Yesterday, I mentioned good pitching and bad hitting were complementary facts of this early 2007 fantasy baseball season. To help buttress that assertion, I ran the hitting stats for the top 100 hitters sorted by at-bats. In order to keep things simple (plus not spend too much time doing this as it will go stale soon enough), I have only listed the those players hitting less than .250.
Among these "luminaries" are just four players that I could reasonably see as still being available in the free agent pool of deep mixed leagues. In AL-/NL-only leagues, I cannot see any of them as free agents.
There are elite players in this group, notably Albert Pujols, but also top five-rounds/$25+ players like Gary Sheffield, Michael Young, Andruw Jones, Mark Teixeira, Alphonso Soriano, and Vernon Wells. There are more but the point has been set-up.
Pitching is doing so well because so many elite hitters are not doing well for some reason. Since I do not believe that something happened to these players' physical/mental abilites over the winter, I am going to go Cassandra on everyone giddy over the success of their pitching sleepers. Armageddon is coming!
FWIW, my AL-only team has five of the worst 48 offenders, and my NL-only team has three. My AL team would have more except Bobby Crosby and Elijah Dukes didn't make the Top 100 by ABs.