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If you do like moi (That’s French.  Face it, I’m cultured like yogurt.), you’ll avoid top level starters at your 2009 fantasy baseball draft and you’ll try to find value later on.  Hey, I really like Roy Oswalt! And I like Wandy Rodriguez, what’s it to ya, random italicized voice?  Last season, Wandy Rodriguez finally put together a season that hinted at his respectable minor league numbers and suggested he might be someone to look at late.  To stick with the French theme, let’s take out a scalpel and dissect this frog.  So could Wandy Rodriguez be a 2009 fantasy sleeper?

Last year, Wandy Rodriguez put up a very solid ERA of 3.54.  But, as some of us may know, you can put the value of ERA by itself as a predictor of future performance in one hand and crap in the other hand and tell me which one is heavier.  Better still Wandy’s FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching) was 3.62, which was actually better than Oswalt’s.  Without sabering you to death as you try to understand what FIP means, it’s basically pitchers’ stats minus fielders.  Another great sign, Wandy’s K/9 ratios keep going up every year.   Last year, those rates were 8.58.  Also, he finally got his BB/9 below 3.  Then there’s the hitter’s park he plays his home games in that he’s completely neutralized with some serious home schooling. The one drawback on Wandy Rodriguez and why he may be falling in some drafts, he showed himself to be a bit injury prone last year as he battled a groin injury (ouch!) and an oblique injury (vague!).  But, really, that shouldn’t matter.  Wandy’s being drafted around some schmohawks as Armando Galarraga (blech!), Joe Blanton (blah!) and Jamie Moyer (barf!).  At that price, Wandy Rodriguez is a 2009 fantasy sleeper.

  1. Fman99 says:
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    I like any pitcher whose name is a euphemism for “magic penis.” Shake that Wandy!

  2. BSA says:
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    Last name “Rodriguez” makes him interesting, yet the first name might indicate otherwise.

    As long as vous are sticking with a French theme – what about Frenchy? Super ball bounce back season ahead?

  3. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    @Grey: SI.com just did a piece on Frenchy that was all, he’s got a Bible verse in his glove. And he’s skinnier!

    You know what it says in my glove? DON’T DRAFT FRENCHY.

  4. youngid says:
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    @Grey: your hands don’t happen to be slightly smaller than OJ’s, do they?

    Wandy has been incredible at home for the last couple years, and I’ve been starting him accordingly. Is there a name for players like that?

  5. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @youngid: Click on the words “home schooling” in the above post.

  6. BSA says:
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    @Baron Von Vulturewins: Did he get drafted in the RCL08?

    Scanned the draft and couldn’t see him.

  7. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Need one more SP in my auction. Think Wandy fits the bill as a late $3-5 bid?

    @BSA: Where you been man? Some of us bored guys actually miss ya!

  8. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: I’d say more like $2-3, but I do really like him in that role. Especially in NL-Only leagues.

  9. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Busy with my last class toward the masters, school/work, three kids kicking my ass, and trying to raise capital to switch from a job to entrepreneur.

    Oh yeah and shoveling loads o’snow.

    Football is over – Celtics are kickin’ tail – and the Red Sox truck leaves Fenway tomorrow night.

    Let me crack a Sam Winter to mark the occasion – be right back.

  10. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: Welcome back but you gots to get your priorities in order son.

  11. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: And what would that order be:
    1. Manage Dogs of Summer
    2. Manage Dogs of Summer
    3. Manage Dogs of Summer

  12. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: Just checked the list (not unlike Santa).

    Wandy went undrafted in our mixed last year, gonna target him as a late night intoxicated sleeper pick, 1 dollar baby.

  13. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: Exactly………..so you can finish behind me.

  14. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: This year I am considering a theme draft – no pitcher older than X years old, team Rodriguez, players with too many letters in their name, batters coming off a bad 2008, etc.

    No matter what I do – I cannot finish behind you again –
    The weight killed me last season

    Are we planning to have an RCL season two?
    With the teams that dropped out last season that should bring it down to around 13-14.

