We are a fantasy baseball league whose draft is scheduled for April 23. That's a little late, even for us. But given the spate of players going on the DL...

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Banquet 2009

Monday, August 03, 2009

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Last Three Weeks: *Bob is Surging* Who Knew?

Standings from 7/9/2009 thru 7/29/2009 (including game stats through 7/29/2009)
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NameAvgHRRRBISBERAKSWW PCTTotal
The Raiders 9.0 3.5 4.5 4.5 5.0 8.0 7.0 6.0 9.0 9.0 65.5
T. S. Intellectual 7.0 7.0 6.5 8.0 8.5 4.0 8.0 8.0 2.0 2.0 61.0
The Stinking Badgers 5.0 3.5 6.5 2.0 7.0 9.0 9.0 2.0 8.0 8.0 60.0
The Depositions 8.0 9.0 9.0 9.0 6.0 3.0 2.0 3.0 6.5 4.0 59.5
Little Chi Chi 2.0 5.5 8.0 7.0 3.5 1.0 6.0 9.0 3.0 1.0 46.0
Giant Steps 4.0 5.5 2.0 4.5 1.0 7.0 4.0 7.0 4.5 6.0 45.5
A Cancer on the League 6.0 1.5 4.5 3.0 8.5 2.0 3.0 4.0 4.5 5.0 42.0
Marfa Dogs 3.0 1.5 1.0 1.0 2.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 6.5 7.0 37.0
The FunGhouls 1.0 8.0 3.0 6.0 3.5 6.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 3.0 33.5

Batting Average
NameTotalPoints
The Raiders.30749
The Depositions.30588
T. S. Intellectual.29037
A Cancer on the League.27956
The Stinking Badgers.25645
Giant Steps.25374
Marfa Dogs.25073
Little Chi Chi.24552
The FunGhouls.24491

Home Runs (Batter)
NameTotalPoints
The Depositions259
The FunGhouls228
T. S. Intellectual217
Giant Steps185.5
Little Chi Chi185.5
The Raiders163.5
The Stinking Badgers163.5
Marfa Dogs141.5
A Cancer on the League141.5

RBI
NameTotalPoints
The Depositions939
T. S. Intellectual808
Little Chi Chi717
The FunGhouls706
The Raiders694.5
Giant Steps694.5
A Cancer on the League633
The Stinking Badgers582
Marfa Dogs521

Runs (Batter)
NameTotalPoints
The Depositions879
Little Chi Chi788
T. S. Intellectual766.5
The Stinking Badgers766.5
The Raiders754.5
A Cancer on the League754.5
The FunGhouls693
Giant Steps662
Marfa Dogs511

Stolen Bases
NameTotalPoints
T. S. Intellectual168.5
A Cancer on the League168.5
The Stinking Badgers157
The Depositions146
The Raiders125
The FunGhouls103.5
Little Chi Chi103.5
Marfa Dogs72
Giant Steps51

ERA
NameTotalPoints
The Stinking Badgers2.19859
The Raiders3.22398
Giant Steps3.53577
The FunGhouls4.00006
Marfa Dogs4.89265
T. S. Intellectual5.12464
The Depositions5.23263
A Cancer on the League5.30062
Little Chi Chi5.47501

Pitcher Winning Percent
NameTotalPoints
The Raiders.73339
The Stinking Badgers.69238
Marfa Dogs.63647
Giant Steps.60006
A Cancer on the League.54555
The Depositions.53854
The FunGhouls.50003
T. S. Intellectual.33332
Little Chi Chi.29411

Saves
NameTotalPoints
Little Chi Chi139
T. S. Intellectual118
Giant Steps97
The Raiders86
Marfa Dogs75
A Cancer on the League44
The Depositions33
The Stinking Badgers12
The FunGhouls01

Strikeouts
NameTotalPoints
The Stinking Badgers1209
T. S. Intellectual968
The Raiders957
Little Chi Chi916
Marfa Dogs865
Giant Steps804
A Cancer on the League783
The Depositions692
The FunGhouls441

