Let the fun continue in part 2 of my preseason rankings and end of season grades.
SP-my rankings first, real rankings 2nd
Roy Hallady- me 1/ actual 3
Felix Hernandez- me 2/ actual 23
Tim Lincecum- me 3/ actual 16
Adam Wainwright- me 4/ actual didn’t play at all this season.
Cliff Lee- me 5/ actual 4
CC Sabathia- me 6/ actual 12
Jon Lester- me 7/ actual 32
Josh Johnson- me 8/ actual 50
Zack Grienke- me 9/ actual 25
Clayton Kershaw- me 10/ actual 2
Justin Verlander- me 11/ actual 1
Ubaldo Jimenez- me 12/ actual over 150
Chris Carpenter- me 13/ actual 49
Dan Haren- me 14/ actual 9
Tommy Hanson- me 15/ actual 41 (would have been top 20 if not for DL stint last two months)
David Price- me 16/ actual 19
Matt Latos- me 17/ actual 36
Jered Weaver- me 18/ actual 5
Cole Hamels- me 19/ actual 7
Matt Cain- me 20/ actual 11
Roy Oswalt- me 21/ actual 96
Yovani Gallardo- me 22/ actual 20
Fransisco Liriano- me 23/ actual over 150
Max Scherzer- me 24/ actual 97
Chad Billingsley- me 25/ actual over 150
B, 5 of my 24 (excluding Waino because of Tommy John surgery before season) finished below top 50 but the other 19 finished top 50. So not too bad.
RP-This one could be interesting. Yahoo has some guys that were SP in the rankings so some numbers may be a little worse than they actually should be.
Carlos Marmol- me 1/ actual 56
Brian Wilson- me 2/ actual 39
Joakim Soria- me 3/ actual 51
Neftali Feliz- me 4/ actual 37
Heath Bell- me 5/ actual 14
Mariano Rivera- me 6/ actual 4
Jonathan Papelbon- me 7/ actual 9
Francisco Rodriguez- me 8/ actual 34
JJ Putz- me 9/ actual 5
Jonathan Broxton- me 10/ actual over 150
Andrew Bailey- me 11/ actual 65
John Axford- me 12/ actual 3
Brad Lidge- me 13/ actual over 150
Jose Valverde- me 14/ actual 6
Chris Perez- me 15/ actual 38
Huston Street- me 16/ actual 61
Drew Storen- me 17/ actual 2
Francisco Cordero- me 18/ actual 10
Joe Nathan- me 19/ actual 103
Ryan Franklin/ actual over 150
F, I’m only giving myself this because it furthers proves my point that closers are different pretty much every year. Sure there are 4 or 5 guys who will be a top 10 guy the next couple of years, but overall closers change like the wind!
Now lets see how I did on my “Bold” predictions before the season began.
Matt Wieters– I predicted 22 HR, 90 RBI and an AVG close to .300. His actual numbers 22 HR (nailed it) 68 RBI (thought the O’s O would be a little better than it was) a .262 AVG (ouch ok I was way off on that one).
Freddie Freeman– I said he would be an anchor in the Braves lineup and come in with 25 HR and 100 RBI. What really happened was he had a couple of solid months hitting in the middle of the lineup, but only managed 21 HR and 76 RBI. Oh well can’t win them all I suppose.
Dustin Pedroia- I had him having a rough April, but turning it on for the rest of the season (I claimed he would have a 10 HR July) and finishing with 22 HR and 23 SB. The slow April came true (.255, 13 r, 2 hr, 8 rbi, and 3 sb). He only ended up with 8 HR in July and hit .411 that month (I can’t believe I called a hot July for him!) on the season he had 21 HR and 26 SB. I would like to say that I called his season almost to a T.
Alexei Ramirez-I claimed he would have a boderline 30/30 season, 27 HR/26 SB was the actual guess. I also said he would help the White Sox have the best Offense in the majors this year…way off on that one! His final tally was 15 HR/ 7 SB. I was just way off on all of my White Sox guesses before the year, but I would venture a guess that practically everyone was.
