Ask Nash: How does my team look?

Nash, can you please evaluate my 2 teams?!
Hunter in Plymouth, MN

First team is a 15 team 7×7 Roto style league.

Hitting categories: Runs, HRs ,RBIs, BBs, -Ks, Steals, AVG
Pitching categories: -BBI, Ks, Ws, SVs, HDs, ERA, WHIP

C- Yadier Molina
1B- Mark Teixeira
2B- Neil Walker
3B- Alex Rodriguez
SS- Emilio Bonifacio
LF- Brett Gardner
CF- Melky Cabrera
RF- Hunter Pence
UTL- Mark Trumbo

Bench- (none)

P- Stephen Strasburg
P- James Shields
P- Josh Johnson
P- Brandon League
SP- Jon Lester
RP- Joel Hanrahan

Bench- Brandon Morrow, Kyle Farnsworth, Rafael Soriano, Tyler Clippard

This looks like it can be a VERY successful team in a 15 team league!  Your team’s strength is definitely going to be your Balanced offense and your middle/relief pitchers, especially in a league that counts holds.

I think Tyler Clippard can be a stud in your format because of his insanely high K per 9 rate (10.6/9 is no joke). If Drew Storen goes down to injury or doesn’t perform well, Clippard will be set in the 9th inning role before you can say Bryce Harper! [Editor's note: "Bryce Harper." Oh, was that rhetorical?]

You are also looking at a comeback player of the year candidate in A-Rod AND one of my personal favorites to have a monster year: Hunter Pence.  Josh Johnson is going to have a great year if his arm is good to go.

The only guy to not expect what you saw last year is Brett Gardner. He is coming off a career year because he lead off A LOT last year. But unless Derek Jeter misses a lot of time again he will not be so lucky this year.


Second is for a 12 team 6×6 Head-to-Head style league for money

Hitting categories: Runs, HRs ,RBIs, BBs, Steals, AVG
Pitching categories: Ks, QSs, Ws, SVs, ERA, WHIP

C- Yadier Molina
1B- Mark Reynolds
2B- Ian Kinsler
3B- Jose Bautista
SS- Dee Gordon
LF- Brett Gardner
CF- Drew Stubbs
RF- Hunter Pence
UTL- David Ortiz

Bench- Corey Hart, Melky Cabrera, Justin Morneau

P- Roy Halladay
P- CC Sabathia
P- Stephen Strasburg
P- Brandon Morrow
RP- Joe Nathan
RP- Matt Capps

Bench- Colby Lewis, Ryan Dempster, Bud Norris

I like this team as well, Hunter, as your starting pitching will be tough to beat and your core batters ( Bautista, Kinsler and Pence) are awesome!

A few trouble spots I see here are your closers. It might be that 2 of the guys could lose their closer roles sooner or later this season.  However, if Joe Nathan is back to his former self he will be fine and there isn’t exactly anyone in the Twins bullpen lying in wait for the closer job if Capps starts out slow.

I’d also like to see a little more positional flexibility on your bench. But if Justin Morneau can return to his MVP form from a few seasons ago your team will be a force!

Best of luck man!

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  • Dave

    Hey Nash, do you mind evaluating my team? 10 teams, standard 5×5 rotisserie:

    C- Carlos Santana
    1B- Freddie Freeman
    2B- Rickie Weeks
    3B- Jose Bautista
    SS- Alexei Ramirez
    OF- Carlos Gonzalez
    OF- Hunter Pence
    OF- Michael Bourn
    UTIL- Nick Markakis
    UTIL- Dustin Ackley
    Bench: Lucas Duda, Brandon Belt

    SP- Roy Halladay
    SP- Yovani Gallardo
    SP- James Shields
    SP- Matt Latos
    SP- Tommy Hanson
    RP- Rafael Betancourt
    RP- Sergio Santos
    RP- Jason Motte
    Bench- Grant Balfour, Matt Capps, Chris Sale

  • Nash

    Of course man, and remember you can email me directly and I typically will respond faster…

    That said, This team is good but not great, certainly your strength is pitching and you have an abundance of saves which maybe you can turn into some other stats once you have a solid lead in the saves department.

    You really should be near or at the top of every pitching category!

    However your batting will need some very good use of your bench to compete in home runs and you may need to find another steals guy on the wire at some point.

    Typically I shoot for 250 hoe runs from my team to compete and I am seeing only about 225 from this team best case. (with good use out of Duda and Belt)

    Now I doubt that anyone gets the same production from catcher as you with Santana so that is gonna go a long way and Joey Bats is one of my favs.

    You should try to upgrade your short stop and second base positions if you can maybe pairing your guys with a closer to get more reliable guys.

    Also if you email me back about trades or potential pick ups later be sure to include any limitations like max starts or innings.

    Best of luck!