Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Adlerithmetic :: All-Time Single Season Teams : Chicago

By Steve Adler


As baseball season approaches I thought it may be informative to look at the best single season performances at each position for each of our eight franchises.

Methodology: I decided to use total point for the FANTASY FRANCHISE. The players may have put up more points during our playoffs, but not for this purpose. I also opted not to use points per game as I didn't think it would truly provide the best representation of each team. I decided to allow players to have multiple years for a team, mainly because I want to see if anyone besides A-Rod and Pujols ends up on Woosta’s roster. I used the positions as they would occur in ECB, not the way the MLB organization does it.  The rosters were compiled using the stats from the almanac. Unfortunately these stats only went back to 2005 so the years 2001-2004 will not be reflected. Anyway, I hope you enjoy it.







Russell Martin




Joey Votto




Marcus Giles




Michael Young




Troy Tulowitzki




Mark Teixeira




Brandon Phillips




Lance Berkman




Manny Ramirez




Manny Ramirez




Carlos Beltran




Ryan Howard




Mark Teixeira




Joe Nathan




Johan Santana




Billy Wagner




Bobby Jenks




Fr. Cordero




Jake Peavy



What I Learned:

  1. I have never been able to trade for David Wright. I have tried with many owners and many various trade arrangements. Nothing ever happened and that is why Michael Young had the best season at 3B with a mere 365 points in 2010. Other years have had me trying to find a solution at 3B with poor results.
  2. The 2-start starter strategy may have skewed the pitcher totals. This is going to involve looking at other teams, but Zack Greinke didn't make my list and he won the Cy Young award in 2009. I'll update this theory later.
  3. My success is due to good 1B and OF. My roster reflects not only the tinkering at 3B, but also appears to indicate a lack of success in finding 2B, SS, and C via the draft or early in free agency. This is likely due to the limitations of our numbers as Mike Piazza, A-Rod, NOMAH, and Bret Boone would likely have produced better numbers.

Next up: Woosta

Monday, March 28, 2011

Mile High Minute :: 2011, Week Zero

Denver's oldest ECB franchise wrapped up their 10th season by missing the playoffs in 2010. The season was marred by inconsistent keeper play (Mark Teixeira, Nick Markakis) and a terrible draft (Jason Bay and Adam Lind were the first two Mackerel re-draft picks). Even perhaps the best team pitching season they've ever had could not make up for the shortcomings on offense, which lead to many curse words coming from GM Jon Bielecki's man cave.
At a pep rally consisting of his dog and cat, Bielecki promised that 2011 would see a return to the playoffs and to non-awful drafting. The latter began with the Mackerel selecting Buster Posey in the first round of the re-draft.
"Not many people remember that we actually traded for Buster last season," said Bielecki, "Then he slumped for like a week, I got super pissed, cut him, Woosta picked him up, we shat the bed, Buster won the Rookie Of The Year and, well, let's just say I almost fired myself."
Mackerel fans are hoping that Posey's growth as a hitter continues and he can become the solid fourth offensive keeper that the Mackerel have been missing for the past several seasons. As to his favorite draft pick, Bielecki was unclear, "David Price was our number one pitcher on the board and we were able to get him in the third round, which made us happy. Teaming him up with Lince and Lester is going to be a lot of fun. We're also excited to welcome back Jered Weaver, who we thought was our best pick last year, and Vladimir Guerrero. He's getting up there, but it's nice to see his name in the lineup again."
The Mackerel open their 2011 season on Thursday against the Colorado 470s in Leg I of The Shield Of Gratitude.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

2011 ECB Mock Draft – Round 2

Now that Round 6 is over and we are all definitely 100% going to put our names in the cup, Round 7 is a time to figure out who you’ve always wanted on your team and/or who deserves the honor of receiving a championship ring at the end of the season. Who will owners choose as they start rounding out their squad? We know.

zack-greinke Zack Greinke (P)
Round 7, Pick 1
Baltimore Devil Jays

GM Grashow (and Felix Hernandez) welcome Zack GreinKKKKKKe to Baltimore. Another player likely to benefit from his change of scenery, Greinke moves to the National League and a team that can actually hit. Grashow made a commitment to advanced metrics by keeping King Felix, who although not likely to dominate the win column, IS likely to dominate the American League! Greinke will look to do the same in his new home and Grashow will gladly collect the quality innings and lots of strikeouts that Grienke will add. – Steve Adler

Round 6 Prediction: Adam Dunn (1B)

dan-ugglaDan Uggla (2B)
Round 7, Pick 2
Woosta Pimp Roostas

It’s hard for me to imagine that this guy was ever NOT on GM Rich Gallup’s squad. Even when Uggla was a member of my beloved Mackerel, I felt like he was somehow on loan from the Roostas. For your consideration: The guy has Popeye arms (and face, sort of), he hits of ton of homers, and he has that look on his face that says, depending on the day, he might rather kick your fuckin’ ass and bang your girlfriend than play baseball. Kind of like A-Rod, except he likes boys. – Jon Bielecki

