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Title: fantasy baseball
Post by: Allybee on 25 Mar 2009, 20:43
anyone interested in playing? I've never done it before but I am scary excited for this year's season and I'd like to try it. I recall fantasy football on the forum and also lots of other stupid games that we played (oh god tribal wars). who's down?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 25 Mar 2009, 20:45
I've never done it, but I would definitely be down.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Emaline on 25 Mar 2009, 20:51
At my work, there is a cd case with artwork(made by our graphic design department) for Final Fantsy Football. It features a wizard and a quarterback. Sometimes it makes its way out to the ps1 games. We might be selling it at our ebay store.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: IronOxide on 25 Mar 2009, 21:06
Ally, I am totally in.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 25 Mar 2009, 21:10
Ally, I am totally in.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 25 Mar 2009, 21:58
*Sigh* I'm in. Shane, get in on this shit.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dollface on 25 Mar 2009, 23:44
Count me in.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 26 Mar 2009, 04:48
I'll play I suppose.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 26 Mar 2009, 05:00
*Sigh* I'm in. Shane, get in on this shit.

Fine, but none of you fuckers better draft Ricky Nolasco before I do.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 26 Mar 2009, 05:30
I know very little about baseball but i'll join in.

Shane, you can explain it to me.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 26 Mar 2009, 05:46
Explaining baseball to someone who isn't actually watching it happen is a horrific, sisyphean ordeal. It will not make any sense unless you sit down with someone who knows the game, watch a game, and ask questions about literally everything that happens.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: pen on 26 Mar 2009, 06:00
OK, so I get baseball, but I've just never grasped the concept of fantasy baseball... or fantasy anything. It's never been explained to me.  Would someone care to?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 26 Mar 2009, 06:07
The first part is a player draft (you know where the "teams" chose the players they want in a set order).  The second part, or at least how I've played it most of the time, is basically set up so that whichever team did the best (as in had the best stats) wins the league (usually like 10 or 12 teams)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 26 Mar 2009, 06:09
I know very little about baseball but i'll join in.

Shane, you can explain it to me.

Shall do.

And Rachel, think of fantasy baseball like a Theo Epstein RPG. Except you don't get to sit in a fancy luxury suite during games.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 26 Mar 2009, 10:40
To break it down slightly more detailed:

Your average fantasy league takes a series of big stats and compiles them to determine who's team of players, on paper, would have the best pythagorean record. A pythagorean record is how many "wins" a team would have based purely off the amount of runs they scored and the amount of runs they allowed, as is rendered necessary because you're not just picking an MLB team and going with it.

Commonly used stats are:

For hitters:
Batting average (AVG), which is the average of how often a player hits his way onto base (Anything over .300 is usually considered very good). All hits go to average (Singles, doubles, triples and home runes).
On base percentage (OBP), which is essentially batting average PLUS walks, it's literally simply how often a player gets on base.

For pitchers:
Earned run average (ERA), which is the average amount of runs a pitcher gives up per nine innings pitched. League average usually runs around around a 4.50. This is generally only really relative to starters (Guys who start the game and pitch for on average six or seven innings every fifth game), rather than relievers (Guys who'll pitch an inning here or there, often multiple games in a row)
Win-Loss record. That kind of speaks for itself. Win-Loss can be deceptive, as a guy who gets a lot of run support can still get a shit ton of wins, even with a shitty ERA, while a guy who's lighting it up can have a shitty win-loss record because his team just isn't scoring runs (Common with the Oakland Athletics)

Rachel, I'm willing to help you, because you give me sex. Everyone else can kiss my ass or ask Shane. I've never actually done fantasy baseball, at least, so the only thing I'd call a real advantage for me is that I pay so much attention to baseball that I'm aware of a large amount of players and their general ability.

If we're going to do this, we'd best get it rolling soon. The season starts in ten days.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Cartilage Head on 26 Mar 2009, 10:47
 GO PACKERS.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 26 Mar 2009, 10:50
Wait, can I get sex for fantasy baseball advice?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 26 Mar 2009, 10:57
Maybe? Considering only two girls are showing interest and one of them is off the table, I would not pin odds on it.

You could, at the least, maybe parley the league into some passable terrible pickup lines, such as:

"I'd draft you #1 in my fantasy league, baby"
"Are you a high ceiling pitcher? Cause you are a top pick"
"The rest of the ladies in here are mere utility infielders when compared to your gold glove caliber talents"
"I may not be an MVP candidate, but I got all the tools you'll need"
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 26 Mar 2009, 11:02
Ah, if only it weren't baseball I'd be in for sure; as it is I'll have to sleep on it. That's not a slight against baseball mind you, it's just that the long ass season makes for a lot of things to keep track of (particularly if we go with head to head scoring) and I am just competitive enough to let it bother me when I get a bit behind on things. Anyway, what scoring and drafting styles did people have in mind? I would think rotisserie and serpentine would probably be easiest considering that it sounds like there's some fantasy virgins in here.


Also, I"m surprised no comments about having a big bat managed to crack your terrible pickup line rotation.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 26 Mar 2009, 11:20
"The rest of the ladies in here are mere utility infielders when compared to your gold glove caliber talents"

If I run into a cute girl at the Sox game next month, I'm using this.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 26 Mar 2009, 11:24
When people decide the time and date for the draft please take into consideration a couple of us are on european time. I want to join in but staying up until 5am for a baseball draft is not ideal.  :|
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 26 Mar 2009, 11:25
There's always fantasy cricket, Rob. Or snooker.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 26 Mar 2009, 11:29
I didn't want to go too cliche, Alex. If I had, I assure you, a "I swing my bat harder than Albert Pujols" would've made it in there.

In terms of the league, I'm honestly clueless. I know the stats and I know the players, but I have never done fantasy baseball and I'm pretty sure most of the rest here haven't. I'd off to set it up myself, having enough free time to see it through right now, but I don't know the ins and outs right now.

We should definitely go for something simple, as with your mention of the 162 game season, a lot of the less baseball inclined folks will probably be overwhelmed. I don't wanna keep track of VORP myself, much less expect some of the people who don't watch the fuckton of baseball I do to pay attention to it.

Something with a simple drafting process and a simple, reasonably low amount of stats to focus on, preferably sticking primarily with "sexy" stats (The big numbers that are, in effect, less desirable to a stat head, but easier to track for the casuals) like ERA, AVG, W-L, etc.

MLB.com's fantasy baseball seems like it might be optimal, and I'd like to avoid ESPN considering how much I fucking hate them. I think it might be for the best to get two people involved in the creation, one person who's got a good bit of experience in using fantasy leagues and one person who knows baseball really well. I'm more than willing to fill the latter if we don't have someone who fits both and is willing to run this.

And pied_piper, I was considering that. I figure we'll probably want to go for a non-live draft. Considering how many people here are in different timezones, a live draft is going to be very difficult.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 26 Mar 2009, 11:44
Did we ever figure out how to calculate VORP-3, Jon? I seem to remember the better part of an hour going by without us having a goddamned clue.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 26 Mar 2009, 11:48
Man, fantasy snooker would be either the easiest or most difficult fantasy game ever depending on what stats you want to include.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 26 Mar 2009, 12:57
Count me in.  I love me some baseball.

stuff about fantasy baseball

I'm curious, what league were you in where those were the only stats used for points?  Every one I've joined goes on a week-by-week basis, and not only gives points for batting average/OBP/ERA/etc., but also a few others for the number of singles, doubles, triples, HR, walks, negatives for strikeouts, etc. for batters, and strikeouts, shutouts, saves, negatives for walks/hit batters, etc. for pitchers.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 26 Mar 2009, 13:20
Why do people keep mixing me up in here? I've never played fantasy anything, I just listed those four things as commonly used stats in fantasy leagues. Commonly =/= exclusively.

On that part, though, I think we need to try and go for a league with a relatively minimal amount of stats to track. Getting too many in there might be too confusing for people who don't follow baseball regularly.  I'd also like to voice my disdain for the save stat. I think saves are the only stat nearly as useless as an indicator of a pitchers quality as wins. I'm all for WHIP (For those of you not baseball savvy, that's Walks and Hits per Inning Pitched) being a dominant stat.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: mberan42 on 26 Mar 2009, 13:24
Man guys I was in a fantasy baseball league one year and it was TOUGH WORK. Like, I had to change shit up EVERY SINGLE DAY 'cause that's when baseball was played. Two months into it I got extremely frustrated with it and gave up. The league was pissed at me, but dude I am just not that into baseball.

So, if you DO start a fantasy league, MAKE SURE you find a once-per-week league. It is really annoying when you have to spend 10-20 minutes a day fiddling with things that ultimately are just fucking dumb.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 26 Mar 2009, 15:58
Yeah, fantasy basketball tends to be my favorite because it's longer than the nfl season but not quite the same grind as MLB. It also has more comedy potential since it's entirely possible for a fairly bad NBA player to put up numbers by having even more god awful teammates just because sooner or later someone will have to take a shot. This is the kind of thing that leads to Antawn Jamison being a good fantasy pick despite the fact that I'm not sure I'd trust him to guard Stephen Hawking.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 26 Mar 2009, 17:08
I'm down. I haven't followed baseball nearly as closely since I was last in a fantasy league like, 5 years ago. Are we going to set a limit on teams, trades, or roster spots? I assume we'll be doing this through a free website, like ESPN or Yahoo or something.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 26 Mar 2009, 17:11
New rule: Bryan can't pick Tim Lincecum. Because...
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 26 Mar 2009, 17:39
Does that mean you and Shane can't pick Pedroia? I mean, Lincecum shouldn't fall beyond the first few picks anyway, so if I am on the later end of the draft order it wouldn't matter anyway.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 26 Mar 2009, 17:46
I'm pretty okay with them not being able to pick pedroia.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 26 Mar 2009, 19:20
Honestly, I don't know that I'd pick Pedroia. It would really depend on the league. If AVG, fielding percentage and scrappiness are weighted stats, maybe, but Pedroia, much of a great player he is, doesn't really put up any of the "pretty" stats like slugging and the like.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 26 Mar 2009, 19:23
He scores a ton of runs and got mad hits like rod carew.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 26 Mar 2009, 20:17
Alright, with permission from Ally, I am going to go ahead and set this stuff up as soon as possible. My current plan, unless someone has a better suggestion, is to use a custom league through ESPN.com, because first (and most importantly) it's free, and secondly, that will let us set our own scoring rules and exceed the normal limit of 10 teams.

A couple things I need input on before I go ahead and create the league:

- League name.

- Scoring type. The two most common types of fantasy baseball leagues are Rotisserie and Head-to-head. For both types, a team's players are tallied up by several categories of statistics. In Rotisserie, the teams are ranked in every category and the standings are determined by each team's ranks within these categories. In head-to-head, teams are matched up for a given week and they compete directly with each other in these categories, and the team who has the better stats for the week gets a win. Standings in head to head leagues are determined by win-loss-tie record, obviously. Most people prefer rotisserie because since everyone's competing with everyone, there's no opportunity for a lucky win or unlucky loss, but some people like that head-to-head makes things more personal and therefore more enjoyable. I've played both ways, so I have no preference in this regard.

- Scoring categories. These are just the types of statistics that our league will track in determining points. The last time I played fantasy baseball, the categories were hits, runs, runs batted in, home runs, strikeouts, batting average, and on-base percentage for hitters, and wins, losses, runs, earned run average (ERA), strikeouts, saves, and WHIP for pitchers. We can add or subtract categories as necessary, and in some leagues we can assign different point values per each category. For instance, if we want ERA to be worth more than wins, we can assign the ERA category to be worth 4 points while the win category is only worth 2, and so on.

- Live versus auction draft. Given that this forum is made up from people from all over the place with wildly different work/school schedules, my inclination is to avoid a live draft. But if we're going to do a turn-based draft, we're going to have to get this started pretty quickly, or set a time limit on each pick, as the season starts in less than two weeks.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 27 Mar 2009, 05:24
New rule: Bryan can't pick Tim Lincecum. Because...Shane is going to get him
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 27 Mar 2009, 06:32
I'MA GET 'IM
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 27 Mar 2009, 09:53
league stuff

I like the ideas you threw out for scoring, and I think we should add shutouts as a pitching category, somewhat heavily weighted.  I vote for the Rotisserie setup, mostly because I play fantasy football through NFL.com, which is head-to-head, and then spend the next three days after every game comparing scores and being all "fuck, I'd have won if I'da just been playing this dude" and getting all annoyed.  So Rotisserie sounds interesting.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 27 Mar 2009, 11:11
Man, with his suggestion for shut outs, I get the feeling SilentJ is encroaching on my planned first pitcher pick. Damned if I'm letting you get him, though...

But yeah, I vote for shutouts going in there to, heavily weighted. Those tend to be very indicative of a quality pitcher.

I'm unsure as to which league type, though. The head to head thing appeals to me, and honestly it might be more fair with all the people playing who aren't big on baseball. A rotisserie would probably make things really hard for the more casual folks here and probably give an unfair advantage to the three or four of us who follow the sport religiously. I'm all for giving other people a fair shot with a lucky win.

Before we figure out the draft, though, we should get a final tally of who's in. Since I've got all the time in the world, I'm going to ask everyone who's in to PM me and let me know their location so we can figure out just how much juggling would need to be done for a live draft. I'll discuss it with Bryan as it develops, as it looks like he's in charge here.

I'll consider Bryan, Shane, Rachel and Ally exceptions as I already know they're all in and I already know where they all live, so that's five of us. PM me as soon as possible folks.

ETA: Okay, Ally might not get involved, apparently.

Rob's confirmed, though, and he's in the UK, which isn't all that off balance from the rest of us, and Jens is generally online at the same time as me, so if he's still in that makes it a little easier.

So, as of right now, our group of confirmed is:

Bryan (West Coast US)
Shane (East Coast US)
Rachel (East Coast US)
Myself (East Coast US)
Rob (UK)
KickThatBathProf (Midwest US)
Matt (Midwest US)
Reed (East Coast US)
Dazed (East Coast US)

ETA to add two more.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: mberan42 on 27 Mar 2009, 14:10
I'm totally down for playing, btw.

Matt (Midwest US)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 27 Mar 2009, 16:18
Have we picked a squad size yet so i can figure out the best roster to beat all you chumps?

Just kidding, I am probably going to finsish last.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 27 Mar 2009, 16:59
For the record, I have to choose the number of teams before I create the league, so we're going to need to set a cutoff date for signups if we get this going.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 27 Mar 2009, 17:00
I vote tomorrow night at midnight western US timezone as the cutoff. The thread's been up for a few days, so everyone who might be in knows about it. I put up the PM me thing hours ago, so I figure anyone who doesn't get back to us by tomorrow at midnight your time is probably not interested.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 27 Mar 2009, 17:05
I would prefer if we have at least 10 teams too, so I don't want to hold to that deadline unless we're certain we'd have enough teams. If we do head-to-head, it'll also be necessary to have an even number of teams so nobody's left without a matchup.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KvP on 27 Mar 2009, 19:39
I could play, but be advised that I will only pick players on the basis of how interesting their names are.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 27 Mar 2009, 23:49
Man, with his suggestion for shut outs, I get the feeling SilentJ is encroaching on my planned first pitcher pick. Damned if I'm letting you get him, though...

Don't worry, Lincecum is a good pitcher but goddamned if a fan bias doesn't fuck me over in pretty much every fantasy draft I do.  Hopefully Chien-Ming Wang is healthy by now.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: DonInKansas on 28 Mar 2009, 02:39
I want to play if there's still a spot open.  I love baseball!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 28 Mar 2009, 07:01
Hopefully Chien-Ming Wang is healthy by now.


 :lol: Oh man, you're serious?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 28 Mar 2009, 08:44
Fuck Wang, dibs on Lester.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 28 Mar 2009, 10:31
Bryan (West Coast US)
Shane (East Coast US)
Rachel (East Coast US)
Myself (East Coast US)
Rob (UK)
KickThatBathProf (Midwest US)
Matt (Midwest US)
Reed (East Coast US)
Dazed (East Coast US)
Alex C (Midwest US)
SilentJ (East Coast US)
DonInKansas (I'm going to assume Midwest US)

So, that's twelve, past the minimum number Bryan wanted, so I'm going to say right here we should establish a hard cutoff of midnight tonight (West coast US time) for people who want in. John and Jens, as I know, are maybes, so if one wants in, we'll probably need both unless some more people show up. If we end up with an odd number, I'll ask around and see if I can find someone else so we can get everyone who wants to play in.

I could play, but be advised that I will only pick players on the basis of how interesting their names are.

I shit you not, this came up at a party last night. A friend had this girl in his fantasy league who knew nothing about baseball and decided to just draft based on how "pretty" the players' names were.

She drafted a team consisting of Johan Santana, Albert Pujols, Vlad Guerrero and Manny Ramirez among others. Needless to say, she took second place.

Picking players based entirely on their names is at least a vaguely viable solution.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 28 Mar 2009, 10:32
Rita tried that once and then proceeded to try and draft Jacoby Ellsbury in every single round.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 28 Mar 2009, 10:40
That seems a lot better than what my friend did in an NCAA pool this year.  He picked the games based on which mascot would lose in a fight.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 28 Mar 2009, 11:08
That's probably how I would've done it.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 28 Mar 2009, 11:22
Hopefully Chien-Ming Wang is healthy by now.


 :lol: Oh man, you're serious?

Fan bias.  Though if you recall, dude had back to back 19-win seasons.  Were it not for him being so injury-prone I definitely would take him, but given that Sabathia is probably my bias pick.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 28 Mar 2009, 14:40
Considering I'm going to be making this league tonight, I feel like I need more input from everyone on what style of scoring would be best. I only got a couple of noncommittal opinions, I'd really like to hear something more decisive before we set this in stone.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 28 Mar 2009, 15:52
Well, I'm trying to keep my input low because I'm not used to this fantasy stuff, but simplest stuff possible is how I'd say we should go. Try to keep the stats minimal so the people who don't know baseball too well won't have to stress about figuring out like forty different stats.

I'd be willing to help out in picking the stats if you wanna PM me. I'm gonna be in and out tonight, so it's hard to get in touch on it.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 29 Mar 2009, 00:00
Alright, it is midnight PST, which means signups are closed and we have a 13-team league. However, I probably won't actually make the league until tomorrow evening when I get back to my apartment, so if anybody missed this thread until now somehow or expressed interest but didn't give me or Jon and definite confirmation (Jens, John, I don't really know how facetious your comments were meant to be), PM me and if it's in time I may be able to be flexible on that. In the meantime, if anybody has any input on their preferred league types or scoring categories, please say so because otherwise I am going to wing it myself with perhaps some input from Jon if he's available. If we don't get another team by tomorrow we may have to do rotisserie simply because we'll have an odd number of teams, but I'll figure that out when the time comes.

The first game of the season is April 5th at 5 PM PST, so we need to have the draft over and done with by then.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 29 Mar 2009, 09:46
I haven't gotten any other PMs, so there's no surprise entrants. I'm going down to Rachel's house for the evening, so I will be unavailable until close to nine or ten eastern time. If it's possible for you to wait until then to get it rolling, I'd appreciate it, though I'll understand if you just wanna go ahead and do it whenever you've got the free time today.

In terms of preference, the simpler the better. We've got a lot of new people to the baseball world, so we don't want to overwhelm them, so I say a simple set of stats without throwing too many in.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 29 Mar 2009, 09:50
Would you consider OPS a complex stat?

Quote from: Joe Torre
oh, and who can forget the time i was kidnapped and freighted to a gulag in kamchatka
   
my fellow prisoners and i had to communicate through the wall through morse code via banging a wooden bowl against the wall
   
we were talking baseball stats, and it proved tedious to actually morse out a player's on-base percentage and then his slugging percentage, so we simply shared OPS

oh man

and also
   
there was the time i did shrooms and decided that i wanted to be able to stare at a fixed point and comprehend as much as possible without moving my eyes at all
   
i re-arranged my living room furniture, shoving the sofas, end-table, coffee table, and entertainment center into one corner of the room, then just sat and stared at it, and yelled, "LIVING ROOM"
   
then i took andruw jones' on-base percentage and slugging percentage and added them together, and stared at it, and screamed, "HORRIBLE BASEBALL PLAYER"
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 29 Mar 2009, 10:29
Man, OPS isn't complex, it's just a pointless stat. It isn't a comparison of anything, just 2 stats put together. If you're already counting slugging and OBP as fantasy stats, then it's totally meaningless.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: DonInKansas on 29 Mar 2009, 11:00
Agreed.  Jsut stick with the Basics.  They should have a preset league setup that goes that way.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 29 Mar 2009, 11:02
Guys that was all just to post a Dugout quote, come on.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 29 Mar 2009, 17:26
If anything, I'll probably be removing stats from the default setup rather than adding them. I also may tweak the positions a bit, but I'll worry about that later. Jon, I have no problem waiting until you're available, I just got back to my apartment and should be online the rest of the night. If I'm not responding in Meebo, I'm probably playing RE5 or something and will take a break to check my computer every so often.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 29 Mar 2009, 20:01
Bryan has set up most of the league stuff. Here's some basics for now:

The stats we've gone with are as follows (With little tidbits for the uninitiated)

For batters-
Batting average (AVG). The percentage of time a batter gets a hit.
On base percentage (OBP). Batting average with the amount of walks they draw rounded in.
Home runs (HR) kind of speaks for itself.
Runs scored (R). How many times the player crosses the plate themself.
Runs batter in (RBI). How many runs the player has driven in.
Stolen bases (SB). Kind of speaks for itself, again.
Strikeouts (K). How many times the batter has struck out, will obviously adversely affect you.

