CCO Fantasy Baseball League – Week 10

I hope everyone enjoyed having a position round, I think it was a lot of fun to have head to head matchups with a team in the same position. Most of the match-ups were good and came down to Sunday to determine a winner.

We are now half way through the season and only 3 teams look to be out of the playoff hunt. Right now it is taking a 6-4 record to make the playoffs and with 5 teams one game back at 5-5 and 3 more teams 2 games back at 4-6, it should be a good second half of the season.

#1 vs #2
Kentucky Ripsnorters (8-2) 356 over Runnin’ Bredstiks (7-3) 262

Only 18 points separated this battle of #1 vs #2 game going into Sunday.  But Sunday was all Kentucky as he ran over Bredstiks 88-12 on Sunday. 58 points alone came from pitching without picking up a W.  26 points came from Rips bullpen.  Bredstik had 2 starts to Rips 3, but Rips starts scored 32 points while Bredstiks lost 7 points. Kentucky Ripsnorters have taken over the #1 seed and Runnin’ Bredstiks fell to the 3rd seed.

Kentucky Ripsnorters: Anibal Sanchez 39 pts. (13 IP, 12 K’s, 2 ER’s) Chris Archer 37 pts. (13.1 IP, 10 K’s, 1 ER) Asdrubal Cabrera 30 pts. (2 HR’s, 6 RBI’s) Todd Frazier 30 pts. (3 HR’s, 7 R’s, 3 RBI’s)

Runnin’ Bredstiks: Jonathan Lucroy 35 pts. (2 HR’s, 8 R’s, 5 RBI’s)

#3 vs #4
The Calicubs (8-2) 337 over FL JimBoC (6-4) 295

1 point separated this game going into Sunday and both had 1 start on deck. Jake Arrieta pitched well for JimBoC picking up 23 pts., pitching 6 innings with 7 K’s and giving up no runs, but Jordan Zimmerman threw a CG shutout picking up 12 K’s while giving up only 2 hits and no walks on his way to a 43 point day and a 71 point week to carry Calicubs to victory. Calicubs took over the lead of the Sheffield division and the #2 seed. FL JimBoC dropped to the 5th seed with the loss.

The Calicubs: Jordan Zimmerman 71 pts. (17 IP, 16 K’s, 0 ER, 7 H’s, 1 BB, 2 W’s)

FL JimBoC: Jake Arrieta 28 pts. (10.2 IP, 9 K’s, 1 ER)

#5 vs #6
BigJonLilJon’s LehairOfTheDog (7-3) 327 over 07Greydigger’s Crushers (6-4) 297

Greydigger made an attempt to comeback on Sunday but the lead was too much and BigJon held on for a 30 point victory. In a roller coaster week that saw 3 days in a row with the opposing team scoring more than 80 pts.  BigJonLilJon’s LehairOfTheDog moved up to the 4th seed with the victory and Greydigger held on to the 6th seed.

BigJonLilJon’s LehairOfTheDog: Alex Gordon 38 pts. (2 HR’s, 3 2B’s, 7 R’s5 RBI’s, 8 BB’s)

07Greydigger’s Crushers: Greg Holland 33 pts. (3 Saves, 8 K’s in 4 IP) Paul Goldschmidt 32 pts. (2 HR’s, 8 RBI’s) Madison Bumgarner 30 pts. (8 IP, 5 K’s, 3 H’s, 0 BB, W)

#7 vs #8
Clark n Addison Tony_H (6-4)  372 over What’s Optimism? Vivid Reality (5-5) 343

What looked like a Sunday cruise control day turned into a pretty close game until Clayton Kershaw earned his draft spot and paycheck. Going into Sunday I had a 99 point lead. By now I am sure we all have seen that that is a lot of points in one day. Teams have scored more than a 100 in a day, but not that often and your team will score some as well. But at point Vivid Reality had 80 points and I still had ZERO for the day. At the end of the day I scored 3 points outside of Kershaw’s start with half my batters not playing and my new bullpen arm losing 6 points. Vivid had 3 starters going at the same time and picked up 67 points from them. One was Henderson Alvarez pitching against the Cubs and he left early with left hip strain when he did the splits covering 1st base. Of course where would Reality be without Homer Bailey and his 45 points this week? Can someone please drop a pitcher for me to add to my team like Homer Bailey!

