It’s That Time Again! Fantasy Baseball Season and the Beacon Mets are Back


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I have been playing fantasy baseball since 2000 with my fantasy team, the Beacon Mets. I have had some good seasons and some bad seasons, but it is always a fun time. Now in our 8th season we hope to have a repeat of last years season being the World Series Champs of our league. One thing we also hope to hold on to is that every time we make the playoffs, we win the World Series. A big bragging and intimidation record we hold. One other interesting fact also is every time Lance Berkman is our MVP, we also win the World Series. So we have Lance again this year and are ready for 07 and our third World Series Title.

This years draft turned out pretty good. Although we are a better offensive team than pitching; we are happy to take the best catcher, Joe Mauer, and closer, Francisco Rodríguez, in baseball as well as this years number one prospect, Delmon Young. If anything holds us back though it would have to be our starting rotation that has three injury prone starters that pose a great risk. Thankfully we have the best closer and relief staff in baseball to back them up. So if anyone cares or is into fantasy baseball, here is a breakdown of this years team and our previous years records:

The 2007 Beacon Mets

STARTING LINE-UP

1. Felipe Lopez (SS) – Ranked around 10th for Shortstops, Felipe boast average skills however what puts him at the lead off this year is his speed and last years 44 steals, ranking 9th in baseball in base steals. Hopefully his .274 hitting average will increase this year for an even better pickup for this 7 year veteran. (2006: .274 AVG, 98 RUNS, 11 HR, 52 RBI, 44 SB).
2. Vladimir Guerrero (RF) – Our number one draft pick for many reasons. This 11th year veteran ranked 5th for outfielders with his 8th in baseball average of .329 and 13th in baseball 116 RBIs. As long as he stays healthy Vlad will be a big value pushing Felipe to third base. (2006: .329 AVG, 92 RUNS, 33 HR, 116 RBI, 15 SB).
3. Joe Mauer (C) – The number one ranked catcher in baseball, Mauer provides us with his number one in baseball average of .347. Joe is in his prime and enters his 4th season to hopefully earn us another pennant this year. (2006: .347AVG, 86 RUNS, 13 HR, 84 RBI, 8 SB).
4. Lance Berkman (1B) – Evey year Lance is our MVP, we win the World Series. The number four first basemen in baseball ranked 5th in baseball for home runs with 45 and bats clean up to hopefully give us another Word Series in his 9th career season. He also ranked 18th in baseball with his .315 average and number four in baseball with his 136 RBIs. (2006: .315 AVG, 95 RUNS, 45 HR, 136 RBI, 3 SB).
5. Delmon Young (LF) – The number one prospect in baseball starts his rookie year with us. He played in 30 games last year and boasted incredible stats with a .317 avg. Just as a rookie, he is already fielding around the number 20 spot in baseball for outfielders. (2006 (30 Games): .317 AVG, 16 RUNS, 3 HR, 10 RBI, 2 SB).
6. Ryan Zimmerman (3B) – In his third year of his career, notorious as a baseball players best, Zimmerman ranks 6th in baseball for third basemen. He provides us with some solid stats for the middle of the line-up and in his prime may only improve this year. (2006: .287 AVG, 84 RUNS, 20 HR, 110 RBI, 11 SB).
7. Julio Lugo (2B) – The 7th ranked in baseball second baseman will start his 8th season leading off the bottom of the order. His flexibility to play SS and 3B also gives the infield more flexibility if their are any injuries (2006: .278 AVG, 69 RUNS, 12 HR, 37 RBI, 24 SB).
8. Ryan Freel (CF) – Ranked around number 40 in baseball for outfielders, the one thing Freel provides is speed in his 6th season. The number two base stealer on the team ranked 12th in baseball with base steals at 37. Hopefully the combination of Lugo’s and Freel’s speed will help the bottom of the order. (2006: .271 AVG, 67 RUNS, 8 HR, 27 RBI, 37 SB).
9. Eric Chávez (DH) – Now in his 10th season Eric will have to battle with Brian Giles for the DH spot. With numerous injuries last season, Giles may take over the DH while Chávez goes through rehab. (2006: .241 AVG, 74 RUNS, 22 HR, 72 RBI, 3 SB).

STARTING ROTATION

1. Ben Sheets – Our Ace this year starts his 7th season ranked 9th in baseball for starting pitchers. We have taken a big risk with Sheets after being injured for two straight seasons, we hope he will revert back to the 2004 season were he pitched 12-14 with a 2.70 ERA. (2006: 6 Wins – 7 Losses, 116 K, 3.82 ERA, 1.89 WHIP).
2. C.C. Sabathia – Our number two man may earn the aces slot depending on Sheets health. Sabathia follows Sheets ranked as the number 10 starting pitcher in baseball also is starting his 7th season. He posted an impressive 3.22 ERA ranked number 6 in baseball in 2006 with 172 Ks which ranked him 20th in baseball. (2006: 12 Wins – 11 Losses, 172 K, 3.22 ERA, 1.77 WHIP).
3. Chris Capuano – Chris starts his 5th season leading the team in Ks with 174, 19th in baseball. He ranks in the lower 40s for starting pitchers and offers the team a healthy solid pitcher. (2006: 11 Wins – 12 Losses, 174 K, 4.03 ERA, 1.25 WHIP).
4. Brad Penny – The 8 year veteran gets the number 4 slot ranked in the upper 30s with 16 wins last year, 8th in the Majors. Although he boast a great amount of wins, he lacks with his ERA. (2006: 16 wins – 9 Losses, 148 K, 4.33 ERA, 1.38 WHIP).
5. Kerry Wood – Starting his 9th season after being injured for two years, Wood adds to the teams weak rotation that is injury prone. As with Sheets, we hope that Wood will not fall to injury (2006: 1 Win – 2 Losses, 13 K, 4.12 ERA, 1.37 WHIP).

THE CLOSERS
1. Francisco Rodríguez – Baseball’s best closer will defiantly be getting a lot of work in his 6th season with the weight of a weak starting rotation on his shoulders. With 47 saves, the best in baseball and a ERA of 1.73, among the best of the relievers. (2006: 47 SAVES, 2 Wins – 3 Losses, 98 K, 1.73 ERA, 1.10 WHIP).
2. Brian Fuentes – In his 7th year of baseball, the upper teens ranked closer will be very busy. His 30 saves, 19th in baseball will help the weak starters with a weak rotation. (2006: 30 SAVES, 3 Wins – 4 Losses, 73K, 3.44 ERA, 1.16 WHIP).

Beacon Mets through the Years

Year Record Win % GB League Place Playoffs MVP
2000 83-152 .352 16 10 out of 10 N/A Nomar Garciaparra
2001 136-99 .580 11 7 out of 12 N/A Mike Piazza
2002 127-108 .539 30 3 out of 8 World Series Champions
League Champions
Division Champions
Lance Berkman
2003 122-113 .518 38 6 out of 10 N/A Gary Sheffield
2004 104-131 .443 40 9 out of 12 N/A J.D. Drew
2005 103-132 .439 38.5 11 out of 12 N/A Randy Johnson
2006 128-107 .545 27 4 out of 12 World Series Champions
League Champions
Division Champions
Lance Berkman