The thirteenth week of Yahoo’s Fantasy Baseball covered games between Monday, June 23 to Sunday, June 30, 2019. The General Manager of Ondskans Imperium made some terrible decisions throughout the week that cost the team a 6-2-2 loss, even though they trailed from the opening pitch to the final out. To say the week turned into a disaster would be an understatement.
On June 24th, Julio Teheran (SP – ATL) played his last game for us. He managed to only go four innings against the Chicago Cubs in an 8-3 loss that saw his game ERA blow up to 15.75 and his WHIP turn up to 3.00. That terrible outing was worse than his previous one, a 10-2 loss to the New York Mets. His numbers were 13.50 and 2.75 respectively. It was clear he needed to go before he damaged our team stats any further.
Since we were getting shut out in all the batter categories, we resigned Jeff McNeil (INF/OF – NYM). McNeil previous donned the pinstripes from May 12-22 until an injury put him on the shelf for several weeks. Since his return, he has collected the highest batting average in the Major Leagues. Barring an injury, this hitting machine should stay in our lineup.
Weekly Move Total: 1/4
Season Move Total: 28/60
MATCHUP AND SCORES
We can honestly say that we do not know what happened. As Sunday night came to a close and we went to bed, the score on the Yahoo app showed an 8-2 deficit. Much to our surprise, Monday morning relieved that we had lost the matchup 6-2 and somehow tied two categories. The baseball Gods must have been feeling generous because we were completely blown out, yet salvaged some dignity at the end. We won’t even dissect the box score here, we will save the pain and agony for the Bench Players section further down.
While the New York Yankees pounded on the Boston Red Sox in London recently, the Red Sox made every game interesting with late rallies. As you can see from above, we took the time to honour the great Derek Jeter by posting “2” five out of the seven days of the matchup. Happy Belated 45th Birthday to the Captain!
STANDINGS AND TEAM STATS
When you don’t beat the teams behind you, you don’t deserve to move up against teams ahead of you. There was one major surprise when I compared the numbers from week 12 and 13, Puig Farm dropped two spots from second to fourth with a 1-8-1 week. We’d have to look back to the early weeks of the season, but Puig Farm and DODGE This! have been slugging it out for first place pretty much all season. We couldn’t believe that one bad week could be so costly.
Despite all the negativity going around the clubhouse these days, we are still the number one team in strikeouts, ERA, and WHIP. Last week the numbers crunchers decided to compile the amount of stats left on the bench. We decided to update our spreadsheet to reflect all the lost points. It is hard to imagine that we’d be #1 in runs scored if we didn’t leave 67 points on the bench. Also, we wouldn’t be the worse team in home runs or RBIs. They always say you can’t win them all, and sometimes guys are hot on the bench and sometimes they are not. Those are the daily and weekly struggles that stress any fantasy manager out the most.
THE BENCH PLAYERS
Week 13 had to be the most mismanaged week of our season. Sure, no one expected the Yankees and Red Sox to score 50 combined runs in two games in London, but it happened.
If you look back, we lost the Runs category 40-27 but left 14 runs on the bench. We could have added those numbers together and won 41-40, thus making it a 3-5-2 box score. The home run category would have still gone to our opponent 12-8, but the RBI category was another major turning point. The final score was 37-32, yet when you look at the 13 RBIs we left on the bench, it could have easily gone in our favour 45-37.
For the very first time this season we left pitchers out of the starting rotation. Neither guy got a win or a save and the five combined strikeouts meant nothing. But things get interesting when you factor in ERA and WHIP. We would have still lost the ERA, but according to our math skills, we could have won the WHIP category with a score of 1.156.
At the end of it all, the final score could have been 4-4-2. Instead, mismanagement costs us several categories and plenty of match up points.
STUDS AND DUDS
Best Hitter: Chris Taylor – INF/OF Los Angeles
10 points = 3 R / 0 HR / 5 RBI / 2 SB / 0.440 BA
Worse Hitter: Danny Santana – INF/OF Texas
0 points = 0 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 SB / 0.100 BA
Best Pitcher: Max Scherzer – SP Washington
26 points = 2 W / 24 Ks / 1.13 ERA / 0.56 WHIP
Worse Pitcher: Julio Teheran – SP Atlanta
2 points = 0 W / 2 Ks / 15.75 ERA / 3.00 WHIP
Stay tuned for next’s week recap of the Ondskan Imperium 2019 Fantasy Baseball season.