As you can see I decided to beat the crap out of James this week. Okay, just kidding, my team played like crap, luckily, his played worse. And yes, this season I plan to just post the results like this. Much easier than me telling you how I fared in each category.
My pitching was a huge disappointment. Unfortunately a few things did not pan out as I thought they would: Matt Thornton is not the closer, and Alexi Ogando is not starting nor is he the closer. I thought that was the Rangers plan, have Ogando close and use Nathan in a setup role. Guess I should pay more attention.
Oddly enough, I may lack in closers, but I have a bunch of good setup men who can get me holds. In fact, when you think about it, this might be better. Bare with my logic for a second. I decided to pick up Venters and O’Flaherty (both play for the Braves). The cool thing is that they can both pitch in a game and pick up a hold, whereas there can be only one save. So, if I have a bunch of really good setup guys, they should help me win that category and help lower ERA/WHIP, right? Yeah, should work in theory…
The only starting pitcher who did anything useful for me was Jeremy Hellickson. Yep, 1 Win, 4 Ks, 0.00 ERA/.81 WHIP. Other than that, everyone else got shelled.
Buster Posey and Eric Hosmer both had nice opening weekends. Hosmer belted two HRs. I was also right about Dee Gordon. Not going to have a super high average, but when he gets on, he flies around the bases: 3 SBs and 3 Runs scored.
My best player though was Matt Kemp. The dude pretty much picked up where he left off last season. 6 Runs, 2 HRs, 8 RBIs, 1 SB, .412 AVG/.389 OBP. Not very often you will see a guy have a lower OBP than AVG. And yes, Kemp must be serious about winning the Triple Crown this year.