Monday, October 2, 2017

FINALLY!  After 13 seasons of suffering through brutal summers and a heartbreaking 2nd place, Sven Jenkins (Los Barbudos) finally won his own league.  He used a team with very few stars but very few holes.  Yuli Gurriel (249 TB, 60 K), and Josh Bell (246 TB, 86 RBI) were there all year long, while Carlos Correa (232 TB, .391 OB%) supplied the star power when he wasn't missing time injured.  David Peralta (74 R, 202 TB) and Nomar Mazara (84 RBI) were the unsung heroes in the corner outfield, while Billy Hamilton racked up the SBs.  A couple of transactions were also key to his success.  Jenkins dealt A.J. Pollock for Trea Turner (43 SB, 178 TB) and claimed a then-struggling Alex Bregman (135 TB, .367 OB%) off waivers.

Luis Severino was the clear ace of this pitching staff, throwing 21 QS with 230 Ks.  The rest of the starters included sleeper rookies like Jake Faria (9 QS) and Dinelson Lamet (7 QS).  Alex Colome (47 Sv) and Felipe Rivero (21 Sv, 14 Holds) anchored the bullpen.

Shane Lutz (Gr82BeMetsFan) was neck and neck with Los Barbudos for much of the second half.  The two teams went back and forth multiple times before The Bearded Ones pulled away in the last week.

Lutz' team had the incredible power duo of rookie Aaron Judge (320 TB, .424 OB%) and Bryce Harper (243 TB, .409 OB%).  Eric Hosmer (286 TB, .382 OB%) had a superstar season and Ender Inciarte (20 SB, 242 TB) put up another great all-around campaign.  J.T. Realmuto (240 TB) held the squad together behind the plate while putting up excellent numbers for a catcher.

Jacob deGrom (21 QS) led the pitching staff, which rode the early season success of Alex Wood and a comeback year from Sonny Gray (16 QS, 1.18 WHIP).  The bullpen was scripted by Archie Bradley (24 Hld) in the eighth and Roberto Osuna (39 Sv) closing.

Dan Slate (BACK AFTAH THIS) takes home 3rd place and the $300 prize this year.  This is Dan's third finish in the money and his highest ever finish.  The avid Francessa listener can thank Jose Altuve (112 R, 32 SB, 323 TB, .412 OB%) and Buster Posey (225 TB, .399 OB%) for his offense's success.  Innings eaters like Masahiro Tanaka (17 QS) and Jason Vargas (12 QS) started, and relief aces Andrew Miller (27 Hld) and Kelvin Herrera (25 Sv) finished games.

4th place goes to Dave Prince (AllFlashNoCash), after a hard fought finish to the season.  Unsung stars Kyle Seager (251 TB), Jay Bruce (278 TB, 97 RBI), and Carlos Santana (90 R, 260 TB) supplied the power, while Eduardo Nunez (23 SB, 211 TB, .344 OB%) filled the rest of the box score.  Max Scherzer (22 QS) and Gio Gonzalez (22 QS) dominated, while Corey "Evil" Knebel (drafted in the last round!) racked up 39 saves.

The Pathetic Quotient, an advanced metric created by the Brewmasters that uses transactions and place in the standings to see who did the most work for the smallest gain, is out again this year.  And of course, it's Josh Robbins (Bohemian Lifestyles) who ranks highest.  He used a whopping 379 moves to finish in 17th place!  Congrats Josh!

Congrats to everyone on a very competitive season!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

2016: Icemen Put PicketLine in Deep Freeze

Bret Jenkins (Icemen of the Hudson) finally broke his 1st place curse.  After finishing in a money spot 6 times without taking the ultimate prize, Bret gave us all a dominant performance that never left anything in doubt.

The Icemen led basically wire to wire, with almost nobody close to him in the standings.  Mookie Betts, Joey Votto, D.J. LeMahieu, and Brandon Belt made sure he stayed on top in OB% and TB, while Alex Colome shut the door.

John Treadwell (69witSuzynWaldman) put up a valient effort, slowly creeping up on the Icemen all summer.  In the end, second place will have to do for a team that was 30 points ahead of the 3rd place team.

See you next year!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

2015 Wrap-Up: A Season of Comebacks

Congratulations to Eric Kantner (New Market Mallers) and Sven Jenkins (Los Barbudos) on finishing 1st and 2nd!!!  These two teams sat 11th and 12th, respectively, at the all-star break, and went on impressive second half runs that defied the idea that you can be buried for good in a rotisserie league.

This was Kantner's second consecutive first place finish (tied last year).  His Boston trio of David Ortiz, Mookie Betts, and Xander Bogaerts led his offense, while Jake Arrieta carried his pitching staff.

Jenkins' squad had the sick bats of Josh Donaldson and Joey Votto, while the pitching staff was anchored by Noah Syndergaard.

Great season everyone!

Monday, October 6, 2014

There Are No Ties in Baseball !!??!! 2014 Wrap-Up

After 162 games of Hits, RBI, SB, K, and Holds, we ended in a frickin’ tie.  And unlike Bud Selig, there is nothing I can do to change it.  The PicketLine league does NOT have a tie-breaker rule, so the teams will simply split the two $$$ prizes.

Well, congratulations to Eric Kantner (New Market Mallers) for finishing in 1st place with Joe Moore (WTFUTLEY).  This makes back-to-back championships for Moore, who sat atop the standings all by himself in 2013.  Kantner and Moore will get $750 each.

The Mallers lingered near the top of the standings all season, but used a late-season surge to grab the money spot.  David Ortiz(3rd round), Michael Brantley(11th), Billy Hamilton(2nd), Neil Walker(18th), Devin Mesoraco(19th), Brock Holt(trade) and Anthony Rendon(10th) led a balanced offense all summer.  Kantner’s pitching staff included Dodgers lefties, Clayton Kershaw (1st) and Hyun-Jin Ryu(7th).  Bartolo Colon(13th) mixed in 16 QS and Michael Wacha(4th) dealt in the first half of the season before his injury.  The bullpen was anchored by Huston Street’s(8th) 41 Saves and a shocking season out of Pat Neshek(free agent).

WTFUTLEY overcame a dismal season from 1st round pick David Wright thanks to an early June trade with 69witSuzynWaldman, who took a struggling Wright in exchange for Felix Hernandez.  Wow.  Moore’s 2nd through 6th round picks didn’t hurt either, as he hit on all of them… Giancarlo Stanton(2nd), Starling Marte Partay(3rd), Ian Kinsler(4th), Jordan Zimmermann(5th), and Jose Abreu (6th).  The day before the Wright/Hernandez trade, Moore also grabbed Josh Harrison off the waiver wire.  Those two moves were likely the turning point in his season.  Chris Archer(9th) and Garrett Richards(free agent) combined for 36 QS, while Addison Reed(7th) and Jenrry Mejia(18th) closed 59 games.  Wade Davis(free agent) had the best season for any reliever in baseball, mixing with Luke Gregerson(16th) and Joba Chamberlain(free agent) to rack up Holds.

Finishing in 3rd place was, of course, Bret Jenkins and The Jimy Kelly Rule.  Bret has now finished in the money six times, without ever taking 1st place.  Bret once again led the league in transactions, with 332.  Jimy Kelly broke the backs of opposing pitchers with a lineup that included Buster Posey(3rd), Victor Martinez(7th), Mike Trout(1st), and Brett Gardner(6th).  On the mound, Jon Lester(9th) and C.J. Wilson(11th) were the only starters to throw over 100 innings for the club, with Lester posting 27 QS.  Dillon Gee(13th) pitched well in eight QS and Jessie Hahn(free agent) dealt for 60 innings and six QS.  The back-end of the bullpen was Jenkins’ strong point, with Trevor Rosenthal(4th) and Craig Kimbrel(2nd) combining for 78 Saves.