Wins
NameTotalPoints
The Raiders119
The Stinking Badgers98
Marfa Dogs76.5
The Depositions76.5
A Cancer on the League64.5
Giant Steps64.5
Little Chi Chi53
T. S. Intellectual42
The FunGhouls31

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Shoes of the Pitcherman

Thursday, July 09, 2009

News and Notes from Around the League

Al Pacino as Tony MontanaImage via Wikipedia

As you can see below, while we were *all* sleeping, Berger fell upon us and used us for his pleasure. But if you look at his lineup, it's no surprise that Kevin is now not only in front, he's *way* in front and likely to stay there in spite of the marvelousness of Michael Tola, our poet, prophet, peasant and king.

He took a chance on Elivis Andrus as a baby rookie, decided Konerko wasn't washed up, decdided Rolen wasn't washed up, decided Lind had finally arrived, concluded Matsui could come back from injury quickly and then on the pitching side took the long leap on Vicente Padilla and Edwin Jackson .... And banked Beckett and Burnett.

Damn, I don't think anyone will catch him. Tola has six starters: Saunders, Pettite, Garza, Millwood, Price and Masterson. Nope. Not enough miracles in those arms.

As for the BCL: Nady gone for the year, Beltre out till September, DeRosa maybe gone for the year, Giambi everything anyone who drafts an A deserves him to be. I see a splendid battle for third, and Berger cruising, the full Al Pacino.

Meanwhile, Brad, Bob and Russ battle for last place and the complimentary night with the hooker. Wait, that's a night with the complimentary hooker, the one with the learning disability when it comes to units of measure.

Standings from 6/7/2009 thru 7/9/2009 (including game stats through 7/8/2009)
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NameAvgHRRRBISBERAKSWW PCTTotal
Giant Steps 9.0 9.0 7.0 9.0 4.0 8.0 9.0 5.0 9.0 9.0 78.0
T. S. Intellectual 4.0 7.0 9.0 8.0 9.0 1.0 7.0 4.0 7.0 6.0 62.0
Little Chi Chi 7.0 2.5 6.0 4.0 5.5 7.0 8.0 9.0 5.0 2.0 56.0
The Money Shot 5.0 8.0 8.0 7.0 2.0 5.0 3.0 7.0 4.0 7.0 56.0
A Cancer on the League 3.0 5.5 5.0 6.0 5.5 6.0 6.0 3.0 8.0 5.0 53.0
The Depositions 8.0 5.5 4.0 5.0 7.5 2.0 2.0 8.0 2.0 1.0 45.0
Marfa Dogs 1.0 4.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 9.0 4.0 6.0 6.0 8.0 42.0
The Stinking Badgers 6.0 1.0 3.0 3.0 7.5 3.0 5.0 1.5 3.0 3.0 36.0
The FunGhouls 2.0 2.5 2.0 1.0 3.0 4.0 1.0 1.5 1.0 4.0 22.0

Batting Average
NameTotalPoints
Giant Steps.30489
The Depositions.27848
Little Chi Chi.27447
The Stinking Badgers.26836
The Money Shot.26195
T. S. Intellectual.26154
A Cancer on the League.25783
The FunGhouls.25512
Marfa Dogs.24081

Home Runs (Batter)
NameTotalPoints
Giant Steps449
The Money Shot388
T. S. Intellectual347
The Depositions285.5
A Cancer on the League285.5
Marfa Dogs274
Little Chi Chi252.5
The FunGhouls252.5
The Stinking Badgers241

RBI
NameTotalPoints
Giant Steps1439
T. S. Intellectual1248
The Money Shot1197
A Cancer on the League1116
The Depositions1105
Little Chi Chi954
The Stinking Badgers883
Marfa Dogs862
The FunGhouls841

Runs (Batter)
NameTotalPoints
T. S. Intellectual1309
The Money Shot1298
Giant Steps1277
Little Chi Chi1246
A Cancer on the League1185
The Depositions1124
The Stinking Badgers1013
The FunGhouls962
Marfa Dogs641

