I'm really growing to hate this team. After being in 1st place 6 weeks ago, I've gone on to lose every single week, fallen to 5th place, and not even making the H2H playoffs is looking like a real possibility. Every way you can think of losing, I've done it. Offense tanking at worst moment, injuries, stinkers from guys I've thought reliable, always the wrong bench decisions. Plus my opponents seem to be making a habit of posting season-best numbers whenever they face me. I've hit a new low this week, getting my butt kicked by an inactive manager with the worst hitting and pitching in the league (but of course putting up stellar numbers this week).
10-team, H2H, 6x5 (with OPS)
2B: Polanco (had Kendrick, but dropped when he got hurt)
3B: M Cabrera
SS: M Young
OF: T Hunter
Util: Berkman (1B/OF)
Bn: Abreu (OF), Atkins (3B), Furcal (SS)
SP: Sabathia, Lackey, Snell, Gallardo, Rogers, Robertson (just spot starting for Sunday against KC)
RP: FRod, CCordero, Capps, Accardo, Myers (on the DL, but I have no more DL spaces)
DL: Sheets, P Martinez
C: Barrett, Estrada, Buck, Napoli
1B: Sexson, Laroche, Duncan
2B: Kendrick (but I have no more DL spaces), Freel, Barfield
OF/Util: Damon, Pence, Willingham, Lofton
SP: Mussina (
just dropped his behind), Pettitte (better in 2nd half?), Hughes (but I have no more DL spaces), Burnett (but I have no more DL spaces), Capuano, Arroyo, Mitre, Miller
RP: Neskek, Broxton, Corpas, Hennessey
Trading is tough in this league. Thought I pulled a major steal trading J Shields + O Hudson for Sheets/Young, but got burned instead. One team has Utley and Phillips and has needs at OF/Util, but is blowing off all my trade talks/offers. I've been pushing Furcal (or Young), Atkins, or a closer for SP help with no interest. I've even been shopping around Hunter/Rios with no success. Atkins and Furcal on my bench don't help me if I can't trade them, but they seem too good to outright drop.
Not sure what I can do, except hope my luck changes. My strategy was stock my lineup with solid high AVG/OPS run producers. Not worry about a super basestealer, but try to be competitive in that category with a bunch of 10-30 SB guys. I didn't want a big hitting bench (3 is more than I really want at the moment). I bought low on Berkman and Young trying to improve myself in that regard. For pitching, I wanted a strong group of closers to give me a lock on saves, lower ERA/WHIP, and give me good K rates. For SP, I wanted 2-3 "studs" to anchor my staff, maybe some "upside" guys, and the roster flexibility to pick some choice spot starts if needed. I don't know ... seemed a reasonable enough plan to me, and my roster seemed capable of executing it and making my team a contender. But I'm just not winning.
Any suggestions? I know Hughes is a guy I have to get on my team, but I already have more DLed players than I have spaces. I know it's a bit of a game of chicken, but I don't think anyone will take him until at least a couple of days before his first start so I'm aiming at a week before to take him (dropping the "spot start" position). Maybe take Kendrick back when he's healthy (2B has been tough for me all season). Maybe Burnett when/if he gets healthy, or Capuano/Arroyo if they show more signs of life (like if Arroyo has another good game Sunday). If you suggest an add, please give me the guy to drop to go along with it.
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