Monday, April 30, 2007

Me reading at Pegasus Books 4/29/07

Open mp3

Recorded by Andrew Kenower of Project Voice Box.

Patriots' Draft 2007

On the surface, this years Patriots draft moves seemed a little suspect, trading away all their high round draft picks for picks next year, then sending away a fourth round pick for disgruntled superstar receiver Randy Moss. However, I think in hindsight it will work out better than if the Pats had exercised all of their picks this year where they sat.

With the 24th pick in the draft, Bellicheck and Pioli chose Brandon Meriweather, a hard hitting and versatile safety from Miami, filling a hole in the teams depth chart, and also grooming a replacement for Rodney Harrison as he gets closer to retiring. After that move, however, the team proceeded to send away picks this year for picks next year. The move made sense. This years draft class was fairly unimpressive, and next years class is widely considered to be deeper, talent wise, into the second and third round. Also, the Patriots' major needs and gaps were widely defensive, and with the top tier linebackers and corners having already been picked over before the Pats had their chance, it makes sense to look ahead to next year for value, rather than waste draft standing on third tier players.

In the later rounds the Pats drummed up some potential depth at O-line, D-line, and middle linebacker. If there's one thing that New England has done in the Bellicheck era, it's get major production from late round linemen. The big news, however, came early on Sunday when the Pats announced they'd traded their fourth round pick for Oakland wideout Randy Moss. Moss' bad rap is well known, in two underwhelming and losing seasons in Oakland, he wanted out, even admitting he took plays off. While it seems out of character for New England to bring in a player like Moss to a locker room where character and hard work are everything, let's not forget that both Rodney Harrison and Corey Dillon has similar bad raps when they came to New England, only to turn their careers around and become leaders in two Super Bowl campaigns.

Draft grade: B+/A-

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Red Sox Blog

After this weekend's sweep of the Yankees, I came away with a good feeling towards the young Sox season, but I'm not quite sold on the long run yet.

The Sox put up three aces (Shilling, Beckett, and Dice-K) against Andy Petite and two rookies, one of whom had just come up from single-A ball, and all three games were still close, high scoring affairs.

The Yankees lineup has no weak points, literally every bat is an all-star, and I hate to be pessimistic, but when the Bronx Bombers get back Chien Ming-Wang, Carl Povano, and Mike Mussina, who can all carry deeper into the game than the current roster, the Sox aren't going to be able to take advantage of the fragile Yankee bullpen like they did all season. It was obvious by Sunday night that the bullpen was the difference in the series, with the Yankees going through a dozen relievers, and the Sox getting strong showings from Okajima, Timlin, and Papelbon, who was just untouchable in the 9th.

It was a hell of a series, but Manny Ramirez needs to figure out his timing, and soon, and while Julio Lugo adds a base stealing presence to the lead-off spot, the Sox need to get more consistent production from the 8 and 9 slots in the lineup. Alex Cora/Wily Mo-Pena/Dustin Pedroia/Coco Crisp came alive this weekend, but they need to keep that momentum going on a regular basis.

The Sox avenged last year's disastrous five game sweep at Fenway in August, but the season still has a long way to go, and a rematch with a fortified Yankee pitching staff next month will show where the two clubs stand heading into the All-Star break.

Monday, April 23, 2007

This makes me happy:

Monday, April 16, 2007

This about sums it up:

Monday, April 02, 2007

The Huey Lewis of Fantasy Baseball

(because I got nothin' but hits)

It's finally baseball season again - Red Sox, BBQ, cold Sam Adams - which means it's also fantasy baseball season again.

I know it's unbearably dorky, but when you're in San Francisco and can only see the Sox six days out of the year in Oakland, it helps to keep in touch with friends in Boston and New York. Last year Slaughter's Marauders finished 4th out of 12. I'm awesome. Here's what the draft dealt me this time around:

C - Kenji Johjima
1B - Ryan Howard
2B - Brian Roberts
3B - Scott Rolen
SS - Michael Young
OF - Manny Ramirez
OF - Jason Bay
OF - Rocco Baldelli
Utility IF - Richie Sexon
Utility IF - Felipe Lopez
Utility OF - Magglio Ordonez
Utility OF - Scott Posednik

SP - Roy Oswalt
SP - Jeremy Bonderman
SP - Josh Beckett
SP - Andy Pettitte
SP - Josh Johnson
SP - Chien-Ming Wang
RP - Jonathan Papelbon
RP - Huston Street
RP - Joel Zumaya
RP - Jon Garland

Sunday, April 01, 2007

I've Moved!

Duggan Is Blog is now Is Blog over at Idiolexicon: