Monday, August 21, 2006

Everyone's favorite fantasy baseball. It's Hot Wing Conspiracy time!

Well I'd love to start this round up by saying I cleaned up against fmraptops, but alas, it didn't quite happen...

Before we get to that though, here's how this whole fantasy baseball thing works...

We play head to head matchups against another team in the league based on the stats our players put up during the week. The stats your team builds up are broken down into 12 groups. For batters, there are runs, homeruns, RBI‚’s, strike-outs, stolen bases, and battering average. For pitching, there are wins, saves, strike-outs, holds (no one really understands how they work), ERA, and WHIP. When the week is done and the stats are totalled up, each one of those categories is a win, a loss, or a tie for the teams playing. So in a given week, you can have any combination of wins, losses, and ties that add up to 12.

With that out of the way, here's how our games finished...

Wookies Will Win - 5
Fmragtops' spewers - 7

I talked a little too much smack at the beginning of the week and karma being what it is, of course, I ended up losing the game. Figures. We both had a good week and I managed to keep the score close, but I just couldn't quite beat fm. We split the pitching stats 3-3 and he managed 4 of 6 offensive stats clobbering me in SBs and batting average.
Stud: Carl Crawford. Can anyone keep this guy of the basepaths? 7 SBs with a .583 average. Damn.
Dud: Kiko Calero. I picked him up in a vain attempt to get a hold now and again, but his 16.20 ERA probably was the only thing that kept me from winning the ERA category. Or it could be that his name is Kiko...

Robots Eat Babies - 10
The Right Wing Nuts - 1

The spanking of the week. With a score like that you'd think Robots would have killed the Nuts, and, well... he really kinda did. Sorry Nuts... not much I can say good about that performance. You only won the strikeout category by one. That's it. Robots destroyed you in every other category. So I guess you could say the Robots really know how to put those Nuts away, which is good cause I'd hate for them to get cold.
Stud: Francisco Cordero. With 1 win, 3 saves, 0.00 ERA and a WHIP of 1.50, he deserves the MVP
Dud: Huston Street blew the save against KC and went and pulled his groin at the same time. Not good...

Baghdad Bombers - 7
Webcats - 3

This was the pitching versus hitting matchup of the week, and the offfense won. The Bombers swept the offensive stats; it really wasn't even close. Webcats got their 3 wins in pitching, but the Bombers managed to get 2 ties to keep the Cats from getting too many points.
Stud: Big Papi, Big Papi, Big Papi. 3 HRs, 7 RBIs, 7 runs. His usual...
Dud: Marcus Thames hit .200 but put up no other valuable stats. Not a RBI, run, or SB. He struck out 8 times, but that's a bad thing...

RFTR - 4
bRight & Early - 7

The distribution of stats here was kinda interesting. All the offensive stats were really close, but bRight edged out RFTR 4-2 there. Pitching on the other hand was all over the place. bRight killed RFTR in wins (4-1) and K's (54-28) but couldn't manage a single save and lost that 6 to zip, and then they went and tied WHIP. Weird.
Stud: Steroid king Jason Giambi pounded 2 HRs and 9 RBIs as the Evil Empire went to Boston and pounded them like they were a second rate t-ball team.
Dud: We'll give Russell Martin the dud award, becasue, well, someone has to have it, and hitting .158 and only scoring 1 run will earn you that spot.

The PAWs - 4
CZC Owns - 5

4-5 and the stats were pretty even. Who'd have thunk it. CZC squeaked this one out by some miracle. I've said this before; he's got the best #15 team in the league, and it's true. His pitching was a little less shabby than the PAWs and that was the difference.
Stud: Manny Ramirez, even though the Red Sox got beat like the proverbial red-headed step child, Manny did well: hitting .476 with 2 HRs and 7 RBIs. Or we could give it to Robinson Canó with his .306, 2 HRs, and 13 RBIs but he's employed by the Evil Empire, so screw him...
Dud: Geoff Jenkins forgot to swing the bat this week and posted goose eggs across the board.

Repubs lost in SD - 5
Akhtar the Divorcee - 5

Offense versus pitching and nobody won. With stellar ERA (2.63)and WHIP (0.85)the Repubs to the pitching 4-1-1 and Akhtar clobbered 13 HRs and 40 RBIs to take the offensive stats 4-1-1. I'm guessing Akhtar was counting on a win against the league's last place team, but the Repubs did their best as the spoiler.
Stud: We have a Miguel Tejada siting! .435 average, 2 HR, 6 RBIs, and 6 runs. Too bad he plays for the O's.
Dud: Josh Beckett. Part of the Boston Massacre, Josh ended the game with a 10.80 ERA and a WHIP at 2.23.

Columbia Cardinals - 7
The Galt-inators - 5

Thanks to Galt for keeping this one close against the league's #2. It's the only reason I'm still #1. Galt managed to steal the batting stats 4-2, but the Cards pitching got him the win taking the pitching categories 5-1.
Stud: Johnny Damon's 4 HRs and 12 RBIs don't count, so the MVP is Chris Duncan who hit .583 with 4 HRs and 6 RBIs. An excellent free agent pick up for the Cards.
Dud: Mike Piazza. What happened Mikey? You hit your 400th HR a couple weeks ago and you think a .000 average with a sac fly RBI will cut it?

Gashouse Gorillas - 6
Poca Dots Blog - 4

The big hairy apes were pretty convincing with the power numbers, but couldn't muster a batting average above .240. Still it was enough to win as the Dots were worse... barely. The Dots looks like they're throwing in the towel on baseball pinning their hopes on football which will be starting soon. I, on the other hand, will live it up in baseball because my football team is gonna blow goats. Big, fat, hairy, ugly, old goats.
Stud: JD Drew has surprisingly managed to play most of the year and not break a finger nail. He hit .333 with 1 HR and 8 RBIs.
Dud: Gary Sizemore must be relying on his looks and stature as the most popular Cleveland Indian with the ladies since Wild Thing Rick Vaughn instead of actually trying to hit the ball. Gotta hit better than .120 to make the chicks dig your long balls.

If you're so inclined, here's the past recaps. Last week got skipped I think, so it's as complete as it can be...
Week 18 Recap
Week 17 Recap
Week 16 Recap
Week 15 Recap
Week 14 Recap
Week 13 Recap
Week 12 Recap
Week 11 Recap
Week 10 Recap
Week 9 Recap
Week 8 Recap
Week 7 Recap
Week 6 Recap
Week 5 Recap
Week 4 Recap
Week 3 Recap
Week 2 Recap
Week 1 Recap