For pitchers-
Earned Run Average (ERA). How many runs the pitcher gives up per nine innings pitched.
Strikeouts (K). How many batters the pitcher has struck out.
Walks and Hits per Innings Pitcher (WHIP). Kind of speaks for itself.
Wins (W). How many games the pitcher has started and pitched at least five innings that the team has won.
Quality Starts (QS). How many games the pitcher has started and pitched at least six innings while giving up three runs or less.
Saves and Holds (S/H). Originally, we had saves to basically account for relievers. Bryan found this one, which also helps out the middle relievers and gives us a reason to carry more than just a bunch of closers and opens up the reliever market a lot more.
Innings pitched (IP). Again, speaks for itself.

We were thinking of going with shutouts, but Bryan pointed out that it would be so rare that adding it in would just complicate things. We're using a non-weighted system, since this is, for all intents and purposes, entry level for the majority of us. We did add in quality starts to offset wins and innings pitched, as that will effectively give an added lift to those guys who will actually pitch shut outs. Strikeouts was added in for batters as a big old fuck you to whoever picks that schlub Ryan Howard. We'll probably add in more detailed stats like slugging percentage, K/9 or total bases next year if this goes well, but for now, it's been agreed that simpler is better.

We'll be running on a head to head schedule, meaning you'll be paired up with one player's team each week and your stats will be compared head to head, rather than just adding up everyone's everything. We felt this was more fair to those who are new to the game and stat systems, allowing some people to get a little help from luck and take away a bit of the advantage those of us who follow baseball routinely will have. There'll be some hard luck losses, but hey, that happens in real baseball too, and we want this fun for all involved.

I'll let Bryan describe the rosters, as fuck if I can remember how that was handled, honestly.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 29 Mar 2009, 20:09
Thanks guys, I appreciate you setting this up.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 29 Mar 2009, 20:12
Cool, sounds good. I approve of the strikeouts, fuck you Adam Dunn/Grady Sizemore.

Question: forgive the ignorance, as I'm not a big fantasy guy, but is there no such thing as defensive statistics when it comes to fantasy ball?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 29 Mar 2009, 20:18
It can be done, apparently, but it is such an absolute bitch to quantify defensive ability on paper that we decided it wasn't worth the headache. Fielding percentage and range factor are the only real big universally accepted fielding metrics and both are incredibly flawed and I'll be fucked if I enter a league using bullshit like WARP3, that shit is a Star Trek terminology, not a baseball statistic. So yeah, ignore defense, folks.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 29 Mar 2009, 20:20
Eh, errors maybe? And assists for outfielders maybe, caught stealing % for catchers, but yeah.... Probably too complicated/position specific for the system we're going with.

BTW, you can just call me James, if that's not too confusing (iirc there's another one).
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 29 Mar 2009, 20:24
For the record, our grouping is as follows, organized by timezone:

Rob/pied_piper (UK)
Shane/valley_parade (East Coast US)
Reed/Dire Bacterium (East Coast US)
SilentJ (East Coast US)
Dazed (East Coast US)
Rachel/pen (East Coast US)
Myself (East Coast US)
KickThatBathProf (Midwest US)
Matt/mberan42 (Midwest US)
Alex C (Midwest US)
DonInKansas (I'm going to assume Midwest US)
John/KVP (Mountain timezone US)
Bryan (West Coast US)

We have a fourteenth spot open that will either be filled by Jens if he remains interested or given to someone else off the street.

Dazed, errors and fielding percentage go hand in hand and are very unfair in their calculation. An error is only actually given if the fielder actually touches the ball in the vast majority of cases (And are also very subjective to the scorer), so you get a lot of shit outfielders that have high fielding percentages because they just never get to the ball to fuck up the play in the first place. It's really all just too much trouble to begin with, much less when trying to keep it accessible.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 29 Mar 2009, 20:52
In addition, errors are basically a judgment call rather than a statistic.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 29 Mar 2009, 20:53
(And are also very subjective to the scorer)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 29 Mar 2009, 20:53
Oh, sorry bout that
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 29 Mar 2009, 20:55
THAT IS MY THUNDER AND I DEMAND YOU RETURN IT MRGLR GLMRGLMR RRLGGG!!!!

(Props to anyone who can tell me what animal makes that sound)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 29 Mar 2009, 20:56
Sounds vaguely murloc-ish.

Oh god I'm showing my recovering wow-nerd side ohgodohgodohgod
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 29 Mar 2009, 20:59
Alright kids, the league has been established, so here's the deal. In order to get an invite, you need to PM me your email. I created the team with 14 spots, so hopefully we can get one more person to pick up the empty space.

The roster set up is: one spot for every infield position (catcher, first base, second base, third base, shortstop) and 5 outfielders. We decided not to create separate spots for center, right, and left fielders because it's honestly unnecessary. There are also 3 utility spots, which can be any offensive player. I thought this was better than having the default which added additional corner and middle infield spots because that's kind of pointless, and this also gives people a chance to draft designated hitters without requiring them since only half the league has any. On the pitching side, there are 6 starting pitcher slots and 3 relief pitcher slots. Every team has 3 bench slots and 3 spaces on the disabled list for injured players that don't count towards your roster at all.

Also, with regards to the draft, it would be preferable if we did a live draft because otherwise we all just make lists of our preferred player and it's all done by computer. It's quick and convenient, but doesn't really let players customize their picks based on what they currently have. The most logical time to have the draft would be on Saturday, since it's a weekend so people don't have to worry about work/school, and it's also the final day before the season begins so we don't have to worry about any last minute injuries/suspensions/whatever. If you know, just tell us whether you're available that day, and what your ideal time would be. The draft won't take an exorbitant amount of time, so it's not like you have to organize your entire day around it or anything.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 29 Mar 2009, 21:01
Every team has... ...3 spaces on the disabled list for injured players that don't count towards your roster at all.

So it's okay to pick A.J. Burnett and Jorge Posada.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 30 Mar 2009, 00:30
If I could suggest a time for the draft, late afternoon EDT would be ideal, I think.  Say, 6 o'clock or so, since that only goes to 3 o'clock for the west coast US, and it'd only bee 11 o'clock UK time, if my math is right.

(also this is because I'm busy roughly 1-5 saturday afternoon)

Every team has... ...3 spaces on the disabled list for injured players that don't count towards your roster at all.

So it's okay to pick A.J. Burnett and Jorge Posada.

man fuck you and your yankee bashing, i ain't tryna hear that shit
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 30 Mar 2009, 04:31
Thanks a lot for setting this up guys. I would give you a dinosaur smilie but apparently we're not worthy of them any more so you can have some cool guys instead.  :mrgreen:  8-)

With regards to the draft time if we do friday or saturday night i don't mind it being late evening East Coast US time because i'm usually up until about 4am on a saturday/sunday anyway. Ideally, i agree with SilentJ for around 6pm East Coast Time as that would be 11pm like he said but i'm able to give you some leeway if you need it.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: mberan42 on 30 Mar 2009, 09:30
Damnit, I have a bachelor party AND class this weekend. Bachelor party from Thursday to Monday, class from noon to six eastern time. I'll bring my laptop with me to class, so I can theoretically sit and leech wireless after class, so 6pm eastern might work for me.

I agree though that a live draft would be best. Either way I'm good with, though.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 30 Mar 2009, 10:25
It's currently set up as an autopick list draft where, you set out a list of players you want and it will pick the next available. ESPN has a default ranking so, if you run out of picks or are have an empty position but no one picked for it, it'll automatically the next pick.

It can, however, be changed as long as do so before the draft date. We figure a live draft is for the best, but we need to figure out when.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 30 Mar 2009, 11:57
Yeah, saturday 6-ish EST should work for me.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 30 Mar 2009, 12:09
It's worth mentioning that even if you can't be at the live draft, you can still set up your pre-draft list as you would for an autopick, and the computer will draft for you from that. It will put you at a bit of a disadvantage, unfortunately, but it's not like you'll be completely screwed.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: DonInKansas on 30 Mar 2009, 13:27
To be honest, I think that 3 utility spots is a lot for a 14 team league.  Most leagues run 1 or 2 utility spots which is plenty.  Having too many people on a team will not only prolong the draft but force people to pick guys who are bench players/split timers on their own squad.

Just my 2 pennies.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 30 Mar 2009, 18:05
I chose 3 utility spots because I wanted to preserve the default roster size, but I thought that the corner infielder/middle infielder positions were unnecessary. If people don't like that, I can change it.

For the record, I've sent invites to everyone except Shane and John, so if you've sent me an email address your team should be waiting for you.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 30 Mar 2009, 21:35
Okay, so it's become apparent to me that I cannot do Saturday at 6 ET, as I'll probably be out of the city for most of the day and even if I get back in time, it's going to be nigh impossible for Rachel and I to balance the fantasy draft WHILE we watch a rambunctious three year old. It would help to know what the latest Rob can do is. Rob?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 31 Mar 2009, 05:49
Like i said, i'm usually up until about 4am anyway which is around 11pm. If necessary i can just load up on sugar and stay awake all night (i have done this before) then be dead to the world for the next day. This isn't actually a problem next weekend as i start my easter break on friday.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 31 Mar 2009, 06:00
I can't go too late Saturday night.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 31 Mar 2009, 09:25
I can't make the live draft at that time
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 31 Mar 2009, 09:29
Can we just be randomly assigned players via a complex series of coin flips?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: mberan42 on 31 Mar 2009, 13:33
We can have the computers assign teams for us all. All we need to do ourselves is rank the players on the website and the computer will do the work for us. We should still do the live draft, but know that like half the people won't make it. Those of us who miss the draft will get a bit of a crap team, (in that unless you do some serious work ranking players before the draft day you'll end up with a lot of random players) but there's not much else we can do. Trying to coordinate people from across the US plus a few from outside less than a week before the proposed draft time is a bitch.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 31 Mar 2009, 16:37
Yeah, that's the fallback option, but I imagine everyone would prefer a live draft if we could swing it.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: DonInKansas on 31 Mar 2009, 19:04
A live draft where half could make it isn't terrible, especially with 14 people.  Just everyone who knows they won't be there set your autopicks so you don't end up with buttdirt.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 31 Mar 2009, 19:18
Alright, important questions folks:

What's everyone's availability looking for Friday? A live draft is definitely the best option and since you can set up autopick with a live draft, it seems like a no brainer. I've personally become aware that I absolutely cannot do Saturday. I have a thing to do in the middle of the day and I'm unsure what time I'll be back.

I've spoken to Bryan, Shane and my brother Chad (Who is our fourteenth team) and all three can do something Friday with the earliest for any of them being about 2 PM eastern time and the latest some are willing to to as 5 or 6 PM, eastern time. What's everyone else's availability for that day? I know some of you have jobs and school and all that and we'll need to try and figure it all out ASAP.

Also, let us know if you're planning on using the autopick feature anyway due to unfamiliarity with the players. No sense really scheduling around people who are just having the computer do it for them.

How do you guys feel about sometime Friday afternoon for the draft? Maybe around 4 PM eastern time?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: DonInKansas on 31 Mar 2009, 20:03
Sounds okay for me.  I'll set autopick regardless.  a four year old and six month old tend to thrash any schedule, but I could probably be in and out.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 31 Mar 2009, 20:10
That's perfect for me. I'll be in lab, but right now I don't have any big experiments planned for friday. At most I'll need a few minutes at a time.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 31 Mar 2009, 20:21
Four is very good for me
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 31 Mar 2009, 21:25
I'm working all day on friday, so it looks like it's off to ranking land for me.  I'm used to missing my draft and working the waiver wire though, so it's not too much of a disappointment.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KvP on 31 Mar 2009, 21:33
I'll start work at around 2 PM Mountain time which should be around 4 or 5 Eastern on Friday.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 31 Mar 2009, 21:43
Uh, real life plans are pretty much boning me for live-drafting. Turns out I'm pretty much gone all friday/saturday. I'll set an autopick thing at some point I guess.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 31 Mar 2009, 22:04
My only question about the autopick drafting is, will I end up with the right amount of players for each position?  As in, my autodraft will get me as many players for each position as I need to actually play in a game?

I've done a fantasy football autodraft and ended up with like five quarterbacks, a receiver, a defense and a kicker, and had to do some serious retooling before I was disqualified.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 01 Apr 2009, 00:04
My only question about the autopick drafting is, will I end up with the right amount of players for each position?  As in, my autodraft will get me as many players for each position as I need to actually play in a game?

I've done a fantasy football autodraft and ended up with like five quarterbacks, a receiver, a defense and a kicker, and had to do some serious retooling before I was disqualified.

It's been a while since I've done this, but I am nearly certain that the computer drafts to fill every spot on your roster. So for instance, if for some reason the top 7 players available when you draft are all first basemen, then the computer will draft all of them (1 for your first base spot, all 3 utility spots, and all 3 bench spots), but then it will draft so that every spot on the rest of your roster is filled. So in other words, you will at least have somebody at every position. Obviously, the scenario I posed was highly unlikely, but there is a chance that you may end up with some higher-profile benched players than you have at certain positions just because the computer drafted based on value rather than position. But, this isn't necessarily a horrible disadvantage, because you can then use those players as trade bait with someone else who may have a similar weakness at different positions.

Also, I'm still waiting on email addresses from John and Shane. Everyone else has claimed their team, although one person hasn't changed their name from its default.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 01 Apr 2009, 08:32
4 or 5pm Eastern is i'm guessing 9 or 10pm UK? If thats right, that is absolutely fine for me.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 01 Apr 2009, 08:43
I actually tested out the ESPN mock draft on Sunday night and it went pretty smoothly. I got bored of it after a while, though, and ditched after the seventeenth round. I can confirm that autopick will, in fact, draft positions you need instead of just drafting seven center fielders (Either that or my team was the result of major coincidence).

John, have you been actively researching? It might be bumpable up to that early, but I'd rather not make everyone do that if you're going to end up doing autopick anyway. If you set up for autopick, you won't actively have to be present, even if we opt for live draft.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 01 Apr 2009, 17:09
Friday sounds good for me.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 01 Apr 2009, 20:21
OK, is everyone besides Dazed and SilentJ available on Friday?

Shane, hurry up and accept your invite you goddamn slacker.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 02 Apr 2009, 04:58
Accepted. How does one change their team name?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 02 Apr 2009, 08:48
Go to Edit Team Settings.  It's under the My Team tab
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 02 Apr 2009, 10:48
Okay, so it's looking like tomorrow at 3 or 4 PM is the overall consensus. Any objections? Any preferences of which? I'll vote for 3 PM.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 02 Apr 2009, 16:15
K, I set my autodraft order thing, I'll see if I can maybe get on tomorrow for the live thing.... doubtful, but I'll give it a shot.

EDIT: Interesting note, according to the pre-ranking thing, David Ortiz does not exist. I didn't check to see if it did that to all pure DHs, but blah.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 02 Apr 2009, 16:33
I went ahead and set the draft for 4:15 EST tomorrow, to make it a little easier on us further west. If people want it earlier, I can move it up to 3:00 or 3:30.

Been working on my draft spreadsheet myself, I've ranked most of the infield positions at this point. Hopefully I've still got it, I used to be pretty good at this but it's been a while and I was better at football anyway.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 02 Apr 2009, 19:28
I'm not really doing anything more complicated than taking conventional wisdom and then acknowledging that striking out=bad. Things like BB more or less take care of themselves over the course of a season once you establish someone can hit without striking out, after all. I figure my top picks probably won't look much different than those from a standard 5x5 roto league; a good player is a good player, generally speaking. It's later on when you need to rely on a few scrubs to round out the team that puzzles me. Unlike in roto I can't just fearlessly grab a few guys who mostly suck but randomly crap out a few dingers at the end of the draft and expect it to help.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 02 Apr 2009, 19:55
Everyone, I've made a last minute change to the roster setup. I know it's last minute, but it's pretty minor and I think it should just make things easier for everyone anyway

The roster setup has been changed to just have 9 general pitcher slots rather than 6 starter slots and 3 for relievers. I was thinking about this a lot while going through my own rankings, and I realized that there are only between 20 and 30 relievers that anybody really knows anything about at all, and everything beyond that is pretty much a crapshoot. I figure that since we still have Saves Plus Holds as a scoring category, there is still an incentive to draft relief pitchers, and at a certain point it makes more sense to draft a good reliever over a mediocre starter from an ERA and innings pitched perspective as well.

Like I said, I apologize for the short notice, but I think it's a small adjustment that just benefits everyone in the long run anyway.

And once more for clarity, the live draft is currently set for 4:15 PM EST (GMT -5) tomorrow. If you have any issues with this time and want it to be moved earlier, please bring it up with me as soon as possible. I should be awake for the next 6 hours or so, but after I go to sleep it's pretty much locked in stone.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 02 Apr 2009, 19:56
I might be a little late for the first couple of rounds.  I'm going to see the MSO around 11, so I should be back around 3 CT.  But I'm not sure when I'll be able to get to a computer
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 02 Apr 2009, 22:00
I don't mind that change at all Bryan; the bullpen boys are notorious for getting yanked around in terms of innings anyway, so in the name of sanity I'm pretty much OK with giving them the short end of the stick in terms of overall importance. Which, really, is kind of funny since the late '90s version of Mariano Rivera was so good that you felt like your team was pretty much doomed if he came out while the Yankees had the lead.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 03 Apr 2009, 02:32
Alright, I'm about to go to bed now and nobody's said anything about the draft time, so once again it will be at 4:15 PM EST (1:15 PM PST) tomorrow.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 03 Apr 2009, 05:00
Autopick for me, then. >>
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: mberan42 on 03 Apr 2009, 09:49
Yo dudes, sorry I've been unresponsive. 4.15EDT today is good for me.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 03 Apr 2009, 12:26
For the record, the draft room is now open. You can enter, see the draft order (I have 11th pick, you motherfuckers), and organize your list if you'd like.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KvP on 03 Apr 2009, 13:05
I'd log in but I can't remember my Member Name and the servers that are supposed to remind you are down.

I will continue trying for the next half hour or so.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 03 Apr 2009, 13:10
John, your member name is KidvanPervert. You have first pick too, you lucky bastard.

T-minus 5 minutes to start guys.

And it's on! John, you're on the clock so I hope you remember your password.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KvP on 03 Apr 2009, 14:19
The boss started hanging around the lab, and I would pretty much get fired straight up if I was seen playing Fantasy Baseball on the clock, so I'm out for the day. I made two picks for myself at least. I wanted to draft Geronimo Gill :[
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 03 Apr 2009, 15:35
That's rad. Albert Pujols!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 03 Apr 2009, 15:41
Yeah, it's all over now. For the record, both Jon and his brother are dead to me for stealing Ellsbury and Lincecum, respectively.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 03 Apr 2009, 15:41
If you remember, Jon specifically banned you from drafting Lincecum.


edit: James you bastard, you got Masterson!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 03 Apr 2009, 21:22
Yeah, but have you seen my outfield? Garret fucking Anderson is my highlight. Bloody autodraft

I did get Beckett, Lester, and Pedroia though. Whoo sox.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 03 Apr 2009, 21:29
I need a better first baseman and one more good reliever. Apart from that I'm pretty happy with my team, all told.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 03 Apr 2009, 22:17
Yeah I'm pretty sure the first baseman I got is not going to start for a while
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 04 Apr 2009, 06:08
I need a better first baseman and one more good reliever. Apart from that I'm pretty happy with my team, all told.

I do have Laroche. I need to try and move some pitching to pick up relievers, as right now I have more first basemen than relievers.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 04 Apr 2009, 09:10
I'm quite satisfied with my team. My outfield's pretty stacked, my offense should be good for some great numbers (Though I'd rather have Fielder than Helton) and my pitching's pretty good, though I'm worried about how it might get if something happens to Santana. My bullpen's looking good, though.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 04 Apr 2009, 09:29
At least you have a bullpen.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 04 Apr 2009, 21:04
Hee, I love the feeling of looking through your roster after an autopick draft.  It's always "ok... good... whoa, holy shit!.... good... who? ... who?...oh, god damnit."

