The Captain Put Together A Good Team

This weekend I’m in the title round in my fantasy baseball league.  Trying not to count my chickens before they hatch, but there’s a good chance my team, Wild Turkeys, are going to win the whole damn thing.  Considering what a big turnaround that is from last season, I thought I’d use Friday 5 to highlight the great players on my team that are putting me over the top.

Top 5 MVPs on the 2011 Wild Turkeys

1.  Cardinals Offense

My Cardinals hitters have been the biggest reason my fortunes have changes.  The Cardinals have the best offense in the National League and they’ve been ½ of my starters at points throughout the year.  I picked up Matt Holliday as my first pick the in the draft and Lance Berkman as my last pick.  I knew Holliday would put up big numbers, but Berkman was a lucky guess on my part.  His offensive resurgence was not expected by most, and yet he leads the National league in home runs.  Yadier Molina had a career year at the plate, and David Freese had a pretty good couple of months.  Betting  big on the Cardinals paid off big time.

2.  Cliff Lee

My second pick of the draft was also a gimme in Cliff Lee.  Everyone expected him to have a good year, but he’s got a chance to walk away with the Cy Young this year.  His fantasy stats have been spectacular; the dude didn’t give up a run in the month of August.  He’s the only Phillies player to make an impact on my team, and my obvious choice for best pitcher on my team.  The man is money in the bank.

3.  Jordan Walden

The best move I made this year was gobbling up Walden before anyone else.  I had my bullpen locked down early with Marino Riveria, but I still needed a good second closer.  I was watching Twitter for updates one afternoon when Fox Sports’ Buster Olney posted that Walden was taking over the closer’s role as a rookie from Fernando Rodey.  I quickly scooped him up and have been reaping the benefits since.  He’s in the top 5 for save in the American League, two ahead of Sergio Santos, a similar player I picked up.  With three dominant closers on my team, I racked up a bunch of points in my pitching categories.

4.  Melky Cabrera

The most surprisingly good player on my team was the Royal’s Melky Cabrera.  The former Yankee looked washed up last year, but managed to find the magic this year.  Not a flashy record, but he’s hitting over .300 with almost 100 runs scored and 20 bases stolen.  And here I thought that people in Kansas City don’t know how to play baseball.

5.  Johnny Cueto

The hardest choice I made this year was picking up Cueto.  I was trying to nab my favorite ballplayer, Chris Carpenter, but someone drafted him before I could grab him.  The next best pitcher still available was one of my least favorite players, Cueto.  In lasts years slugfest between the Cardinals and the Reds, Cueto kicked a Redbird in the head.  It ended that man’s career.  But I was determined not to let personal biases get in the way of winning.  So of course Cueto had a fantastic year on the mound.  He own the lowest ERA in the National League despite only having nine wins.  I still don’t like the guy, but I don’t quite hate him as much as I at the beginning of the year.


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