Round 6 Prediction: Jay Bruce (OF)

andrew-mccutchenAndrew McCutchen (OF)
Round 7, Pick 3
Speedway Starwipes

It seems like every year when we do these mock drafts, we just assign Frieds “good, 23 year old, player X,” but not this year! We are done with that. We project that with their second redraft pick Speedway will take 24 year old Andrew McCutchen. McCutchen clearly impressed while playing last year in the finals against GM/Coach Friedman and this year will be employed by Speedway hopefully allowing him to hit even more triples. If this mock draft continues, you might see how much Carlos Zambrano impressed Friedman in the next round... or not. – Steve Adler

Round 6 Prediction: Clayton Kershaw (P)

shin-soo-chooShin-Soo Choo (OF)
Round 7, Pick 4
Chicago Tiger Army

Wha—? Shin-Who Who? It might be a little too early for Choo at this spot, but Adler knows something you don’t know. Choo’s averages across 162 games: 94 R, 38 2B, 21 HR, 95 RBI, 22 SB, 83 BB. Oh, and he’s only 28. Homeboy is a stud. Adler knows this, and now so do you. – Jon Bielecki

Round 6 Prediction: Mike Stanton (OF)

cliff-lee Cliff Lee (P)
Round 7, Pick 5
Mile High Mackerel

GM and TIMMAY welcome Cliff Lee back for a second tour in Mile High. Lee helped Mile High to the playoffs last time and will look to do so again as Mile High cannot afford to be left in the cold this year with new owner Jeff Scanlan relocating the New Hampshire 603's to within a stone’s throw of the Mackerel's stadium... literally a stones throw... QUIT THROWING ROCKS YOU TWO! – Steve Adler

Round 6 Prediction: Justin Upton (OF)

dan-harenDan Haren (P)
Round 7, Pick 6
Colorado 470s

With the loss of Adam Wainwright, and no other serviceable pitchers to speak of, Dan Haren is a logical choice for Scanlan to start a bit of a run on pitching for his 470s. Aside from averaging about 14 wins over his career, Haren is returning to the AL West where he started his string of three straight All-Star appearances beginning in 2007. With Jered Weaver pushing him and a decent-if-healthy offense, Haren could be a force in the ECB this year. – Jon Bielecki

Round 6 Prediction: Buster Posey (C, 1B)

nelson-cruz Nelson Cruz (OF)
Round 7, Pick 7
Marshall Street Menace

GM Watts is looking to put the Menace back in Marshall Street and at 6'2" 240 lb., Nelson “Muntz” Cruz will go far towards that end. When paired with the giant (albeit slimmed down) CC Sabathia, Cruz will hopefully scare up some wins. Nelson has been unable to find a permanent home, but if he is able to stay healthy he could do so in Marshall Street. His 40 HR potential makes him the pick here as he will join Ichiro in what GM Watts hopes is a perfectly complimentary tandem. – Steve Adler

Round 6 Prediction: Jose Reyes (SS)

andre-ethierAndre Ethier (OF)
Round 7, Pick 8
New Haven Traffic Cones

If New Haven can get through this pick with a solid pitcher (i.e. David Price) and a solid hitter with a little upside, like, say, Andre Ethier. The Ethier Bunny missed about 20 games last year, but was on pace to match his impressive 2009 totals. If he can stay healthy, there’s no reason to think that Ethier won’t put up some solid numbers in 2011. - Jon Bielecki

Round 6 Prediction: David Price (P)

Monday, March 7, 2011

2011 ECB Mock Draft – Round 1

As the remnants of winter hang around early March like a Dementor, one can always count on the looming ECB draft to dispose of any gloom quicker than you can say “expecto patronum.” As usual, this blog will predict the first rounds of the draft with 100% accuracy, so that when Netscape Gold v. 1.0 inevitably crashes on you, you can rest assured that you didn’t miss anything.

david-priceDavid Price (P)
Round 6, Pick 1
New Haven Traffic Cones

Having almost an entire hitting lineup just from his list of keepers (and a decent one, at that), Jeff Stanley bucks his closer-heavy trend and picks up the best available young arm. It’s a virtual guarantee that there will still be closers around when Stanley next picks, but Price’s value and the T-Cones need is too high to pass him up with the first pick. - Jon Bielecki

Keepers: Carl Crawford (OF), Kevin Youkilis (1B), Brandon Phillips (2B), Derek Jeter (SS), Brian McCann (C)

jose-reyesJose Reyes (SS)
Round 6, Pick 2
Marshall Street Menace

Jose Reyes is destined to play on Marshall Street. One of the fastest players in the league? Check. Middle infielder? Check. Possible Yankee by the time keepers are due next year as the possible heir to Derek Jeter? Check. There were surely cheers of joy on Marshall Street when Rich finally freed Mr. Reyes. If healthy, Reyes is the best SS available. After Round 6, GM Watterson will have his MI slots completely solidified (with keepers Dustin Pedroia and Robinson Cano) and focus his attention on the rest of the roster... unfortunately Randy Johnson is no longer around. – Steve Adler

