Just as a preface, I spent Opening Weekend in Detroit to attend the wedding of my cousin Aaron (hello if you are reading this). I basically missed most of the Astros playing time while I was gone having to settle for a few Detroit Tigers games instead. I really missed my Astros. After frantically checking MLB.com the minute my plane touched down at Metro Airport (approx. 12:30 p.m. eastern) I followed the game until I was able to race to my hotel room and put ESPN on to see the Astros take a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth with my Fantasy Closer Brandon Lyon taking the mound. Here comes my first save! The Astros start the season 1-0! We beat Roy Halladay! And then I threw my pillow at the TV much to the disdain of my wife who explained, "Baby, it's only the first game of the season". I almost dropped him just out of spite.
I think it's safe to say all Houston Astros fans can come out of their bomb shelters now. We have achieved the first win of the season, and have a better record than the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays to boot! That being said, it was a rough first week for the Hometown 9 in regards to Fantasy Baseball. Season Standings after the jump.
1. Brad Lidge's DL Season (@allphilla)
2. The Minute Maiders (@astrobrit)
3. East Bleutrinitty (@bleutrinitty)
4. Wallace's Tomballer's (@brentjwallace) not to be confused with his "cousin" @brettwallace29
5. Mild Never Wins (@tideturns)
6. Dontrelle Matsuzaka (@native_astro)
7. Tiger Blood (@STROFan18)
8. The Ghosts of Alan Ashby (@robertincypress)
9. Milo Goes to Minute Made (@chaserjames) and props to Chase for the Descendents reference.
10. Carlos Lee's Personal Chef (@peteinhou)
Thank you, thank you, hold your applause until the end of the season. I have been fortunate enough to build a solid offensive base of Miguel Cabrera, Brian McCann, Brandon Phillips, Howie Kendrick and Juan Pierre, as well as some solid pitching from "King" Felix Hernandez, Jered Weaver and well, not so bad Jon Lester.
So far the steal of the draft has been Carlos Lee, taken in the 13th round by Tiger Blood, who has posted a batting line of .222, four RBIs and one home run. Yikes. Hunter Pence has also seen some success batting .300 with a run scored, an RBI and a home run. He is currently hitless in the last 2 games. On the other hand, I selected 8th and 9th inning tandem Wilton Lopez (0.0 ERA ,1 H, 0.50 WHIP, 1 K) and Brandon Lyon (2 1/3 IP, 8 H, 20.25 ERA, 4.50 WHIP, 1 SV). Let's face it, the good closers went a little early and I'm banking on the fact that Lyon may lose the job to Lopez or be sacrificed as trade bait to a team in major desperation come All-Star Break.
Early Astros causalities have included Brett Wallace (@native_astro) and Chris Johnson (myself). I had decided that I really wanted to hold on to CJ as an off the bench corner infielder, but I also have Chase Headley as a backup and I needed some relief pitching just a little bit more.
There haven't been any breakout Fantasy studs coming from the Astros just yet, but if you are in full desperation mode or maybe would like a middle infielder, Angel Sanchez (it's a plus Fantasy doesn't account for defensive ratings) has posted a line of .333 with five runs scored, three RBIs and one stolen base and is available (wait for it) in 99.7% of ESPN leagues. Wait, that sounds like a decent pickup!
You can follow along at home as Astrobrit and I break down the Fantasy Season on Twitter by following either one of us, or checking the hashtag #astrostwitterleague.