When: 7:10 EST
The Starters: Wang (1-0, 3.00) vs. Johnson (2-3, 4.87)
The Line: Marlins -160, Nats +140, O/U 8 Runs, Marlins -1.5
When: 1:10 EST
The Starters: Zimmermann (3-4, 2.47) vs. Zambrano (2-3, 2.85)
The Line: Marlins -115, Nats +105, O/U 7.5 Runs, Marlins -1.5
Starters – Both of these Z-men are off to great starts in 2012 with sub 3 eras but have had some tough luck with both having records under .500. Zambrano is coming off of his worst start of the year (5 IP, 7 ER vs. Rockies) and Zimmermann has had a truly terrible start all year (worst was 6 IP, 4 ER vs. Pirates). These two are pretty even right now but Zimmermann has been more consistant so he gets the edge. Advantage Nationals
I know I am a little late with this but considering almost every team still has 160 games left I still think it’s worth writing. I’m going to go through division by division, give my projected standings including win/loss records and give a short analysis on why I think that’s how they’ll end up. After that I’ll go through the playoff match-ups and give out my picks to win all the big regular season individual honors. Brace yourselves before reading O’s fans…
New York Yankees 99 – 63
Tampa Bay Rays 88 – 74
Pick to Win AL East: New York Yankees
I think that the Yankees will just have too much of everything for the Rays and Red Sox to keep up with them. They have great hitters back again with Alex Rodriguez, Mark Tiexeira, Cano, and Granderson in the middle of the lineup. On top of that they have a catcher who was an all-star last year in Russel Martin and a sure-fire hall of famer in Derek Jeter. One of their biggest holes last year was pitching, and they certainly knew that and made some big moves in free agency. They traded for Michael Pineda who had a great rookie year and signed Hiroki Kuroda who has a career 3.45 ERA. On top of that they still have an ace in C.C. Sabathia and another young star in Ivan Nova who went 16-4 last year. They have certainly improved their pitching and will win this division.
Each fantasy baseball season has its own unique spin to it. Subtle differences that change how the season plays out and what adjustments you need to make as a player to win this year. And that is the ultimate goal. To win this year. If you want to win a fantasy league, you have to take risks, make smart decisions, and sometimes painful decisions.
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