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Posted on: March 16, 2008 7:45 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2008 7:00 pm
 

DR's Fantasy Domination Tour '08: Baseball Team 1

Team 1:

MVP = Markakis

C - Victor Martinez

1B - Lance Berkman; Kevin Youkilis; Carlos Guillen

2B - Kelly Johnson

3B - Adrian Beltre; Ty Wigginton

SS - Khalil Greene

OF - Curtis Granderson; Nick Markakis; Jeff Francouer; Delmon Young; Pat Burrell

U - David Ortiz

SP - Aaron Harang; Chad Billingsley; Fausto Carmona; Ted Lilly; Adam Wainwright; Rich Harden

RP - Jonathan Papelbon; Eric Gagne

Transactions:

Traded Alex Rodriguez(3B) for David Wright(3B), Nomar Garciaparra(1B), Ty Wigginton(3B) and Pat Burrell(OF)

Dropped Jeremy Hermida(OF)

Dropped Nomar Garciaparra(1B)

Dropped Luke Scott(OF)

Added Kurt Suzuki(C)

Dropped Bengie Molina(C)

Traded Tim Hudson(SP) and David Wright(3B) for Aaron Harang(SP) and David Ortiz(DH)

Added Kevin Youkilis(1B)

Dropped Adam LaRoche(1B)

Added Rich Harden(SP)

Dropped Kurt Suzuki(C)

Posted on: March 15, 2008 7:40 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2008 6:56 pm
 

O's Season Preview Mailbag: Q's from the fans

Every month, there will be another mailbag where Aaron Folsom answers the Questions of the Fans.


Q: What will the starting infield look like at the end of the 2008 season for the Orioles? Will they be able to trade guys like Ramon Hernandez, Melvin Mora or Brian Roberts?

A: The only guys that might have some trade value at the deadline in the infield are Ramon Hernandez, if he has a good first half, and Brian Roberts. Kevin Millar may be able to attract a team looking for bench help. I don't see Mora going anywhere unless he has a first half like his spring training. I believe Guillermo Quiroz would take over for Ramon Hernandez, if he gets shipped out, and if he gets more time at the position I could see Scott Moore taking over second base duties if the team does not acquire a 2B prospect from any trades.

Ramon Hernandez could be a valuable trade chip for the Orioles come July 31st.

 


Q: Will Daniel Cabrera ever learn to pitch, or will he continue to have high walk totals?

A: I believe no matter what you do, Daniel Cabrera will always have high walk totals. Rick Kranitz has worked with him over the off-season and both Kranitz and manager Dave Trembley feel it will be breakout year for Cabrera. However, that has been said about Cabrera since his rookie year. Maybe Kranitz can help him out, but so far in Spring Training he seems like the same old D-Cab.


Q: Will Hayden Penn and Adam Loewen stay healthy for an entire season?

A: Adam Loewen is making progress from his recovery and the same goes for Penn. Loewen might not be a 100% as of right now though. Penn added some weight and looked very well in spring training. I think they will stay healthy for atleast a good part of the season, but injuries are spontanious, so I can't give my full confirmation on there full season status.


Q: Will the Orioles show enough this season to persuade Mark Texeira to sign with Baltimore?

A: I think regardless of what the Orioles do this year, they will still persuade Texieria to come to Baltimore. He is a native of Maryland and grew up a Orioles fan. I also think Tex would want to come here tro be around this rebuilding program. I understand he wants to win, but if Tex came to Baltimore, the O's would be on the upside of rebuilding and would be on the rebound. He would probably like being around some vets and some young guys.


Q: Will Troy Patton recover?

A: Patton has a pretty serious injury, but I believe in a year or two he could become a good member of the Orioles team. It will take a while to heal, but regardless is a Top notch prospect. I think he will recover well but may take a while.


Q: Will Nick Markakis continue to develop into a star player?

A: I think by the end of this season, Markakis will go from a top 20 outfielder to a top 15 outfielder. He continues to get better and will probably get even better by seasons end. I believe N-Mark could be a All-Star back-up for the AL this year. Look for good numbers and a solid season from Markakis all season long.

Nick Markakis has the potential to be an All-Star in 2008.


Q: Will Matt Weiters be a september call-up?

A: If The O's elect to trade Ramon Hernandez(Or can find a suitor), I think there is a 70% chance of a Weiters sighting in Baltimore come September. However, if Ramon is still with us, I think there is only a 40%-50% chance of a Weiters sighting in Baltimore. I believe MacPhail and Trembley will want to gte him a few at-bats in the majors here and there to prep him.


