This should be fun to review some of my predictions as I am sure some will enjoy where I was dead wrong! But I am interested as well in how I did, so I decided to start this, without looking and write it as I look into it. Let’s start with the Sleeper’s this week.
Sleepers – Prince Fielder, James Shields, Jay Bruce, Ian Kennedy and Shin-Soo Choo
Now remember, this was about where guys were being drafted and finding value by grabbing them earlier than they were going. So let’s get a status update on these guys.
Prince Fielder – GOOD SLEEPER
This is good timing as he just had a 38 point week, but this isn’t about weekly, but owning a player for the full year. Fielder has 161 points on the year, averaging 3.7 points per game. That puts him eighth for 1B and 17th among all hitters. I expect him to keep having good weeks, especially as we head into summer in Arlington.
James Shields – GOOD SLEEPER
He has 182 points on the year which works out to 18.2 points per start. That is 10th for starting pitchers. Shields has had a good start to his National League career and I actually see his numbers getting better moving through the season.
I believed in this one enough to draft him when he was available. Bruce has 116 points on the year good for 2.8 points per game. Good, but not what I was expecting as that is 24th for the right field options. I think he will heat up in the summer, but unless he gets hot and gets that average up to 3.3 range, this was a bad choice.
Ian Kennedy – BAD SLEEPER
Give me a minute … … … … … I am still scrolling down the pitchers list to try and find him … … … oh, there he is. Wow, has this one been a huge miss so far. He is currently 131st among SP eligibly pitchers. OUCH! Now, I believed in Kennedy enough to draft him but included him in a deal to get Denard Span (sorry Curt!) but there is still hope, if you can buy low on him, he could still be a very good addition to your team. So there we have it, a double sleeper!!!
Shin-Soo Choo – GOOD SLEEPER
Choo has 128 points so far, which is good for 3.3 points per game and has been a very good sleeper pick. He is 11th for RF’s and 12th for left fielders, yes some overlap above him (3 guys) so he is a Top 10 left fielder or right fielder. Good thing for Texas as they still owe this guys a lot of money.
So three good, two bad but I still hold out hope for the two bad ones, especially the one on my roster!
MLB Best of Last Week
Each week we will review the best performances of the week in all of MLB.
Five home runs will lead to a good week, and this week it was Mike Napoli who hit them and drove in 10 runs along the way for a 44 point week, good for the best hitter of the week. Former Brewers teammates come the next two spots in Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. Fielder is starting to get going and I expect a big summer from him. Edwin Encarnacion comes in fourth this week, and with a sub .300 batting average thanks to six Runs and eight RBI. We watched over the weekend the next guy (why does it always seem like guys the Cubs play end up in the Top Five every week?), A.J. Pollock, 12 hits on the week including a triple and a home run.
Corey Kluber may have finally broken out of his early season slump and put up a great week. 19 strikeouts in 17 innings and one W, helps him to lead the way with 58 points. The next guy I hope is in Cubbie Blue this summer, but his cost may go up after this week, with 53 points from TWO W’s and only 11 hits and two walks in 15 1/3 innings. A couple of young guys are next with Trevor Bauer getting two Wins this week and Chris Sale putting up 47 points, while not getting a win in either game. Wade Miley had the same 47 points, but with two W’s.
Chicago Cubs Batters
The offense was not that good this week and their .212 batting average is part of it, but only a .271 OBP is not going to win many games. The wins we did get can be directly attributed to the NINE home runs that we hit. Dexter Fowler led the week with 28 points on only four hits, but two of them were home runs and a third is a triple. Chris Coghlan hit three home runs on the week for his 25 points.
Look at Kris Bryant’s line. 21 points is not a bad week, as a matter a fact, that is still a very good week averaging 3.5 points per game. But he had only one extra base hit, a home run, and NO WALKS! How did that happen? Yet he still had 21 points by scoring five times and driving in five runs and stealing three bases. I like the thought of this as a bad week for KB.
Chicago Cubs Pitchers
If I told you the Cubs pitching staff had a 2.44 ERA would you expect a better week than 3-3? I bet you would, but a 3-3 road trip to the west coast is not a bad trip and I think it is awesome that we all feel a little bummed about it. It means we have a team that is sitting 25-20), five games over 500, in second place in the National League Central Division and tied with the Mets for the second wild card spot.
Also the rotation had a 2.44 ERA this week, and the bullpen had a 2.45 ERA this week. Obviously was the bullpen’s fault this week, they weren’t perfect.
CCO Fantasy Leagues
We now have nine teams one game over or better and that makes four wins the playoffs right now. One team is the clear one seed, since 2015 Castlesworld at six Wins. Four teams are tied at five wins, with four at four wins. Seven more teams are just a game back at three wins, but four teams are on the brink of being done on Memorial Day with two wins or less and three games under .500. We have now had 26 trades on the season, completely blowing away last year and anything I have ever seen before in a fantasy league.
CCO Fans League
Ten teams are over 500 or better putting four wins what it takes to make the playoffs right now, and having more points to break the tie breaker. Two teams sit on top of both divisions at six wins with Team Vaughn in the East and The Calicubs in the West (how fitting). Four teams have five wins and four teams have four wins. We had some teams get big wins and now there are four teams with three wins and just one game out of the playoffs. Five teams are sitting three games under .500 or worse. We have had three teams fire their General Managers and hire new ones. One is in the playoff hunt with three wins and two are trying to get in position to make a run, but both sit with just one win.