4th place was a bit of a shocker.  SONS OF PITCHES came out of nowhere to claim the final money spot.  On 9/16, I mentioned them as a possible sleeper on the league blog, but in my mind I wasn’t really giving them a chance based on how far back they were.  However, field manager Eric Rosin used that crazy screaming baseball to rally an offense that included Robinson Cano(1st), Kyle Seager(8th), Anthony Rizzo(6th), Christian Yelich(11th), Russell Martin(14th), Carl Crawford(10th), Jason Heyward(4th) and Corey Dickerson(free agent) to grab the final $200.  When Jose Fernandez(2nd) went down early in the season it looked like Rosin’s season was doomed.  But starters like Hiroki Kuroda(9th), Ervin Santana(12th) and Collin McHugh(free agent) picked up the slack.  A resurgent Jonathan Broxton(free agent) and a consistent Darren O’Day(free agent) piled up Holds, while Santiago Casilla(18th) picked up some crucial late-season Saves.

Congratulations to all the money winners!!!  As for the rest of us, we stink.

The Best Draft Pick Award goes to Chris Jenkins (Brewmasters), who selected Lucas Duda with the first pick of the final round.  Duda finished the season as the 74th ranked player in Yahoo, had 92 RBI, 247 TB and .349 OB%.  Unfortunately, the Brewmasters dropped Duda TWICE during the season, before he was finally picked up for good by Shoving & Squeezing on May 28.  The Brewmasters also took Wily Peralta(22 QS) with the last pick of the 21st round, but again the Brewmasters never reaped the rewards, dropping Peralta for the legendary bat of Justin Ruggiano before the season even began.

Worst Draft Pick Award goes to Sven Jenkins (Los Barbudos), Bryce Harper 3rd overall.  I didn’t have to look far to figure this one out.  Just three picks into the draft and my team exploded.  Honorable mention goes to the poor owners who took Carlos Gonzalez, Chris Davis and Prince Fielder.  Ugh.

Worst Team Name… this was a tough one this year, with half the league being in contention, but I’m going with Kilt Spinners.  Brutal.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2014 Final Weeks..!..

Just 2 weeks remain in the fantasy baseball season and the PicketLine Fantasy Baseball League is looking at a classic 1st place battle...

Defending champion Joe Moore (WTFUTLEY) and Eric Kantner (New Market Mallers) are separated by just 1/2 a point going into tonight's games.

Can UTLEY follow in the footsteps of the old Roughnecks squad, and win back-to-back titles?... or will Eric and his dysfunctional Married With Children inspired team dethrone the champs?

Both clubs have stellar pitching staffs and sneaky good offenses.

The battle for the final two money spots will come down to a few original league members... Bret Jenkins (The Jimy Kelly Rule) and Josh Robbins (Bohemian Lifestyles) seem to be the frontrunners, with each owner relentlessly working the waiver wire.  Watch out for a flurry of late-season action from these two.

BUT, they need to watch their backs.  Chris Jenkins (Brewmasters), Andrew Tarkowski (Mount Gay Rum), and Eric Rosin (SONS OF PITCHES) are primed to steal a spot if anyone falters.

As for the rest of us, well, we're just hoping to retain a little dignity before the season ends.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

2014 Owner List: Know Your Competition

Here's the owner list for 2014... we have only four new owners this season.  Each US time zone is represented.

  • 69withSuzynWaldman - John Treadwell - Woodbridge, VA
  • AllFlashNoCash - David Prince - Hopewell Junction, NY
  • Biff's Bombers - John Bifolco - Martha's Vineyard, MA  *** New Owner ***
  • BluBloodLine - Alan Sarpy - Santa Rosa, CA
  • Bohemian Lifestyles - Josh Robbins - Gilbert, AZ
  • Brewmasters - Chris Jenkins - Dover Plains, NY
  • Chumps - Chirag Amin - Houston, TX
  • Kilt Spinners - D.J. Lysenko - Hyde Park, NY  *** New Owner ***
  • Los Barbudos - Sven Jenkins - La Havana, Cuba
  • Mount Gay Rum - Rob Moran and Andrew Tarkowski - Camillus, NY
  • NY Metroponzians - Sean Comerford - Hartford, CT
  • New Market Mallers - Eric Kantner - Goshen, NY
  • Rivercity Catfish - Bruce Heard - Fair Oaks, CA
  • Sons of Pitches - Eric Rosin - Merrick, NY
  • Shoving & Squeezing - Dan Slate - Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Sux2BeMetsFan - Shane Lutz - Poughkeepsie, NY   *** New Owner ***
  • The Jimy Kelly Rule - Bret Jenkins - Forest Hills, NY
  • The Price is Wright - Paul Prince - Poughkeepsie, NY   *** New Owner ***
  • WTFUTLEY - Joe Moore - Limerick, PA
  • X-Factors - Joe Werner - Lakewood, OH