Clark N Addison: Clayton Kershaw 56 pts. (13 IP, 18 K’s, 3 ER’s, 0 BB, 2 W’s) Garrett Richards 35 pts. (8 IP, 9 K’s, 0 ER, 0 BB, W) Anthony Rizzo 30 pts. (2 HR’s, 5 Runs, 5 RBI’s)

What’s Optimism Vivid Reality: Scott Kazmir 46 pts (13.1 IP, 17 K’s, 2 ER, W) Homer Bailey 45 pts (14 IP, 14 K’s, 2 W’s) Henderson Alvarez 43 pts (14.1 IP, 10 K’s, 1 ER, W)

#9 vs #10
Bullpen MacGyvers (6-4) 264 over Northside Bleacher Bums (5-5) 226

The winner should have been looking to move into the playoffs, but even after MacGyvers pulled out the victory, he was passed by the Wrong Team for the 8th spot. The Bleacher Bums fells to 13th seed with the loss. In a low scoring game, the best day was Northside’s Sunday which fell short, scoring 57 points.

Bullpen MacGyvers: Ian Desmond 28 pts. (3 HR’s, 5 RBI’s, 5 Run’s)

Northside Bleacher Bums: Evan Longoria 26 pts. (2 HR’s, 4 Run’s, 3 RBI’s)

#11 vs #12
The Wrong Team (6-4) 352 over Aguas de Marco Billy (5-5) 281

The Wrong Team cruised to a victory this week with a wire to wire victory. The Wrong Team had a huge Friday night with 135 pts. to even pull away while Billy had an 89 point day. That’s rough as 89 point days are very good.

The Wrong Team: Tanner Roark 38 pts. (8 IP, 11 K’s, 0 ER, 3 H’s, 0 BB, W) Miguel Montero 33 pts. (3 HR’s, 8 RBI’s, 4 R’s)

Aguas de Marco Billy: Matt Carpenter 31 pts (1 HR, 5 RBI’s, 5 R’s)

#13 vs #14
CubfaninSeattle John (5-5) 267 over Team Gramps (4-6) 194

In a matchup of teams who have had tough luck in matchups this season, CubfaninSeattle had some good luck winning with a 267 point week, while Gramps team just never got going this week. Seattle was led by King Felix this week and his 23 K’s in only 14 IP! Take a look at the K’s/BB for the week. Notice only one is plural.

CubfaninSeattle John: Felix Hernandez 55 pts. (14 IP, 23 K’s, 1 BB, 2 ER’s, W)

Team Gramps: Julio Teheran 24 pts. (7 IP, 7 K’s, W)

#15 vs #16
Team JasonOfTheBurbs (5-5) 311 over Baywatch Buttspanx (4-6) 251

JasonOfTheBurbs cruised to an easy victory even as Baywatch made a Sunday afternoon comeback.  JOTB made a big move up the standings, ending up in 12th after starting the week in the 15/16 matchup.

Team JasonOfTheBurbs: Justin Masterson 48 pts. (12.2 IP, 16 K’s, 2 ER’s, 2 W’s) Matt Garza 33 pts. (12.1 IP, 9 K’s, 2 W’s) Josh Willingham 33 pts. (1 HR, 6 R’s, 8 RBI’s, 7 BB’s)

Baywatch Buttspanx: John Lackey 35 pts. (16 IP, 8 K’s, 1 W)

#17 vs #18
Waiting on Bryant (4-6) 266 over Slammin Steven Petty (1-9) 191

Slammin Steve was looking good until the weekend hit and maybe Kris Bryant’s HR’s starting counting for Waiting on Bryant as they turned it up a notch and pulled away for an easy victory. WOB is trying to work his way back to 500.