Q: Will the Orioles really finish below the Rays this year?

A: Without any significant injuries, I would say yes. The Rays got better over the off-season by adding Cliff Floyd and Troy Percival and bringing up thrid base super prospect Evan Longoria improves the team atleast 10 wins. Now with Wheeler, Reyes and Percival, theyhave a decent bullpen and there offense looks well rounded with Longoria, Crawford, Upton and Pena. Plus, they have a pretty good Top 3 in the rotation in Kazmir, Shields and Garza. However, one or two major injuries could put the Rays right back where they have been for so many years, 5th place.


Q: Will the O's look like they are heading in the right direction by the end of the year?

A: Every year the O's look like a contender in April, then suck it up the rest of the way. This year, it will be the opposite way. The O's will do bad and get better as the season progresses and the younger players get legit playing time. Expect last place in the division, but it will be a fun losing season in my mind. The team will eventually get better and be in the right direction.

Randor Bierd appears as one of the young O's players who will progress as the season goes on.

 

 

 

Posted on: March 13, 2008 8:15 pm
Edited on: May 26, 2008 6:52 pm
 

2008 Baltimore Orioles Season Preview

2007 Record - 69-93, 4th in AL East, 27.0 GB

Key Departures: Miguel Tejada/SS(HOU), Erik Bedard/LHSP(SEA), Corey Patterson/OF(CIN)

Key Acquisitions: Matt Albers/RHP(HOU), Adam Jones/OF(SEA), Dennis Sarfate/RHRP(HOU), Luke Scott/OF(HOU), George Sherrill/LHRP(SEA)

Into the off-season, GM Andy MacPhail made a statement by turning the franchise into a rebuilding state. Unfortunaltly, it will be a while before the O's climb back on the horse and become a contender. Peter Angelos did them in for the past ten years. Now, the O's lose one of the best southpaws in the game, Erik Bedard, but gain a new closer, a very talented center fielder in Adam Jones, and three young pitching prospects. Before that, macPhail dealt shortstop Miguel Tejada to the Houston Astros for outfielder Luke Scott, two young pitchers expected to step in immediatly in Matt Albers and Dennis Sarfate, a third base prospect expected to see some playing time and one of the best southpaw prospects in the game, Troy Patton. Even with the departures of Bedard and Tejada, I expect the O's to be better. Both Bedard and Tejada were bad clubhouse players. The O's tossed them out and started new. The 2008 Orioles have a good chemistry of young components along with some oldies to help the young guys out.

 

Offense: The Offense of the O's will be a torture to watch at the beginning, but expect it to get a fire lit underneath after a bad April. Expect to see Ramon Hernandez to bounce back to somewhat of his 2006 form, where he hit .275 with 23 home runs and 91 rbi's. Kevin Millar will start the season at first base. Millar is a good team player, but he is not at all a starter. Hopefully Mike Costanzo or Scott Moore can take over at some point. Brian Roberts comes back to the Orioles after dodging a spew of trade rumors this off-season. Roberts may very well be the best player on the trade block, and will be a hot commodity at the trade deadline. Unfortunatly, shortstop is a horrible position of the O's as well. Luis Hernandez is currently the starter, but is absolutley horrible in Spring Training. Brandon Fahey may very well be a better option and with Hernandez's play, could be the starter at shortstop on opening day. Melvin Mora is doing very well in spring training , but probably will not bring it over to the regular season. He could be a trade chip, but I don't think too many teams will be interested. Maybe either Costanzo or Moore will take over eventually. Here is where the O's are best, the outfield. Nick Markakis is just one of the few top 20, under 25 outfielders. He will get help from Luke Scott, who becomes the new starter at left field. Stuck in the middle of these two is youngster Adam Jones. Expect good seasons from all three of these players.

Pitching: Last year proved that just because you have one of the top 10 pitchers in the game dosn't mean you pitching is good. Adam Loewen and Jeremy Guthrie are in a tight battle for the ace of the staff, while Daniel Cabrera and Steve Trachsel basically sit calm in the 3-4 spots. The other battle is between Matt Albers and Lance Cormier for the 5th rotation spot. The bullpen was where the team was a blow up last season. The had two non-closer's under 4 ERA(Chad Bradford and Jaime Walker). Both Bradford and Walker along with closer george Sherrill will be on the trade block come deadline time. Other than that, the bullpen becomes a toss-up. There are two others who will probably make it, they are Dennis Sarfate and Randor Bierd, who was a Rule-5 pick this off-season. There is also Garrett Olson, Radhames Liz, Brian Burres, Greg Aquino and other battling for the last one or two spots.

