Yeah I've watched Zobrist and while he strikes out like everyone does (i.e. it doesn't concern me), when he has made contact, it's usually good contact...but directly at a defender whether it be an infielder or outfielder. So yeah, he's been pretty unlucky.
Alexei did seem to be getting his shit together, but he's gone cold yet again. Baby steps I guess. lol only 1 HR though. I mean I know his game isn't really power, but...1 HOME RUN? It's June Alexei.
But yeah, not giving up on either of them. I'm actually fine if Zobrist only hits .230 to .250 as long as he gets those counting stats, which he does seem to be able to do looking at his career. The Rays as whole seem to be in a funk atm, so it's not only him. Perhaps Longo's return will ignite them. Zobrist's walks can turn into a lot of runs with Longoria behind him in the lineup.
It's rough though. Most of my team is kinda slumping/funking it up right now. Dat's how baseball go.
I agree completely! What is your fantasy format? Sounds like Roto or H2H categories? Alexei power potential is probably 15 HRs. I can see him getting 10-12 by the end of the year.
The Rays are my second favorite team behind the Angels. I am in love with Joe Madden. We think identically. The team will be fine. He is the antithesis of Ron Washington, who IMO is the most laughably bad manager in baseball. He single handedly cost the Rangers the World Series last year. I know my methodology in baseball is right because it is the opposite of everything he does.
Stealing and bunting are not "stupid"...Theyre "stupid" if you adhere to the belief that all risk is bad. Thats why Oakland, for as great as they were at pioneering the "Moneyball" concept, never won a title (since they started using the Moneyball philosophy). Their baseball philosophy revolved around the motto "you only get 27 outs, dont give any away". While this isnt a BAD motto to live by, it shouldnt be the ONLY motto to live by. The best teams take the risks you are labeling "stupid". Do they always payoff? No. But you cant not steal a base or bunt because there's a chance you'll fail.
I love sabermetrics as much as the next guy, but when it becomes the only thing you base baseball decisions on, it becomes a detriment.
The Oakland A's didn't win the WS because once teams make the playoffs it is a total crap shoot. They had the best team a couple of those years but lost a 5 games series. It happens. In baseball more so than any other sport, the best team doesn't always win. Just look at the 2008 and 2011 Cardinals.
Also, that wasn't the A's motto. The A's valued OBP and things the market undervalued. The general idea was to exploit attributes in players that the market didn't value, so they could get players that provided equal value in terms of wins at a fraction of the cost. During that time period it was OBP and defense. So they signed players that were strong in those categories for low costs and were able to win a 100 games on a tiny budget. That was their motto.
And the bolded part, the "risk" of stealing, fine that is your opinion to have. Stealing is much more open to preference. But there is no "risk" in bunting. You're chances of scoring runs with a runner on second and 1 out is SIGNIFICANTLY less than a runner on first and no outs. It has NOTHING to do with risk. 80% of the time teams sacrifice bunt is the wrong decision. They do it because of the "history" of the game and what people have believed for a 100 years. Evidence now-a-days suggests otherwise but people are stuck in their ways and refuse to change.
ok, after 3 edits I'm satisfied with my response