Thursday, August 25, 2005

The List Returns.

So I was sitting around trying to think of something to post about this week. And I thought and I thought. All I succeeded in doing was hurting my head. Thinking is not fun. So during a week where nothing of importance happened (and yes, that includes the much anticipated injury to Correll Buckhalter), I decided to pull out an old favorite. So, for the first time since before the baseball season started, it's time to pull out the...

MLB Players Who Get Manlove List

5. Shawn Chacon, SP, NYY - I guess leaving Colorado really is helpful for pitchers. The Yankees were desperate for starting pitching and took a chance on the pitcher known as Shaq. Unlike his namesake playing basketball for Miami, Chacon was wallowing trying to pitch in Colorado. Somehow since coming to the Yankees, Chacon is 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA and a 1.15 WHIP. I doubt it'll last long, but for right now Shawn Chacon gets some manlove. If you were somehow as deperate as the Yankees with your fantasy team and added Chacon when he came over you really lucked out. Enjoy it while it lasts.

4. Placido Polanco, 2B, Det. - Everyone knew Polanco could play. The problem was that the Phillies were tied to Chase Utley at 2B and David Bell at 3B, so they had to move Polanco. Detroit gladly accepted him. Since coming over to Detroit Polanco has not stopped hitting. He's batting over .350 since joining the Tigers (.365 in the last month with 14R and 12 RBIs). If the rest of the team could get on base more often he'd be even more valuable. But for now, enjoy his tremendous BA and give him some manlove.

3. Jeff Francoeur, OF, Atl - I didn't even know who this guy was until Tim Keown mentioned him in an article a few weeks ago. Not sure how I missed him because no one else did. All he does is hit. Boy is absolutely amazing. In the last month he's batting .355 with 23R, 7HR, and 22RBIs. Not only that but he has the speed that people are predicting 30-30 possibilities for him. It must be said that he never takes a pitch and strikes out a whole lot. So the thought that he's going to bat .355 forever is a little silly. But he gets some manlove now and there is the potential that he'll be getting it for many more years.

2. Gary Matthews, Jr. OF, Tex. - He's got great genetics and all the tools. But amazingly, for as long as he's been in the league, the only time I've heard his name on Sportscenter or in the paper was when he was making a great catch in the field or getting cut. Seems he's finally found a home, because in the last month Gary is on fire. He's batting .327 with a 1.051 OPS, 9HRs, 19R, and 20RBIs, and is ranked in the top 10 amongst American League batters. He always got it because of his father's connection to Philly, but now he's earning his manlove with his bat.

1. David Wright, 3B, NYM - I just plain love this guy. I mean, he's just amazing. Batting .380 (!!!) in the last month with 6HRs, 6SBs, 24R, and 31RBIs, Wright is unstoppable. He's so good that he's ranked #1 in my NL-only league for that time period. On the season he's batting over .300 with 80+ R and RBIs and even 14 SBs. And even though it pains me to do put a Met #1 on any list, I can't deny David Wright his spot on the Manlove list.