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The Big Story Of The 2007 Baseball Season

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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.

Player TEAM POS AVG R HR RBI SB
G Sheffield DET DH 0.122 5 1 4 1
M Cameron SD OF 0.156 3 0 1 0
J Kendall OAK C 0.157 2 0 2 2
S Stewart OAK OF 0.176 5 0 1 0
J Pierre LAD OF 0.180 5 0 1 4
R Zimmerman WSH 3B 0.180 3 0 2 0
B Phillips CIN 2B 0.182 7 2 3 3
A Pujols STL 1B 0.186 7 3 7 0
B Zobrist TB SS 0.186 4 1 1 2
M Cabrera NYY OF 0.190 3 0 4 0
M Young TEX SS 0.200 7 2 9 1
F Thomas TOR DH 0.200 6 1 4 0
S Casey DET 1B 0.200 2 0 1 0
A Jones ATL OF 0.200 7 3 7 0
B Roberts BAL 2B 0.204 7 0 3 1
J Giambi NYY DH 0.205 4 2 8 0
S Drew ARI SS 0.209 6 0 2 1
C Monroe DET OF 0.214 5 1 9 0
J Crede CWS 3B 0.220 1 0 2 0
C Biggio HOU 2B 0.222 5 1 4 0
G Matthews LAA OF 0.227 9 0 2 2
T Pena KC SS 0.227 6 0 3 1
K Greene SD SS 0.229 8 2 4 0
M Teixeira TEX 1B 0.233 5 0 2 0
M Ordonez DET OF 0.234 8 1 5 0
A Soriano CHC OF 0.234 5 0 1 1
G Anderson LAA OF 0.240 7 1 2 0
F Lopez WSH SS 0.240 2 0 1 1
C Delgado NYM 1B 0.244 5 0 7 0
C Guillen DET SS 0.244 7 0 3 1
J Jones CHC OF 0.244 7 0 0 1
M Mora BAL 3B 0.245 7 2 9 1
V Wells TOR OF 0.245 8 3 9 2