I wish i could have a miniature bunny. I mean miniature like the size of a Hot Wheels car. Drop that nasty son-of-ah-sergeant into an aquariamish type deal and let er buck.
Fantasy Baseball Theory
So, for the first time in my fantasy sporting career I decided to participate in fantasy baseball. When I say participate, I mean take a stab at playing something I had relatively little knowledge about. Let me give you the basics about my team.
I named my team, Similar to Book by Daniel Dafoe because of my first round draft pick, Robinson Cano (Book written by Daniel Dafoe referring to Robinson Crusoe). I won’t bore you with who I initially drafted onto this team, but I will show you what I have found to work for anyone who plays.
The league I play in is a category league, so for those playing in a points league, this will be useless. There is a total of 14 categories, 7 pitching and 7 hitting, that each team is capable of winning. Upon drafting my team, I valued hitters and pitchers equally, SOOO I drafted the best player on the board to fill my roster. After the draft was completed I spent my time hunting for a unique way to win weekly match-ups and hopefully put myself in position to claim some cash…and bragging rights.
After looking at the categories that were needed for each position, I quickly came to the conclusion that all I needed to win was 1 pitcher and the best possible group of hitters I could assemble by packaging pitchers together in hopes of trading for bigger bats. The tricky part about this process was getting myself to not focus on searching for hitters early on. Instead, I spent my time sifting through stats, reading blogs, and analyzing articles on Fangraphs.com to find pitchers that were not valued at all initially, but were finding themselves in a breakout year, thus becoming prime trade bait, like blood in the water for hungry sharks. This years biggest find for me (so far) was Corey Kluber. Anyways, I amassed a collection of starters and relievers with high trade value, pitchers like Adam Wainwright, Corey Kluber, Kenley Jansen, Aroldis Chapman, Scott Kazmir, and others which have all been traded away to assemble an offense as follows…
C- Carlos Santana
1B- Prince Fielder (DL), Mark Reynolds, Jon Singelton
2B- Robinson Cano
3B-Nolan Arenado, Brett Lawrie
SS-Alexei Ramirez, Eric Aybar
OF- Yasiel Puig, Giancarlo Stanton, Carlos Gomez, Jose Bautista, Angel Pagan, Oscar Taveras, Gregory Polanco
Clearly I have a lot of outfielders and would like to get a first baseman, hence all the top prospects, which is this week’s chore.
Since I have deployed this style of play, by only throwing relief pitchers, primarily closers, I have not lost. Keep in mind that the pitcher you throw does not need to be a closer. You need a reliable relief pitcher(s) who can consistently go out on the mound and throw 1 quality inning. Doesn’t matter what inning. Because my pitching staff is almost exclusively made up of closers, I win the categories of WHIP, ERA, LOSSES, and most of the time SAVES. This strategy gives me 3 categories of pitching every week, sometimes 4, and i’ll just say that my team tends to hold their own on offense which enables me to win more total categories than my opponent. Always keep a starting pitcher on hand though. If your relief pitcher happens to have a bad outing, you will need to recover by seeing a starter through ha few innings of baseball to get your WHIP and ERA back to a low number. Maybe I have just been lucky, or maybe everyone should just not give a s*** about pitching. I guess only time will tell.
From here on out I will let you know how this method works and I will give updates about my acquisitions over the course of the season along with player opinions. This week I would tell anyone who has a roster spot to add Oscar Taveras and Gregory Polanco if they are still available. Another player to take a glance at is Oswaldo Arcia of the Twins. He has been mashing lately and has some serious pop in his bat. Thats about all I have for now
Sincerely, Hit B’s
Today I stood in front of a printer and realized how much I enjoyed it. It’s cold outside but the pages came out warm at a very consistent pace which for some reason made me feel like I was accomplishing a lot. I eventually had to cancel the print job I was on because the girl behind me was growing very upset after 236 pages popped outta that little miracle box. The way it makes words on both sides baffles me every time. #BackInTheSaddleAgain
Inherently Bad Phalanx
Among my ten toes, the middle one on my right foot is definitely the trouble maker of the bunch.
Bar Soap vs. Body Wash
I was in quite the debacle today at isle 6 in Hornbachers. For anyone that does not know, I have serious problems trying to figure out what item I want to purchase when it comes to toiletries. Anything from what color toothbrush to purchase, to the probability of a deodorant working based off of the label that covers the small oval casing. Anyway, today was taking a gamble on the return to bar soap or going with body wash. For the record I usually go with Dove for men “Extra Fresh” body wash edition. I caught myself thinking, “I never invest in a loofah, maybe i’m just throwing my money down the toilet without one”. But then I thought about how it seems as if every type of bar soap mysteriously smells EXACTLY THE SAME. Beyond that, after you take a shower with bar soap, regardless of what the label says, your skin comes out feeling a bit dry and tight. After a solid 5 minute argument in my face going back-and-fourth about prices and “sex appeal” of the different products, I chose the bar soap. Dove for men “Extra Fresh” bar soap edition.
Took a shower and came out fairly unhappy with my decision for the reasons listed above and having no idea where to keep that little stick of semi-freshness in-between showers.