Stolen Bases
NameTotalPoints
T. S. Intellectual339
The Depositions247.5
The Stinking Badgers247.5
Little Chi Chi225.5
A Cancer on the League225.5
Giant Steps154
The FunGhouls123
The Money Shot112
Marfa Dogs81

ERA
NameTotalPoints
Marfa Dogs2.61449
Giant Steps2.69578
Little Chi Chi3.01817
A Cancer on the League3.65416
The Money Shot3.88025
The FunGhouls4.06534
The Stinking Badgers4.36933
The Depositions4.69012
T. S. Intellectual4.76991

Pitcher Winning Percent
NameTotalPoints
Giant Steps.72009
Marfa Dogs.70008
The Money Shot.64717
T. S. Intellectual.60006
A Cancer on the League.55175
The FunGhouls.54554
The Stinking Badgers.52633
Little Chi Chi.48002
The Depositions.43751

Saves
NameTotalPoints
Little Chi Chi209
The Depositions178
The Money Shot127
Marfa Dogs116
Giant Steps105
T. S. Intellectual64
A Cancer on the League33
The Stinking Badgers01.5
The FunGhouls01.5

Strikeouts
NameTotalPoints
Giant Steps1849
Little Chi Chi1798
T. S. Intellectual1687
A Cancer on the League1646
The Stinking Badgers1415
Marfa Dogs1394
The Money Shot1383
The Depositions1142
The FunGhouls1131

Wins
NameTotalPoints
Giant Steps189
A Cancer on the League168
T. S. Intellectual157
Marfa Dogs146
Little Chi Chi125
The Money Shot114
The Stinking Badgers103
The Depositions72
The FunGhouls61

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Monday, June 08, 2009

News and Notes from Around the League

Standings from 5/16/2009 thru 6/7/2009 (including game stats through 6/7/2009)

Name Avg HR R RBI SB ERA K S W W PCT Total
The Stinking Badgers
8.0 8.0 8.0 8.0 7.5 8.0 9.0 1.0 7.0 8.0 72.5
Giant Steps
4.0 5.5 6.0 5.0 7.5 9.0 8.0 2.5 9.0 9.0 65.5
The Depositions
9.0 9.0 9.0 9.0 6.0 3.0 1.0 7.0 3.5 4.0 60.5
A Cancer on the League
3.0 7.0 5.0 7.0 4.0 4.0 5.0 4.0 5.5 3.0 47.5
The FunGhouls
5.0 5.5 2.0 6.0 4.0 7.0 4.0 2.5 5.5 5.0 46.5
T. S. Intellectual
7.0 1.0 7.0 3.0 9.0 5.0 3.0 5.0 2.0 2.0 44.0
Marfa Dogs
1.0 2.5 1.0 2.0 1.0 6.0 7.0 7.0 8.0 7.0 42.5
Little Chi Chi
2.0 4.0 4.0 1.0 4.0 2.0 6.0 9.0 3.5 6.0 41.5
The Money Shot
6.0 2.5 3.0 4.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 7.0 1.0 1.0 29.5

Why has Peter surged to first place? It’s not enough to say the goddess has a ‘wide on’ for Peter. Who in the league is not a morsel to delight an average woman’s sex palate? No, we are a league long on charm, longer (in fact) on charm than on skill. So the question remains: blind luck or a series of master strokes on Peter’s part? (Peter does love to lay some master strokes on his part, of course, but that is semantic quibbling, so we will leave it alone. Which is more than you can say about Peter and his part. He’s a veritable coxswain: Stroke! Stroke! Stroke!)

Where was I?

How do we explain Peter’s success? He manned up and took Halliday, willing to spend money to make money, and thence on to the rest of his pitchers. Here is our first ‘aha’ moment. We are now a little frightened. He took a chance on Lee and Liriano. Particularly in Lee’s case, we see successful but unrewarded pitching. So look at that upside. He took a chance on Liriano, who has been appalling. But there is goodness in the badness: more upside! When I examine Peter’s pitching numbers, I foresee better numbers later on, no less. And oh: McCarthy? People had lost all hope. Verlander? Risk piled on risk. The question really is: What did Peter know and when did he know it?

