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.

Monday, May 20, 2013

The 2013 Owner List

Here's the list of the 2013 owners, so we know who our enemies are....
  • 69witSuzynWaldman - John Treadwell - Woodbridge, VA
  • Acorn - Tom Horan - Long Island City, NY
  • AllFlashNoCash - Dave Prince - Hopewell Junction, NY
  • Bohemian Lifestyles - Josh Robbins - Gilbert, AZ
  • Brewmasters - Chris Jenkins - Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Chumps - Chirag Amin - Houston, TX
  • Jojo - Joe Humble - Brooklyn, NY
  • Krupa Troopas - Mike Krupa - Mendon, MA
  • Los Barbudos - Sven Jenkins - New Paltz, NY
  • Maybe I won't suck - Joe Wood - Virginia
  • Mo death and taxes - Dan Slate - Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Mount Gay Rum - Rob Moran and Andrew Tarkowski - Camillus, NY
  • NY Metroponzians - Sean Comerford - Connecticut
  • New Market Mallers - Eric Kantner - Goshen, NY
  • Rivercity Catfish - Bruce Heard - California
  • SONS OF PITCHES - Eric Rosin - Merrick, NY
  • TROUSER TROUT - Alan Sarpy - Santa Rosa, CA
  • WTFUTLEY - Joe Moore - Limerick, PA
  • X-Factors - Joe Werner - Garfield Heights, OH
  • a greasy B12 mullet - Bret Jenkins - Astoria, NY

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Brewmasters Kill the Keg in 2012

Congratulations to the Brewmasters, and owner Chris "Cribs" Jenkins, a notorious Town of Poughkeepsie mafioso, for capturing the 2012 PicketLine Production Fantasy Baseball League championship.

The Brewmasters took over first place about 3/4 of the way through the season (I think), and were able hang on to the $1000 first place prize.  The team looked doomed after their #3 hitter, Melky Cabrera was susupended for PEDs, but that turned to the be point when the Brewmasters took off.  Led by Dustin Pedroia, Jose Reyes, and Allen Craig, the drunken squad put up points across the board, while pitchers Craig Kimbrell and Joel Peralta shut the door in the late innings.  Hiroki Kuroda, Anibal Sanchez, and Tim Hudson logged plenty of Quality Starts, while Kris Medlen gave the pitching staff an incredible late season boost.  Jenkins' shrewdest move of the year, may have been the decision to trade away Mariano Rivera, just a day before his season-ending knee injury.  This was Jenkins' second PicketLine championship (2005).  Also, a historic note.... the Brewmasters' 171 points is the lowest total ever to win the league.

In possibly the greatest pennant race in PicketLine history, which included five teams that had a legitimate shot at first place, Dave Prince and AllFlashNoCash narrowly escaped with the $400 second place prize.  Prince's success was simple to understand.... he had #1 overall pick, Miguel Cabrera.  The rest of his offense was a bunch of strikeout artists, like Dan Uggla, Chris Davis, and Mark Trumbo.  He also pulled a miracle by getting a good season out of Alex Rios!  Yadier Molina, Coco Crisp, and Elvis Andrus helped correct the incredible amount of whiffs, while A.J. Burnett and Adam Wainwright led the team in Quality Starts.  The Jonathan Papelbon / Joel Hanrahan closer duo certainly helped as well.

Chirag Amin's Chumps have now finished in 3rd place for the 3rd consecutive season.  The Chumps always compete for the top spot and this year they were led by Chase Headley (114 RBI), Joe Mauer, Corey Hart, and Josh Reddick.  Chirag's starting rotation was loaded with guys like Justin Verlander, Yovani Gallardo, Gio Gonzalez, and Stephen Strasburg.  However, the Chumps struggled at the back end of games.  J.J. Putz and Frank Francisco split the closer duties and Chirag searched all year for someone that could consistently produce Holds.

The NY Metroponzians won their first cash prize ($200) in the nine year history of the PicketLine league.  Sean Comerford's squad looked like they were going to run away with the league early on, but the dog days of summer caught up to his team of money launderers.  Edwin Encarnacion captained the NY offense, driving in 110 runs.  Adam Jones and Jason Kubel put up monster first halves, before Kubel cooled off and Jones was dealt for Johnny Cueto.  Justin Upton had a solid season, and Ben Revere chipped in 29 SBs.  Despite getting excellent seasons out of Zack Greinke, Chris Sale, and Cliff Lee, the pitching staff was doomed by their bullpen.  An early season trade for Mariano Rivera, just one day before he blew out his knee, put Sean deep in the hole.  He decided to punt the Saves category, and ultimately his lack of a closer may have doomed his season.

PicketLine rookie, Dan Slate, earned his money back by leading Fister? Just met her to a 5th place finish.  Slate talked a lot of trash to go with a team that led the PicketLine in ERA.  The five-man rotation of Felix Hernandez, Ryan Vogelsong, Jeremy Hellickson, Ian Kennedy, and of course, Doug Fister, put the offense on their backs all summer long.  Papa Grande (Jose Valverde) and Glen "the Percolator" Perkins shut the door in the 9th inning, while David Roberston racked up Holds.  Offensively, it was a struggle at times.  First round pick, Jacoby Ellsbury barely played all year due to injury.  Brandon Phillips led the team in both RBI (86) and Runs(77), and Ian Desmond led in Total Bases (257).  Slate traded for Albert Pujols for the stretch run, but it wasn't enough to put this team into first place.

And pulling the up the rear was Ken Koller's Madres squad, who infamously motherfucked anyone who plays fantasy sports.  The Madres final total of 61.5 points is the second lowest of all-time.  The worst team in PicketLine history was last year's Winning! team owned by Justin Bastinelli, who managed just 53 points!

There was great league activity this year, with the vast majority of teams making moves until the final few days.  Great season, see you next year!

Friday, April 13, 2012

The 2012 Competition

Here's the list of the 2012 owners, so we know who our enemies are....

  • #DIV/0! - Josh Robbins - Gilbert, AZ
  • 69witSuzynWaldman - John Treadwell - Fredericksburg, VA
  • Acorn - Tom Horan - Long Island City, NY
  • AllFlashNoCash - Dave Prince - Hopewell Junction, NY
  • Brewmasters - Chris "Cribs" Jenkins - Poughkeepsie, NY
  • CITI-REX - Eric Rosin - Merrick, NY
  • Chumps - Chirag Amin - Houston, TX
  • Cool Story BroStars - Tom Comerford - Unknown, NY?
  • Fister? Just met her - Dan Slate - Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Los Barbudos - Sven Jenkins - Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Madres - Ken Koller - Los Angeles, CA
  • Mount Gay Rum - Rob Moran and Andrew Tarkowski - Camillus, NY
  • NY Metroponzians - Sean Comerford - Hartford, CT
  • New Market Mallers - Eric Kantner - Goshen, NY
  • Piece of Schmidt - Jon Crooker - Havertown, PA
  • Team Werner - Joe Werner - Garfield Heights, OH
  • The Fucksticks - Matt Mahoney - Gilbert, AZ
  • The Planet - Bret Jenkins - Astoria, NY
  • WTFUTLEY - Joe Moore - Limerick, PA
  • adios pantalones - Joe Wood and T. Murphy - Unknown, VA?