This is a tool I've worked with Jason Fox, one of our programmers, for the past two months. What it gives you:
- Weekly schedule broken down daily with gametimes
- Color indicators to show you which Top-10 hitting teams are facing bad Bottom-10 pitching teams (GREEN), and Bottom-10 hitting teams facing good Top-10 pitching teams (RED).
- Breakdown of how many games each team has in the upcoming Fantasy scoring period.
- Hitting and pitching stats for each team (currently set to show '07 numbers). You can click back and forth between Hitters and Pitchers.
- More importantly, this shows Home and Away hitting and pitching stats also (again, set for '07 for the first couple weeks of this season).
- Top 10 hitters and pitchers over the past seven days (currently set to show top hitters and pitchers in our projections).
We're just a couple days away now from the opening of Nationals Park against the Braves. The pitching canyon known as RFK Stadium is in our rearview mirrors. What's weird, though, is that Washington's home still wasn't that friendly to their pitching staff over the three seasons they have played there.
- 2007 -- 4.08 ERA (10th), 77 HRA (12th-fewest)
- 2006 -- 4.66 ERA (20th), 91 HRA (16th-fewest)
- 2005 -- 3.56 ERA (7th), 66 (5th-fewest)
Early indicators seemed to convey the thought that Nationals Park would be more of a hitter's park, but now, the thinking is just that it's going to be more hitter-friendly than RFK, but still it's going to be a pitcher's park. Here are the dimension comparisons:
- RFK Stadium: 335' L, 380' LC, 410' C, 380' RC, 335 R
- Nationals Park: 336' L, 377' LC, 402' C, 370' RC, 335 R
Washington doesn't have a ton of big bats in their lineup to begin with, but the development of Ryan Zimmerman and the return of Nick Johnson, and the departure of big RFK Stadium, this season should be a marked improvement offensively. Last year, they ranked dead last in the majors with 639 runs scored. But considering offenses like Oakland, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and even the Padres should be even worse, the Nats lineup should climb a few spots.
Either Ethier or Perhaps Pierre
Remember a couple seasons ago, when Andre Ethier came to the Dodgers a couple seasons ago in exchange for Milton Bradley? And Ethier's rookie efforts proved to be outstanding, leading NL rookies in batting for a large part of the season. Now, it looks like he's forcing the Dodgers to pick between his upside and the weak defense/soft bat of Juan Pierre in left field. Something tells me he'll be coming out ahead in the long run and Fantasy owners should grab him now while his value is still low.