(WTNH)–It’s fantasy baseball draft night. You’re locked in. You just read 14 preview magazines, poured over spring training stats, and researched every team’s bullpen, to the point that you know who the fourth closer option for the Milwaukee Brewers is.
Your draft goes live, and you’re crushing it. Carlos Correa and Kris Bryant in the first two rounds? Yup. Still find a way to get Zack Greinke, Adam Jones and Gerrit Cole? You know it.
Aghhhhhh dang it. Someone just took Xander Bogaerts.
You finish your draft, and your team looks awesome.
“See you jokers in the finals!” you comment on the draft message board. You’re smiling and laughing and shaking your head as you look through the rosters of your competitors, marvelling at their idiocy.
And then the season starts. And your team gets off to a slow start. Greinke gets bombed in the first few weeks, has a 7.00 ERA in the last week of April. OK, you’re not that concerned. It’s early.
But then Adam Jones is hitting .197. Carlos Correa is in at .258, when you expected .310. Joc Pederson is playing like second-half-of-2015 Joc Pederson, when you were betting on first-half-of-2015 Joc Pederson, and now your sleeper pick just looks like crap. Total crap.
Your team is IN SHAMBLES.
You’re looking for somebody to blame, and who could blame you for that?
Here are the guys who have been the most frustrating this season:
The reigning Cy Young award winner was filthy last season, winning 20 games while pitching to a 2.48 ERA and striking out 216. He single-handedly embarassed the Yankees in the one-game playoff, and nearly pitched the Astros past the Royals and into the ALCS. This season though, he’s been a disaster. Keuchel is 4-9 with a 5.35 ERA and a 1.43 WHIP. Worst of all, his horrendousness has made you look like an idiot.
Fielder had a renaissance year in 2015, hitting .305 with 23 homers and 98 RBI. He also collected 187 hits in 158 games. But this season, Fielder has gotten off to a rotten start, batting just .217 (less than his weight) with 7 homers and 48 RBI through 73 games. His on-base percentage is just .290.
It’s probably safe to say that .214/11 HR/29 RBI was not what the Blue Jays were expecting when they acquired Tulowitzki from Colorado before the trading deadline last season. The oft-injured shortstop wasn’t great last year in Toronto, either. Instead of being a blok
Tulo’s struggles are among the reasons the Blue Jays are stuck in third place in the A.L. East, instead of running away with the division the way many thought they would.
You think Mets fans are happy that trade for Gomez fell through last July? The Astros centerfielder is scuffling, batting just .221 with 3 homers and 16 RBI. He’s been hurt this year, having only played 56 games, and has started to pick it up lately, but man. No wonder Wilmer Flores was crying. Getting traded for that dude…?
A-Gone is hitting .269, but he’s only left the yard 6 times and has driven in 34 runs. He’s still walking a lot, with a .343 OBP, but the power numbers aren’t what you would have expected when you took him early in your draft.
Upton’s always been up-and-down, but he’s batting just .228 with 8 homers and 32 RBI in spacious Comerica Park. Might not be a lot of hope for a great turnaround, at least batting average-wise.
Houston, which was 40-37 entering Tuesday despite having three players on this list, gave up a lot to get Giles, including No. 1 pick Mark Appel and stud starting pitcher Vince Velasquez, who would make a list of the most surprisingly good players this season. It’s already a bad trade, but Giles has made it look horrendous, pitching to a 5.06 ERA and collecting just one save so far this season.
Harvey has turned things around a little bit of late, but he’s still got a 4-9 record and a 4.55 ERA, and just lost to the Braves. In other Harvey news, me and News 8 director Jarryd Guinard have a bet about whether or not he will pitch 7 innings and give up less than 3 hits at some point this season. I’m counting on you, Matt. You CAN DO THIS. Don’t let me down, man.