Last week I was well behind my opponent to the tune of 8-1-1 and managed to push through the rest of the week to win the head-to-head series 5-3-2. With an overall record of 17-10-3 I am currently 3 games back of first place and facing the leader this week (Rock†own™ 21-8-1).
This weeks matchup will test my theory on fantasy baseball to it's fullest extent. With five batters on the bench, two of the best relievers in the game (Jonathan Papelbon and Jo Nathan), and a starting five rotation with no bench pitching, we will see who comes out on top. So far Rock†own™ has come out of the gates in first place with his strategy, but I plan on using free agency and my two bench players to keep up with the batting stats in this weeks match up. My whole theory is that pitching is harder to find and anyone can produce offense if you keep up with the leagueand see who's on a hot streak. Runs, RBI's and Home Runs happen every single game. Pitching no-hitters, allowing no runs, wins and saves only come from good pitching. If you have a solid nucleus in your pitching you have nothing to worry about in those areas.
This weeks matchup is going to be make or break for me. I can split the series or win it and I'll be in great standings. If this guy does to me what he did to his opponent last week, I could drop significantly and be fighting to stay alive. Let's see if this fantasy baseball guru has got the stuff to make it happen.
Fantasy bullpens should look into picking up Kerry Wood as the closer for the Cleveland Indians, Jose Guillen and Wille Bloomquist from Kansas City and Justin Upton (who I just picked up) from Arizona for some streaking hitters. Also, if you're like me and have Brad Pennyjust because you're a Red Sox fan, don't let your emotions get involved like me, and drop him! Especially if Zach Duke from the Pittsburgh Pirates is still available.