Also I don't know everyone's first name, so who's the one that put up a trade for Adrian Gonzalez?  I've spent the last like hour wondering whether or not to do it.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 05 Apr 2009, 00:02
That was me.

Also, thank you so much I needed an actual first baseman and the best waiver was fuckin Ronnie Belliard
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 05 Apr 2009, 08:07
I'm so used to playing NFL.com fantasy football, where I have gotten into the habit of automatically denying trades because they're usually retarded, but I looked it over for like an hour and a half and eventually decided it was a pretty fair trade.  Plus I've already got Ryan Howard at first, so it wasn't a huge loss on my part, but my only second baseman is Luis Castillo and I dunno how much I can rely on him, and my only catcher is named Taylor Teagarden and that's all that needs to be said.

The Research tab under the trade review page threw me for a loop though.  Most of the time I spent thinking about the trade was trying to find out what the player ranking meant, and I'm still unsure exactly.  Gonzalez is like a 6.5 or something, and both Pierzynski and Lopez are around 1-1.5.  It wasn't until after I accepted that I noticed players like Texeira or Sabathia or Pedroia had numbers around like 13 or 14 that I stopped worrying.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 05 Apr 2009, 08:10
Speaking of trades, I have too many 2nd basemen, and one 3rd basemen I'd trade for 50 bucks and a case of beer. Anyone need 2nd basemen/need to get rid of 3rd basemen?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 05 Apr 2009, 08:11
That was me.

Also, thank you so much I needed an actual first baseman and the best waiver was fuckin Ronnie Belliard

DAMMIT GUYS. I HAVE LAROCHE AND NEED RELIEVERS.

James, I could do without Brandon Wood, and he's 3B/SS eligible. A case of Newcastle Brown Ale and a reliever and I'll give him to you.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 05 Apr 2009, 09:03
I'm so used to playing NFL.com fantasy football, where I have gotten into the habit of automatically denying trades because they're usually retarded, but I looked it over for like an hour and a half and eventually decided it was a pretty fair trade.  Plus I've already got Ryan Howard at first, so it wasn't a huge loss on my part, but my only second baseman is Luis Castillo and I dunno how much I can rely on him, and my only catcher is named Taylor Teagarden and that's all that needs to be said.

Yeah, that's pretty much what I was goin for.  I looked for a team that had a good first baseman I didn't think they were going to need, and then looked for holes that I could fill with the extra players that I had.

And yeah I agree completely about the fantasy football trades.  They are usually the worst things
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 05 Apr 2009, 09:12
Shane, Brandon Wood is useless, but friendly advice: go looking on waivers, there are actually a lot of really, really good relievers on there right now.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 05 Apr 2009, 09:23
Hey Shane, if you're willing to give up some starting pitching I would trade you some relief pitching
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 05 Apr 2009, 09:43
I have Mike Lowell and Jed Lowrie as utility guys, James. If you've got some decent pitching, I'd be willing to put up either one. I wouldn't call either of them a blockbuster, though I do think Lowell's going to have a bit of a bounceback.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 05 Apr 2009, 10:00
James, how would Lowell straight up for Beckett sound to you? They're both considered injury risks, but I think they'll both bounce back a bit. Anyone else you've got that I'd want for Lowell is someone I'd consider out of Lowell's league in terms of trade and I can't say I'd be willing to give up two for anyone.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 05 Apr 2009, 10:16
James, if you go with that, I'll also trade you Pujols for Dan Uggla.

cmon, Jon. Cmon.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 05 Apr 2009, 10:27
Well, hey, Lowell for Masterson would've worked if you'd just give me Fielder already.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 05 Apr 2009, 10:59
FYI, I could potentially be talked out of Mike Aviles, but you'd have to make a pretty damn nice offer, since he's a 28 years old, batted .325 last year and qualifies for both 2nd base AND shortstop. He's not spectactular, but he should fit in somewhere.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 05 Apr 2009, 12:19
Sorry Jon, but I kinda need more than an aging, injury-plagued-of-late Lowell for a top of the rotation starter. Particularly since I think Beckett is going to kill this year.

It hurts me to say this, since I do love me some Mike Lowell, but I cannot do it.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 05 Apr 2009, 12:25
Well, I was going to try a swap of Lowell straight up for Masterson and package him to Shane with something else for Prince Fielder, but he simply will not part with his 40+ home run potential first baseman THAT WILL NEVER SEE PLAYING TIME ON HIS TEAM BECAUSE HE IS BACKING UP ALBERT FUCKING PUJOLS GOD DAMN IT SHANE!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 05 Apr 2009, 12:40
Hm... anyway you might be willing to part with Lowrie? I'm not sure what I can give you that's of similar value, unless you're interested in Howie Kendrick or some non-Masterson relief pitching.

EDIT: We have too many goddamn Bostonians in this league, all the Sox are going to be jealously guarded.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 05 Apr 2009, 13:05
Honestly, if you're willing to part with Uggla, I would take him straight up for Lowrie. Lowrie apparently is not eligible for second base in this league for some reason, and having Renteria backing up Hardy renders Lowrie pretty redundant for me without an ability to play second. He'd do well for you, since you're completely lacking anyone to back up third or short. I sent you a trade proposal, so if you're into this trade, just approve it and it's a done deal on my end.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 05 Apr 2009, 13:12
Well, before I do that, can someone clarify real quick just what exactly the utility slots are doing? Are those just essentially 3 DH slots, or are they more like bench spots? I guess I'm trying to figure if those players are actually active or not.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 05 Apr 2009, 13:13
As far as I know, they're bench spots, but don't take my word on it since I'm as new as you. There's a two day window on the trade, so let me know once you find out.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 05 Apr 2009, 14:13
Hmm, just looking at the site/rules, seems like the utility spots are all active. That said, I'll actually go ahead with the deal anyway if you're still interested.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 05 Apr 2009, 14:26
Yeah, definitely still interested.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 05 Apr 2009, 14:27
Though that news effectively kills even my most remote hope of ever prying Prince Fielder away from Shane.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 05 Apr 2009, 15:58
Fuck you Shane, you have like 4 people eligible to play first base and you won't trade ANY of them.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 05 Apr 2009, 16:04
Shane, just to let you know we all hate you and hope all your players pick up horrible injuries to get you back for this.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 05 Apr 2009, 16:47
I don't hate you Shane, I have a first basemen (yay for this). I just hate everyone who has a somewhat decent outfield.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 05 Apr 2009, 16:51
Well, fuck you too, James.

I don't hate you, Shane. I just wish I had Prince Fielder and am very disappointed in your for having such a devastating infield for someone who was on autopick.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 05 Apr 2009, 17:01
Well, damn, guys. Thanks for the backup.  :|

I'm just worried that he'll beat me in baseball like all his other teams are currently beating mine.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 05 Apr 2009, 17:06
Gotta do some visiting with the parents tonight, but I've got seven outfielders, three first basemen, and three third basemen, some of whom I might be interested in dealing off later tonight.  If one of 'em catches your eye let me know.  Except Ryan Howard and Grady Sizemore, not dealin' them away unless you got somethin' real good for me.

And yeah I agree completely about the fantasy football trades.  They are usually the worst things

I mean, sometimes I can kinda see where they might have thought these trades were legit (name confusion, etc.), but sometimes it's just like, do you really think I'm that dumb?

"Giving you Peyton Manning and LaDanian Tomlinson for Ladell Betts?  Awesome!  You're so screwed now, dude."
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 05 Apr 2009, 17:11
You might consider hitting up the trading block (http://games.espn.go.com/flb/tradingblock?leagueId=207236&teamId=2) section. You can list players you're shopping as well as stats and positions you're looking for. Quite nifty.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 05 Apr 2009, 18:06
Re: Fantasy football trades & Name Confusion

You just know that someday someone out there will accidentally trade for the wrong Adrian Peterson leading to epic drama.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 06 Apr 2009, 05:12
Fuck you Shane, you have like 4 people eligible to play first base and you won't trade ANY of them.

GUYS MAKE ME A FUCKING DEAL FOR ADAM LAROCHE. Aubrey Huff's playing third for me.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 06 Apr 2009, 06:37
I'm not sure I have a good deal to give you.  I was thinking Laroche and Maine for an outfielder and a reliever, but I don't think Percival and Lewis match up one for one.  I might be willing to trade two outfielders and a relievers, so preemptively the trade would have been Laroche and Maine for Bourn, Lewis, and probably Percival.  Frankly, I don't think it's that good of a trade, but what do you think Shane?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 06 Apr 2009, 06:57
Dammit Alex, I was scoping out Skip Schumaker.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 06 Apr 2009, 10:40
Goodbye, Pedro, you were a joke pick anyways.

Hopefully Buchholz pitches like he did in spring training if he comes up this season (Though the fan in me hopes he makes a couple spot starts toward the end of the season at best, because I wanna see all the Sox pitchers just absolutely dealing).
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 06 Apr 2009, 11:08
Opening day rained out fuckfuckfuckfuck.

And honestly, I'd love to see Buchholz come up and pitch great, since it's pretty much a guarentee that Penny or Wakefield will go down eventually.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 06 Apr 2009, 11:29
Right, but unless that's in the first two months, Smoltz is next in line.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 06 Apr 2009, 11:36
I guess, yeah. Man, we really do have a fucking ton of pitching. I don't think I fully realized that even until now. We have a guy who throws no-hitters as our 7th starter. Whoaaaa.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 06 Apr 2009, 11:46
There goes my no-hitter.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 06 Apr 2009, 22:42
Dear god I'm glad I made that Adrian Gonzalez deal.  Hopefully Felipe Lopez is consistently as money as he was today.

Re: Fantasy football trades & Name Confusion

You just know that someday someone out there will accidentally trade for the wrong Adrian Peterson leading to epic drama.

Shit, I almost made that mistake in a draft one time.  Dodged a huge bullet there.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 07 Apr 2009, 04:59
WHAT THE FUCK, I THOUGHT I DROPPED YOU, JOHN LANNAN. Jesus fucking christ, man.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 07 Apr 2009, 05:48
Bryan you jerk I wanted Duchscherer
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 07 Apr 2009, 08:01
Shane, I am so glad that you kept John Lannan

....6 runs allowed in 3 innings pitched.....
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 07 Apr 2009, 08:32
Yeah, I didn't get that move made in time. I'm dropping him and will have Scot Shields next week.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 07 Apr 2009, 09:14
An untested closer I reached for allowed like 4 runs in one inning. Disaster doesn't even really cover it. He might as well have just sauntered out there and pooped on the mound.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 07 Apr 2009, 09:56
Dear god I'm glad I made that Adrian Gonzalez deal.  Hopefully Felipe Lopez is consistently as money as he was today.

Considering his generally average numbers, I wouldn't bank on it. He's a third of the way to last year's home run totals for this season and I'd consider it more likely related to the fact no one seemed to be able to keep it in the yard (Eight home runs in one nine inning game) than anything.

Figures I go for Uggla over Kendrick for the added power and Kendrick blasts one. Should pan out in the long term, but it stung last night.

The only downside to yesterday for me is that fuck Beltran botching a throw that probably cost me a quality start and a likely 0.00 ERA on the day.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 07 Apr 2009, 14:05
Bryan you jerk I wanted Duchscherer

Yeah, well somebody stole Brian Giles from me so quit your bitchin'.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 07 Apr 2009, 14:06
Yeah in retrospect cutting Duchscherer might come back to bite me in the ass, but I was still thinking in terms of football, where a guy at any position missing like 6-8 weeks makes him pretty much fantasy useless.

Dammit.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 07 Apr 2009, 14:24
James and his Beckett pick and his seven K's can fuck himself right this second.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 07 Apr 2009, 14:56
Whoooooo Beckett and Pedroia whoooooooooo.

(Sorry for stealing Brian Giles, I desperately needed outfield)

EDIT: More like 10 K's Jon
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 07 Apr 2009, 15:23
So much for Masterson..though I think those were charged to Okajeemer.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 07 Apr 2009, 15:28
They were. Also, goddamn, Carlos Peņa cannot be helping anyone today.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 07 Apr 2009, 15:29
Except you, who has Beckett, who K'd him three times.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 07 Apr 2009, 15:30
Well yes, that obviously.

(I have Masterson who K'd him, too)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 07 Apr 2009, 17:32
I have Okajima.

Chad (My brother, who's in on this) actually texted me to say "lol @ okajima"

Unfortunately for him, Pena got him a golden sombrero.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 07 Apr 2009, 18:22
I hope Atlanta's manager gets violently sodomized with a pineapple for pulling Jurrjens one out before he would have gotten me a QS.

That is all.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 08 Apr 2009, 05:27
Unfortunately for him, Pena got him a golden sombrero.

This is easily my favorite baseball term ever.

Hey, Chris Young! Way to almost kinda make up for John Lannan's dismal start on Monday.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 08 Apr 2009, 05:39
Man, my relief pitching blew the fuck up. Oh well.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 08 Apr 2009, 16:54
It's really aggravating that my hitters are doing generally very well, but yet the team I'm goin up against is doin just a tiny bit better in every category except home runs (GET ON IT UTLEY/LEE/BAY/GONZALEZ)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 08 Apr 2009, 17:33
Dammit Coco Crisp, not only do you have one of the stupidest names i've ever heard but you can't step up to the plate and not be struckout either. Get a grip, man, get a grip.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 08 Apr 2009, 22:12
My team was too busy melting down across the board and driving me to drink for me to complain much earlier, but at least Fukudome came through today for me in every category.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 08 Apr 2009, 23:09
Aramis Ramirez, I apologize for not knowing who you were when I saw that I had autodrafted you

you are a pretty good dude
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 09 Apr 2009, 05:03
If you want to continue your Aramis Ramirez fanboying, I have a ball signed by him that I've been trying to sell.


HEY DIONER NAVARRO. GOING 0 FOR THE FUCKING SEASON, ARE WE?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 09 Apr 2009, 05:22
It's ok Shane, my offense went 7/43 yesterday.

Seven for Forty-Three. 14 Ks

.163

Really guys? Really?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 09 Apr 2009, 08:56
HOLY FUCKNG SHIT BALLS (http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4055343)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 09 Apr 2009, 10:55
I think I should write a love letter to Miguel Cabrera. 7-10 in two games. In the last game 2 HR with 4 RBI's....

yeah, I'm glad I picked him.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: mberan42 on 09 Apr 2009, 13:51
I'm in the market for some starting pitchers. Willing to trade just about anyone. Make me an offer I can't refuse.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 09 Apr 2009, 13:57
Hey Jed Lowrie, please remind me why the fuck I traded for you?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 09 Apr 2009, 14:08
I knew when I approved that trade that you were getting shafted.

Also, I'd like to thank whoever dropped Brandon Morrow, because now I got my third relief pitcher for free! Between that and Dook, I'm doing pretty well with snapping up other people's castoffs.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 11 Apr 2009, 09:17
Frig. Everyone but Maine got wins for me last night.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 11 Apr 2009, 15:33
Blah blah blah. I've been pretty much out of contention for the week since Wednesday. I am not winning a single category.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 11 Apr 2009, 15:41
man, yesterday was a brutal day for me lol.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 11 Apr 2009, 15:46
They've all been brutal days for me.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 11 Apr 2009, 15:51
Argh, someone used abbreviations on the forum, kill it!  :wink:

WHY WON'T MY PITCHERS PLAY? They do well when they do.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 11 Apr 2009, 15:55
Guys, my team is currently clocking in with a .214 batting average, so don't talk to me about brutal. I purposely picked a bunch of really disciplined batters (aside from Milledge and Taveras, anyway) though, so I'm actually still ahead on strikeouts despite Rachel's team hitting a .315.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 11 Apr 2009, 19:39
They've all been brutal days for me.

Well, we have five starters going between the two of us tomorrow, but yeah, since Friday when my team put up 11 RBIs I've been feeling pretty safe.

Perez sure put up a fucking terrible start for me, though. Without his shitty start bringing my ERA and WHIP down I'd be even further ahead.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 11 Apr 2009, 19:54
Also, I know this is a double post but I'm doing it separately for emphasis: Make sure you make any necessary roster changes for Week 2 if you've traded or gotten anyone off waivers. This can be done by going to the My Team section and clicking the Matchup 2 tab. Rosters will lock for the week at the start of the White Sox-Tigers game at 1:00 PM EST on Monday, so if you haven't subbed in your new players by then you'll be SOL for the entire game.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 11 Apr 2009, 21:37
You know, I'm not even truly surprised anymore when Pujols knocks in 7 runs on two at bats. If a pitcher is going to load up the bases like that then you just know there's no way in hell he can get around Pujols. "He bats ahead of Albert" was pretty much the beginning and the end of my thought process when claiming Skip Shumaker from the free agent pool for my bench.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 12 Apr 2009, 17:44
Oh man.  My game this week is ending in a fucking tie
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 12 Apr 2009, 17:47
Unless the Milwaukee reliever that John has comes in and gets a strikeout, or the two players between the two of you shift the hitter strikeout category, you're probably right. I'll try to have a full weekly wrap-up written later tonight after the Chicago-Milwaukee game is over.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 12 Apr 2009, 17:55
Well Parra is unlikely to come in since he started three days ago.  And then either Theriot strikes out three times or Fontenot steals two bases and I seriously doubt either of those will happen (although the strikeout one is more likely)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 12 Apr 2009, 18:08
I'm really giddy about owning two twins starting pitchers for cheap considering I have a week of home games coming up. Maybe they're not good pitchers in general, but the Twins are basically money at home when it comes to grinding out low scoring games.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 12 Apr 2009, 19:37
Ties? TIES???

Is Bud Selig running this or something? THERE'S NO TYING IN BASEBALL!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 12 Apr 2009, 20:20
Man tell that to KvP's pitching staff.  I had WHIP pretty much locked up until he posted a 0.54 in 18 2/3 IP.  That is ridiculous John.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 12 Apr 2009, 21:13
Like I said before I'm really not good with names, but who was I playing this week?

Close motherfucking match, dude.  Hats off to you.  We ended up 8-6-0 to 6-8-0, with three categories settled by less than five stats apiece, with Quality Starts a difference of one.  And to think after the first day or two I was down like 11-3-0 vs. 3-11-0.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 12 Apr 2009, 21:27
I think he is DoninKansas
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 12 Apr 2009, 21:45
I'd be miserable about the absolute bullshit week I got served in fantasy, but I can at least say "Fuck, I'm not Alex, at least."

Dude, you got dismantled. By an opponent who was on complete autopick, who obviously did not get on well with autopick.

I can't fucking believe I'm behind my girlfriend, who has not logged in since she checked her lineup the first time, in the standings.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 12 Apr 2009, 21:50
Me, Alex, Matt, and Shane should have a futility-off.

EDIT: my team had more Ks than Hits. Ouch.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 12 Apr 2009, 23:56
Yeah, I figured my team would get off to a slow start since I'm essentially betting on a bunch of bounce back years and some nicked up starters, but that was pretty ridiculous. I'm not actually all that terribly worried though. I mean, honestly, Jimmy Rollins and Justin Morneau combined for 8 hits out of 46 at bats. Unless you believe a couple of recent MVPs have lost the ability to play baseball at the ages of 30 and 27 years old respectively, one would have to think that's going to improve.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 13 Apr 2009, 06:01
Pujols, you can't do everything. But you can try. =/
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 13 Apr 2009, 08:44
Man, i am pretty surprised with my score at the end of the match. Up until the last day me and Matt were pretty much tied and i was behind for most of friday but i guess thats baseball. (It was 11-2-1 to 2-11-1 in case anyone was interested)

And in the end there were no draws which i was pretty surprised about. Someone must've had either a great or terrible game to alter those deadlocks.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 13 Apr 2009, 09:21
No it was weirder than that.  One of his pitching wins from yesterday didn't register until like 4 hours after the game ended.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 13 Apr 2009, 12:18
Weekly Wrap-up, Match 1

Raccoon City gets a stellar final day from its pitchers, but it's not enough as the Yammonsters sweep every batting category to headshot the newly christened Zombies 9-3-2.
Yammonsters MVP: Dan Haren (13 IP, 11 K, 2 QS, 2.08 ERA, 0.77 WHIP)
Zombies MVP: Johan Santana (12.2 IP, 20 K (!), 1 QS, 1 W, 0.71 ERA, 0.87 WHIP)

The Dreadnaught get a good week from their pitchers despite Lincecum's rough start to beat the DEATHs 11-3-0.
DEATHs MVP: Josh Beckett (13 IP, 15 K, 1 QS, 1 W, 3.46 ERA, 1.15 WHIP)
Dreadnaught MVP: Nick Swisher (7 R, 2 HR, 9 RBI, .471 AVG, .550 OBP) Too bad you dropped him!

