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theonemephisto wrote:Week 1 Result: 5-4 win.
..Me: 34 R, 4 HR, 30 RBI, 18 SB, .197 AVG, 8 W, 11 SV, 95 K, 2.82 ERA, 1.01 WHIP
Him: 68 R, 21 HR, 62 RBI, 8 SB, .266 AVG, 5 W, 11 SV, 78 K, 4.39 ERA, 1.30 WHIP
I think I would be incredibly happy with a 4-6 loss if my opponent had that line in any other league. He had an incredible week that would have easily demolished any of my other teams, but I managed to scrape out a win pretty much solely due to this strategy.
Survived bad starts by Lee, Lester, and Jimenez with stellar ones by Lincecum, Kuroda, Cain, Johnson, and Felix. Lincecum especially carried my team this week. He threw out Kershaw and Jackson against me, both of whom absolutely dominated, but bad starts by Billingsley, Westbrook, and Lohse (the latter two of which were streamers) sunk his chances in the ratios pretty early on. Soria provided saves, though his ratios were pretty ugly, while Thornton disappointed. Thornton in particular single-handedly forced me to settle for a tie in saves; but he also had Axford, Perez, and Nathan, all of whom racked up saves. Oh, and steals was over pretty early on. It was only as close as it was because of Tabata stealing 5. Every position player on my teams except Zobrist contributed steals, led by 4 each from Pagan and Pierre.
Overall, this strategy worked exactly as it was supposed to. I only managed to tie him in saves, but 11 would have been enough to win it in almost any other league. I picked up Sale with the roster spot from Jimenez's DL to handcuff Thornton for a bit just in case, which means that I'll have to juggle my relief pitcher slots for a bit as I now have 7 of them. But I should be able to handle that by looking at usage. Good first week facing a hot team.
Next week should be interesting. He has two closers and a bunch of middle relievers, so saves is basically guaranteed to me. His starting pitching is led by Hudson, Myers, Garcia. So I anticipate that he'll only start Hudson, Myers, and Garcia, punting the counting stats while relying on his relievers to try to even out the rates. Last week he posted 12 steals with a 2.66 ERA and 1.17 WHIP, but every single one of his starters was also unsustainably phenomenal (didn't realize how good Garcia was last week), so that should come down. But anyway, it should be a task, probably involving me benching a couple starters with less-than-stellar matchups.
Week 1: 5-4
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