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

WTFUTLEY Dominates in 2013

Congratulations to WTFUTLEY (Joe Moore) on winning the 2013 PicketLine Production Fantasy Baseball League.  Joe's team dominated in almost every facet of the game, winning the league by a healthy 13.5 point margin.  WTFUTLEY finished in the top4 in nine of the 12 categories, including first in TB and OBP.  Joe made six trades during the season, four of which turned out to be gems, and one acquired Mike Trout (traded for on 4/11), who led the offensive charge, piling up numbers in every category.  Joe picked on Bohemian Lifestyles three separate times, stealing Max Scherzer, Jose Fernandez, Freddie Freeman, Steve Cishek, and Billy Butler!!!!  Joe also acquired Chase Utley and Koji Uehara from the Brewmasters in exchange for Cole Hamels in mid-May.  Rookie Evan Gattis (waiver wire pickup on 4/6) gave WTFUTLEY a big boost at the catcher position, while Ben Zobrist and Martin Prado helped give WTFUTLEY one of best infields in the PLPFBL.  This was Joe's first winning season after five attempts at the league, and he made it count, cashing in with $1000.

The NY Metroponzians (Sean Comerford) finished in the money for the second straight season.  Sean leaned heavily on a rotation that included Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner, and surprise seasons out of Ervin Santana and Travis Wood.  The Metroponzians had a well-balanced offense that included Adrian Beltre, Yadier Molina, Jean Segura, and Jose Altuve.  Sean's bullpen was solidified in mid-May, when he dealt platoon 1B Brandon Moss for Hold specialist Joel Peralta.  Sean relied heavily on his draft, and was rewarded with a number excellent choices.  Sean will take home the $500 2nd place prize.

Finishing third in their first year in PLPFBL was the Rivercity Catfish (Bruce Heard).  Bruce proved to be a slick owner, filling his lineup with power bats and a surprisingly good starting rotation.  The Catfish were carried by career years out of Chris Davis and waiver wire pickup Josh Donaldson.  The starting rotation included Hisashi Iwakuma, Alex Cobb, Patrick Corbin, and Jake Peavy, while Glen "the Percolator" Perkins, Rex Brothers, and Jim Johnson closed games.  Bruce earned the $300 prize for third place.

a greasy B12 mullet (Bret Jenkins) grabbed the final cash prize of 2013.  Bret used 226 transactions to earn 4th place.  His rag-tag offense endured the loss of Ryan Braun and a whole lot of suckage from Paul Konerko, Melky Cabrera, and Kevin Youkilis.  I mean Wow, Bret had a bad draft.  Coco Crisp was the best player on the team, crushing 225 Total Bases and stealing 21 for the club.  Matt Harvey led the pitching staff, throwing 18 QS for the Mullets.  The back end of the bullpen was loaded, with Aroldis Chapman, Ernesto Frieri, and Jim Henderson closing games, while rookie Trevor Rosenthal dominated in the 8th inning.

Bohemian Lifestyles (Josh Robbins) gets the PQ (Pathetic Quotient) Award for 2013.  PQ is a metric created by the Brewmasters, measuring bad fantasy management.  There might be a formula, but no one knows what it is.  This is top secret stuff.  Basically, it's the # of transactions compared to place in the standings.  And this year, with a league-leading 380 moves and a 16th place finish, Josh wins in a run-away.

Draft Pick of the Year comes down to two excellent selections at the very end of the night.  a greasy B12 mullet took Jim Henderson (28 Saves) with the 18th pick in the last round.  And New Market Mallers (Eric Kantner) selected Bartolo Colon (23 QS, 2.65 ERA) with the 19th pick in the final round.