You might remember me saying I have two teams in two different leagues. As of this moment, I’m in 12th place in my 14-team league (the money/CBS Sportsline league) and in 9th place in my 12-team league (the Yahoo league for pride).
Why do I stink so badly?
I always claim my problems are injuries and slumps (and a heaping helping of bad luck).
The problems facing my CBS team:
–Next to last in HR, last in RBI, last in Slugging (but hey, first in Steals)
–My pitching isn’t all that bad, close to the middle in most categories
–Injuries to Phil Hughes (who was pitching badly) and Dontrelle Willis
–Ichiro Suzuki only batting .281 (he’s normally about 50 points higher)
–Delmon Young only hitting .252, 0 homers (I just traded him–so watch for him to improve immediately)
–Nick Swisher only batting .205, 3 homers (expected big things from him)
–Khalil Greene only batting .204, 1 homer (never a big average guy, but where’s the power?)
–Rafael Betancourt with a 5.52 ERA (bullpen “ace” got chance to be the closer, bombed)
–Justin Verlander with a 1-4 record and 5.92 ERA (top 20 starting pitcher? Yikes.)
–Manny Delcarmen with a 6.92 ERA (set-up guy extraordinaire has been anything but)
–Francisco Liriano with a 16.88 ERA and 3.56 WHIP (didn’t quite come back from Tommy John surgery as quickly as hoped)
The problems facing my Yahoo team:
–J.R. Towles only batting .164 (not hitting his weight, a bad sign)
–Robinson Cano only batting .182 (always a slow starter, but jeez)
–see Nick Swisher, above
–Jeff Francoeur hitting .263, only 3 homers (big power guy was predicted to get to 30–better hurry up)
–Troy Tulowitzki only hitting .152, 1 homer (horrific slump for a Colorado Rockie, now on disabled list)
–Adam Jones only hitting .228 (superstud prospect struggling)
–see Rafael Betancourt, above
–Jered Weaver has a 5.59 ERA (young Anaheim ace has been yucky)
–C.C. Sabathia has a 6.55 ERA (Cleveland ace has been hammered)
–not one pitcher with more than 2 wins
If you’ve read this and have any kind of clue as to how to fix this, drop me a line.