Spring Fever, Week Two

I can’t believe it’s already St Patrick’s Day. This spring is just rocketing by, and with the draft about to fall right on top of us, I’m not even close to where I need to be on my draft prep. I think I’ve decided on my first two picks, and maybe my third rounder. But in this league full of fantasy assassins, going into the draft unprepared can leave you sunk and fighting for last place. I really need to get into gear before it’s too late.

Speaking of the league, the gang from thefoulline.com got together again yesterday for another “baseball game,” which is just essentially three hours of standing in the shade of the left-field berm and talking baseball while occasionally asking “what’s the score?” every three innings or so. It’s always a fun time, but I wish attendance had been a little higher. One of these years we need to get the whole league together and take a group photo for the site. Regardless, it was a fun time, as usual.

St Patrick’s Day Spring Quick Hits

  • Allan got his trophy yesterday. It’s pretty nice, but its real purpose is motivational. The quest for “Javier” is on. Be advised.
  • I’d never left a baseball game in the top of the 5th inning before. But when it’s 99 degrees and Tim Beckham enters the game at SS? Yep, it’s time to go. Start the car.
  • I stand by what I said. Jose Abreu, under .270, under 30 HRs, under 100 RBI. Book it.
  • Zack Wheeler went down yesterday with the dreaded “Tommy John” curse. This is devastating. The starting pitching keeps taking hit after hit, and if you keep thinking that pitching is deep, you’ll end up with Andrew Cashner as your ace. Don’t wait. Get your pitching.
  • The Cubs are insane if Kris Bryant doesn’t start the season in the majors. If he’s named the opening day starter, you almost have to move him into the top 10 at third base. He’s the most exciting hitting prospect since Ryan Braun.
  • CBS rankings are at an all-time low this year. Jacob deGrom is ranked ahead of Jose Bautista. Think about that.
  • Asdrubal Cabrera final line: .271, 18 HRs, 82 RBI, 6 SBs. Great? No. Serviceable, you bet. Dave will make him his starting shortstop this year.
  • Consensus Rays Those Cowbells first round pick Anthony Rizzo is batting .060 this spring.

5 days!

Spring Fever, Week One

As the Grapefruit and Cactus League schedules get underway, there are a few questions that keep running through my head. Who will be the Rays shortstop? Who will be the odd men out in the Red Sox outfield? Will Kris Bryant start the season in the majors? Could Alex Rodriguez implode under the weight of his own ego? Will thefoulline.com crew finally settle on a suitable date for a Port Charlotte game?

So many unanswered questions, but I know one thing for sure. The games have started, and baseball is back! Take a day off from work, grab a beer and a hot dog and head out to some spring training games. I promise you won’t regret it. The baseball season is a six month grind, but spring training is only one month out of the year. That makes it special in its own way.

The season will be here soon enough. Enjoy the spring fever while it lasts.

Start of Spring Quick Hits

  • SportsCenter has begun giving us live play-by-play coverage of every Alex Rodriguez spring training plate appearance. I will now be abstaining from all things SportsCenter until opening day.
  • Yu Darvish needs Tommy John, Cliff Lee has already had elbow soreness, and Masahiro Tanaka’s elbow seems to be held together by paper clips. All the round 3-5 pitchers seem to be giving out already. Grabbing an ace early may be more important than ever this year.
  • Team Yankeehaters swears they aren’t taking a pitcher in the first two rounds. Surprisingly, I believe him.
  • Pedro Alvarez hit the first home run of the spring. Potential bounce back? 35 home runs can’t be ignored in an age where power is dying.
  • Which round will Ginger gamble on the Joey Votto bounceback? Round 4? Perhaps round 5?
  • Allan and I made an observation when watching a spring game that Anthony Rendon looked 20 pounds overweight. Let’s hope his uniform was just baggy that day. He’s an exciting young star.
  • Speaking of Allan, it’s only a week in, and Bryce Harper has already gotten on his nerves.
  • I still wanna go to jetBlue Park one day. It’s the best stadium in the Grapefruit League.

13 days!