BREAKING NEWS!

Before I get to the rest of the week, at the time of writing this, there is an accepted trade in the league.

Team Bangarang Rufio (Eric) has agreed to trade myself (Where did you Verdugo) Chicago Cubs third basemen Patrick Wisdom and San Francisco reliever Camilo Doval for Seattle closer Paul Sewald. In the trade I will be dropped Garrett Whitlock.

I took this trade because I need improvement at third base badly. Jordan Walker has not been steady at all and is already being platooned a smidge, and Josh Rojas is not a reliable every day player. Speaking for myself, I know I am somewhat punting on the saves category, and I am going to have t

There was a moment in this matchup where I was winning on Sunday. I thought that I had a shot. But then Yu Darvish had to go and pitch well and destroy my only chances. Also David Bednar coming from out of nowhere to get two strikeouts as well. Very, very, frustrating.

I did have Vaghi lose three categories…which is the total he lost in his first two matchups? So that is a moral victory? Not really. Very, very frustrating.

I am riding a two-game losing streak, and Vaghi is still the class of the league winning his third straight.

WEEK THREE: April 17 – April 23

Second bit of breaking news now. Mike Trout is really good at baseball. The Los Angeles outfielder had a matchup-best 10 hits, to go along with three runs scored and four RBI. Yea, he is really good. Jose Ramirez, Tyler Stephenson, Adolis Garcia, Vinnie Pasquanitino and Kris Bryant all had five hits or more. I only had three players with more than five: Juan Soto and Josh Rojas had six, and Alex Verdugo had six.

I did not only defeat Vaghi in the runs scored category, but I also defeated Adolis Garcia. He scored eight runs. Clearly a good week, but not enough to win. I was in the middle of the pack for the crew. Juan Soto had five runs scored, and Alex Verdugo scored six. The difference is that Taylor Ward, Josh Rojas and Paul Goldschmidt each had four runs. They all scored four runs despite combining for 13 hits only. 12 runs scored on 13 hits for those.

Four home runs in a week. Three in one game. Adolis Garcia got more than half of the home runs from my total team. Jose Ramirez, Mike Trout and Kris Bryant each had two home runs. The top home run hitters on my team were Alex Verdugo and Ozzie Albies. Credit to Ozzie Albies for making half of his hits round-trippers.

14 RBIs from one person has to be a record for this season thus far, right? That is too much research now, so I am going to run with it. Adolis Garcia hit three home runs in one game to help Vaghi dominate the category in this matchup with me. Jose Ramirez had seven RBI for the second best total. I had no player with more than seven RBI. Alex Verdugo had five and Josh Rojas served up four RBI. My leader was Ozzie Albies, and he did so with four hits in 21 plate appearances.

Neither Vaghi or I deserved to win this category, so it is a good thing that we tied. We had the worst output in this category of anyone this week. Wander Franco and Luis Robert Jr. had the stolen bases for Vaghi, and Jordan Walker alongside Cedric Mullins had swiped bags for me. I would really, really, REALLY like to have Tim Anderson back to help out with this category.

I touch on this a lot in the MVP/LVP discussion, as well as later down in this blog. Staying broad here…you really can not get much closer than this. One more person on base for Vaghi and he would have won the the category. The margin is crazy. It is a game of inches in fantasy baseball. Luis Robert Jr. was dismal for Vaghi, but this dude Mike Trout picked up the slack with a .455 OBP. I want to think Alex Verdugo, Triston Casas, Juan Soto and Jordan Walker for having a .400 OBP or higher when I was playing them.

Came down to the last day. Chris Sale started me off great with 11 Ks over six innings. He was a gamble pickup and it worked. Then Kevin Gausman made up for a terrible early week start and stifled the Yankees striking out 11 over seven innings. I knew I sat at 53 strikeouts by the late afternoon on Sunday, but I was waiting it against against three starters for Vaghi. Yu Darvish, Jesus Luzardo, Grayson Rodriguez, David Bednar combined for 19 strikeouts on the last day.

