Fantasy Sports Fix: A tale of two teams
After a few months of fantasy baseball, I do believe the honeymoon is over. It started out well with couple wins and high hopes for my team, but it just seems that it’s been hard to put together winning weeks with the lineup I have. I’m sitting in eighth place with five winning weeks out of 14 weeks played.
The most obvious flounder on my part was not drafting enough quality pitching. It’s not to say I don’t have any quality pitchers, I just have very few. Johnny Cueto has been excellent for me and has 13 wins on the season with 115 strikeouts and a solid 2.47 earned run average. Justin Verlander has been churning out some great innings as well, but one could knock his over 4.00 ERA. Chris Archer was poised to be the next big pitcher and has been decent in the strikeouts department, but lackluster elsewhere.
I also drafted a few pitching duds that I ended up dropping for the likes of Jared Eickhoff, Matt Andriese and Julio Urias. Speaking of duds, but back in the beginning of the season, I mentioned that I also drafted a pitcher who could either do very well, or have an ERA of over 5.00. Well, that player was Francisco Liriano, and he drives fantasy owners mad with his inconsistency on the mound. So far this year, Liriano has a 5.15 ERA with just 88 strikeouts and five wins and eight losses on his record.
It’s almost like I have two different teams within this one team. One that hits and has some amazing pitching nights with a few certain pitchers and one that can be a complete pitching mess. There have been several days where I ended up with a negative pitching score. Then there have been days where the pitching is on while my hitters are mashing. It’s literally, hit and miss fantasy baseball.
The batting, however has been great from the beginning because when I drafted this team, I made sure I drafted guys who had some upside and a track record of production. Out of the batters I drafted and still have on the team, they have totaled 380 RBIs. It’s not that hard when you have Bryce Harper, Carlos Gonzalez, Daniel Murphy and Jose Abreu consistently winning me the RBI category just about every week and competing in every other area as well. It simply hasn’t been enough, though.
I’ve tried working the waiver wire and things have somewhat improved with additions like pitchers Matt Shoemaker and Chris Tillman on the pitching side and Yasmany Tomas and Jackie Bradley, Jr. on the batting end, but I can’t seem to get my team out of this predicament.
There might be hope though. The last two weeks, which I’ve lost, have only been by a combined total of 10 points. Hopefully, I can get this team over the hump and get to at least a .500 record to be more competitive in the league.
That’s it for this week, I’ll be back next week with some daily fantasy baseball picks.
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