Fantasy frustration

Stumbled upon a good article chronicling the pain of a fantasy baseball owner wronged by Ervin Santana. Basically, Matthew Lutovsky tells fantasy players to shorten their memories of players because guys like Santana can have fluke terrible years and rebound back to prominence. I just got back into fantasy baseball and I, along with many players, can feel his pain. For example, spending an early round pick on Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander (2007: 18-6, 3.66 ERA; 2008: 2-9, 5.05 ERA)…or anybody who drafted Mark Prior after 2005.

Also adding to the coolness of the article are his references to Michael’s hatred for Toby in The Office. Do yourself a favor by clicking the link to the video of Michael’s most hateful interaction with Toby. Here are a few fantasy Toby’s so far:

Curtis Granderson, Detroit Tigers: He’s batting .238 and still strikes out too much for a leadoff man. Bats .200 off of lefties for his career which holds him back from becoming one of the greats.

Robinson Cano, New York Yankees: .250 BA, recently broke up a 4-30 slump.

Eric Byrnes, Arizona Diamondbacks: Great 2007 season batting .286, 21 homers, and 50 steals, but he was playing on two torn hamstrings this year. At 32, his hamstring issues might scare off potential buyers next season.

On the bright side, take a look at Jerry Hairston Jr. making the case to be a major league starter in Cincinnati. Through 37 games, he is batting .325 with a .370 OBP. Very little in the power department, but he is 10 for 12 in stolen bases. He has a hit in 13 of his last 15 games played. Quite consistent.

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