Even though it’s a short week for baseball I decided that we’d have a Sports Time Radio fantasy player and pitcher of the week. Even though most teams have 4 or 5 games in it was surprisingly easy to pick a player of the week. Our 1st ever fantasy player of the week is Adrian Gonzalez, 1st baseman Los Angeles Dodgers. In 4 games Gonzalez is 11 for 16 with 2 doubles, 5 home runs, 7 RBI’s and he also scored 7 runs. I don’t think it’s even possible to continue at this pace, but it was a heck of a start to the season. It was a little more difficult to find a pitcher since no starter has made a 2nd start this week; so I went with a closer., Aroldis Chapman of the Cincinnati Reds is the 1st Sports Time Radio fantasy pitcher of the week. Chapman appeared in 4 games covering 4 innings. Chapman picked up 1 win and saved 2 games while allowing 2 hits and striking out 7 batters. Chapman didn’t walk a batter and his WHIP starts off at 0.500. There you go our first two award winners. Do you agree with our picks?
We hardly if ever talk about golf on the podcast, but it’s Masters weekend in Augusta Georgia and through 2 rounds Jordan Spieth is leading the tournament by 5 shots going into Saturday’s round. Charlie Hoffman is 2nd at 9 under par while 3 golfers Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey are each 7 under par, but find themselves 7 shots behind the leader Spieth. Spieth went out on Thursday and put up a 8 under par 64 then he followed that up with a 6 under par 66 to get to 14 under par and give himself a lead that may be insurmountable. Spieth has made 42 birdies, 56 pars and 3 Bogeys on his way to 14 under par. Spieth finished 2nd last year in this tournament and he’d be the first golfer since Ben Crenshaw to win the Masters the year after finishing 2nd. Since we’re talking about golf we have to mention Tiger Woods who is playing in this weeks tournament. Woods shot 73 (+1) on Thursday and then cane back with a 69 (-3) on Friday to get to 2 under par and is tied for 19 place going into today’s round.
It’s always kind of fun to look at the early season standings and see the teams at the top that no one thought would be there. Now these teams probably won’t be there in the end, but at least they got off to a good start. In the American League there are 2 teams with 4-0 records. The Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers got their seasons off to quick starts, but I don’t think anyone if surprised these two teams where able to do that. Now in the National League 3 teams jumped out to a 4-0 start and their names that most experts didn’t think would be at the top of the standings even with this few games being played. The Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds and Colorado Rockies have all jumped out to that 4-0 start. Who knows how long these wining streaks will last they could all lose their games today or maybe they’ll make it through the weekend undefeated. Now on the other end of the standings there are 2 teams still looking for their 1st win. Those 2 teams are the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago White Sox who are both off to 0-4 starts. The standings don’t mean anything at all right now, but you never know when one of these wins or losses might mean something when the season is all said and done.
Now stats kind of fit into the same boat as the standings right now, but what jumps out is the fact 4 teams are already over 40 strike outs and only 1 team has struck out less than 20 times. The Pittsburgh Pirates and the San Diego Padres have 45 strike outs, but to be fair to the Padres they have played 5 games while Pittsburgh has gotten to that number in just 4 games. On the other end of the strike out ladder it’s the Kansas City Royals who have struck out just 16 times in 4 games so far this season. I know that strike outs don’t really factor into the new baseball sabermetric era and here locally Chicago Cubs general manager Theo Epstein has even dismissed them as unimportant. I’m not as sold on this as some of the new stat guys are. How many times during a season is a guy going to strike out with a runner on 3rd base and 1 out. A fly ball or a ground ball should get your team a run home, but a strike out leaves him standing at 3rd base. I would think putting the baseball in play would be better than striking out. Maybe you hit a ball an outfielder losses in the sun or a ground ball an infielder can;t handle or throws away and you find your way on base because of it. Maybe it’s just me here and I’m nuts, but I’d think almost any other outcome of putting the baseball in play would be better than a strike out.
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