Tuesday, February 16, 2010

KFFL's Fantasy Outlook for the Astros

KFFL posted their Fantasy Outlook for the Astros, and there are some nuggets in there that carry far beyond your Roto or Head-to-Head League. Such as...

-Groundballs are a different story; Minute Maid has been one of the toughest parks in the league in which to score a groundball hit. Three of Houston's four most prominent hitters are groundball hitters or trending that way, too. It's true both among individuals and as a group: Houston hit groundballs 48 percent of the time last season, far and away the highest rate in the league.

-New pitching coach Brad Arnsberg, who served in the same capacity for the Toronto Blue Jays for the past five seasons, preaches to work down and then occasionally attack up. Arnsberg oversaw the development of a number of hurlers with varying pedigrees while with the Jays. While the styles should mesh, Arnsberg's staffs have produced flyball-heavy results in recent years.