument for Emilio Bonifacio (Coghlan’s teammate in Florida), Jacoby Ellsbury (Boston Red Sox) or maybe a few others.  But McCutchen’s speed is so essential to his game, that every time he hits it to the outfield, the thoughts that go through many minds is this: “If it falls he’s got two and he’s gonna try for a triple.”  Yeah… he’s that fast.  His defense is pretty good too.  Now he’s only played 21 games but has not made an error yet and has played a solid centerfield.  On offense, as I said, his speed is a huge asset.  He has already legged out 5 triples (maybe not legged out because he made a few of them standing up… I told you he’s really fast).  He has 4 doubles, a homer, and has four stolen bases.  He’s scored 16 runs and overall, he has been one of the biggest parts of the Pittsburgh offense.  He is also in the leadoff spot and will stay there for many years as the center point of the Bucs’ offense.

So who would I take for my team.  Honestly, I would take either of them.  They are both fantastic young players and could both fit into any offense at the leadoff spot.  They are both good defensively (McCutchen is probably a little better) and they both are pretty fast.  Overall, I think McCutchen may have the edge.  He definitely has the edgo defensively because he has no errors and has played enough games to convince me he won’t be making too many over his career.  His speed also pushes him over Coghlan because he can leg out triples to get an easy score.  A hit with him on second would easily score but you never know.  Third is safer than second.  So in this debate of youngsters who are tearing it up so far, I take McCutchen with a slight edge.  Coghlan, maybe next time.  Work on your defense.

That’s all for this debate.  I hope you enjoyed this post.  If you did leave a comment so I know I should continue this and not be wasting my time.  Thanks.

-Dillon