Fantasy Sports Fix: No second half comeback for fantasy baseball
August 26, 2015
My fantasy baseball season is pretty much over at this point. No making a glorious second half comeback like in 2006, when I took that team from 10th place to first in a head-to-head league. Nope, not this year.
There have been great individual performances from the likes of Chris Davis, Paul Goldschmidt and Yoenis Cespedes. Even Carlos Gonzalez made a tremendous turn around after the All-Star Break, more than doubling his home run total from 13 to 29.
I led the league in runs, home runs and RBIs, but it was my subpar batting average that brought me down a bit. Even though I did get seven points out of the batting category for a .272 average, it just wasn’t enough to counter what happened on the pitching side.
Out of 50 possible points in the batting categories, I managed to get 43 of them. The team is leading in home runs with 241 at this point, 30 ahead of the next closest team, which is pretty impressive. I have five batters with more than 20 home runs at this point, nine players with more than 60 runs, and seven players with more than 60 RBIs. All that offensive production just didn’t mean anything, because I did absolutely nothing on the pitching side of the equation.
There was plenty of production on the batting side as I led in three of the five categories, but the pitching side was a whole different story. The pitching categories are strikeouts, wins, saves, ERA and WHIP. I have only garnered a measly eight points out these five categories.
This is what undoubtedly did my team in; I just didn’t have a strong enough pitching staff. There were also a lot of injuries this year on my pitching staff, which contributed to such a lackluster season. I currently own the highest ERA in the league with a 3.92 to go along with a very weak 1.33 WHIP and an even weaker 41 saves. I also managed a whole 2 roto points between the wins and strikeouts categories with just 41 wins and 686 strikeouts. It was just a rough year in the pitching categories for me. In my defense, I did wait on pitching in this year’s draft, so that may have contributed to the overall lackluster stats my team produced.
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So, on the batting side, it was a brilliant year with tons of production from every player at every position. I might have focused too much on batting this year, though. The pitching side, not so much brilliance and I think I learned my lesson about waiting on top tier pitching.