Much like the stolen base category, neither Vaghi or I deserved to win this with two win totals a piece. Shockingly we were not the lowest of the week, but still piss poor effort regardless. I should count myself lucky that Vaghi didn’t accumulate more on Sunday with three starting pitchers going. Count my stars on that one. Darvish got one win for Vaghi on Sunday and I had Gausman deliver. Taj Bradley gave Vaghi his first win on Tuesday of last week against Cincinnati and I Corbin Burnes dish it out on Monday against Seattle.

So David Bednar put the axe in me in terms of strikeouts and saves? That son of a bitch. The Pittsburgh closer is taking advantage of the most surprising team in baseball getting four saves this week and posting a zero ERA of four innings. I had a couple saves from Paul Sewald, so is on longer on my time at this time I am writing.

There were three elite ERAs this week by competitors, and I was not one of them. Neither was Vaghi, but he wasn’t getting dizzy with all the runners crossing home. I had an ERA of 5.127, which is good enough to get you sent down to AA. Vaghi had 3.916 so nothing to write home about, but he managed damage control well. Taj Bradley had a great short outing going 5.1 innings allowing zero runs. Grayson Rodriguez did the same going an even five innings. Yu Darvish basically did the same over 5.2 innings, allowing one earned run. I had two players with double-digit ERAs, so not great. Thanks Garrett Whitlock and Jordan Montgomery.

This was a walk in the park for me. Vaghi had the worst WHIP of anyone this season this far, and mine was perfectly middle down the road for this week. I think a major factor was that my pitchers threw 10 more innings. They allowed seven more hits but had six less walks in that time to create the wide margin.


When someone goes 5-for-5 and has three home runs on a Sunday of fantasy baseball, they are going to get the MVP of the matchup. Adolis Garcia of the Texas Rangers hit four home runs during the week, and had 14 RBI.

Vaghi lost by 0.0004 when it came to OBP. He can come here to yell at Luis Robert Jr. who went 3-for-25 with only one walk. He had a .154 on base percentage. If he got on base one more time, his team would have won this category and it would have been a much more dominating victory.

Maybe a little bit of bias there, but Alex Verdugo deserves some respect. Was a great week for the Red Sox and he was a huge part of it. Verdugo led my team with a .419 OBP and had two home runs and five RBI. He is the seventh ranked outfielder right now in fantasy baseball.

I have some gripes with the St. Louis Cardinals. In fact, them as a team are going to be my LVP. Jordan Montgomery had a 15.75 ERA with seven earned runs over four innings. That sucked, and then Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-20. He did have a home run, so that is nice, but this man is supposed to be one of the best hitters in baseball and he had a .227 OPB. Then there is Jordan Walker. He didn’t have a bad week, but he is being platooned, so can not be relied upon and his is feast of famine this season.

MVP TRACKER: Mullins (2), Verdugo (1)
LVP TRACKER: Casas (1), Soto (1), St. Louis Cardinals (1)


WEEK THREE SCOREBOARD

  • Vaghi and I’s relationship came down to down to four categories. I got the OBP by four ten-thousandths, which is nuts. Vaghi got me by three strikeouts. So we tied evened out on that. Then Vaghi and I just tied on wins and stolen bases, both with pitiful totals.
  • Eric absolutely roped his way to a dominant 8-1-2 win over Bove. He won hits, runs, home runs, and runs batted in while still losing the on base percentage. That is kinda crazy. Then he fucking dominated the pitching too. It was never a contest.
  • Billy Drakeley wins his second straight. Despite going up against DiMaio’s outrageous hit total, Billy still took every other hitting category. Then his pitchers managed to have a sub three ERA with a sub one WHIP?! Good for you BD. Fucking killed it. Those pitching numbers too without a crazy amount of strikeouts; second lowest of the week.
  • Jack List would like everyone to forget about his week one loss. List cruised to a matchup win with nine categories, six of which were not really in question on Sunday. He only won by two over Michaud in runs and five strikeouts. Doesn’t matter. List hands Michaud his first monster loss of the season.
  • Michael Kenney ekes by with the closest matchup of the week. Huntley wins by one on hits, but Kenney wins on home runs by three and stolen bases by two. He also just eked out with four more strikeouts. It would appear family is similar because both Mike and I are terrible in saves. Huntley is still looking for his first win of the season.

