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Written by Tony Meale (Contact & Archive) on July 21, 2009
Not to sound like Jim Rome (whom I actually admire and find entertaining), but here's what I'm burnin' on:
I don't care what anybody says about Hanley Ramirez or A-Rod or anyone else -- Albert Pujols is the best player in baseball, and he should be the consensus No. 1 pick in every draft next year. I don't care about position scarcity, I don't care about lineup protection, I don't care about the ball park anyone plays in -- Pujols is the man. We're barely past the break and he's at .334 with 34 homers, 90 RBI, 75 runs scored and 10 steals. Ninety-five percent (or some other absurd majority) of big leaguers would kill to have those numbers after an ENTIRE season. Not Pujols. He just keeps chugging along.
Since personally calling out Bronson Arroyo (under the guise of this website, mind you), the long-haired leg kicker is 2-0 after pitching 16 scoreless innings, including a complete game shutout in Queens. Sadly, his ERA is still over 5.00. Expect more of the same after his next scheduled start against the Dodgers.
Given Arroyo's response thus far, however, maybe I should call out some guys on my fantasy team -- like Cole Hamels, who is 1-3 in his last eight starts, or Yovani Gallardo, who is winless in his last four outings and has issued 13 walks in his last 16 innings or Aaron Harang, who is 0-5 in his last 11 starts and hasn't won a game since May.
Jose Reyes is still an ungodly overrated fantasy player.
Anybody who owns Roy Halladay should be jumping for joy if he makes the AL-NL switch. It'd be like the 2008 version of C.C. Sabathia -- only better.
Adam Dunn, who has hit exactly 40 homers in four straight seasons, might actually eclipse that mark in 2009. He already has 23 and is batting a respectable .262. Of course, he's doing it for the Nationals, so he's basically trying to belt a bomb every time up.
Joba Chamberlain needs to return to the bullpen. There's logic in using him as a starter, but that doesn't mean it's the right thing to do. He's the perfect heir apparent to Mariano Rivera and needs to resume his set-up role.
For anyone who had preseason doubts about Tim Lincecum (I had a few), he's proving all of us wrong. The hard-throwing righty is 10-2 with a 2.27 ERA and 159 strikeouts. He's allowed two earned runs or fewer 12 times this season and has five shutouts. Barring injury, he should be the top pitcher taken in next year's draft.