We are also ravished by the fact Peter did what other great champions have done and blew off saves. He only has two, yet he thrives.

Now, on the hitting side, we are immediately struck by the fact his one true ‘can’t miss’ player – Grady Sizemore – has missed. And *still* Peter thrives. Mark Texarkanas – to which Peter will respond, ‘whatever’ – is now blasting in NYC. Kinsler is living up to hype and beyond. Ichiro dazzles and went cheaper than he should have. But no one rules our little roost without a stroke of luck good fortune. Choo-Choo is hitting. Astrolabe Cabrera is now on the world’s radar. Varitek was written off and has proceeded to write himself back on.

What I’m saying is Peter could hang in there and win this thing. And what a banquet that would be.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

News and Notes from Around the League

Rather than an overview, this week we’ll take a look at two teams, one doing better than expected, the second worse. The surprise challenger is Little Chi Chi, sitting on the rail and ready to surge past the BCL into 2nd place. The surprise arises in that – let’s face it – half the league members have underwear older than Matty. He’s a child. He’s still proud of having pubic hair. He needs at least another decade of experience before he should even think about cashing a check. Yet here he is, strong in third, ready to make a move on second.

Why? How??? Let’s look at his team.

Lineup Free Agents Team Stats Trades Contract Info

Stats for Players While Active

Name

Pos

AB

H

AVG

HR

RBI

SB

R

AVG

Betancourt, Yuniesky (SEA)

SS

118

30

.254

1

12

2

7

.254

Chavez, Endy (SEA)

OF

106

29

.274

1

8

6

11

.274

Damon, Johnny (NYY)

OF

134

42

.313

9

26

3

27

.313

Dye, Jermaine (CHA)

OF

117

33

.282

8

19

0

19

.282

Figgins, Chone (LAA)

3B

128

33

.258

0

7

15

23

.258

Jacobs, Mike (KAN)

1B

115

31

.270

8

22

0

14

.270

Kendrick, Howie (LAA)

2B

120

28

.233

3

17

5

18

.233

Napoli, Mike (LAA)

C

94

30

.319

6

17

2

15

.319

Pena, Carlos (TAM)

1B

133

34

.256

13

33

0

25

.256

Totals


1065

290

.272

49

161

33

159

.272

Name

Pos

W

L

IP

S

W

K

ERA

W PCT

Braden, Dallas (OAK)

P

3

4

42.0

0

3

27

2.79

0.429

Carmona, Fausto (CLE)

P

2

4

47.3

0

2

27

5.70

0.333

Cruz, Juan (KAN)

P

2

0

16.7

1

2

12

1.62

1.000

Fuentes, Brian (LAA)

P

0

2

12.7

9

0

16

4.97

0.000

Greinke, Zack (KAN)

P

7

1

60.0

0

7

65

0.60

0.875

Guthrie, Jeremy (BAL)

P

3

3

46.7

0

3

29

5.21

0.500

Nathan, Joe (MIN)

P

1

1

14.7

6

1

15

3.07

0.500

Sabathia, C.C. (NYY)

P

3

3

56.0

0

3

37

3.70

0.500

Totals


21

18

296.0

16

21

228

3.41

0.538

Damon is tracking ahead of even the most optimistic projections. Pena apparently isn’t a fluke when it comes to long ball. Napoli is also going deep – and batting over .300. Kendrick and Figgins have BA’s that won’t linger low forever. On the hitting side, The Kid has some surprises but also more upside than makes me comfortable. Same on pitching. Greinke is finally the pitcher people back in the day thought he would be. Kudos to his shrink, who is probably also his chemist. I thought Braden was a blunder: apparently not. Fuentes is definitely going to be a disappointment – with 40 saves. And *Sabbathia has not yet begun to pitch.* I came to point out that Baby Cheech is swaying on a tightrope, and the only way to go is down. But it turns out he on a ladder that could lead to the stars. My prediction: 2-1 this year when the leaves turn to gold, there will be gold in Matt’s pocket.