WEEK THREE CATEGORY STANDINGS

  • Seven of the 11 categories had the worst performer win their matchup.
    • Vaghi had the worst stolen bases and WHIP but won against me.
    • Kenney had the worst home runs, runs batted in, saves, and earned run average and he still won his matchup against Andrew.
    • Eric had the worst on base percentage and won against Bove.
  • Lots a bad set this week
    • Bove set a new worst for this this season in hits (43) and strikeouts (37)
    • Kenney set a new worst for this season in ERA (5.268) and tied a worst for saves (0)
    • Vaghi set a new worst for this season with WHIP (1.511) and stolen bases (2)
    • Eric set a new worst this season for OBP (0.2879)
    • Stanko set a new worst this season for steals (2)
    • List tied a worst this season for wins (1)
  • Drakely frankly dominated the hitting categories. He had runs, home runs and on base percentage on lock. Led the league in them.
  • List…you better step on the rubber because you have the pitching juices flowing through you. He had the best WHIP, ERA, Wins, and Saves.
    • Michaud never stood a shot.

WEEK FOUR MATCHUPS

  • Battle of the middle between DeMaio and myself. I see myself losing at least four of the hitting categories so I am going to need my pitchers to throw gas.
    • According to the season stats, DeMaio should win this matchup, 7-4
  • Eric coming off of a drubbing victory now gets to play the best team in the league in Vaghi.
    • According to the season stats, Vaghi should win this matchup, 8-3
  • Bove is looking for his first win of the season and he is going against Michaud who wants to rebound. Bove needs his team to realize it isn’t spring training anymore.
    • According to the season stats, Michaud should win this matchup, 9-2.
  • Before even looking at the stats, I think Billy vs. Michael should be pretty close.
    • I was wrong. According to the season stats, Michael Kenney should win this matchup, 8-3.
  • Andrew Huntley is looking for his first matchup win of the season, but he has been more competitive than Bove. But he is going up against the hottest team, so he is in a tough spot.
    • According to the season stats, Jack List should win this matchup, 10-1.

OVERALL STANDINGS

  • Three players tied for fourth place. We love to see it. Myself, Billy and Eric are all 14-15-4. Living just below the Mendoza Line.
  • Vaghi stays in first place but now it is only two game ahead of Jack who has been skyrocketing.
  • Michael is in third place all on his own, but he trails Jack by 4.5 games.
  • Michaud, who was in second place last week, is not in seventh place. Holy shit. Wow. Sorry, man.
  • Bove is in last place with two games between him and Huntley, who stayed in ninth.
  • Credit to Eric too who went from 10th place all the way to tied for fourth. Lots of movement early in the season.
  • I would like to pose to the commissioners what is the tiebreaker for the playoffs? How are there three people tied for fourth and I am the one in the bracket? I think that is is because I have the best record against the top seed?
  • Michael Kenney works his way back into the playoffs. He would be playing Jack. I am in there in the four spot and it’s be a rematch of this past week.

CATEGORY LEADERS (Including Ties)
  • Michaud (3) – Home Runs, Runs Batted In, On Base Percentage
  • DiMaio (2) – Hits, Runs
  • Eric (2) – Strikeouts, Wins
  • Kenney (2) – Stolen Bases, Wins
  • Vaghi (2) – ERA, WHIP
  • List (1) – Saves

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