Chase Utley hit 5 home runs in a single week, but the Squerlz lose the category and the week to the OEV Predator, 5-4
CHASING THE PREDATOR photo credit to ebot
SEASONâ€™S FIRST TRADE
NOTABLE ROSTER MOVES
The Ho Parks maintain their grip on the league, sporting .825 winning percentage. The rankings do not include strength of schedule as of yet. Page 2
The RedBank Sox traded John Smoltz to the EARTH for Bill Hall. Who was the winner, and what do the numbers say, all inside. Page 3
One benefit of limiting owners to three moves per week is that it is easier to track for each team. See my notes on the moves made week 2. Pages 4
Rank (last week)
The unstoppable force, discards the bullyclub 8-1.
Trade works wonders, puts Smoltz to work for 10 Ks + win.
Smoltz who? Bill Hall home run seals close win over Traders.
Conor Jackson is a force, who needs the saves category.
Powerful offensive machine, but pitching is dodgy at best.
Pitching tops with Hudson, Beckett, Peavey; but will they hit?
Utley phenomenal, Cliff Lee is pickup of the year so far.
Overworked Trader manages to cover for Soriano injury.
Manny powers Dogs over Cav, Ervin is best Santana in 2008
Holliday quiet, Sabithia in flames, Clippers in trouble.
Papi resurgent, Randy Johnson returns to make an impact.
D Lee & D Wright formidable combo, team will climb ranks
Team in disarray, Big Hurt canned, Tejeda aged, 4 DL spots
Mauled by his own brother, team devoid of offensive threats.
Only the totally absent Clevelander keeps bully from cellar.
 Missing in action since April 8th, team moving to Oklahoma?
Hall had a great power year in 2006
The RedBank Sox wanted to help themselves in the short term, but what did they give up to get there?
(35 home runs), and he’s hot to start this year, with 6 home runs. But he’s only batting .200, and batted only .254 last year
I can see where the Redbank Sox were trying to go with this trade. They had a common problem, a weak catcher in
with 14 home runs. After the trade I turned to the Stone Brothers for some trade analysis. What
Gerald Laird, and this trade seemed like a
follows is a transcript of that email
good solution. Bill Hall doesn’t play
catcher of course, but with him playing 3rd, he could move Youk to 1st, and Victor Martinez behind the plate. Problem solved, offense improved. But, the price he paid was steep, even
Me: Thoughts on the Hall for Smoltz trade? Greg: I had Bill Hall last year and
steeper than I originally thought when I first was disappointed by his performance. read about the trade. John Smoltz is good I know, but after looking at the numbers from 2007, I have to admit that the trade
Me: I got rooked? Are you
appears to be an EARTH victory.
stoopid? Greg: His eagerness to put you
Did the RedBank Sox know that Smoltz finished in the top 10 for strikeouts last year? And top 10 in ERA? And top 15 in WHIP? Even though he is still stacked with pitchers (even after cutting Mussina), he might have been able to get a much
Garry: Yeah, Bill Hall sucks. You got rooked!!!
down got the better of him. Garry: Oh, I thought Bob made that trade. Sorry. I'll own that I am eager to shit on Bob.
better player for Smoltz.
Still Chan ho’s two tickets I fully expect that the top and the bottom of the power poll will fluctuate throughout the year, but so far Ted and Jonathan, of the Angry Clevelanders, have held on solidly to top and bottom honors respectively. I will email Jonathan to get him motivated to play.
John Smoltz joins the EARTH for pennies on the dollar, causing Predator owner Garry Stone to proclaim,
“[Dube] you got rooked!”
Photo credits (in order):Paul Keleher, Jeff Keen, Photographia [flickr]
Celtics playoffs and the DLB
THESE GUYS BLEED GREEN!
Thanks to the generosity of Lakedogs owner Brian Crocket, the Commish, EARTH owner Tommy Libby, and GANGSTAR owner Mike Libby, attended the first game of the series against the Hawks. For the record: Garry Stone refused tickets, and is a big woo-woo Hawks fan.
Mike, Tommy and Brian with the banners in the background.
The week in moves: Tracking player moves this year is made easier by the 3 The CavSox replaced Don’t Tase Me Reyes and Lee player limit, so expect this to be a frequent additon to the Gardner with Brian Brunney, and then picked up two flavor newsletter. of the week St. Louis outfielders. 11 teams made moves last week. 21 players were added to rosters, not including the trade. 13 of the 21 players were pitchers. 4 teams made their full allotment of 3
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pickups: the CavSox, the Bullyclub, the GANGSTARS, and the Red Legs.
WHAT’S HOT IN THE DLB
The Bullyclub picked up 3 no-name pitchers in sheer desperation. The EARTH and the GANGSTARS both added new catchers from free agency this week. The Red Legs shored up their rotation with Washburn and Gabbard.
EARTH swear he’s this year’s sleeper. Who have you picked up that will make you look brilliant?
Frank Thomas gets cut in Toronto and no one wants him. He’s not Barry Bonds for Pete’s sake, someone sign him!
It doesn’t take much research to see the buzz index guiding most moves. Does anyone not check the buzz index?
Wouldn’t it be better if Yahoo had a logo generator rather than the lame Yahoo profile avatar? Such an easy fix.
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