Pablo Sandoval-I predicted that Sandoval would have a huge year to the tune of 90 r, 28 hr, 100 rbi and 10 sb. His real numbers didn’t mirror mine so nicely 55 R, 23 HR, 70 RBI, 2 SB. He did have a good season though, better than last year at least.
Colby Rasmus-I said he would be the spark for Pujols’ career year (didn’t think it would be Pujols’ worst year) and have 30 HR, 20 SB, and over 100 R. What really happened was got traded midseason never really got going in Toronto and finished with a pretty bad 75 R, 14 HR, and 5 SB. Well he is still young so maybe he will figure it out eventually.
Andrew McCutchen-I claimed that he would help lead the Pirates to a near .500 win pct (they were for 4 months of the season). Also, I said he would finish the year with some HUGE numbers; .300, 25 HR, 85 RBI, 30 SB. The real season had the Pirates in contention till about mid July, and McCutchen failed to do as well as I hoped. His final numbers were .259, 23 HR (close), 89 RBI (close again), 23 SB (not too far off).
Jayson Werth-I predicted that Jayson Werth would be a bum away from Philly and finish with a mediocre 20 HR and finish with a sub .260 AVG. I called that he would be an overpaid bum for the Nationals and his final HR and AVG weren’t too far from what I thought. (20 HR and only .232 batting average) I may be a little to happy in Werth’s struggles…oh well.
Adrian Beltre-I claimed he was money hungry, lazy, and would have a pretty bad year with a .270 avg and only 22 HR. Well I don’t know if the first two or true or false but my third claim was pretty far off. He finished with 32 HR and a .296 AVG.
Alex Rios-I said he would do really well and make Blue Jay fans sad that he had to leave. Well he was like most of the White Sox players and basically got paid to do nothing. I’m going to save everyone the trouble of having to see what his final numbers were…just trust me when I say he was Horrible.
Phillies Offense-Going into the year I thought their offense would be pretty bad and they wouldn’t be a top 5 offense in the NL like they had been in season’s past. Well they finished outside the top 5 in every major offensive category, which include, Runs, Hits, RBI, HR, AVG, OPS, and Slugging. Good thing they had good pitching otherwise they would have been on the outside looking in come playoff time.
Miguel Montero-I figured Miguel would be a top fantasy Catcher like many thought he was going to be last year and finish with a nice .285, 24 HR, 80 RBI, and being a top 5 fantasy Catcher. Well I’m going to go ahead and pat myself on the back because I almost called everything exact, .282, 18 HR, 86 RBI and finished 5 on the dot.
I’m going to just do a quick recap on the last guys. Hit=prediction was almost exact (within a couple of numbers of course, think my Pedroia guess) Walk=Got some things close and some things not so close(think my Andrew McCutchen prediction) Strikeout=I was way off and am now a little embarassed (all of my White Sox guesses).
Zack Greinke– Walk (way off on the ERA)
Brandon Morrow– Stikeout (it was probably closer to a weak grounder to the pitcher, but still an out)
Brian Matusz– Strikeout Looking!
Tim Lincecum- Hit (this might even be a Home Run)
Jeremy Hellickson- Hit (only barely missed on the win total)
Max Scherzer– Strikeout (this one hurt)
Jason Motte– Hit (This one could have been a walk or hit but I needed to boost my ego so gave it a hit)
Daniel Bard– Strikeout (The ump called the pitch a strike when pitch tracker actually said it was a ball)
Drew Storen– Hit (this was a nice ground rule double)
Hope you enjoyed the last two posts. I don’t think a lot of “fantasy experts” show how good they actually did at season’s end so I wanted to offer something a little different. As you have seen I wasn’t exact on very many things, but I also wasn’t too far off on many things. I hope this shows that you can trust me in terms of my fantasy knowledge and if it actually makes you feel the opposite well dang! It was a fun season. I will now turn my eyes towards Football and preseason Basketball ( I really hope the lockout is solved soon) Don’t forget to “like” the Hombre on facebook, or subscribe to the blog. Let me know how you think I did in the comments!