Keepers: Robinson Cano (2B), Dustin Pedroia (2B), Ichiro Suzuki (OF), CC Sabathia (P), Mariano Rivera (P)

buster-poseyBuster Posey (C, 1B)
Round 6, Pick 3
Colorado 470s

Another former Roosta comes off the board as Jeff Scanlan’s debut draft pick simultaneously breaks the hearts of ECB veterans and sets the stage for a much needed turnaround for his 470s. Posey is one of the best hitting young players in the game and when one is saddled with keepers like Jose Bautista and Nick Swisher, a hitter with long-term upside makes for a great decision. The deal is further sweetened by the fact that Posey is made unavailable to GM Rich Gallup, who elected to keep two of Scanlan’s beloved Rockies. – Jon Bielecki

Keepers: David Wright (3B), Josh Hamilton (OF), Jose Bautista (3B, OF), Adam Wainwright* (P), Nick Swisher (OF)

justin-uptonJustin Upton (OF)
Round 6, Pick 4
Mile High Mackerel

It was a busy offseason at high altitudes as GM Jon Bielecki jettisoned stalwart Hanley Ramirez to Chicago for local hero Troy Tulowitzki. In his quest to find the next Hanley, Mile High drafts Justin Upton and his unlimited (although largely untapped) potential. Upton can do it all, at least that's what the experts insist, with a great speed/power combination. Mile High will also be able to keep a close eye on Upton due to his residence in the NL West. Upton gives Mile High their first outfielder and is a nice complement to his returning lineup core of Teixeira, Tulo, and Ryan Zimmerman. The pick would also reunite Zimmerman his old AAU teammate to pal around in the clubhouse.

Keepers: Jon Lester (P), Troy Tulowitzki (SS), Mark Teixeira (1B), Ryan Zimmerman (3B), Tim Lincecum (P)

mike-stantonMike Stanton (OF)
Round 6, Pick 5
Chicago Tiger Army

If there’s anyone Steve Adler trusts about baseball more than himself, it’s Bill James, and Bill James loves him some Mike Stanton. The strapping young slugger has all the upside in the world, and along with new toy Hanley Ramirez, would give Tiger Army fans reason to flock to SoFla for the summer. Add Stanton to Votto, Howard, and Ramirez, and the Tiger Army could have as formidable a set of hitters as there is in the league for many seasons to come. – Jon Bielecki

Keepers: Matt Kemp (OF), Joey Votto (1B), Ryan Howard (1B), Hanley Ramirez (SS), Justin Verlander (P)

clayton-kershawClayton Kershaw (P)
Round 6, Pick 6
Speedway Starwipes

What can be said other than Frieds loves the kids? Kershaw will benefit from the tutelage of Speedway keeper Roy Halladay on the field, and hopefully NOT the tutelage of Miguel Cabrera off the field. Frieds has shown he loves high volume strikeout pitchers (who are also good in general). Kershaw fits the mould as well as being only 23 years old. GM Friedman can afford to wait a few rounds for offense as Ryan Braun, Evan Longoria, and Chase Utley join Miguel Cabrera to bolster the Wipes offense. – Steve Adler

Keepers: Miguel Cabrera (1B), Evan Longoria (3B), Ryan Braun (OF), Chase Utley (2B), Roy Halladay (P)

jay-bruce Jay Bruce (OF)
Round 6, Pick 7
Woosta Pimp Roostas

What’s the best thing about being GM Rich Gallup? With the stable of keepers assembled over the years by the Pimp Roostas, the draft can be all about gambling. Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez, and A-Rod alone give the Roostas potentially three of the top 10 scoring hitters in the league in 2011, add the pair of Rockies who can realistically have better seasons than their already impressive 2010 campaign, and Gallup has the luxury of being able to draft the 23 year-old slugger early on and hope for a breakout year. – Jon Bielecki

Keepers: Albert Pujols (1B), Carlos Gonzalez (OF), Adrian Gonzalez (1B), Alex Rodriguez (3B), Ubaldo Jimenez (P)

Adam Dunn (1B)
Round 6, Pick 8
Baltimore Devil Jays

This is the easiest and most obvious pick in the draft. It was forecasted last year and came to fruition, there is no doubt that it will happen again this year. Dunn has proven to be one of the rocks of Baltimore. Like Ray Lewis except in out fantasy league. Dunn will likely benefit from the warm Chicago summer air (if it ever comes) and help Prince Fielder, Joe Mauer, Matt Holliday, and Jason Heyward lead Baltimore back to the playoffs. That is, if they don't completely botch their next pick after choosing to pick at the back end of the draft for back to back picks. – Steve Adler

* – Wainwright (injury) will be replaced with a player to be determined.