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Re: Can you win taking only SPs?

Postby AllDay » Mon Mar 21, 2011 4:34 am

Can you win taking only SPs?

Ben Distler says 'yes'. ... tasy-73551

It's not important that you get to know Distler simply because he's won a bunch of head-to-head leagues; the interesting thing is how he wins them. He does it without home runs, RBIs, runs, and without much consideration given to batting average.

The first 11 rounds of his most recent public league draft went like this:

R1, Jake Peavy

R2, Brandon Webb

R3, CC Sabathia

R4, Dan Haren

R5, Joe Nathan

R6, Francisco Rodriguez

R7, Billy Wagner

R8, Javier Vazquez

R9, Brett Myers

R10, Trevor Hoffman

R11, Jason Isringhausen

So that's 11 pitchers in the first 11 rounds. In public leagues, you can only actually start seven on any given day.

Johan Santana was taken immediately before Peavy, which no doubt crushed Ben. He finally drafted a batter in Round 12, taking Willy Taveras. Then he took Michael Bourn in the 13th, Jerry Owens in the 14th, and Ryan Theriot in the 15th.

He didn't draft a catcher or first baseman at all. Those positions are both occupied by the same player: "--empty--."

Peavy pitched 100 non-vintage Peavy innings that year. Webb pitched 4. CC, Haren, and Javier were the 4th, 6th and 10th ranked SP's that year so he recovered a bit.
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Re: Can you win taking only SPs?

Postby Matthias » Mon Mar 21, 2011 11:51 am

AllDay wrote:Can you win taking only SPs?

Ben Distler says 'yes'. ... tasy-73551

That's awesome.

I've never heard of this guy but I now love him. Mays on LPP put up a post telling the story of some guy who did the same thing 20 years ago. It's called The Sweeney Plan:
0-3 to 4-3. Worst choke in the history of baseball. Enough said.
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