  15. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: There will be a RCL II with potentially more leagues. Stay tuned… Muahahahahaha

  16. sickmangarner says:
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    Glad to see the first sentence of this post about not drafting top tier starters. I just included my best SP (and RP) in a package for Hanley (hi, Brandon) and I’m so loaded with hitters that I’ll be piloting the good ship “valuelateron” in my auction this year.

  17. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: Grey’s gonna have more leagues this year, starting soon from what I gather.

  18. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @sickmangarner: Valuetron — nice! Might have to use that one.

    @BigFatHippo: @BSA: or @anyone that is lurking — I’m trying to figure out how to work this so everyone who wants to be in a league will have room, while still trying to figure out how to get people in the leagues they want to be in. Open to suggestions.

  19. BSA says:
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    @Grey: I would like to keep the first RCL together if possible. It was fun getting to know (as good as we can) each team.

    Going with CBS this year rather than Yahoo?

  20. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: CBS charges. So prolly go with Yahoo.

  21. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: One suggestion from me, the original RCL stays put minus the drop outs and plus Steve, who wants in.

    Where ya at Steve, I know you’re lurking.

  22. BSA says:
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    @Grey: One idea for last years RCL is to pull the emails and privately invite that one back together.

    Another idea is to try and break it down by # of comments and offer a blog entry with a breakdown of the leagues, offer check ins with a password associated with each league, and a cut off date so others can get filled in.

  23. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Yeah, that’s what I figured in regards to the original RCL. Then I might just ask four other people to be organizers so there’s five leagues altogether. Rudy thinks he’s figured out a way we can have 5 leagues, 5 champions, but one supreme champion of the 5 leagues.

  24. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: IowaCubs also suggested we have people cough up $10 and the winner’s charity gets the money. I liked that idea at first, but I’m not sure how I feel about making people give money.

  25. BSA says:
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    @Grey: @BigFatHippo:
    Obviously I agree with Hippo!
    I agree with inputting Steve for one of the dropouts – Crikey! Will the time difference give an advantage to our Kiwi friend?

  26. BSA says:
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    @Grey: That is a major MUHAHAHAHA!

    Do we offer the honor system and ask that each team list their charity of choice?

    Basically, these are the requirements, yaddy, yaddy, yaddy, including that each team pledge ten dollars in the name of Razzball to charity X, Y or Z.

  27. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BSA: I don’t remember Crikey so he’s gone for Steve. That’s fine. You guys can figure out your league, but I need to figure out how to make it fair for the other leagues. I probably need four captains to step up and take charge of the other leagues like how P0rk stepped up last year.

  28. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: How would a supreme champion* be determined?

    *I like that term, in a perfect world, we would be the Loyal Order of Water Buffalo, complete with a secret handshake and the password Ackkakk-adakk-dakkdakk-a-aakk.

  29. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Here, bro.@BSA: Time difference sucks if you need to grab streamers as the clock ticks over right when I’m putting the kids in bed.

  30. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Steve: We would be cool as far as the draft though, right?

    You’d still be at work with plenty of time on your hands, till that Crocodile Dundee guy needs another cup of java that is.

  31. Steve says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Yeah – 8pm EST is 2pm the next day here.

  32. BigFatHippo says:
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    Plus, you’re almost an entire day ahead of us. You’ll know when Heilman takes over the gig before Heilman does.

  33. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Rudy’s figuring out how a supreme champion would be determined, but I believe he will weigh the difficulty of each league then determine who was the best overall.

  34. BSA says:
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    @Steve: Hey Steve – Looks like your coming in for the RCL.
    As to putting the kids to bed, try Hippo’s advice – priorities!
    (Don’t listen to me I do not get to say, “The kids can go to bed in a minute honey Wandy is still available and I am on the board next. – SHIT!! Hippo got him!” She just doesn’t understand it is a Razzball thing.

    I still think the Dogs might retire to The News. -HA!

  35. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Grey: I’m confident Rudy will have a formula to figger it out. My head’s still spinning from the Risky Pitchers. Glad none of my guys were on that list.

