Mark Teixeira, who I've mentioned before as a possible bust this season with the Braves, has started off slow with just a .105 batting average, one homer and two RBI. I'm not telling you this because I'm declaring myself correct -- I'm telling you to say -- this is quite common. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes his recent starts:
- 2003: 0-for-15 in his first five games.
- 2004: 8-for-40 (.200) with 2 HR, 11 Ks in his first 11 games.
- 2005: 11-for-53 (.208) with 2 HR, 6 RBI in his first 13 games.
- 2006: 12-for-33 (.364) with 0 HR, 3 RBI in his first nine games.
- 2007: 16-for-75 (.213) with 0 HR, 3 RBI in his first 21 games.
With 22 of 25 players returning from last year's October squad (missing Eric Hinske, Eric Gagne and Doug Mirabelli), the Red Sox became only the second championship team (2003 Angels) since 1985 to return that many players, according to Elias Sports Bureau. In 2004, the Red Sox replaced eight players. Continuity is important in MLB as well as Fantasy. The fact that the newer players (Daisuke Matsuzaka, Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia) know what to expect -- and more importantly, that veterans know what to expect from the newer players -- they should continue to dominate.
Sports Rule No. 492, Section IX, Article b states: You can NOT give yourself a nickname.
Evidently, no one told Lance Berkman that. He nicknamed himself The Big Puma because they are agile, athletic and sleek -- just like him (wink, wink). He does have two stolen bases and he's been legging out doubles and scoring on sac flies -- but I still like Fat Elvis better.