Now, let’s look at Marfa, who I thought would be in the 40’s with the season a quarter gone, perfectly situated as A-Rod begins to pound.

Stats for Players While Active

Name

Pos

AB

H

AVG

HR

RBI

SB

R

AVG

Aviles, Mike (KAN)

SS

108

21

.194

1

8

1

9

.194

Barajas, Rod (TOR)

C

108

33

.306

3

22

0

13

.306

Davis, Chris (TEX)

1B

121

29

.240

10

21

0

21

.240

Gomez, Carlos (MIN)

OF

58

12

.207

0

2

3

10

.207

Lopez, Jose (SEA)

2B

137

33

.241

3

19

0

17

.241

Ordonez, Magglio (DET)

OF

124

32

.258

2

16

0

16

.258

Quentin, Carlos (CHA)

OF

118

27

.229

8

18

1

19

.229

Rodriguez, Alex (NYY)

3B

22

3

.136

1

4

0

1

.136

Thome, Jim (CHA)

DH

91

21

.231

6

18

0

18

.231

Totals


887

211

.238

34

128

5

124

.238

Name

Pos

W

L

IP

S

W

K

ERA

W PCT

Blackburn, Nick (MIN)

P

2

2

41.7

0

2

19

4.32

0.500

Floyd, Gavin (CHA)

P

2

3

39.3

0

2

31

7.32

0.400

Harrison, Matt (TEX)

P

4

2

44.7

0

4

24

4.23

0.667

Lester, Jon (BOS)

P

2

4

47.0

0

2

54

6.51

0.333

Lyon, Brandon (DET)

P

1

3

15.7

0

1

5

6.89

0.250

Papelbon, Jonathan (BOS)

P

0

0

16.0

9

0

19

1.13

0.000

Sonnanstine, Andy (TAM)

P

1

4

34.7

0

1

21

7.27

0.200

Wilson, C.J. (TEX)

P

2

2

15.3

1

2

10

4.11

0.500

Totals


14

20

254.3

10

14

183

5.52

0.412

Well, damn. What you notice first is that at .238, his team BA won’t stay there forever, and with those hits will come runs, ribs and homers. But again: *damn*. That’s a deep hole. Quentin disappoints, Gomez disappoints, Maggs DISAPPOINTS. On the pitching side, Brad’s mysterious Harrison pick (and what website shared that secret) looks prescient, but Lester puzzles more than Harrison amazes. I read some articles saying Lester was the ace of the Bosox staff and a Cy Young darkhorse. Even Papelbon has blown a couple saves. Brad says he’s not even going to pay attention till August 1. Let’s hope we won’t have to sneak into his house and burn all his calendars. This is a huge deficit.


And here are the standings for the last 11 days.


Standings from 5/4/2009 thru 5/5/2009

NameAvgHRRRBISBERAKSWW PCTTotal
Little Chi Chi 8.0 8.0 4.0 9.0 6.0 9.0 7.5 9.0 8.0 7.0 75.5
T. S. Intellectual 7.0 1.5 9.0 3.0 9.0 6.0 4.0 3.0 9.0 8.5 60.0
The Stinking Badgers 2.0 6.0 1.5 7.0 8.0 8.0 3.0 3.0 5.5 8.5 52.5
Giant Steps 9.0 3.5 5.0 7.0 2.0 4.0 5.5 3.0 5.5 5.0 49.5
The FunGhouls 5.0 6.0 6.0 4.5 2.0 5.0 9.0 7.0 2.0 2.0 48.5
The Depositions 4.0 3.5 7.0 1.0 6.0 7.0 2.0 3.0 5.5 5.0 44.0
The Money Shot 6.0 6.0 3.0 4.5 2.0 3.0 7.5 7.0 2.0 2.0 43.0
A Cancer on the League 3.0 9.0 8.0 7.0 6.0 1.0 1.0 3.0 2.0 2.0 42.0
Marfa Dogs 1.0 1.5 1.5 2.0 4.0 2.0 5.5 7.0 5.5 5.0 35.0

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