I struggle to resist using sexual innuendo to describe the Fuck Stars' last-minute 7-6-1 victory over McFeely's Deliveries and succeed... for now.
Deliveries MVP: Jake Peavy (15.1 IP, 18 K, 2 QS, 1 W, 3.52 ERA, 1.04 WHIP)
Fuck Stars MVP: Aarong Harang (14 IP, 11 K, 1 QS, 1 W, 0.64 ERA, 0.93 WHIP)

The Placeholders get monster weeks out of Lind, Cabrera, and Longoria to pummel the Hefes 10-3-1.
Placeholders MVP: Miguel Cabrera (5 R, 3 HR, 10 RBI, .520 AVG (!), .586 OBP)
Hefes MVP: Chris Young (13 IP, 12 K, 2 QS, 2 W, 1.38 ERA, 0.85 WHIP)

The Natural Disaster Bowl is the other close matchup of the week, with the Tornadoes squeaking by the Volcanoes 7-6-1, with 3 RBIs and pitching strikeouts and only 20 average points separating the two teams.
Volcanoes MVP: Josh Johnson (15.2 IP, 15 K, 2 QS, 2 W, 0.57 ERA, 0.83 WHIP)
Tornadoes MVP: Alfonso Soriano (7 R, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 2 SB, .286 AVG, .355 OBP)

The SABRs get a bit of a recovery from their absolutely abysmal start, but their rally falls short and the Yofaces coast to a 9-4-1 victory.
SABRs MVP: Kosuke Fukudome (5 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 1 SB, .409 AVG, .480 OBP)
Yofaces MVP: Heath Bell (0.00 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 3 S)

The Imperials get a solid all-around week and clobber the Martinis 11-2-1.
Imperials MVP: Nelson Cruz (5 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 1 SB, .304 AVG, .346 OBP)
Martinis MVP: Joakim Soria (5 K, 3.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP, 3 S)

Stat Leaders:

R: Tie between Yofaces and Volcanoes (49)
HR: Placeholders (18)
RBI: Placeholders (60)
K (hitters): Tie between Yammonsters and Deliveries (42)
SB: Volcanoes (11)
AVG: Deliveries (.328)
OBP: Deliveries (.412)
IP: Yammonsters (70.1)
K (pitchers): Zombies (58)
QS: Dreadnaught (5)
W: Yammonsters (6)
ERA: Fuck Stars (2.05)
WHIP: Placeholders (1.04)
SVHD: DEATHs (11)

The You Done Fucked Up! Award goes to the DEATHs, who traded Uggla to the Zombies for Jed Lowrie just before rosters locked. Uggla's stats for the week: 3 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, .200 AVG, .333 OBP. Not amazing, but Lowrie's stats for the matchup? A pitiful 1 for 18 with 8 strikeouts.

The Raw Deal of the Week Award goes to Dreadnaught, who rack up an impressive 10 saves/holds, 4 more than anybody else in the league... except the team they were playing against.

Weird Stat of the Week: Halfway through the week, the SABRs had a .122 AVG for the entire team.

This week's matchups:
DEATHs vs. Yammonsters
Zombies vs. Deliveries
Dreadnaught vs. Placeholders
Fuck Stars vs. Volcanoes
Hefes vs. SABRs
Tornadoes vs. Imperials
Yofaces vs. Martinis
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: pen on 13 Apr 2009, 14:40
I can't fucking believe I'm behind my girlfriend, who has not logged in since she checked her lineup the first time, in the standings.

Not true!  I checked like 2 days ago! 
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 13 Apr 2009, 14:50
Hey Ubaldo Jimenez, get back out there, I think there are still some guys for you to walk.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 13 Apr 2009, 17:26
I bet SilentJ is pretty glad he doesn't have Wang now after all.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 13 Apr 2009, 17:42
Girardi was forced to pull his Wang out today, as it was clearly ineffective. At least Girardi had the good sense to pull him when he did, for fear of too many jokes concerning Pena taking Wang deep. Pena taking Albaladejo deep isn't quite so amusing.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 13 Apr 2009, 17:44
I'm going to post this every time Wang has a bad outing.

Expect to see it another 28 or so times (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS9xwV2qaBg&feature=related).
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 13 Apr 2009, 22:23
I bet SilentJ is pretty glad he doesn't have Wang now after all.

please lets not talk about this i kind of want to go cry

on a semi-related note:

Dreadnaught MVP: Nick Swisher (7 R, 2 HR, 9 RBI, .471 AVG, .550 OBP) Too bad you dropped him!

were my ears deceiving me, was baseball tonight lying, or did he have a fucking pitching appearance tonight?  What the fuck, Joe Girardi.  You know better than that.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 13 Apr 2009, 22:57
What the shit? You're right. I make jokes about the Yankees having a bad bullpen, but that's just ludicrous.

ETA: Amusingly enough, Swisher was actually the only Yankee pitcher to not give up a run in the game.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 14 Apr 2009, 00:23
Speaking of the Yankees' bullpen, ESPN's Player Rating makes no sense to me.  I looked at Mariano Rivera's stats so far, and yes it's really early, but I think only giving up one hit in 2 innings pitched, with no earned runs and three K's would warrant a higher player rating than -0.02.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 14 Apr 2009, 00:26
I don't even really mind Wang failing like that. I think it really just might be the name. We all really need a li'l Wang in our lives.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 14 Apr 2009, 05:03
I have to say, putting up a 72.00 ERA in an outing is QUITE impressive.

(and it makes up for Brad Lidge, who got the save despite giving up two runs)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 14 Apr 2009, 05:59
were my ears deceiving me, was baseball tonight lying, or did he have a fucking pitching appearance tonight?  What the fuck, Joe Girardi.  You know better than that.

Why would be want to waste another pitcher when he's already down 10 runs?

Also, I thank everyone on my team for putting up a combined .132 average last night
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 14 Apr 2009, 06:19
Man, what a ripoff, Nick Swisher's pitching outing doesn't count towards my team.

Damn you for breaking baseball, Girardi! DAMN YOUUUUUU.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 14 Apr 2009, 06:44
I was bitching about that last year. I wanted to try and pick up Micah Owings as a hitter because the dude hit astonishingly good for a pitcher.

ETA: Jon, I know you're interested in LaRoche, and I wouldn't mind getting Bedard off you. I've been thinking about dropping Randy Johnson, anyway.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 14 Apr 2009, 07:53
I'm sure whoever has Gallardo this year is bitching about missing the 3-run homer he hit off Johnson 5 days ago
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 14 Apr 2009, 09:25
DON'T REMIND ME.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 14 Apr 2009, 10:32
I have to say, putting up a 72.00 ERA in an outing is QUITE impressive.


I know! I figured Wang would lose against Kaz and end up giving a decent chunk of hits, probably ending up with a low double digit era range, but I was willing to live with that as long as I got some innings out of it and a chance for him to start against Cleveland. But a 72? Really?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 14 Apr 2009, 12:30
Jon, I know you're interested in LaRoche, and I wouldn't mind getting Bedard off you. I've been thinking about dropping Randy Johnson, anyway.


Hahahahahaha! Dude, I want a better first baseman, but seriously? Bedard's my second best starter and really the only guy I trust behind Santana. You'd need to put up Fielder and maybe even then some to pry him out of me. I sure as fuck am not giving him up for a career .270 hitter without much power. I'd sooner take my chances with Helton.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 14 Apr 2009, 20:05
I'm sure whoever has Gallardo this year is bitching about missing the 3-run homer he hit off Johnson 5 days ago

son of a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiitch
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 15 Apr 2009, 11:20
Fuck you Coco Crisp. I gave you a second chance and you royally fuck it up by getting struck out again.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: mberan42 on 15 Apr 2009, 14:22
Man, I got my spank cocked last week. Here's hoping my team starts NOT SUCKING.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 15 Apr 2009, 14:41
My team's doing better than last week, so far.

But man, I do so wish I had Tim Wakefield today. 42 years old and he took a no-hitter into the eighth.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 15 Apr 2009, 20:13
Texas scores 16 runs and Michael Young is 0/5.

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 15 Apr 2009, 20:35
I'm just hoping Jimmy Rollins can get things going soon. Obviously I don't intend to give up on the guy any time soon since he's always been streaky, but in the meantime he's killing me. At least Taveras has been the steal machine I had prayed for.

Also, I would like to take a moment to be thankful that we're using Quality starts as well as those good ol' arbitrary standbys called saves and wins.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 16 Apr 2009, 04:53
Texas scores 16 runs and Michael Young is 0/5.

Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Go, go, Gadget Ian Kinsler! Six for six with a home run, five runs, four RBI and a stolen base. Kinsler and Youkilis are effectively carrying my offense, so far.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 16 Apr 2009, 05:13
Let's see if drastically changing my bench does anything.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 16 Apr 2009, 05:53
The Rangers on my team: 0-10
The rest of the Rangers: 19-34


bluuuuhhhh
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 16 Apr 2009, 06:09
Nelson Cruz, last week's team MVP. Yesterday he posts 2/5 hits with 1 run and 6 RBI. This included a GRAND SLAM HOME RUN; i believe he may be team MVP for the second week running.

Also, Blalock picked up 2 RBI from 1/5. Go go Rangers.

However, if anyone wants Matt Holliday in a trade feel free to speak up.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 16 Apr 2009, 06:15
I'll give you Edgar Renteria for him.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 16 Apr 2009, 06:29
Are we trying to underbid, here? I see your Renteria and raise you Cody Ross.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 16 Apr 2009, 06:32
I see your Cody Ross and I raise you a Carl Pavano.

"THE CHILDREN...THEY CALLED ME MR. GLASS!"
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 16 Apr 2009, 06:35
Matt Holliday career at Coors Field: .356 BA, 84 HR, 312 RBI, .643 Slugging
Matt Holliday career everywhere else: .280 BA, 44 HR, 177 RBI, .455 Slugging

Granted, he had 65 more ABs at Coors, but unless he hit grand slams in all of them, seems like he's going to significantly devalue going from Coors to the Coliseum (where hitters go to die).

I'll give you Ubaldo Jimenez for him though!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 16 Apr 2009, 06:37
Pavano? Psssh. Juan Rivera, my good man!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 16 Apr 2009, 07:01
Carl Pavano is an all-time Yankee legend. Any team would be fortunate to have him.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 16 Apr 2009, 13:17
Kosuke Fukudome is officially my favorite. I knew he was a ridiculously disciplined batter and a definite sleeper, but at this point I feel like there's absolutely nothing else I can ask for from such a late pick.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 16 Apr 2009, 13:19
Miguel Cabrera is doing fucking awesome so far, but even he can't make up for the fact that all of my players have been fucking worthless these past few days!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 16 Apr 2009, 13:23
Man guys, my pitching staff. Fuck yeah so far this week.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 16 Apr 2009, 13:25
Oh, btw, Shane: I'd appreciate it if your guys would quit doing shit like putting up a .434 OBP.  It's just rude.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 16 Apr 2009, 14:32
My ERA and WHIP could stand to dip a few points, but my pitching is wrecking house, so far this week. I have twenty-six strikeouts, and that's without a single appearance yet from Bedard, Chamberlain OR Santana, all of whom are capable of a double digit game.

My team is a well oiled machine.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 16 Apr 2009, 14:42
I would perform compromising acts for your offense this week. Pretty ridiculous.

But, I see your 26 and raise you 36, thus far w/o Beckett or Danks, and with another start on tap from both Lester and Jimenez. Scott Downs is being an absolute monster right now, he's striking out at least 2 guys an inning.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 16 Apr 2009, 16:48
I love my offense. While I don't really have a certified slugger anywhere in there, I have a bunch of guys who simply get the job done. I basically modeled my team after the '09 Red Sox: you don't need a fourty+ home run guy when you have a bunch of guys capable of knocking twenty.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 16 Apr 2009, 18:42
I'm just hoping the Twins get Mauer back asap. Morneau is already playing pretty well but he should jump up another level if he gets to bat cleanup after Mauer again. I wish there was a way the Twins could afford to move Mauer to another position. He's too good to be missing so much time.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 16 Apr 2009, 18:50
Yeah, Mauer coming back would be pretty helpful.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 16 Apr 2009, 21:20
I'm seriously going to start drinking heavily if I lose the least strikeouts batting category. I would be crushing anyone else in that this week, and I pretty much built my team around stellar OBP guys.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 17 Apr 2009, 05:11
Kiko Calero: more than a hilarious name.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 17 Apr 2009, 06:49
Thank you pitching for more than making up for my somewhat lackluster offense

Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 17 Apr 2009, 09:44
My offense is carrying me, honestly. My pitching's been really good, but my opponent's been slightly better at not allowing runs. I should be fine, though, since I've still got starts from Bedard, Chamberlain, Santana and I THINK Arroyo and Pavano should each get one more. It'd take an act of god to keep me from absolutely dominating the innings pitched and strikeout categories.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 17 Apr 2009, 10:12
Grady Sizemore: Seriously Good Dude.

Also re: pitching this week, I've got Maholm starting today, who's not stellar, but should be good for a quality start, plus Johnson, Lohse, and Gallardo pitching tomorrow, all of whom have been pretty consistently good for me thus far.  I am excited.  Innings Pitched about to skyrocket.

Carl Pavano is an all-time Yankee legend. Any team would be fortunate to have him.

dude i even know you were joking here and i just couldnt let this go
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 17 Apr 2009, 10:18
My offense is carrying me, honestly. My pitching's been really good, but my opponent's been slightly better at not allowing runs. I should be fine, though, since I've still got starts from Bedard, Chamberlain, Santana and I THINK Arroyo and Pavano should each get one more. It'd take an act of god to keep me from absolutely dominating the innings pitched and strikeout categories.

Yeah you're probably right, since I've only got one remaining start in the week.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 17 Apr 2009, 12:01
By far my favorite Carl Pavano memory:

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=230627102
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 17 Apr 2009, 12:33
The thing I find most amusing about that is that, despite what will go down as one of the most terrible showings by a team in professional sports history, the Marlins went on to win the World Series a scant four months later.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 17 Apr 2009, 12:35
That's more amusing than Byung-Huyn Kim getting the win?


My favorite Carl Pavano moment:

http://dugout.progressiveboink.com/archive/b59.html
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 17 Apr 2009, 12:39
Oh my god that was the greatest thing ever.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 17 Apr 2009, 16:34
Chris Young is pitching so bad in the first inning that I'm not even particularly worried about Wang starting again tomorrow.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 17 Apr 2009, 19:43
So, as it turns out, nightmare scenario comfortably averted. Meche gives up 6H, 2BB for 6K, QS and W against Texas.

I believe someone told me, "good luck with that". Thanks, it seemed to work.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 18 Apr 2009, 05:07
Chris Young is pitching so bad in the first inning that I'm not even particularly worried about Wang starting again tomorrow.

COCK SUCKING PADRES.

You know what the worst thing about going to last night's game was? Nick Markakis hit a grand slam, leaving the bases QUITE EMPTY for Aubrey Huff, who I believe went 1-90 last night. God dammit! Also the drunk guy who incessantly booed Huff, despite my meager cry of "but dude, he's on my team!"
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 18 Apr 2009, 06:44
You went to the game, shush. I haven't been able to get to a game in 2 years man.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 18 Apr 2009, 07:18
Yeah, but they wore the red jerseys and those godawful alternate caps. Blargh.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 18 Apr 2009, 07:23
But they won! In semi-dramatic fashion. Come on, you had to have been much happier at the end of the ninth than you were in, oh, I don't know, the top of the 2nd.

Also, J.D. Drew = 1/David Ortiz? I THINK SO.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 18 Apr 2009, 08:47
My friend claims Nick Green reached Bellhorn status last night.

Also, another funny bit from last night. Okajima comes in and doesn't completely suck.

Jon: Well, the ERA helps.
Me: Didn't you bench him?
Jon: FUCK!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 18 Apr 2009, 08:53
Nick Green needs to strike out 4 times per 3 at bats to qualify for Bellhorn status.

Also, be bad at defense.

Man, I do love seeing Okajima pitch well... kinda need him since Lopez is a disaster thus far.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 18 Apr 2009, 10:53
Also, J.D. Drew = 1/David Ortiz? I THINK SO.

J.D. Drew = My fantasy MVP for the night. 2/2 with THREE walks and a home run. He almost had a stolen base, too (I think it was just a botched hit and run, honestly), but he got cut down.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 18 Apr 2009, 13:28
I almost feel bad about Wang getting lit up again.


Almost.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 18 Apr 2009, 13:38
Yeah, thank god I have a bit of a buffer. I had mostly hoped that Wang would play into my chew through tons of innings strategy, but you can't have everything.

Also, is anyone else excited about lefty batter Justin Morneau going up against Darren "I haven't started in five years" Oliver for a couple of innings? Because I am excited.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 18 Apr 2009, 14:33
Ed Hickox can suck my dick. Prick is giving Ramirez called strikes a good half foot off the plate, but calling ball on every single pitch on the black Carmona is throwing. Don't squeeze my pitchers, you dick.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 19 Apr 2009, 05:53
To understand how bad my team imploded last night, take this into consideration:

Alex got two epically horrid starts out of Chien-Ming Wang, who gave up 16 runs in 2.1 innings this week. That's a 61.71 ERA for the week.

ALEX IS AHEAD OF ME IN ERA.


ETA: Of course, it was really my offense that imploded. But I found that statistic rather frightening.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 19 Apr 2009, 06:32
That's what you call your offense imploding? Shane Shane Shane, let me introduce you to my team.

Yesterday they went 5-37 (.135) with 2 runs and 2 RBIs. A .238 OBP and only 8 strikeouts were my offensive highlights for the day. If my pitching staff wasn't unfuckinghittable, I would be so unbelievably fucked.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 19 Apr 2009, 06:42
I was leading pretty much every offensive category, going into yesterday. Now? Just two.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 19 Apr 2009, 12:20
To be fair, it's never like you were ever THAT far ahead on anything but batting average. I mean, I didn't think they'd collapse that badly, but your numbers were pretty ordinary aside from all the hits, so I was fairly certain it'd become a pretty close week when your guys dropped down to something more reasonable like a .320 batting. But yeah, then they went and threw up a stinkbomb.

Also, keep in mind that if I had gone with my gut and ended the Wang experiment early in favor of Kenshin, my pitching would have been rather sneaky-good. Not a lot of strikeouts, but a bunch of guys who can chew through a ton of innings and keep the ERA down.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 19 Apr 2009, 16:07
Yay! I'm going to win a game!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 19 Apr 2009, 18:19
Jerk
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 19 Apr 2009, 18:54
Man, you inexplicably lost worse than I did last week. 'sup with that?

Seriously, though, it could've been worse. If Garza actually pitched like Garza today, you might not have actually won a single category.

You want to talk about fucked? Man, Matt, you got fucking robbed. One home run with a man on would've given you the win and, what's that? Ah yes, one of your hottest hitters sat today because of a postponed game. I nominate Matt for this week's "You Got Fucked" award.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 20 Apr 2009, 13:06
You know, I really hope Jimmy Rollins and Alexei Ramirez quit trying to murder my fantasy team this week.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 20 Apr 2009, 13:08
I'm going to come right out and say right now that I drafted so many Sox players because I knew they'd be facing Orioles pitching eighteen times.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 20 Apr 2009, 13:16
Yes, truly today was a good day to be heavily invested in the Sox. Hooray Masterson and Pedroia.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 20 Apr 2009, 13:38
Man, if I had noticed Okajima was available earlier I coulda benched Perkins for this week's away games. blech.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 20 Apr 2009, 19:03
Weekly Wrapup is probably going to be a little late this time, I'm buried in school work right now. I'll try to have it up by tomorrow night at the latest.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 20 Apr 2009, 19:22
Yes, i would appreciate it if games where my pitchers are meant to play weren't actually postponed. I'm looking at you Phillies; either play your goddamn games or get a roof.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 21 Apr 2009, 05:28
What the hell Rob, they can't all be Seattle. Then no one would EVER win!

Christ, why did I bench Varitek? =/
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 21 Apr 2009, 06:35
Probly 'cause he's an aging catcher who couldn't hit his weight last season. I don't think his resurgence could have been reasonably expected.

Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 21 Apr 2009, 07:34
Well it was more "meant to bench Cody Ross and put Varitek in as a utility player and forgot".
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 21 Apr 2009, 17:13
Weekly Wrap-up, Matchup 2

Discworld sweeps the pitching categories as they take down the anemic Yammonsters 10-4-0.
Yammonsters MVP: Robinson Cano (7 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI, .370 AVG, .414 OBP)
DEATHs MVP: Clayton Kershaw (7 IP, 13 K, 1 QS, 1.29 ERA, 0.29 WHIP)

The Zombies get a monster week from their hitters as they chow down on McFeely's Deliveries, 9-2-3.
Zombies MVP: Ian Kinsler (9 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 6! SB, .556 AVG, .600 OBP)
Deliveries MVP: Joe Saunders (7 IP, 3 K, 1 W, 1 QS, 1.29 ERA, 0.57 WHIP)

HMS Dreadnaught strikes out a whopping 79 times for the week as they fall to the Placeholders 5-9-0, who post an impressive 2.77 ERA over 52 innings.
Dreadnaught MVP: Carlos Pena (6 R, 4 HR, 12! RBI, .333 AVG, .400 OBP)
Placeholders MVP: Zack Greinke  (14 IP, 19 K, 1 QS, 2 W, 0.00 ERA, 1.07 WHIP)

The Volcanoes win the lamest pitcher's duel on record as they somehow win the ERA category with a 5.30 for the week and smite the Fuck Stars 10-4-0.
Fuck Stars MVP: Paul Konerko (3 R, 2 HR, 9 RBI, .435 AVG, .462 OBP)
Volcanoes MVP: Javier Vazquez (12 IP, 20 K, 2 QS, 1 W, 2.25 ERA, 1.00 WHIP)

The SABRs survive another hilarious Wang meltdown to beat the struggling Hefes 8-4-2.
Hefes MVP: Cody Ross (4 R, 3 HR, 11 RBI, .429 AVG. .480 OBP)
SABRs MVP: Glen Perkins (who?) (16 IP, 8 K, 2 QS, 1 W, 1.69 ERA, 0.81 WHIP)

The Tornadoes suffer a good old-fashioned pitching meltdown as they fall to the Imperials 6-8-0.
Tornadoes MVP: Raul Ibanez (7 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI, 1 SB, .550 AVG, .591 OBP)
Imperials MVP: Francisco Cordero (3 IP, 1 K, 3.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP, 3 SVHD)

The Yofaces win in an extraordinarily close game, as they slip past the Martinis 8-6-0.
Yofaces MVP: Ted Lilly (6.2 IP, 8 K, 1 QS, 1 W, 0.00 ERA, 0.45 WHIP)
Martinis MVP: Wandy Rodriguez ( 7 IP, 10 K, 1 W, 1 QS, 0.00 ERA, 0.57 WHIP)

Standings

Tied for 1st place: Yofaces, Imperials, and Placeholders at 2-0.
Tied for 4th place: Dreadnaught, Fuck Stars, Tornadoes, SABRs, Volcanoes, DEATHs, Zombies, and Yammonsters at 1-1.
Tied for 12th Place: Hefes, Martinis, and Deliveries at 0-2.

Stat Leaders

Runs: Dreadnaught, 58
HR: Zombies, 16
RBI: Zombies, 57
Strikeouts (hitters): SABRs, 33
Stolen Bases: Tornadoes: 15(!)
Batting average: Hefes, .325
On-base percentage: Tornadoes, .411
Innings pitched: SABRs, 70
Strikeouts (pitchers): DEATHs, 68
Quality starts: SABRs, 7
Wins: Tie between Imperials and Placeholders, 6
ERA: Martinis, 2.25
WHIP: DEATHs, 1.13
Saves plus holds: Tie between DEATHs and Yofaces, 5

The You Done Fucked Up! Award goes to the Yammonsters, who pick up Jordan Schafer after his hot first week only to watch him strike out 11 times during the second matchup.

The Raw Deal of the Week Award goes to the Martinis, who could have forced a tie with a single additional stolen base or save, and won the game with one of each.

The Ridiculous Stat of the Week: HMS Dreadnaught gets 17 runs in a single day.

Not a stat of the week but I want to mention it just because it's hilarious: Wang now has 23 earned runs in 6 innings of work for the season. He's definitely earning that Yankee salary.

This week's matchups:
Yammonsters vs. Deliveries
Placeholders vs. DEATHs
Volcanoes vs. Zombies
SABRs vs. Dreadnaught
Imperials vs. Fuck Stars
Martinis vs. Hefes
Yofaces vs. Tornadoes
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 21 Apr 2009, 18:22
Wang's season thus far was put into perspective for me by NESN SportsDesk. Wang would have to pitch something like three shutouts in a row to get his ERA back down to single digits, five shutouts for a league average ERA.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 21 Apr 2009, 18:41
Glen Perkins (who?)

Poor guy was actually a first round pick. Some people got down on him as a prospect because he doesn't put up strike outs, but the dude throws a pretty decent fastball for a lefty and he's on a team that fields well and has a ridiculous home field advantage for whatever reason. He's the classic case of a pitcher screwed by the general public's fascination with Ks. He's pretty much easy money at home in league this deep though.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 21 Apr 2009, 21:18
Man, some silly baserunning done tonight.  (here's looking at you, adrian gonzalez)

also god damn, who else saw Kerwin Danley take that bat to the face tonight?  That shit's ridiculous, how do these bats break so easy in the major leagues?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 21 Apr 2009, 21:30
Bill Nye covered this once. (http://encarta.msn.com/encnet/Features/Columns/?article=BNBrokenBats)


TLDR version: Modern players often grow up with metal bats and thus often neglect the fact that wooden bats are branded to show on which plane they are strongest. Light bats are also better for hitting for power since the speeds you can hit with them outweighs the lost mass. Combine the two and it's splinter city.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 22 Apr 2009, 05:26
Man, some silly baserunning done tonight.  (here's looking at you, adrian gonzalez)

also god damn, who else saw Kerwin Danley take that bat to the face tonight?  That shit's ridiculous, how do these bats break so easy in the major leagues?

Pujols shattered one last night and the ball still reached the warning track. Nutter.

So hey guys, anybody still want to entertain trades for Prince "I'm hitting .163" Fielder? Anyone? Bueller?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 22 Apr 2009, 07:21
also god damn, who else saw Kerwin Danley take that bat to the face tonight?  That shit's ridiculous, how do these bats break so easy in the major leagues?

A big part of it is the increased use of maple bats. I don't think that played a part in this situation, as the thing clearly just snapped in half (Indicating it was probably ash), but maple bats have played a huge part in the increase in broken bats the last few years. They tend to completely shatter instead of breaking, which has been getting increasingly dangerous.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 22 Apr 2009, 08:09
Imagine if Johnny Damon switched to maple. They'd run out of trees! That dude breaks bats like it's going out of style.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 22 Apr 2009, 11:22
As much as I like the guy (well, for a back of the rotation pitcher, anyway), I'm glad Glen Perkins is only starting once this week at Fenway.

I have never been so happy to mix up schedules before in my life.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 22 Apr 2009, 12:54
Shane, I'll give you Ubaldo Jimenez for him.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 22 Apr 2009, 16:09
Man, I'm really hoping my offense is just in a slump right now because goddamn the past 10 days or so have been pretty miserable. On the bright side, Haren is still a complete stud. Finally gets a win tonight to compliment his crazy 1.38 ERA through four starts.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 22 Apr 2009, 20:37
Okay so every one of my starting pitchers has imploded somehow this week.  My best starter was Armando Gallaraga with 5 IP, 4K, 5.40 ERA and 2.00 WHIP.  Not one of my other starters had an ERA under 9.00
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 22 Apr 2009, 20:49
I'm doing okay, guys. My opponent's just doing a bit better right now. I should, hopefully, get a boost from the fact I have six starts left this week to my opponent's three.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 23 Apr 2009, 10:01
Shane, I'll give you Ubaldo Jimenez for him.

I'll need at least a case of beer, EMC Level tickets for the Sox, and a blowjob, in addition to Jimenez.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 23 Apr 2009, 20:05
Man I would love to have Ryan Braun right about now.  The Phillies got him out only twice in the three-game series
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 24 Apr 2009, 19:57
Can I just say that I want to have Zack Greinke's baby? He is pretty much single handedly carrying my pitching.

I'd like to add my appreciation for my opponent's Matt Lindstrom, who's 94.5 ERA in 0.2 innings is certainly helping.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 25 Apr 2009, 05:13
Is anyone willing to trade for Conor Jackson? Its a serious suggestion this time. Ideally i need someone who is OF or 3B eligible, maybe both if you have it.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 25 Apr 2009, 07:36
Pfft, hey Tigers, keep sucking, yet producing.

No seriously, it's helping me. Get over here, Granderson. o/
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 25 Apr 2009, 07:39
I'd like to add my appreciation for my opponent's Matt Lindstrom, who's 94.5 ERA in 0.2 innings is certainly helping.

Seriously what the christfucking shit was that? Man, fuck you Matt Lindstrom. Jeff Samarddsgskdnjzjnkjkjnsa is taking your place next week.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 25 Apr 2009, 07:45
I'm just annoyed that my bargain basement pitching staff hasn't really been piling up innings like I need them to due to injury and constant rain. Also, which is the more arbitrary stat? Wins or Saves/Holds? Discuss.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 25 Apr 2009, 08:10
Jeff Samarddsgskdnjzjnkjkjnsa is taking your place next week.

Fun fact: He SHOULD be playing in the NFL right now. He was a star tight end for Notre Dame, but also excelled in baseball to the point where he decided to go with baseball over football. Pissed my dad off to no end, because he thought the Raiders needed a tight end, and this was their guy.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 25 Apr 2009, 08:14
The possibility of being drafted by the Raiders would inspire me to go for the MLB too.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 25 Apr 2009, 08:17
Well yeah, but there's a catch there:

My dad could run the Raiders better than Al Davis.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 25 Apr 2009, 12:32
dude the raiders need a lot more than a tight end before they become a legit football team again

Also, any games being played south of the Mason-Dixon Line today will not involve very much action.  Jesus H Christ it is hot today.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 25 Apr 2009, 17:00
Sometimes I wonder if Jimmy Rollins will ever hit a ball again.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 25 Apr 2009, 19:38
I'm just annoyed that my bargain basement pitching staff hasn't really been piling up innings like I need them to due to injury and constant rain. Also, which is the more arbitrary stat? Wins or Saves/Holds? Discuss.

I say Saves for the sole reason that Texas Ranger Wes Littleton got a save for holding off the Orioles two years ago.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 25 Apr 2009, 21:31
Jeff Samarddsgskdnjzjnkjkjnsa is taking your place next week.

Fun fact: He SHOULD be playing in the NFL right now. He was a star tight end for Notre Dame, but also excelled in baseball to the point where he decided to go with baseball over football. Pissed my dad off to no end, because he thought the Raiders needed a tight end, and this was their guy.

Hahaha, how's your dad feeling about the Raiders' picks today?

(My Niners got Crabtree at tenth because Al Davis is an idiot.)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 25 Apr 2009, 22:04
As a Minnesotan, I am not exactly sold on the idea of drafting a short (relatively speaking!) wideout who happens to have a gimpy ankle, a bad attitude and failed drug test on his resume. I mean, I don't really care about pot smoking in theory, but in the case of NFL players it always makes me wonder a bit about their decision making capabilities since failing a test can potentially cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions.

Then again, LT apparently spent his days trying to snort the 50 yard line, so there's definitely a case for the "Talent trumps all" argument.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 25 Apr 2009, 22:33
As a Minnesotan, I am not exactly sold on the idea of drafting a short (relatively speaking!) wideout who happens to have a gimpy ankle, a bad attitude and failed drug test on his resume. I mean, I don't really care about pot smoking in theory, but in the case of NFL players it always makes me wonder a bit about their decision making capabilities since failing a test can potentially cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars if not millions.

Then again, LT apparently spent his days trying to snort the 50 yard line, so there's definitely a case for the "Talent trumps all" argument.

I'm a little annoyed that the Niners traded away our second round pick when Everette Brown was still on the board and we need pass rushers badly, but from what I've heard our GM says it was for salary reasons so I guess I can put up with that. Especially since now we'll have two first round picks next season. Hopefully there will be some better QBs in that draft class because I don't think Shaun Hill is gonna cut it for long.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 26 Apr 2009, 07:37
Who has Mike Lowell?

Hahaha Yankees Hahahaha.

The shit I caught for drafting so many Sox players, but they are pretty much carrying my offense. Go go Lowell, Youk, Drew and Ellsbury!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 26 Apr 2009, 07:44
Hahaha, how's your dad feeling about the Raiders' picks today?

(My Niners got Crabtree at tenth because Al Davis is an idiot.)

Hahaha, I haven't been able to get a hold of him.

ETA: The Niners getting Crabtree..did they actually need a receiver, or was it just rubbing salt in the wounds of the Raiders for passing on him?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 26 Apr 2009, 07:56
I was so sure power was going to be a major issue for me. So far, my starting line up has 45 home runs.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 26 Apr 2009, 08:03
As does mine. Imagine what'll happen if and when Tejada starts hitting the ball.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 26 Apr 2009, 14:55
A few days late, but...

man fuck kevin youkilis
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 26 Apr 2009, 16:09
Holy shit my pitching is getting lit up this week. Good thing my offense finally stopped being completely anemic... Go forth and pitch well, Masterson, all my hopes rest on you.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 26 Apr 2009, 16:19
My only whine about the season is that I wish you could tweak the current matchup daily. I refuse to be held too responsible for things like Ricky Romero being given a retroactive DL spot after straining his arm by sneezing.


Oh, and it'd be nice if Jimmy Rollins would hit a fucking ball already.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 26 Apr 2009, 16:32
Oh man if Jake Peavy had pitched more than five innings in either of his starts this week I probably would have won.  Now I can at best tie if Rivera gets a save tonight
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 26 Apr 2009, 17:58
Well, i guess my beginner's luck couldn't hold out forever. And Coco Crisp should be the team's MVP this week, what the hell?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 26 Apr 2009, 18:39
My only whine about the season is that I wish you could tweak the current matchup daily. I refuse to be held too responsible for things like Ricky Romero being given a retroactive DL spot after straining his arm by sneezing.

That was really the only sensible way to handle it with the weekly matchups. It wouldn't be particularly fair the other way and would've made balancing the lineups much harder for people who can't dedicate fully to it like us baseball nerds.

It's not like you're the only one getting hurt by it, though. Soto's injury pretty much killed me the first week.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 26 Apr 2009, 19:24
Oh, I understand. I just have way too much free time irl atm, that's all. It would have been nice.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 27 Apr 2009, 20:19
Alex, why did one of your players steal 5 bases today? Like, really, did he have to be that much of a dick about it?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 27 Apr 2009, 20:56
Oh, you mean Fowler? He's gonna steal fifty bases at some point. Maybe not this year, but he will. The dumb part is that he looks kinda confused out there sometimes. He just happens to be ridiculously fast. My uncle claims to have had a man-crush on him since the dude was sent to the Beijing olympics, but I think he's full of shit.


Oh, hey, Jimmy Rollins! Glad you could make it! Another few games like that and you might actually break .200.


You are killing my team.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 28 Apr 2009, 08:56
Oh hey Alex.  I would like to direct your attention to one Adrian Beltre.  He is batting worse than Rollins
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 28 Apr 2009, 09:16
Okay, you're missing a couple few points here:

1. Jimmy Rollins was my first pick.

2.  Until last night, he was almost exactly as bad as Beltre. He had 2 more homers, but also two less steals and less runs because he was actually managing to strike out more than Beltre.

3. Jimmy Rollins was my first pick.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 28 Apr 2009, 09:17
Autopick knows what's up.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 28 Apr 2009, 10:28
My first pick has a .70 ERA and 37 strikeouts through 25.2 innings, just so everyone knows. He has actually struck out more people than he has allowed on base.

I think I did okay.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 28 Apr 2009, 10:48
Yeah, usually Santana is a pinch more mortal in the first month; you know, a 3.80 ERA and a few fly outs that made him look vaguely hittable. Not like he's ever bad, mind you, just saying that it's practically unfair to hitters everywhere that he's mowing people down right out of the gate like this.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 28 Apr 2009, 13:23
Attention Everyone:

My team, collectively, posted a .150 batting average and a 40.50 ERA yesterday.

That is all.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 28 Apr 2009, 14:23
My first pick is doing ok. Once he really heats up, should be good. My 2nd round (17th overall) is hitting .174 with 22 Ks. Basically, my 14th and 19th round picks are carrying my team. Hooooray autopick.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 28 Apr 2009, 14:29
Yeah, Victor Martinez decided to up and salvage his career; if it weren't for that I'd probably be pretty boned right now.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 29 Apr 2009, 05:22
Guys, you know you can hit the ball, right?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 29 Apr 2009, 15:16
Having Dexter Fowler on my team is going to be quite the rollercoaster ride. On the one hand, he's killing me on strike outs. On the other hand, 5 steals, 1 game, holy shit. Rookies give me heartburn.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 29 Apr 2009, 15:28
I wouldn't worry about it, my team is 2/24 today. Justin Upton is responsible for literally every positive thing that is happening.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 29 Apr 2009, 15:58
Yeah, I saw a 1-for-23 line when I checked earlier and nearly posted something but I didn't want to jinx it. Personally, I am disappointed in how they're merely grounding or flying out, for the most part. C'mon guys, how about some good ol' fashioned whiffs? They're still ahead of me on that one. It's like they can't even fail properly.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 29 Apr 2009, 19:55
Hey team! Way to go 7/42 today! You are certainly making me proud!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 29 Apr 2009, 21:04
Damn Dazed, you're not getting all that many hits, but the ones you're getting sure count.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 30 Apr 2009, 17:31
Wow, my entire pitching staff is melting down this week. Balls.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 30 Apr 2009, 18:54
Alex, you are getting fleeced, man.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 30 Apr 2009, 19:12
I like Taveras too. But I really hate Burnett. Like, I felt dirty selecting him even when he fell into the 9th round. Trust me, it's not like I expect Rodriguez to throw up another 60 saves.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 30 Apr 2009, 19:14
Speaking of fleeced:

Shane, I see you've benched one Prince Fielder. I would like to offer the services of Carl Pavano in exchange.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 30 Apr 2009, 19:34
Man, I know that the Rays aren't pitiful anymore, but things like a 13-0 Tampa-Boston line heading into the 9th is still fucking Bizarro world numbers.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 30 Apr 2009, 20:28
The fuck is with position players pitching this season? Jonathan Van Every, who hit his first career home run the other night, pitched the last two outs in the eighth inning of tonight's Sox/Rays game. That's at least the third time it's happened this season (Swisher did it first and I'm reasonably sure someone else did it in the last week or two).
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 30 Apr 2009, 21:02
On that note, though he isn't on my team, let me just proclaim that Nick Swisher is the fucking bee's knees.  Dude is doing some great things for my boys from the Bronx.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 01 May 2009, 06:08
The fuck is with position players pitching this season? Jonathan Van Every, who hit his first career home run the other night, pitched the last two outs in the eighth inning of tonight's Sox/Rays game. That's at least the third time it's happened this season (Swisher did it first and I'm reasonably sure someone else did it in the last week or two).

That'd be Cody Ross, who sat out the next day with a sore arm.

Jon, I am keeping the voicemail you left me last night re: Prince Fielder FOREVER.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 01 May 2009, 22:22
Maybe with Mauer back the Twins will actually have some semblance of an offense now. I was getting kind of tired of watching Morneau cheerfully hit doubles without having anyone on the god damned bases.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 02 May 2009, 06:29
Guys, guys...offense? Defense? Pitching?

You can't do any of that this week, what's up? Do we need to have a team meeting?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 03 May 2009, 10:19
Before anyone says anything I want to make it clear that the human strike out machine Chris Davis will just be warming my bench on the off chance that his dumb ass learns to swing at most balls instead of every fucking ball. God knows that with how deep this league is it's slim pickings for bench guys at times anyway.


Jesus, Scott Baker goes south in a hurry. This is why he's going to be riding my bench for a while in favor of some random crappy scrubs with decent k-rates.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 03 May 2009, 17:34
Wut?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 03 May 2009, 17:37
Jesus Shit. My matchup with Rob this week is going to be fucking tight. It's pretty much coming down to the Chicago/Texas game. He's got a pair of relief pitchers in it and we've each got a batter in it.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 03 May 2009, 17:45
I think if John Danks has an absolutely Jesus-like performance tonight I can tie.... if not, I'm pretty fucked.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 03 May 2009, 18:09
Wut?

Scott Baker went 5 innings without letting anyone on base only to give up 5 consecutive hits (totaling 5 runs) without recording a single out in the 6th. Grade A meltdown. I'm just saying that I grabbed him when he was waived earlier but it's going to be a while before I trust him.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 03 May 2009, 18:36
I wonder if Ben Sheets will ever pitch again. Also, why the fuck didn't I just start Joe Mauer this week?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 03 May 2009, 19:25
Jesus Shit. My matchup with Rob this week is going to be fucking tight. It's pretty much coming down to the Chicago/Texas game. He's got a pair of relief pitchers in it and we've each got a batter in it.

Correction, i have 2 batters in it. But it is going to be insanely tight.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 03 May 2009, 19:27
I'm just glad that I probably won't have to face a team with that much power again for a while. Dazed's team only hit six balls on Wednesday but three of them were dingers. I choose to blame Nick Swisher.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 03 May 2009, 19:29
Honestly my team is usually very power-light. They score a lot of runs, and then I count on pitching to carry me. This week was basically a complete reversal.