Strengths: The O's have a few bright spots. There strong at catcher(Hernandez), second base(Roberts) and outfield(Markakis, Scott, Jones). It will not be a pretty year to be a Birds fan, but it will be fun watching the new guys and the young guys form the team and try there hardest. Probably there best strength is that they have around $30-$40M to spend in free agency next year on young but talented guys like Mark Teixeiria

Weakness: Man, was it easier to just name the strengths. The O's need a first baseman, shortstop, third baseman, and a lot of good youth pitching to become a contender. The good news, they have a potential prospect at just about every position. The offense is half and half, kind of like they have been in spring training. They will be great one day, then come out and fiddle around for 3 hours the next day. If they can become a team that wants to win, who says they can't.

Line-up

player photo1. Brian Roberts/2B

player photo2. Melvin Mora/3B

player photo3. Nick Markakis/RF

player photo4. Aubrey Huff/DH

player photo5. Ramon Hernandez/C

player photo6. Luke Scott/LF

player photo7. Adam Jones/CF

player photo8. Kevin Millar/1B

player photo9. Luis A. Hernandez/SS

*Editors Note: The Projected Line-up is what I believe the O's opening day line-up should look like.

Posted on: March 9, 2008 11:37 am
Edited on: May 25, 2008 12:26 am
 

Newest addition to my Fantasy Domination Tour '08

Just got done drafting on another account(Cause Sportsline only lets you have 3 teams and my friend wanted to be in a sportsline Fantasy Baseball league with me.

Here is my team.

Round                     Name                        Position

1                     Chase Utley                        2B

2                     Hanley Ramirez                 SS

3                     Vladimir Guerrero              OF

4                     Jonathan Papelbon           RP

5                     Justin Morneau                   1B

6                     Nick Markakis                      OF

7                     Felix Hernandez                   SP

8                     Russell Martin                      C

9                     Joe Nathan                           RP

10                  Brad Penny                           SP

11                   Adrian Beltre                        3B

12                   Delmon Young                     OF

13                   Tim Hudson                          SP

14                   Mike Lowell                           3B

15                   Jason Isringhausen            RP

16                  James Loney                         1B

17                  Edgar Renteria                      SS

18                  Kosuke Fukudome               OF

19                  Derek Lowe                            SP

20                  Joba Chamberlain                SP/RP

21                  Jon Lester                              SP

22                  Evan Longoria                        3B

On the Block Trade Candidates:

Mike Lowell or Adrian Beltre(I messed up and forgot about Longoria when i picked Lowell)

Watch List Players:

Adam Loewen - Could be the ace of the Orioles staff. Could be a good strikeout pitcher if he lowers his walks and improves his location.

Mike Sweeney - He batting very well in Spring Training. If this carries over as the starting DH of the A's, he would be a valueable asset to me team

Jay Bruce - If he comes out guns blazing in April, I could desert one of my bench players for him.

Posted on: February 19, 2008 8:02 am
Edited on: May 25, 2008 12:08 am
 

My first 2 Fantasy Baseball teams......

Team 1 I was not around to draft, but here is my Team

E-Town O's

C- Jarrod Saltalamacchia; Carlos Ruiz

1B - Adrian Gonzalez; Derrick Lee

2B - Brian Roberts

SS - Khalil Greene

3B - Chone Figgins; Evan Longoria

OF - Grady Sizemore; Adam Dunn; Nick Swisher; Ken Griffey Jr.; Luke Scott

SP- Johan Santana; Dan Haren; Bronson Arroyo; A.J. Burnett; Oliver Perez; Jeremy Guthrie; Gil Meche;

RP- Mariano Rivera; Chad Cordero

 


 

Team 2 I did draft, It took place last night at 5:30

MVP = Markakis

C - Victor Martinez; Bengie Molina

1B - Lance Berkman; Adam A. LaRoche

2B - Kelly Johnson

SS - Khalil Greene

3B - Alex Rodriguez; Adrian Beltre

OF - Curtis Granderson; Nick Markakis; Jeff Francouer; Delmon Young; Jeremy Hermida; Luke Scott

SP - Chad Billingsley; Fausto Carmona; Tim Hudson; Ted Lilly; Adam Wainwright

RP - Jonathan Papelbon; Eric Gagne

 


 

I would like to know everybodies thoughts on my 2 Fantasy teams. My next draft I must wait 1 month for.

 
 
 
 
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