This post is not meant to scream fire in the theater of Razzball. I’m not saying don’t draft these guys. I’m not unfriending them. (I would hide all of their stupid Mafia Wars updates. Okay, quick rant, I have a friend who emailed everyone that he just had a kid. Yay for him, I know. So I emailed him back congrats that the kid doesn’t look like his wife. Then I go onto Facebook and he just won a cannoli or some shizz on Mafia Wars. He just got home from the hospital with his newborn and he’s warring with 12-year-olds hiding behind fictitious Mafioso personalities? Nice. I wonder in forty years if his kid will email me saying his Dad died then start playing an online video game.) I’m just saying you need to be aware of certain concerns that I’ve kept to myself about these players. I’m unburdening myself. My shrink says it’s good for me. I still like these players; I just want you to have the whole picture. Anyway, here’s some concerns for 2010 fantasy baseball:
Miguel Montero – Concern: Snyder. I’m worried that Chris Snyder might see more ABs than anyone thinks he will. Montero sits one game a week? We’re cool. Snyder gets two games a week and suddenly Montero will be lucky to match last year’s numbers, forget eclipsing them.
Gordon Beckham – Concern: Ozzie. I hate putting my young player, upside cards in the hands of a manager that has been known to be absolutely bonkers. Beckham could leave Spring Training batting 2nd and still end up being replaced by Omar Vizquel by May. Jose Mesa would not be the only upset one.
Troy Tulowitzki – Concern: Less speed, cold start. I’ve actually expressed these concerns before, but it was done in my mumbly, Milton voice. Tulo’s never stole anywhere near 20+ bases before last year. Also, his career April average is .194 and usually doesn’t fully turn it on until June. What if he starts pressing in June to finally turn it on and it never comes?
Justin Upton – Concern: Youth, expectations. J-Upside will be a great one for many years to come. He’ll probably win an MVP within the next five years. He’s still only 22 for the majority of the 2010 season. He will give you a 30+ homer, 20+ steal season; I’m just not sure it comes this year.
Josh Hamilton – Concern: Health. Well, the concern says it all. Can he stay healthy for 500 ABs?
Yovani Gallardo – Concern: He’s gonna win the Cy Young and I’m not going to own him. Okay, the other players on this list I like with concerns. I’m avoiding YoGa with concerns. Gallardo went from a huge innings jump from 2008 to 2009 and definitely tired at the end of 2009 (5+ ERA in August and September). But it wasn’t an arm injury in 2008. He did some shizz to his knee. He might make me look stupid. Oh, Gallardo, you give me turmoil.
Nolan Reimold – Concern: Youth, Achilles. Some gooftards just don’t get their act together in their second year. I’m hoping Reimold is not one of them, but that concern is there. Then you have an Achilles injury that’s taking longer to heal than Achilles’s Achilles.
Ian Stewart – Concern: I’ve overhyped him. Is he that different than this guy? Haha, I made you click the link. Don’t worry, it’s safe for work. Unless you work with Bill James, then it might be considered porn.