EDIT: Actually, my team seems to perform incredibly in some random ways every week, I don't think I can fairly say they usually do anything.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 03 May 2009, 19:53
Holy shit, Carl Crawford, you are unreal on the basepaths sometimes.  Good form, sir!

But, oh, look at that.  I got fucking destroyed this week.  Remind me why I gave away Adrian Gonzalez, again?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 03 May 2009, 20:07
Honestly my team is usually very power-light. They score a lot of runs, and then I count on pitching to carry me. This week was basically a complete reversal.

I'm the opposite. My first two wins, my offense carried me. I mashed the fuck out of my opponents, but my WHIP and ERA were in the shitter. This week, however, I batted a paltry .256/.309, but I had an absolutely sick 2.15 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 03 May 2009, 20:09
That may be true but your paltry .256 beat my dismal .254. Also, why the hell did they pull Dotel? The guy pitched 0.2 innings without a hitch, all i needed was one damn k.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 03 May 2009, 20:16
I'd say you got robbed, but man, I'm still pissy about Kinsler's GIDP with the bases loaded and one out. Gome the fuck on, dude, get me a fucking RBI, you twat.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 03 May 2009, 20:54
Wut?

Scott Baker went 5 innings without letting anyone on base only to give up 5 consecutive hits (totaling 5 runs) without recording a single out in the 6th. Grade A meltdown. I'm just saying that I grabbed him when he was waived earlier but it's going to be a while before I trust him.

I am confused because I'm pretty sure I have Scott Baker on my team
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 03 May 2009, 21:10
You dropped him. I'm talking about how I was going to keep him benched. I changed my mind though after some tweaking.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 03 May 2009, 21:12
Oh that's right.  I forgot about it since he was still on my roster for this week
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 03 May 2009, 21:13
I don't blame you for dropping him. He's been terribad. I decided to pick him up though since he's had an awful lot of excuses for being bad lately and might end up being worth monitoring.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 04 May 2009, 00:39
Even that poor outing from Baker didn't stop you from beating me, dude.  My only shot at winning any pitching categories outside of K's and saves was the start I was supposed to get out of Kyle Lohse, but goddamn rain delays kinda stopped that.  And I'm pretty sure I had no real shot at winning a batting category other than K's, and even that's only because I've got three guys on the day-to-day DL.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 04 May 2009, 07:08
I drew Reed on a week in which both Greinke and Felix Hernandez are due to start twice. Time to just go all in on trying to win saves, I guess.

Christ.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 04 May 2009, 09:06
Yeah, I'm sorry Alex. Although, who knows. Greinke got his first earned run of the season last week. Maybe he'll get another during our matchup.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 04 May 2009, 11:52
Greinke is playing at home too. That has to cut down on the odds of someone causing a Kerrigan-esque incident in the parking lot. Damn.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 04 May 2009, 12:24
Oh... oh god, all five of my starting pitchers are scheduled to start today.  So many innings pitched.  Come on you damn rain, stop before 5, will ya?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 04 May 2009, 14:38
I have 8 starts this week.... if I can't dominate pitching stats this week, I will be horribly tempted to just have a pitching fire sale.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 04 May 2009, 17:22
dude I'm going to have ten, my pitching stats are going to be ridiculous this week
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 04 May 2009, 19:52
Yeah, I'm sorry Alex. Although, who knows. Greinke got his first earned run of the season last week. Maybe he'll get another during our matchup.

Bahahaha! Man. Grienke...fucking beast.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 04 May 2009, 20:07
Ok nevermind then.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 04 May 2009, 21:51
Greinke threw a complete game shutout with 10ks. At this point I'm hoping for a headline like "Greinke gone missing; believed to be trapped in mineshaft" to come up sometime before Sunday.

The sick part is that I'm relieved because that actually constitutes something of a lucky break for me since several of his other guys underperformed.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 04 May 2009, 22:01
Yeah, what the fuck Hernandez? Sure you finished with 9 K's, but 6 earned runs!? And don't get me started on Millwood and Jackson....
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 05 May 2009, 06:02
I'd just like to take a moment to praise Frank Francisco and part name-sake Francisco Cordero for their considerable efforts in keeping my pitching stats in with a chance this season. King and Captain of SVHD.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 05 May 2009, 06:42
Scott Kazmir, can I have a word please?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 05 May 2009, 20:09
Red sox pitching: barely scraping out quality starts OH YEAH
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 05 May 2009, 20:23
I loved tonight's game. Not only do the Sox win, but I get 12 strikeouts and a serviceable ERA/WHIP (Serviceable when you factor in the phenomenal innings I got from Bedard, Garza and Saito today) AFTER Joba essentially gave the game away.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 07 May 2009, 09:43
So, who has Manny Ramirez (http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/sports&id=6801114)?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 07 May 2009, 09:48
Quote
The Times reported Manny Ramirez is expected to say the positive test results were a result of medication received from a doctor for a personal medical issue.

"I had really bad allergies, so the doctor gave me steroids to suppress my immune system! It's not my fault!"
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Tyler on 07 May 2009, 10:27
Actually it was not steroids. They have not said what it was yet, but they did rule that out. I am really kind of curious, because with Manny, things are always entertaining and not what you expect.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 07 May 2009, 10:29
Not what I heard.l The front page of MLB.com clearly states "PED's."

It may not be anabolic steroids, but it's allegedly definitely an enhancer and not just a recreational drug.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: pen on 07 May 2009, 16:42
Hey, I finally actively participated in this and updated my roster.  I'm so impressed with me. 
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 07 May 2009, 17:12
Hey, I finally actively participated in this and updated my roster by having my boyfriend walk me through it.  I'm so impressed with my ability to call my boyfriend because he's awesome and knows, like, everything. 
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: pen on 07 May 2009, 17:59
Hey, I was gonna do it on my own.  You just made it faster.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 07 May 2009, 18:12
And more efficient. I'm imaging you somehow ending up replacing Brandon Webb with Curt Schilling and winding up with Barry Bonds as a utility guy.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: pen on 07 May 2009, 18:21
I don't know much about Schilling, but I did know Barry Bonds was a bad choice.  Give me SOME credit, c'mon!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 08 May 2009, 08:49
I'm over my disappointment enough to comment now: Dammit, Manny.


At least Rodriguez has already accounted for 4 saves this week. Not that it really matters.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 08 May 2009, 09:06
Figures he's suspended the week AFTER I face you. I need David Wright to get busted, like now.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 08 May 2009, 12:45
Who hits the ball and makes it go?
Who runs the bases fast, not slow?
Who's better than his brother Joe?
Dominic DiMaggio....
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 08 May 2009, 21:32
You know, I have some relatively competitive stats for a guy who is being completely and utterly dismantled. Well, aside from steals and homers. Those totals are pathetic. Seriously, screw you Manny and Jimmy.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 11 May 2009, 07:40
jesus christ, my batting exploded this week.  I'm pretty sure I doubled Bryan's numbers in at least half of the batting categories.

Speaking of, I miss your Weekly Wrap-Ups, Bryan.  I can never decide who my own MVP would be, I am horribly indecisive.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 11 May 2009, 08:04
Yeah, I can't decide between Beltran, Tejada, and Bailey.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 11 May 2009, 08:24
My MVP would be Santana, because he's the only player on my roster who didn't monumentally let me down at multiple points this week. It's not even that Rachel even did all that well this week (Shit, she had her best pitcher on the DL), it's that my team just played like absolute shit. It didn't help that Youkilis and Ellsbury missed half the week, which killed my OBP and stolen bases, but that doesn't make my pitching past Santana and Nathan NOT suck.

My hopes for this week are not high, as I'm still unsure whether I should start Youkilis or not, since he COULD be missing half the week again.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 11 May 2009, 08:49
I'm basically convinced that being matched up against Rachel is a bad omen. A fair number of her matchups have resulted in a down week for her opponent, and in my case and your case, we're talking about some seriously epic stinkers. It's like watching one of those scrappy hockey teams that just drags their opponent down to their level every game, except in this case it makes absolutely no sense because this is fantasy sports.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: pen on 11 May 2009, 10:01
MWAHAHAHA!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KvP on 11 May 2009, 10:03
I'm not sure how I've managed 4 wins so far.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 11 May 2009, 10:07
MWAHAHAHA!

No laughing, I'm pretty sure you just got compared to the Calgary Flames.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 11 May 2009, 10:11
I'm not sure how I've managed 4 wins so far.

I'm pretty sure I know exactly how I managed the 3 losses, it's just the two wins that I'm confused about.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 11 May 2009, 11:48
Im pretty sure I'm boned this week. Should have won last week in a landslide, a ton of my team (looking at you, entire pitching staff) just underperformed horribly.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 11 May 2009, 20:12
Yeah I go up against Rachel this week.  Things are looking bleak
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 12 May 2009, 07:16
Jon, we have a very interesting matchup so far. My one hitter and pitcher, and your one batter and two pitchers.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 12 May 2009, 10:30
I'm torn on my outlook for this week.

On the one hand, I get Johan Santana twice.

On the other hand, I get Bronson Arroyo twice.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 12 May 2009, 10:52
I seriously want a week-long showdown. You can have Santana, Arroyo, and Murphy, and I'll take Billingsley, Bannister, and Inge.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 14 May 2009, 13:20
Im pretty sure I'm boned this week. Should have won last week in a landslide, a ton of my team (looking at you, entire pitching staff) just underperformed horribly.

Man do I hate being right all the time

14-0 go team go.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 14 May 2009, 20:48
I know we kinda have a soft ban on the whole name thing, but I'm going to use it anyway.


Victor Martinez.


[EDIT]
Dammit, I was going to going to grab Bard, I just hadn't decided who to drop for him yet.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 14 May 2009, 20:59
I was really really really surprised to find that Ramon Ramirez was still available. I actually meant to pick him up weeks ago, I just assumed someone already had him.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 14 May 2009, 21:23
It wasn't supposed to be. Both my brother and I had been searching for him on the FA list and NEVER found him. I was trying to snag him for a month.

I'll consider Daniel Bard a good consolation, though.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 14 May 2009, 21:53
The good thing is I'm pretty set in terms of relievers anyway. As exciting as Bard looks, he doesn't really fit into my current "Just grab two scrub starters with good matchups" gameplan anyway. Ubaldo Jimenez has sucked something awful this year, but I'll pull just about anyone off the scrap heap if they happen to be starting twice against the Pirates and Astros.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 16 May 2009, 16:09
Kudos to Ryan Howard who, by putting up 11 (yes, 11) Ks on his own this week, has kept me in with a chance.

Also, to Octavio Dotel for his 2 SVHD and Brandon Phillips for batting 3-1-8 with a .412 average so far.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 17 May 2009, 11:34
Though to be fair, I am also lucky Gavin Floyd and Jamie Moyer both have ERA in the low double digits on the week.  And that George Sherrill decided to get off his ass and start recording a fucking save.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 17 May 2009, 12:24
Yeah, its gonna be a close finish. I should take the pitching k's and maybe the SVHD with 2 SP's for today and possible RP's but other than that who knows.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 17 May 2009, 16:05
The Twins are absolutely fucking me over. Nathan only has six saves right now because his team never gets him into a save situation.

I'm also getting fucked on this week. I'd probably have a win if Bedard wasn't scratched yesterday, but I can only tie at best.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 17 May 2009, 16:33
Yeah, I've basically become known as the the baseball fan equivalent of Debbie Downer amongst my family here in Minny due to my attitudes about the Twins. Morneau is really about the only Twin I genuinely "trusted" going into this from a fantasy perspective, since he's a generally healthy slugger who should be in rounding into his peak year. Mauer's playing well, but he's as likely to get injured again as he is to continue this recent rash of home run hitting.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 17 May 2009, 16:59
If Armando Gallaraga had just gotten past the fucking first inning I would've won today.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 17 May 2009, 17:11
Yep. I was actually discussing that with Rachel today. I was checking my stats and bitching about Bedard and she asked me to check hers for her. I told her she won, but she was bullshit fucking lucky to have done it, as another two outs and it would've gone the other way. Welcome to the Curse of Playing Rachel. When I played her last week, she cursed me so hard, half my fucking team spent most of the week day to day and I lost my best fucking hitter.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: pen on 17 May 2009, 17:44
  :wink:
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KickThatBathProf on 17 May 2009, 19:41
Yeah it doesn't really help that I have like the worst QS to Win ratio, though
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 18 May 2009, 08:37
I guess I'm glad I didn't pull Lackey off the DL. 0.0 IP, 1 ER, and an ejection two pitches in.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 18 May 2009, 08:47
If Armando Gallaraga had just gotten past the fucking first inning I would've won today.

I know the feeling, as mentioned briefly, the Bedard thing did end up fucking me. I had ERA, IP and WHIP all wrapped up, so even if Bedard came in and gave up five runs in the first before being pulled, as long as he got ONE strikeout, I would've won the week.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 18 May 2009, 09:48
Holy shit.  I won this past matchup 9-5, yet I only won batting average by .003 (.268 to .265) and OBP by .001 (.327 to .326)

Well played, sir.

EDIT: ...shit.  Of course I had to ride the afterglow of that close victory all the way to the scoreboard page, where I'm told that I play Rachel this week.  Damn it.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 18 May 2009, 09:57
So I tied Matt last week. All I needed was one god damn run, and my highest run scorer had this happen to him last night:

Quote
Because of a mix-up on the lineup card, pitcher Andy Sonnanstine was forced to replace Longoria as the No. 3 hitter and bat for himself Sunday, the Bradenton Herald reports.
Spin: The lineup card originally listed both Ben Zobrist and Longoria as the Rays' third baseman, when in fact Longoria was supposed to be the DH. As a result of that error, the team was forced to go without a DH, sending Longoria to the bench.

FML
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 18 May 2009, 10:18
Pffffft, Joe Maddon. Nice going. I head Sonnanstine had an RBI double, though!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: KvP on 18 May 2009, 15:21
I WINNING

MWAHAHAHAHA
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 18 May 2009, 15:30
I'm pretty sure there should be a law against gloating when you have Hanley Ramirez.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 18 May 2009, 15:33
Your reign of terror ends now, sir.


Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 18 May 2009, 17:19
You bastard!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 18 May 2009, 19:40
Of the top five teams, at least two used autopick (John and Rachel) because they do not know much of anything about baseball. This makes me kind of sad.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 18 May 2009, 20:04
It's not like they're out to insurmountable leads, particularly when you consider that some genuinely goofy stuff has happened to a lot of teams. Plus, we've got more than a few teams that are only going to get better as the season goes on in the running.  Matt didn't have A-Rod for a while and Don (yeah, I know he's top 5; his team is still underperforming a pinch in regards to potential) has Teixeira, a man so infamous for his slow starts that he was the first thing that popped up if you googled "Yankees slow start" before the season even began. 

Also, I'll admit to being a bit cautiously optimistic now that Jimmy Rollins is showing signs of life. It's just too bad that I completely whiffed on pretty much all of my risky picks. Only Kosuke Fukudome has rewarded me for my faith and I honestly grabbed him mostly because I thought it was a bargain basement price.

[EDIT]My internet has been unreliable lately, so this is a bit late, but I'd like to mention that Cliff Lee's last start is a perfect example as to why I never would have made it in pro sports even if I actually had been talented and a helluva lot less lazy. If I threw an 8 inning quality start only to watch my team lose by giving up 4 runs in the 9th, I'd probably respond by wandering off to the bullpen with a jug of kerosene and setting some relievers on fire.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 24 May 2009, 09:42
So I think Joe Mauer may actually be my season mvp thus far, despite only playing like, 2 weeks.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 24 May 2009, 10:55
So for some reason my pitchers are starting to show signs of life.

First Carl Pavano picks up 8k's in 6.0ip with 1qs + 1win.
Then Gavin Floyd pitches an 8.0 inning 8k's shutout for 1qs + 1win.
Then Matt Cain pitches a full game with 7k's giving up 1ER for 1qs + 1win aswell.
Add to this Mr. Frank Francisco whose ERA for the season is 0.00 with 10SVHD and i am finally having a good pitching week.

Oh, and so far every starting pitcher this week has picked up a QS.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 24 May 2009, 11:47
Apparently "for some reason" now means "My guys got to beat up on the Seahawks, Pirates, As and Astros."

Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 24 May 2009, 12:18
ITT: The Seahawks are a baseball team.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 24 May 2009, 12:58
That's what I get for spending Memorial day weekend figuring out what I want my fantasy football draft to look like rather than spending time with friends and family.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 24 May 2009, 12:59
Maybe the Seahawks would actually be able to win appear a World Series (and the Mariners would be able to win a Superbowl)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 24 May 2009, 13:09
I'm not entirely convinced the Seahawks wouldn't be able to outscore the Mariners at this point.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 24 May 2009, 13:10
Hey now, Russel Branyan is actually having a good season. If he didn't strike out 4 times every 3 at bats he'd be perfect.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 24 May 2009, 13:16
The Mariners always make me feel bad for Ichiro. How do you say "Stranded on second" in Japanese?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 24 May 2009, 19:37
So I think I win this week, by virtue of having an ERA .004 lower.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 24 May 2009, 19:42
That's the same margin I'm going to win with for OBP
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 24 May 2009, 19:42
So, after my pitcher's best week so far i can still only win 4 of 7 pitching stats and draw overall.

Great show batters, great show.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 24 May 2009, 19:43
Also, Joe Mauer: The Destructor.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 24 May 2009, 21:03
Goddammit Rachel how do you do that

I was up like 9-6-1 yesterday, now you won 6-5-3

seriously how the fuck do you make that happen
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 25 May 2009, 07:48
The Mariners always make me feel bad for Ichiro. How do you say "Stranded on second" in Japanese?

Have you ever seen a Red Sox game? I'm still under the suspicion that we think anyone stranded on base counts as a run.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: pen on 25 May 2009, 16:14
Sorry Jeff, I really thought you had this one, too.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 25 May 2009, 17:08
Goddammit Rachel how do you do that

I was up like 9-6-1 yesterday, now you won 6-5-3

seriously how the fuck do you make that happen

You guys were pretty close all week, honestly. She had me checking it out occasionally while we were out of town, and even when you were winning a bunch of categories, you were holding them extremely tenuously.

Her win was kind of like a guy dangling ice cream in front of a kid and laughing only to have the kid kick you in the stones and take the ice cream. Rachel's a fantasy baseball heartbreaker.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 25 May 2009, 18:02
Rachel you are a cruel temptress.  How dare you get my hopes up like that.

Shane, you're doing the same thing to me.  I'm up 11-1-2, but I'm up against Prince Fielder, Pujols, Aubrey Huff, Varitek... you bastard.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 25 May 2009, 19:27
Yeah, I had a similar thing happen. I figured I had a great chance to win in a squeaker, since I had a stranglehold in a few batting categories and was right behind him in all but steals and saves. I'll admit to being surprised when I won by 3 categories though; I didn't really think I'd get both quality starts I needed to snag a tie in that category.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 25 May 2009, 19:35
So i was ahead for about 30 mins of the game time so far this week. Looks like the end already.

EDIT: What is with Gil Meche? Second highest paid player at the Royals and he has walked out of 3 of his last 4 games.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 25 May 2009, 19:50
I actually think Jon and I may be fairly well matched this week, assuming Joe Mauer continues to be god on earth, and my starters don't fuck things up too badly.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 25 May 2009, 19:52
Look who's at the top of the pile bitches!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 25 May 2009, 20:04
Hey careful now, KvP tried that bragging shit and look what it got him.

Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 25 May 2009, 20:07
Replaced by me is what it got him!

(and now I suffer a long streak of losses)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 25 May 2009, 22:44
And yeah, Mauer has been insane. Catchers are so injury prone that I have been pointedly refusing to hope that Mauer could turn the corner in terms of power production as he creeps towards 28 years old and his peak years, but he's been on such a tear lately that I can't help but get excited that he could turn into a 20-30 hr a year guy on top of being a ridiculously good catcher who hits for average. Now watch the Twins ownership manage to somehow fail to resign him past 2010 now that we've finally caved in and are building them a stadium.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 26 May 2009, 20:59
I love that Zach Greinke had a 1.00 ERA today and that brought up his season's average.

My pitching line up really kicked ass today, I hope it will be enough for a win.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 31 May 2009, 06:44
Man fantasy baseball seriously skews one's view on performance in professional baseball.

Today on Sportscenter I saw that Ryan Howard had 2 homers, Josh Johnson had a 7-inning quality start, with 8 K's, earlier this week Joe Crede got me a homer, etc. etc. and the whole time I was really excited that people on my team were producing.