Waiting on Bryant: Kevin Gausman 26 pts. (7 IP, 1 ER, 6 K’s, W)

Slammin Steven Petty: Adam Jones 35 pts. (3 HR’s, 5 R’s, 8 RBI’s) Brian Dozier 34 pts. (1 HR, 7 R’s)

#19 vs #20
Balls Deep in the Ivy (2-8) 277 over Team Scared Hitless (0-10) 141

If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound …

Top Player Performances - Week 10

Player
Points
Team
Jordan Zimmermann71The Calicubs
Clayton Kershaw56Clark n Addison Tony_H
Felix Hernandez55CubfaninSeattle John
Justin Masterson48Team JasonOfTheBurbs
Scott Kazmir46What's Optimism? Vivid Reality

Sheffield Division - Week 10 Standings

Record
Team
Points
8-2The Calicubs3227
7-3Runnin Bredstiks3093
7-3BigJonLilJon's LehairOfTheDog2913
6-4FLJimBoC3048
6-4Bullpen MacGyvers2814
5-5CubfaninSeattle John2854
5-5Team JasonOfTheBurbs2740
4-6Baywatch Buttspanx2830
2-8Balls Deep in The Ivy2415
1-9Slammin Steven Petty2244

Waveland Division - Week 10 Standings

Record
Team
Points
8-2Kentucky Ripsnorters3276
6-407Greydigger's Crushers3020
6-4Clark n Addison Tony_H3015
6-4The Wrong Team2850
5-5What's Optimism? Vivid Reality2988
5-5Northside Bleacher Bums2639
5-5Aguas de Marco Billy2665
4-6Team Gramps2767
4-6Waiting on Bryant2723
0-10Team Scared Hitless2045
Transactions

The transaction wire held steady this week with 32 free agent pick-ups this week. Some banking on some future Cubs took place on Sunday night as The Wrong Team picked up not only Kyuji Fujikawa but Arodys Vizcaino. Jose Veras had a bad week, getting cut from the Bullpen team and Justin Grimm found a new home in California only to be cut two days later. Ex-Cub Scott Feldman not only didn’t get extended by the Cubs last year, but now can’t stay on a roster in a 20 team fantasy league. Chris Owings and Nick Castellanos got cut and add back this week, while Adeiny Hechavarria and Daisuke Matsuzaka both got added and cut faster than they could try on a uniform.

Hard Luck Good Luck

Hard luck teams (Teams that should be in the Top 8 based on points). What’s Optimism? Vivid Reality fell out of the playoffs yet is holding on to the Top 8 in points (7th) with 2988 is a full game behind in the standings.

Good luck teams (Currently in the playoffs, but not in the Top 8 in points). The Wrong Team has had the right answer in the W column, but has fallen behind in points with 2850 points.

Notes

Weeks 10 and 20 are the same match-up.
Weeks 11 and 21 are the same match-up.

So in weeks 10 and 21 we will be doing a position round. 1 vs 2, 3 vs 4, etc down to 19 vs 20.

One other note, the league is for public viewing. Here are two shortcuts to take you to the league site on ESPN.

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Quote of the Day

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  • Ripsnorter1

    What a competitive league! Every matchup comes down to the last day. There are no runaways in this league. All the GMs are very dangerous.

    • calicub

      Yeah its been a lot of fun. Informed and knowledgeable managers make for tough competition but it makes it all the more exciting.

    • Bredstik

      Congrats on the win. You had another great week. I tried to make a run late but just don’t have the pitching with my top 3 pitchers out.

      I’ve got excess CFs available for SP for anyone that’s interested in working a deal.

      • Ripsnorter1

        Thanks. You are one tough hombre. I had a meager 5 point lead there for awhile….but if you trust Danny Duffy for anything, well….forgetaboutit! LOL

  • calicub

    I still have Zimmerman dangling on the trade string. I’m looking for offense but position isn’t important. Let me know if you’re interested.

    • TheWrongGuy

      I don’t have a bat that would be worthy of J. Zimmerman, at least not that I would be willing to part with.

    • TheWrongGuy

      I don’t have a bat that would be worthy of J. Zimmerman, at least not that I would be willing to part with.

  • TheWrongGuy

    All fear the Cubbies future bullpen. HAHAHA! all joking :)

    Remember to smile everyone and have a better day! :)