  36. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: As in Newport News?

  37. Freak says:
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    If there’s another spot in the original RCL, I wouldn’t mind taking it.

  38. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Huey Lewis and the….

  39. BigFatHippo says:
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    @Freak: We’ll need to figure out how many drop out. Personally I prefer not to play a 16 teamer again, that shizz is just nuts.

    Pork should have a say in it anyway, he did originate it.

  40. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: Oh, well there’s that. I just thought it was a reference to Vick/pitbulls/Newport News being his hometown. Never mind, I make no sense sometimes, even to me!

  41. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Agreed on BaconBits being the Commish.

  42. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Nah – just kidding on becoming Baby Huey. I’ll be sticking with Dogs.

    Doesn’t it suck when you read something you wrote or hear something come out of your mouth and go, “What was that?”

  43. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: Like when I say “I wanna have Ryan Lovewick’s ludchild.”

  44. BigFatHippo says:
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    ouch, “What was that?”

  45. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: that may be a time to say, “Eeewww!”

    Well I need to sign off, NESN is covering the truck leaving Fenway for Ft. Myers and I want to make sure I am well stocked with Popcorn, Beer, and my Wally The Green Monster.

  46. BigFatHippo says:
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    @BSA: Ha, you have to watch the truck leave? Don’t know what’s lamer, that you watch it on TV or that they actually show it on TV.

    Cards leave for Jupiter in the morning, me and Fredbird can’t be there, damm.

  47. BSA says:
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    @BigFatHippo: Nah but check this out – bostondirtdogs.com – a time ticker

  48. Carl says:
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    Grey, off topic…who is closing in St.-Louis? Is it Carpernter? Franklin? Perez? Motte? All of the above?

    Thanks.

  49. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Carl: Perez right now. Motte might see some opps.

  50. Carl says:
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    Grey on the Cards website it says Larussa is not sure of handing over closing duties to Perez or Motte, I guess because of inexperience. I have a choice to keep Perez or Motte ($1 each) as one of my 8 keepers in our NL-only league. Either that or Molina at $4. Considering C is such a weak position, a .300 catcher on a good team is not bad plus I am keeping Doumit as well, so I’ll have a decent tandem at the most scarce position. I’ve noticed that closers have been extremely unstable the last couple years and to keep a very young reliever whom hasn’t even been named the closer is a bit iffy. This is why I am leaning towards keeping Molina instead. We’re in a 7 team league with 4 RP slots and we count holds, so I might as well draft my closers, as people will theoretically draft setup men as well . What do you think?

  51. Carl says:
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    *that’s Yadier Molina btw.

  52. Grey

    Grey says:
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    @Carl: If you have to decide before the end of spring training, I think you may as well go with Molina. You can probably get Perez or Motte back for not much more than you’re paying now.

  53. Titan says:
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    Would you cut Slowey for Wandy in a 10 team HTH weekly league below?

    10 Team $$ HTH Points League (Weekly)
    Hit: 1B(1), 2B(2), 3B(3), HR(4), RBI(1), RUN(1), SB(2), CS(-1), BB/HBP(1), K(-0.5)
    Pitch: W(7), L(-5), S(5), BS(-2), SHO(5), IP(3), K(1), BBI(-1), ER(-2), HA(-1)
    C: Iannetta
    1B: Miggy
    2B: Utley
    3B: A-Ram
    SS: Furcal (S.Drew)
    OF: Quentin/Ca.Lee/Dunn
    UT: Konerko (Werth)
    (5)SP: Felix/Shields/Danks/Gallardo/Bedard (Cain/C.Young/Slowey)
    (2)RP: Joba/Masterson
    Potential WW Moves:
    • (UT) Cut Werth/Furcal for: J.Bruce/Choo/Ad.Jones
    • (SP) Cut Slowey for: Wandy/Baker/Big Unit/Ubaldo/Zimmermann
    • (RP) Cut Masterson for: A.Reyes/Uehara/Morrow/Franklin/Corpas/Lindstrom

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