Then today I check the box score, see I'm behind Shane 4-7-3, and just look at my lineup and shout "goddammit you guys that is not good enough" even though they're playing really well and, like, five scores are separated by single point, three are tied, and the rest are within like 5 (for numerical scores) or .020 (BA, OBP, ERA, WHIP)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 31 May 2009, 07:47
Yeah, and FUCK Joe Crede's home run against the Sox.

Even though the Sox won that game.



OH YEAH, HEY, EVERYONE. THANKS FOR IGNORING RICK PORCELLO. Ahahahahahahaha your loss.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 31 May 2009, 12:51
Dammit guys, I don't have enough of a lead for you assholes to go 2 for 22 at the plate.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 31 May 2009, 12:55
Make that 2 for 23.

Manny Ramirez is hurting me less than most of the other guys on my team today.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 31 May 2009, 14:37
Ugh, I needed a huge day from my pitching and offense to win today, and got neither.

EDIT: sometimes I wonder how my team can possibly strikeout 60+ times a week, then I look and realize that Jarrod Saltalamacchia strikes out in 39% of his at bats, including 10 in 18 this week. Astonishing.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 31 May 2009, 17:11
Suck my dick, a win!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 31 May 2009, 19:27
So, who wants to be a good Samaritan?

It seems, that while attempting to manage her DL, Rachel accidentally waivered Joey Votto, Brett Myers and Brandon Webb.

This was an ACCIDENT. Those three weren't meant to be waivered. I'm bringing this up and saying that I'd greatly appreciate it if nobody put a claim in on them. As it is, I'm going to have a hell of a time getting them back on her squad for her (As far as I know, the only way to do it is to put in claims for all of them, effectively dropping her in the waiver queue). They'll be there for a few days, though, as in order to do this, I'll have to waive one player off her team to make room on the bench for them before I can add them back and DL them. Ignore pretty much anyone dropped from the Scituate Munchkins until further notice, please.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 31 May 2009, 19:36
Aw man, I was gonna claim Votto too. So be it.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 31 May 2009, 19:50
Fuck that, I'm picking them all up!

(joking, I'll leave them be)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 31 May 2009, 20:08
You guys have no idea how much self control not grabbing one of them took. Adding Brandon Webb would've made my pitching damn near unstoppable.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: pen on 01 Jun 2009, 04:24
I did what?  God dammit. 
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 02 Jun 2009, 18:46
Aww, man, I could have sworn I posted this earlier! I hope it's not too late.

You don't actually have to claim any of those guys to get them back. The waiver period just means that whoever wants the players may give up their spot in the waiver order to assure first dibs; if I was dumb enough to drop Manny Ramirez, Don could give up his first place on the order to stash Manny and basically declare victory. But if for some dumb ass reason we were all dense enough not to claim him, someone could still pick him up after the waiver period was over without losing their spot; at that point it's strictly a matter of first come, first serve. I've already juggled my roster a bit this way, actually.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 02 Jun 2009, 20:24
OH YEAH, HEY, EVERYONE. THANKS FOR IGNORING RICK PORCELLO. Ahahahahahahaha your loss.

You were saying?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 02 Jun 2009, 21:07
holy shit you guys Halladay Lincecum and Burnett all had pretty great outings today

OH WAIT THEY'RE NOT ON MY GODDAMN TEAM FUCK YOU CHAD

I did what?  God dammit. 

In light of your several victories, that's almost adorable.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: pen on 03 Jun 2009, 06:58
Almost?  Fuck yourself.  I am adorable.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 03 Jun 2009, 10:11
Yeah, Chad's pitching is absolutely fucking disgusting. Of all my opponents, Chad's the only one since Bryan that had a victory in the bag before Sunday. I was pretty much out of it by Thursday or Friday.

Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 03 Jun 2009, 18:29
goddammit kyle lohse if you start a game you need to pitch more than two innings motherfucker

EDIT:  But, holy shit Carl Crawford is fucking ridiculous on the basepaths you guys
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 04 Jun 2009, 12:10
Joe Mauer made an out today, I'm kinda shocked and disappointed.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 04 Jun 2009, 12:35
Yeah, the combination of a power spike on his part and some really bad fielding by his opponents has made him seem pretty invincible. Seriously, if you've been watching Twins games you'll probably have noticed that quite a few fielders are running around out there like they've been suddenly struck down with glaucoma when he comes up to bat. They're not even really getting close enough to risk taking an error in some cases. It's a surreal combination of incompetence and the simple fact that the dude has no mercy; some of the line drives he's spraying around are scary and I'm not really surprised to see them just blow right past mediocre fielders.

And now a word from Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty:
"Good afternoon. Thanks for coming to the announcement that, in light of the Brett Favre situation and its unsettling impact on the people of Minnesota, I am signing an executive order requiring St. Paul native Joe Mauer, in addition to catching for the Twins, to also play quarterback for the Vikings. These are tough times, Joe, and everybody has to dig deep." (http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/blog/big_league_stew/post/News-amp-Notes-Joe-Mauer-Minnesota-Vikings-q?urn=mlb,168051)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 05 Jun 2009, 00:17
Joe Mauer, in addition to being a hell of a ballplayer, is also the star of one of my favorite This Is SportsCenter commercials. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Evf7SweO3QQ)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 05 Jun 2009, 07:20
Shit. I have 4 players that are DTD. Two of them are my best two batters. Fuck.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 05 Jun 2009, 11:59
That Mauer commercial was neat, but I still prefer the one with Ortiz and Posada. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vp_sr5oYIL0)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 05 Jun 2009, 12:28
Yeah, that one's pretty awesome. Still, I tend to favor the Mauer one just a bit because every time I travel out of the state there's always some dude who asks me about Prince and Fargo.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 05 Jun 2009, 19:49
Oh, and I know that the urge to fellate Mauer has apparently spread outside of Minnesota lately, but has anyone noticed Morneau's stat line? .348 BA, 1.083 OPS and 15 homers. And he's just turned 28, so it is actually somewhat concievable that this is really close to what he is supposed to be. That's as good as anyone not named Albert Pujols and I can't really think of a better compliment. Maybe when Manny gets back I'll have something.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 05 Jun 2009, 20:02
So, i really am unsure of what has gotten into my guys this week. I am bottom of the league in runs scored and near bottom in most batting stats other than k's where i am top.

However, this is apparently oppposites week and i am bringing in the runs, HR and RBI but putting up massive k's (for me anyway). I don't know whether this is good or not as i am up against a certain Mr. Pujols who may conceive this as a personal challenge.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 05 Jun 2009, 20:10
Pretty much everyone but what I've come to think of as my 3 power guys (Morneau, Martinez and Manny Zimmerman) has been slumping hard this week. So the numbers are competitive but the average is pretty terrible. Luckily, my pitchers seem to be coming through this week.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 06 Jun 2009, 13:34
That Mauer commercial was neat, but I still prefer the one with Ortiz and Posada. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vp_sr5oYIL0)

That one and the Mauer one are top 5 ever, along with Hip Hip Jorge, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TWYaJmO5plw&feature=related) Scott Van Pelt and Jimmy Rollins, (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge1LtDlK75Q) and Neil Everett Top 10 Anchors (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntglBWwjiEQ).
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 06 Jun 2009, 13:43
I think the Y2K one was better than the Federer/Everett one.

EDIT: So today was a pretty good day to have Jon Lester. Finally this week the Sox aces deliver.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 07 Jun 2009, 06:11
Evander Holyfield trying to track down Charlie Steiner was good, too. CHARLIE, COME ON OUT N'GETCHA WHOOPIN'!!!


I'm losing to an English guy, how is this possible?!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 07 Jun 2009, 15:13
Looks like the innings lost by Volquez's sudden return to the DL is going to really bite me in the ass; he was scheduled for two starts this week and there's a decent chance I could miss tying by .1 innings.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 07 Jun 2009, 19:48
Fuck rain. Thanks to a rainout on Wednesday, I got robbed of a Santana (Who was tops in the MLB in strikeouts going into this week) start today and am going to lose my matchup this week by ONE FUCKING STRIKEOUT. Fuck!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 07 Jun 2009, 19:53
Victoryyyyyyyy. Hooray for an insane power surge today, and Sox starters this week.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 08 Jun 2009, 10:29
Woo, i finally got my 3rd win of the season. First since the 2nd week.

I would like to thank my star players this week:
Matt Holliday (Great turnaround since the appalling start to the season) 7R-2HR-9RBI
Nelson Cruz (As usual) 6R-3HR-6RBI
Andy LaRoche 7R-5RBI
Gavin Floyd 13.2IP-15K-2QS-1W

Also the rest of my pitchers who achieved my best week of pitching as of yet. However, they will need to repeat it this week being up against the Dreadnaught's stellar pitching line-up to stand a chance.

And new boy Andrew McCutcheon who has graced my bench since the start of the season gets his first runout after being promoted into the Pirates starting lineup last week from the minors.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 10 Jun 2009, 12:36
I knew he was streaky when I drafted him, but now I'll just come right out and say that Jimmy Rollins officially makes no god damned sense to me whatsoever. Dude hacked it up for two months solid and then says he figured out what's wrong with his swing and immediately goes 3/4 with a homer against Johan Santana. I realize Santana was having an off night, but still, wtf?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 10 Jun 2009, 12:53
Oh man, Josh Beckett has gotten locked in.

Also, I'd like to extend my most profound thanks to everyone for not noticing that Ben Zobrist was available. Because like, goddamn, the dude is eligible at 3 positions, and is hitting for power and average and driving in a lot of runs all of a sudden. Thank you Rays starting infielders for being unable to stay healthy!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 13 Jun 2009, 20:48
It's gotten to the point where I think it'd be kinda impressed if my team managed to whiff 70 times this week. I mean, nobody's done worse than that yet, right? 10 strike outs in one day is a big hill to climb, but it's not entirely impossible either...
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 13 Jun 2009, 20:52
I got up to 78 in week 5. Then 68 in week 7.

Also, Shane, I almost choked on ginger ale when I saw your new team name.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 13 Jun 2009, 20:54
Yeah, I just checked and was amazed to spot a few high 70s along with an 80 and an 81.


Shit, I think I'd have to pick up Chris Davis again and bench Morneau to have a shot at that.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 13 Jun 2009, 21:52
Torii Hunter, you can spell your name as wrong as you want if you keep giving me three home run games.

That said, my pitching has been abysmal this week.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 13 Jun 2009, 21:53
Seriously guys, eighty percent of my home runs today were from Torii fucking Hunter.

Nice to see Ellsbury get one too.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 13 Jun 2009, 23:12
Alex, you held on to Wang this late in the season?  I know I praised dude before the season started because of how well he did last year and year before, but damn, even I would've dropped him a month ago.

also james how the fuck do you have 7 quality starts this week
like how does that happen
i think you are a cheater
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 14 Jun 2009, 00:37
I did drop him a month ago. He just didn't get picked up, so I blew a bench slot I didn't particularly need on him again. If he did better, fine, if not, fine.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 14 Jun 2009, 07:28
I got up to 78 in week 5. Then 68 in week 7.

Also, Shane, I almost choked on ginger ale when I saw your new team name.

It's a knock at how bad my team is this year, plus how hapless the Nats are (check my team logo for details on the intentional misspelling).
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 14 Jun 2009, 08:11
I know about the intentional misspelling, that's what made it so funny.

http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2009/04/18/the-dugout-regarding-the-nationals-misspelled-jerseys/#cont
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 14 Jun 2009, 08:24
Quote
SteakGrowsOnDmitri: pffffffffffft

heeryor lunboks

That HAS to be my favorite Dugout line ever, aside from Joe Mauer's "where will I store my beard trimmings?" line about Target Field.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 14 Jun 2009, 12:48
No way man.

Quote
Torreumon: The lady parts were akin to a flower from the Doom Tree. It started growing tentacles that would suck the energy out of other, innocent players.

Torreumon: Manny's signature dreadlocks were not hair, but in reality tendrils from the acursed vaginal bloom. That's why he didn't want us to cut them.

EthierOr: Is that what happened to Rocco Baldelli?

Torreumon: which part are you talking about, the yonic growth of the damned or the thing where he sucks out the

Torreumon: oh, yeah, that is probably what happened to him
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 14 Jun 2009, 18:02
The Cardinals need to get their shit together. If I lose out on a win because Cliff Lee manages to handcuff the likes of Albert Pujols, I'm going to fucking throttle someone.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 14 Jun 2009, 18:41
Would somebody at least hit the fucking ball?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 14 Jun 2009, 19:54
I feel really bad for the Cliff Lee; he never seems to get any run support whatsoever and really shouldn't have so many losses. Obviously this one was a timely one, however.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 15 Jun 2009, 10:54
ITT Rachel is unable to successfully manage roster, still takes 1st place.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 15 Jun 2009, 11:12
Tied for 1st, bitch!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 15 Jun 2009, 11:51
Man, I'm trying to figure out how to fill in my outfield slot since Cuddyer is currently compromised, and I just can't do it without seeing Manny on my bench and feeling a touch annoyed.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: pen on 15 Jun 2009, 11:58
ITT Rachel is unable to successfully manage roster, still takes 1st place.

This is quite clearly not a game of skill, or thought whatsoever.  I know next to nothing about baseball, did autopick, messed up my roster, and hardly keep track of it (except until recently when I thought it was hilarious that my team was doing well).  I don't know what most of the stats are or what the categories actually mean, but I know the numbers on the right are the score.  That's all I care about.  =)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 15 Jun 2009, 12:04
Keep up that attitude, missy and I'm going to waiver all of your best players and replace them with retirees and terrible minor leaguers.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 15 Jun 2009, 12:46
Man don't even joke about that.  One of my best relievers through the first seven weeks of the season got relegated to AAA last week.

And then there was the fantasy football season where I lost pretty decent backups trying to get Tiki Barber and Marshall Faulk, not knowing that they had both retired.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 15 Jun 2009, 16:15
ITT Rachel is unable to successfully manage roster, still takes 1st place.

This is quite clearly not a game of skill, or thought whatsoever.  I know next to nothing about baseball, did autopick, messed up my roster, and hardly keep track of it (except until recently when I thought it was hilarious that my team was doing well).  I don't know what most of the stats are or what the categories actually mean, but I know the numbers on the right are the score.  That's all I care about.  =)

I CARE ABOUT THOSE NUMBERS, I DID AUTOPICK, WHY AM I IN LAST?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 15 Jun 2009, 16:36
Clearly you're trying too hard.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 15 Jun 2009, 16:48
Yeah, guys, make me some trade offers, I feel like the Florida Marlins here. Just don't try snagging Pujols, Hudson, or Billingsley off me, K?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 15 Jun 2009, 16:51
Watcha need Shane?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 15 Jun 2009, 16:52
outfiiiiiiiiiiiiiield! Joe Thurston is my current 5th outfielder, and he's not really starting every game for the Cards.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 15 Jun 2009, 16:59
Oh. Well. Shit, I'm kinda short on outfield at the moment. I have a fuckton of infield and pitching though.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 15 Jun 2009, 17:55
You people need to look at the fucking trade block once in a while. I think I listed Murphy as available like a fucking month ago.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 15 Jun 2009, 18:37
Well, I mean I have enough outfield for me, just not enough to deal any to Shane.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 16 Jun 2009, 09:43
So there were only 2 games played last night and they still managed to fuck me for the week. Pavano, that is the second time your ERA has screwed me in 2 weeks. You're this close to being tossed back on the scrap heap.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 16 Jun 2009, 11:14
I'm glad to say that, so far, Todd Helton is the only guy I've dropped who I've regretted. Everyone else has either sucked even harder or improved for a week or two before shitting the bed all over again (I'm looking at you, Chris Davis and Carl Pavano).

It'd be kind of nice to have Okajima and Saito back, but there's really nobody in my pitching that I'd move to put them back, so I'm content.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 16 Jun 2009, 11:52
Yeah, I would never have touched Chris Davis after you dropped him if it weren't for Manny's suspension and a dreadful suspicion that I could end up with a real power outage. If Davis had simply batted a .220 or .230 during his stretch on my team I would have gladly lived with it in exchange for the homers and the RBIs that would come with them thanks to that stacked Texas lineup. Instead he actually managed to bump his strikeout rate up to 40%. That's so amazing that frankly I'm not even really mad.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 16 Jun 2009, 15:45
You people need to look at the fucking trade block once in a while. I think I listed Murphy as available like a fucking month ago.

Yeah, deal completed. Cheers. Enjoy your new utility guy/former Sox.


(Bryan, you realize half your team is on the DL and you still have them starting, right?)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 16 Jun 2009, 17:14
Bryan hasn't checked in in months. He's had school stuff.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Kukla on 19 Jun 2009, 00:24
I read the first page of this thread and will catch up to the rest later. I just wanted to say: I got Lincecum.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 20 Jun 2009, 05:41
Bryan hasn't checked in in months. He's had school stuff.

YEAH WELL THIS NEVER WORKS. Last league I played, we had a guy autodraft just to fill a spot. He promised he'd trade me JI
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 20 Jun 2009, 05:41
JIM THOME, but never did. =/
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 21 Jun 2009, 17:54
And here's to my fifth straight week without a win. What the fuck.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Kukla on 21 Jun 2009, 18:38
Rachel's band of marauders have been quelled.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 21 Jun 2009, 18:53
Jesus... that might be the biggest deficit I've ever lost by in any fantasy matchup ever.  Like... goddamn, I'm embarassed right now.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 21 Jun 2009, 18:57
Jon, you beat me in week 8. It's week 11.

Also, victoryyyyyyyyy. But next week I get Rachel. Shite.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: pen on 22 Jun 2009, 05:06
I can be overtaken!  Look at Chad. 
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 22 Jun 2009, 06:24
Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee back in first!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 22 Jun 2009, 10:54
Guys, is there any way i can keep track of all this stuff without paying through the nose for it? Like possible prospects call-ups or hot streak players or the like?

I've tried the ESPN Minors Updates and Rotowire but they want monthly charges.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 22 Jun 2009, 11:00
Yeah, those stats are ridiculous. I have led the league in Batter's K's for the majority yet my players still can't pick up Runs or get on base.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 22 Jun 2009, 11:12
he's referring to a post I was about to modify and ended up deleting because I'm dumb.

Was just commenting on how some of the quirkier things in the season stats make me laugh. For example, I'm 3rd in Quality Starts and third to last in Wins. No real complaints though because my team has been astoundingly mediocre so a .500 record is fitting.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 26 Jun 2009, 06:53
Alex, I don't like the way you're trimming my lead at the moment.  You cut that out right now young man.

Also I read through this thread again because I was bored, and earlier conversations reminded me of some crazy videos I found recently.

Re: some pretty good southpaw pitcher, I see your lefty and raise you a switch pitcher. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8U2xkHOTvvw)  Currently playing for the Charleston RiverDogs, working his way through the Yankees' farm system.

Re: how often players break their bat, see the UNC freshman who broke an aluminum bat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06fjAWUbrqw&feature=channel) but still put enough on the ball to hit it out.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Kukla on 26 Jun 2009, 09:37
That dude got drafted last year and was all sorts of big news then. I really don't see him making the majors though, and if he does he would prolly have to stick righty. I think he just spreads himself too thin, as evidenced by his horrible velocity from the left side.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 27 Jun 2009, 09:29
Torii Hunter, you can spell your name as wrong as you want if you keep giving me three home run games.

Why hello, Andre Ethier.

Quote
That said, my pitching has been abysmal this week.

This, not so much this week. Sorry Don, but you got your shit wrecked.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 28 Jun 2009, 13:21
Watch out, guys! Rachel's in a tailspin!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Kukla on 28 Jun 2009, 14:28
You can thank me.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: pen on 28 Jun 2009, 15:10
this would be really sad for me if i actually cared much about baseball... not that i like losing or anything.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 28 Jun 2009, 17:53
Even though you're used to it BAM!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Kukla on 29 Jun 2009, 10:29
Congratulations Jon on your win. Now you can stop bitching!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 01 Jul 2009, 09:13
Hey, Elvis Andrus.

Not only is your name kinda awesome, but you stole four bases in one night.

I really appreciate it.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 04 Jul 2009, 16:06
So, what's the appropriate emotional response for being able to finally slide Manny Ramirez back into one's struggling outfield lineup? Elation? Sheepishness? Guilt that he played so well to begin with early in the season? Bitterness that he got himself suspended for 50 games? Help me out here.

(Edited for tone)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 04 Jul 2009, 16:17
It's not that he even MISSED 50 games, the Dodgers missed him for 50. He played about a weeks worth of games in the Minors to tune up, which is total bullshit, in my book.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 04 Jul 2009, 16:22
I just wish I had taken Ichiro. I always liked Ichiro. I just took Manny because he hadn't just been reported as having a bunch of bleeding ulcers and because the dude is a hitting savant.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: mberan42 on 06 Jul 2009, 14:08
I'M ON A HOT STREAK, BITCHES!

