My fantasy team blew chunks this year, and there are a lot of people to blame. Here are just a few:
David Wright: My second round pick. By the time he broke his back, my team’s chances has already been crushed.
Josh Johnson: My third round pick. Johnson is an elite pitcher when he’s on the mound, but his lingering shoulder injury will likely keep him off the field for the rest of the season and out of my plans for next year.
Adam Dunn: Has any player ever experienced a more precipitous decline? Dunn went from the poster boy for consistency to a candidate for the worst batting average of all time. From 2005-2010, Dunn’s home run totals: 40, 40, 40, 40, 40, 38, 38. So far this season, he’s got 11. To say nothing of his sub-.300 OBP and the three hits he has off left-handed pitchers all season. Of course, some things never change — Dunn is still on pace for 200 strikeouts. He’s been my team’s biggest disappointment, and that’s saying something, since there is no shortage of competition.
Jayson Werth: My fifth round pick. I knew he might regress, considering his unsustainably high 2010 batting average with balls in play. Also, there was moving to a bigger park and to a team that offered less lineup protection. But this was more regression than I or any expert was predicting. A .222 average with 13 HR and 42 RBI? Ick.
Ichiro: My sixth round pick. He’s finally showing his age. In 2010, Ichiro was my league’s 11th ranked right fielder. This season, he is 19th. He’s still stealing bases, but his .311 OBP is decidedly un-Ichiro-like. I guess it had to happen sooner or later, but I would have preferred later.
Manny Ramirez: I drafted him in the 10th round. In retrospect, maybe that seems a little silly. But at the time getting a .400 OBP guy that late seemed like a steal.
Edinson Volquez: My 12th round pick. Maybe this was too early for Volquez, but it seemed a good gamble for a guy only two seasons removed from 200 strikeouts.
Brian Roberts: My 13th round pick. His back was fine this season. But he’s been unable to recover from a concussion he sustained while sliding back to first base on a pickoff throw. I feel like this is a metaphor for my team’s season.
Hiroki Kuroda: My 20th round pick. Actually, I don’t blame Kuroda for anything. It’s not his fault that only three pitchers have gotten less run support. Kuroda is 7-13 with an ERA under 3. No justice.