The Week 2 results for UmpBump’s head-to-head fantasy league are in. A quick look at how we did:
Coley: I eked out a win this week, winning HR, SB, OBP, W, K, ERA and WHIP. Why was this week different than last? I won stolen bases. And, honestly, with Jose Reyes, Chone Figgins, Brandon Phillips and Johnny Damon, how can I not? (On a completely unrelated note, am I the only one out there who insists on pronouncing Chone Figgins’ first name the way it is spelled?) Hot: Vlad Guerero, Carlos Pena, Josh Hamilton. Not: Jered Weaver, Jose Reyes, Oliver Perez.
Paul: Who would have guessed that the “rotten egg” on my pitching staff so far would be C.C. Sabathia? The rotund lefty got rocked especially badly this week, lasting only 3 1/3 innings but somehow managed to give up 9 earned runs on 12 hits and 2 walks, irreparably damaging the team ERA and WHIP. And just like that, my annual dominance over Coley Ward’s fantasy teams came to an end. I also had to drop Kevin Slowey, who hit the DL and added Cliff Lee. Do I expect him to keep pitching as well as he has? No, absolutely not. Especially in the Ks department. But he has the ability to minimize walks so I’m betting on that. On the bright side, Scott (Utley’s Firm Quads) unexpectedly dropped Trevor Hoffman so I picked him up on waivers, making him my fifth closer. Offensively, I didn’t have a bad week, although Edwin Encarnacion has gotten off to a bad start for the second year in a row. Shane Victorino hit the DL, but I’ll live (added Chris Duncan) since he wasn’t doing much of anything anyways. Still waiting for Adan Dunn to click, though… HOT: Geovany Soto, Jhonny Peralta, Matt Hollida, Huston Street. Not: Edwin Encarnacion, Chris B. Young, Adam Young, C.C. Sabathia, Andy Sonnanstine.
Sarah: I moved up to No. 2 in our standings after a decisive win this week. This was somewhat unexpected, as surprisingly gorgeous New England spring weather and a bizarrely active social life this weekend meant that many of my part-time young outfielders (Matt Kemp, Jacoby Ellsbury, Xavier Nady) were in my lineup when they weren’t playing, and vice versa. My opponent Ania, however, has a raft of players currently on the DL or, even more annoyingly, day-to-day (Mike Lowell, Tom Glavine, Placido Polanco, Jimmy Rollins, David DeJesus, John Lackey). Ka-ching! On the other hand, I missed out on Trevor Hoffman and hence have still not sufficiently insulated myself from the inevitable pain that comes from relying on Eric Gagne. Now I’m facing off against Paul this week. I am not even going to try to match him in the saves category. D’oh. Hot: Matt Kemp, Vernon Wells, Jacoby Ellsbury, Stephen Drew, James Loney, Ian Kinsler. Not: Roy Oswalt, Jon Lester, Russell Martin, Ryan Braun.
Alejandro: Ugh. Another week, another fetid performance by my offense. At least my pitching staff squeezed out four wins for me, two more than last week. Magglio Ordóñez continues to bring my team down, only this week, he was helped by the underperforming Aaron Rowand and Slappy McPopup himself, Juan Pierre. Both A.J. Pierzynski on the offensive side, and Kevin Milwood on the pitching side were good pickups. Pierzynski continues to swing a hot stick and Milwood added an insurance win to help me win that category 4-2 (Kerry Wood got a win in a non-save situation). I’m thinking my offense will be OK as I’m sure Maggs will heat up. I picked up Gavin Floyd, the young White Sox pitcher, not because he almost had a no-hitter last week, but because the kid’s stuff is nasty. He’s throwing a nasty cutter and a good curveball, and he’s mixing it all with a change-up. I’ve been watching this kid since last year, and he’s definitely turned a corner. Hot: Alex Gordon, Chipper Jones, Hanley Ramirez, Tim Lincecum, Kevin Milwood. Not: Magglio Ordóñez, Connor Jackson, Hunter Pence, Aaron Rowand, Carlos Lee, Francisco Liriano and Dontrelle Willis (who hit the DL).