Monday, February 23, 2004

I'm back from vacation and very pleased with the picks Mike made in my absence. While I was away skiing for a week Mike totally built our bullpen and managed to grab Bagwell for 1st base putting Giambi at DH where he belongs. Mike also managed to snag 2 starting pitchers with good power numbers. When looking for pitching I look at 3 ratios; WHIP, K/IP and BB/K. Clemens has a pedestrian 1.22 WHIP but a very good 3.28 K/BB and good .90 K/IP, Dreifort is 1.38 WHIP, 2.68 K/BB and .97 K/IP. Both are pretty decent for our #4 and #5 starters.

I'm pleased with bullpen for Sodo. Borowski, Guardado and Mateo will be getting the majority of late inning appearances with Fuentes the situational lefty, Gordon the K specialist and Timlin the inning eating mop up ground ball specialist.

Our latest addition of Teixeira gives us a switch hitting pinch hitter who had a .923 ops vs lefties last year in 173 at bats. I love switch hitters who are dangerous enough hitting from either side to make the other manager think if he really wants to go situational in this at bat.

I'm really impressed with the drafting techniques and strategies I'm witnessing. Lots of thought being put into each pick with some teams thinking very alike (Hi Jeff) and others drafting to a set plan. I've also enjoyed the running commentary in all the blogs.

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