Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Losses Cateory in Fantasy...

I'm officially done with the "Losses" category. I somehow managed to TIE The Italian Donkey with two losses, even though our pitching numbers compared as follows:

Longballin' Donkeys 4 wins, 2 losses, 4 saves, 45K, 2.45 ERA, 1.07 WHIP

The Italian Donkey 1 win, 2 losses, 2 saves, 29 K, 5,00 ERA, 1.67 WHIP

How did I end up with two losses you may ask? Well thanks for asking.

Apparently because The Italian Donkey for whatever reason did not start a few starters during the week (perhaps just not adjusting his lineup or just not liking matchups) he somehow only ended up with two losses. Could have been 5 or 6 had he actually played all his pitchers.

So my team ends up with two losses -- Saturday and Sunday, two CLOSERS blowing saves or pitching for a loss in extra innings.

I had won saves. I didn't need any more saves and actually realized that late on Saturday when I started actually benching late game closers who I thought may actually get into a game with a risk of losing.

Am I supposed to BENCH ALL OF MY CLOSERS in the final two days of the week to avoid losses? That's the stupidest thing I've ever seen. Perhaps I'll leave it up to the commissioner to decide what strategy to take in that scenario. I had NO BUSINESS not winning losses for the week. None whatsoever.


  1. If you recall why we added losses, it was to counter act the "churn and burn" strategy that (i beleive) Vito used to just outlast you in a fantasy final. Consider my strategy this year; all starters means i (should) own Ks and Wins but sacrifice losses and saves.

    Last week, i sat starters on saturday and sunday because i was so far ahead in Ks, had an ERA and WHIP advantage, and looked as if I was going to take Wins and Losses. That's smart fantasy management.

    So the answer to your question is Yes; if you think your closers are gonna get losses, bench them. Or get better closers.

  2. Again, just to clarify (I know we've beaten this point to death I apologize) but I wanted to make it clear; Vito didn't necessarilly beat me with churn and burn. We were both streaming pitchers at that point, which was fine. It's a risky strategy.

    What was BUSH was when on the last day he added EVERY STARTER available and then subsequently waived them, only keeping enough for himself to field some starting P's for the day; meaning the guys he added/dropped were unavailable for pickup by me because they go on waivers for three days (I wonder if he woke up at 6am or something on that final sunday of the year to make those moves...)

    So the end result was he had a few starters go on Sunday -- and since the only category up in the air was K's as I had him beaten in most of the others and ERA in case of a tie -- he ended the day with three more K's than me for the two week championship session and brought home the ring.

    I think the way to limit that bullshit is by putting a limit on the amount of moves you can make. Instead of just adding and dropping players at will. That also invokes a lot more "long-term" season strategy which I think is a neat concept.

    Okay we're finally done on this topic. :-)