(...and I just jinxed myself, but nevertheless!)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 06 Jul 2009, 14:12
I'm cautiously optimistic. My batters were slumping really hard for a very long time, but they really came on towards the end of last week. Hell, even Jimmy Rollins actually hit a few balls.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 06 Jul 2009, 16:47
Just like to give a big hand to Johnny Cueto. Giving up 9 Runs and only lasting 0.2 innings as a starting pitcher is pretty amazing really.

EDIT: I still keep getting ERA mixed up with ER. It is 121.5 ERA if anyone is curious.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 06 Jul 2009, 17:40
That's Wang-esque!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 06 Jul 2009, 20:40
I'M ON A HOT STREAK, BITCHES!

(...and I just jinxed myself, but nevertheless!)

I gotta admit I'm embarassed that I lost that badly.  Like, goddamn.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: mberan42 on 07 Jul 2009, 13:24
Just like to give a big hand to Johnny Cueto. Giving up 9 Runs and only lasting 0.2 innings as a starting pitcher is pretty amazing really.

EDIT: I still keep getting ERA mixed up with ER. It is 121.5 ERA if anyone is curious.

MAN WHAT THE HELL CUETO?!

My ERA this week is 48.60. Thanks a lot, dude.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 08 Jul 2009, 11:39
I know this is the fantasy baseball and not fantasy football thread, but I just need to share this anyway because I'm pretty certain I'm going to win my new league.


For one thing, I got Adrian Peterson. That's hardly a guarantee on its own until you realize I got him with the 5th pick, which is mildly amazing. And I'm from Minnesota so I must admit to having a borderline unhealthy fascination with the guy, so that's a plus. Unfortunately, he's an injury risk so I wanted to grab his back up Chester Taylor with a late round pick but a great opportunity arose and so I ended up ceding him to an autodrafter. So, I spent the last day or so trying to figure out which appealing-on-the-surface-but-secretly-crappy late pick guys I could use to snag Taylor, only to log on today to find that the guy who autopicked him had already dropped him.

(http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a207/Xyljin/awesome_face___HD_by_ConnorJones261.png)



Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 09 Jul 2009, 10:50
So my matchup this week has been going pretty well so far

(http://i422.photobucket.com/albums/pp309/direbacterium/Random/FB.jpg)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 09 Jul 2009, 13:00
I find it funny that my closers are playing like ass but keep raking in the cheap saves anyway.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 09 Jul 2009, 14:43
Reed, beating up on the Natinals is like taking a chewtoy from a 3-legged, blind, diabetic puppy.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 09 Jul 2009, 19:15
It might be cheap, but it feels so good
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 11 Jul 2009, 05:53
Kersigh.

There is a reason I switched my name to the Natinals. Because my team is just as hopeless and terrible (and even MORE injured) than the Washington Formerexpos.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 11 Jul 2009, 23:50
This week thus far

Justin Masterson: 1.2 IP, 7 ER, 37.8 ERA
Rest of Team: 59 IP, 15 ER, 2.28 ERA

In conclusion, what the fuck Justin Masterson?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 12 Jul 2009, 05:47
The Sox bullpen has been rather glitchy this week. Nothing the All-Star break can't fix.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 13 Jul 2009, 09:57
Oh snap, I pulled out the win against Bryan's Cheap-o Victory Squad. I have not seen a closer margin of victory yet. I literally won by .1 innings pitcher. If Randy Wells recorded one less out against the Cardinals last night, I'd have tied.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 15 Jul 2009, 20:52
So, yeah. It seems that by picking up Tommy Hanson, Brad Bergesen and Randy Wells, I've managed to develop an overabundance of starting pitching. Meanwhile, injuries to Torii Hunter and Mike Lowell have depleted my offense a little bit.

That means I'm open for trades. Anybody in need of some starting pitching, I'm looking for offense. I'm looking for position players with either power or speed (My home runs and stolen bases could use a bit of help), preferably out of the short stop or catcher position, or a reliever or two with some good saves/holds numbers. So as to save you guys the trouble of looking now, here's the starters I have that I'm open to trading:

Erik Bedard
Matt Garza
Joba Chamberlain
Clay Buccholz (I'll warn those not in the know, he's making his first MLB start of the season Friday and likely being sent right down to AAA afterwards, but I expect him to be doing big things in September as a call up)
Brad Bergesen
Randy Wells
Tommy Hanson

(Basically, Santana is the only starter I have I'm considering full on off limits)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 18 Jul 2009, 06:46
When the fuck did I get rid of Randy Wells?!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 18 Jul 2009, 07:50
You dropped him for Scott Richmond.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 18 Jul 2009, 07:55
Also, you should probably think about benching Kaz until he proves he can go more than two games in a row without shitting the bed.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 18 Jul 2009, 08:01
You know you've hit rock bottom when a dude who had Chien Ming Wang on his team twice feels comfortable giving you fantasy pitching advice.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 18 Jul 2009, 08:18
You dropped him for Scott Richmond.

I get all these rooks confused. I can't tell Wells and J.A. "don't call me J.A." Happ apart.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 18 Jul 2009, 09:38
I'm probably losing to the ambulance squad this week because of the gorram all star break. BAH I say.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 18 Jul 2009, 10:17
I've lucked out because Shane's team is so unbalanced in favor of batting that I was actually a bit worried about facing him; I've really only managed to hover just under .500 by having a thoroughly mediocre squad in all phases of the game, so playing a full week and watching my batters get annihilated would have been nerve wracking. But a week in which all of my starters still get at least one start out while his batters are sidelined most of the week works in my favor quite nicely; it's not impossible that I can actually steal or at least tie a category or two this way. I'm a bit worried about Scott Baker playing in Rangers Ballpark though.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 19 Jul 2009, 07:20
Christ, you've got more than TRIPLE my innings pitched this week.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 19 Jul 2009, 09:27
And for some reason my guys still felt it was necessary to pump out more than a K per inning.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Kukla on 19 Jul 2009, 16:00
I've noticed Reed is questionably absent from gloating this week...
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 19 Jul 2009, 16:40
Well I'm out of town and not on my computer much


...but yeah, damn you Chad!!!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Kukla on 19 Jul 2009, 17:31
Admittedly, I'm winning about four categories by the narrowest of margins. I guess it takes a shortened week to down Titans.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 19 Jul 2009, 18:13
Victor Martinez has gotten only 10 hits in the last 30 days yet still sports a .290 average with a .845 OPS. That's pretty impressive in a fucked up kinda way.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 19 Jul 2009, 21:27
Welcome to the beating Reed club, Chad.

Also thank baseball god for my pitching staff pulling it out at the last minute. I really didn't want to lose to the fantasy baseball equivalent of the Mets.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 19 Jul 2009, 22:05
You filthy bastards
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Kukla on 19 Jul 2009, 22:56
My only regret is losing to a team with half its roster on the DL.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 22 Jul 2009, 19:31
So I've bounced back quite nicely this week:

(http://i422.photobucket.com/albums/pp309/direbacterium/Random/great.jpg)

Also, Alex, can you kick Chad's ass for me?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 22 Jul 2009, 19:32
Yeah, this week has been officially handed to you by the girly-man injuries of John Danks and Jason Marquis.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 23 Jul 2009, 01:01
God, it's good to have Manny back.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 23 Jul 2009, 11:32
He's not even on my roster, but man, did I mention I love Nick Swisher?

Also Jayson Werth is slowly becoming the man, I really wish I'd heard of him before.  Every year I play fantasy sports this happens, I learn about new players whom I really should've heard of beforehand.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 23 Jul 2009, 13:53
So this week my players have finally decided to come together and try to win for once. Sadly, a certain Mr Pavano didn't get the memo and has tried to ruin my pitching stats and a certain Seattle outfielder decided to once again run into a wall and injure himself.

Come on Sr. Gutierrez, don't you know that scoreboards are not made of foam?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: mberan42 on 23 Jul 2009, 14:21
Ok, who has Buehrle?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 23 Jul 2009, 14:35
That would be me.

Also, Greinke and Hernandez.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: mberan42 on 23 Jul 2009, 14:44
Well congrats on him kicking major ass today. 18th perfect game in modern MLB history; 1st Sox player to do so since 1922. (He did, though, have a no-hitter in 2007. One walk in the 8th or 9th inning. I think he walked Frank Thomas Sammy Sosa, actually.)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 24 Jul 2009, 12:31
Pisses me off that it took Jimmy Rollins this long to catch on.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Tyler on 30 Jul 2009, 11:25
The Boston Miracle! (http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/31/sports/baseball/31doping.html?_r=1&hp)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 01 Aug 2009, 06:42
Too bad the trade deadline passed. I was hoping I could see LaRoche play on three or four more different teams this year.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 02 Aug 2009, 12:54
Know what? Fuck you, Clay Buchholz.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 02 Aug 2009, 15:30
Hats off to you, Melky Cabrera.  I wish you played for me.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 02 Aug 2009, 18:07
Well even with him I still got my ass thoroughly kicked this week!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 03 Aug 2009, 10:48
I love how cheap my win was.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 03 Aug 2009, 13:04
I love that I actually got my win. I went into Sunday winning something like 13-1-0 or 10-3-1 or whatever (I was effectively in control), then comes Clay Buchholz. Buchholz proceeds to post a line of four innings pitched, nine hits, four walks, seven earned runs and only three strikeouts. His terrible performance lost me quality starts, strikeouts, ERA and WHIP all in one fell swoop and almost lost me the week. A Martin Prado RBI got me the win by tying RBI.

Even disregarding the fact one of Rob's pitchers almost threw a no-hitter on Sunday and the other one went eight innings of shutout ball, I still would've tied QS and easily wrapped K, ERA and WHIP if Buchholz had thrown a half decent game.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 03 Aug 2009, 14:18
Oh man, this is shaping up to be a pretty tight run at the playoffs.  I'm 3.5 games back at the moment, and tied for 8th place.  Should be an interesting few weeks down the homestretch.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 03 Aug 2009, 15:06
Shane,

          I have recently acquired Andy Laroche. You are clearly not making the playoffs and the most joy you will likely get from this game is by having the complete set of Laroche brothers by season's end. I am willing to trade you Andy Laroche for Prince Fielder straight up. Let me know how you feel about it.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 03 Aug 2009, 22:42
I love how cheap my win was.

fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 06 Aug 2009, 15:21
It's nice to have both Manny and Rollins putting up some power numbers. It really sucked having one of the major strengths of my team pretty much nuked for a solid half season.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 08 Aug 2009, 13:33
Whoever has Buchholz, sorry, your pitching stats are about to skyrocket.  Because he is a little bitch.  And so the Yankees shall take him for a ride this afternoon.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 08 Aug 2009, 13:40
K-Rod just randomly murdered my ERA and WHIP with an epic blown save. Luckily, he did it by giving up a grand slam to another one of my players. So it kinda evens out, since my lead in batting is even more tenuous than my lead in pitching. It's making me nervous anyway though, since I wouldn't put it past Greinke to put up a monster of a bounce back outing and I'm guaranteed to lose Innings Played regardless.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 08 Aug 2009, 15:26
I have Buchholz, but I had him benched for this week. Unsurprisingly, he pitches a really good game.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 09 Aug 2009, 14:03
How the fuck does Pujols have more extra base hits than strikeouts on the season?!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 09 Aug 2009, 20:55
Hey, team! Way to fucking implode over the last two weeks!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 10 Aug 2009, 12:54
That's cool that I won this week, but dropped two places in the standings anyway, somehow.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 10 Aug 2009, 14:33
To be fair, your team really only sucked in terms of ERA/WHIP and Ryan Zimmerman played out of his mind. He's easily one of the streakiest hitters in baseball, and that was really the only thing that gave me pause on whether to draft him or not this year. When he's on, he's on.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 15 Aug 2009, 12:21
How the fuck does Pujols have more extra base hits than strikeouts on the season?!

He's god.

It's too bad the trading deadline has passed. I wanted to try and trade the brothers LaRoche for a Molina or two.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: the_pied_piper on 16 Aug 2009, 16:28
Just a big thank you to my team for imploding half way through the week and handing me a heavy loss when i had a decent chance of a win.  :x
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 19 Aug 2009, 17:35
Joe Mauer's gonna win AL MVP, right? I know people have a borderline fascist devotion to voting only for guys on teams that are a lock to make the playoffs and all, but what the hell else does the guy have to do to win an individual award? I refuse to believe I'm being a homer considering he's a catcher with a frankly ridiculous stat line on a team that is essentially a 2 man show on offense.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 19 Aug 2009, 20:19
I should god damn well hope so. No one is even close to touching him this year.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 19 Aug 2009, 21:21
I just get worried because right now the media seems to be busily fellating Texeira. As a small market you get trained to expect this sorta thing.



[EDIT] Apparently I can't spell the fancy word for dick suckin'
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 20 Aug 2009, 00:16
Joe Mauer is my offense.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 20 Aug 2009, 12:07
I just get worried because right now the media seems to be busily fellating Texeira. As a small market you get trained to expect this sorta thing.

All the media coverage he's getting has instilled a terrible fear that Teixeira and his abysmal road splits might have a shot at the MVP. Take him out of that joke of a park and Tex is hitting a very pedestrian .258/.366/.483 and he can't hit righties worth a shit either (His batting against righties is almost as bad as his batting outside of Yankee Stadium). Tex is MAYBE the third best first baseman in the AL right now, well behind Morneau and Youkilis.

If the writers have to do their large market bullshit, Youkilis would deserve it way more than Teixeira. His splits are great both road and home and against righties and lefties and he's playing gold glove defense at two different positions. He'd honestly be a no brainer for MVP if not for the fact Mauer's having an absolutely beastly season. If it goes to anyone but Mauer, it'll be a great injustice, but if it went to Teixeira, that would be an absolute travesty. Tex isn't even the MVP of his team this season, Jeter's got that hands down.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 20 Aug 2009, 13:50
Yeah, Youkilis is basically a mortal lock to get on base twice a game even when his bat is cold.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 21 Aug 2009, 22:30
Man, I'm really glad I didn't bench Matsui this week; having Morneau out has been killing my power.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 21 Aug 2009, 23:04
Yeah, 7 RBI's in 1 game will really help out your stats.

(what a fucking ridiculous game, by the way)
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 26 Aug 2009, 20:33
I don't really understand how I was able to scoop up Randy Wolf and Ubaldo Jimenez out the FA pool in a league this deep, but frankly I'm beyond caring.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 27 Aug 2009, 00:58
Damn you, Rachel!  Wrecking my 6-game win streak, pushing me back to 6th place... the playoffs loom!  However I appear to be kicking the tar out of Shane at the moment, perhaps I've still got a shot at the top 4.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 27 Aug 2009, 12:14
Shane is nothing to brag about. Everyone but me can beat the shit out of Shane.

Seriously, why the fuck can I not beat Shane? His team is terribad!

Also, I am on the cusp of the playoffs and not holding out much hope. My last two matchups? Against the top two teams in the league. I have to win both and hope that either Chad loses one more time or Alex loses both his remaining matchups.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 27 Aug 2009, 13:06
Well, considering the way my team has been playing you probably have a pretty good shot at beating me. Other than Jeter and Cabrera (of the Miguel variety) my team has pretty much fallen apart. I'm seriously considering dropping all of my pitchers other than Greinke and Hernandez
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 28 Aug 2009, 23:19
You know what's nice?

Having a pitcher strike out 15 people in 8 innings.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 29 Aug 2009, 08:28
Yeah, it's pretty sweet when pitchers just up and start destroying teams. Cliff Lee getting traded to an NL contender has worked out beautiful for me.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 30 Aug 2009, 14:10
Dammit! A 1-2-3 inning from Nathan would've given me a win and put me into playoff position. No idea how a THIRD fucking tie will do me.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 30 Aug 2009, 14:54
You're still going to win this week Jon, by .002 on WHIP.

Thanks a fucking lot, Justin Masterson!
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 30 Aug 2009, 15:39
Pft. You don't complain. My pitching is an absolute fucking mess. My top two starters from the draft (Bedard and Santana) are both finishing the season on the DL and the Joba Rules have effectively limited my third starter to a glorified long relief man who happens to start games. My best starter plays for the fucking Rangers.

ETA: Also, I've just been reduced to dropping Joba for Ross fucking Ohlendorf.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 30 Aug 2009, 16:54
Yeah, things like that is why I added the wildly inconsistent Bronson Arroyo and the broken husk of Scott Kazmir to my bench when a couple of my batters hit the DL this last week. I don't trust either of them in any way whatsoever, but frankly, the free agent pool is fucking dire right now.


That, and there's no way in hell I'm starting a slumping Ricky Romero at Texas.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 30 Aug 2009, 17:18
My only speed threat is out for the year. One of my top power threats is likely out for the year.

Boo injuries.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 30 Aug 2009, 17:29
You should look at the starting rotation for McFeely's Deliveries.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Storm Rider on 01 Sep 2009, 16:23
With less than two weeks until the season opener, it probably would have been smarter for me to check out this possibility earlier, but how much interest would there be in an NFL fantasy league? Considering we all have accounts set up already, it would be pretty easy to make another one.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 01 Sep 2009, 16:33
I'd play, assuming some sort of interest from the other league members.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 01 Sep 2009, 17:16
I can only name like ten NFL players, most of whom are convicted criminals at this point. I'm out.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 01 Sep 2009, 19:06
I'd do it.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 01 Sep 2009, 22:35
Interesting stat, Carlos Peņa has more home runs than singles.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: mberan42 on 02 Sep 2009, 13:16
I'm totally in on an NFL league.

I've given up on my fantasy baseball team just like both Chicago teams have given up on their respective seasons.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: SilentJ on 05 Sep 2009, 14:42
I'm already in 3 different fantasy football leagues, so I think one more would be too much.  Count me out.  I really liked how this league turned out though, so if you set up a fantasy football league earlier in the year for next season I'm definitely down.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 06 Sep 2009, 06:44
I can only name like ten NFL players, most of whom are convicted criminals at this point. I'm out.

I used to know most of the players on the Patriots, but I think they all play for Kansas City now.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 07 Sep 2009, 09:43
AND THEN


THERE WERE 4
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 07 Sep 2009, 17:13
"What should the tie breaker be, Jon?"

"Man, fuck that. What're the odds anyone will EVER have a tie?"

Fuck me running. I win ONE of those matches and I'm in the playoffs.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Kukla on 07 Sep 2009, 20:42
"What should the tie breaker be, Jon?"

"Man, fuck that. What're the odds anyone will EVER have a tie?"

Fuck me running. I win ONE of those matches and I'm in the playoffs.

Speaking of, what was the tiebreaker?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 08 Sep 2009, 11:08
I think head to head record, in terms of playoff position, but we obviously had nothing for individual games. We both figured that full on tie breakers would be an extreme rarity, when in reality, we had a fuck ton.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: valley_parade on 08 Sep 2009, 11:45
So guys, I finished first, correct?
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Dazed on 04 Oct 2009, 18:15
Congratulations to Reed, ye bastarde.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 04 Oct 2009, 18:42
Yeah, you cleaned up pretty well in there.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 04 Oct 2009, 20:37
Congrats.

I'm kind of glad my last week was mediocre. I was kind of pissed off last week because I missed the playoffs by a hair and put up numbers good enough to earn a spot in the finals had I placed (My numbers last round topped everyone in the playoffs), which was damn frustrating (Especially since I faced three of four playoff teams in succession leading into the playoffs).

It was a fun time, though. I definitely caught a lot of stuff that we're going to have to do better setting up (Almost all of which I claim credit for) next year. Maybe we'll even try a keeper league next year, so that late season firesales will actually have some potential sense in them other than helping someone out.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Reed on 04 Oct 2009, 21:20
Thanks guys. I really did enjoy it.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Alex C on 04 Oct 2009, 22:03
I'm just bummed that Morneau had to go and get a stress fracture in his back just in time to potentially doom my fantasy team AND potentially the Twins' playoff hopes. You'd think I'd learn my lesson when it comes to highly drafting players on teams that I care about. It's even worse with my NFL fantasy team; I got Adrian Peterson and every time he takes a hit my heart skips a beat.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: Kukla on 05 Oct 2009, 06:54
I like how I drafted by VORP, and two players I thought to be good at underrepresented positions, Russell Martin and Rafael Furcal, are basically the only two players on the Dodgers who didn't have outstanding seasons.

Losing Pena for the postseason sucked too, but I don't think that would have made a difference.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: 0bsessions on 05 Oct 2009, 11:06
My biggest problem toward the ass end was my reliance on young pitchers on shitty teams. I had like three or four pitchers either get hurt or simply shut down for the season at the beginning of last month.
Title: Re: fantasy baseball
Post by: mberan42 on 07 Oct 2009, 13:00
SEVENTH PLACE WOOOOOOOOOOOO