Man’s League Update

soldierfieldIt’s been a minute since the last time I did a Man’s League update. I would’ve had one sooner but work has dominated my time over the last couple of weeks. I went to Microsoft Ignite at the beginning of the month and then the next week spent my time recovering from the tiny, tiny airplane seats (I’m 6’5″) and playing work catch up. Ignite was in Chicago and I had arrived there the Sunday after the NFL Draft finished so I got to see the remnants of Draft Town. The arch to the opening of the area was gigantic! It has to be like 3-4 stories high. Unfortunately, I didn’t have much time to explore Chicago as I would’ve loved to see Wrigley Field. I did manage to snap a picture of Soldier Field since it was close to the conference center.

Enough about me, what’s happened in the Man’s League since the last update?

  • There was only one trade: R.A Dickey for Chris Owings.
  • Pod Vader got destroyed by Daniel Dopp (2-7-1) and owns one of the worst records in the league.
  • Daniel Dopp continued to dominate but ran in to a speed bump last week (lost to EMT Jack 3-7-0).
  • The hottest team in the league is Canadian #2 Ryan, who owns a 24-6-0 record this month.
  • The East division is still anyone’s for the taking. Greyhound KC has made a run and leads Intern Tom by 1 game. Pod Vader is only 11 games back.
  • The West division is by far the toughest division, with the top 3 teams in the league (Canadian #2 Ryan, Swiss Superman Michel and Secret Squirrel).

week7-standings

Man’s League Recap – Week 2

Sorry about the delay with the week 2 recap. I’ll make more of an effort to get the week 3 recap out on Monday.

  • Swedish Canada Niklas defeated The 06010 Board Nick 6-3-1
    TEAM   BATTERS   PITCHERS   TOTAL
    NAME R HR RBI SB AVG K W SV ERA WHIP SCORE
    The 06010 Board Nick (8-11-1) 24 6 21 5 .2018 52 4 1 3.323 1.123 3-6-1
    Swedish Canada Niklas (11-7-2) 40 13 40 8 .2891 52 1 3 4.709 1.169 6-3-1

    Good starting pitching saved Nick from being blown out by Niklas. Niklas is a solid SP away from having a team that’ll compete for the championship. Big weeks from Adam Jones and Paul Goldschmidt powered Niklas’ week with a combined 12 R, 6 HR, 18 RBI, 1 SB, .404 BA.

  • Tom The Intern defeated Maple Syrup David 7-2-1
    TEAM   BATTERS   PITCHERS   TOTAL
    NAME R HR RBI SB AVG K W SV ERA WHIP SCORE
    Tom The Intern (8-10-2) 45 8 37 5 .2708 48 4 1 5.363 1.253 7-2-1
    Maple Syrup David (7-12-1) 22 4 19 2 .2404 42 3 1 2.842 1.132 2-7-1

    Tom rebounded from his abysmal week 1 performance. His pitching is still coming around but the offense is looking pretty balanced. Steven Souza was Tom’s MVP of the week (5 R, 3 HR, 9 RBI, 3 SB, .379 BA).

  • Swiss Superman Michel defeated Greyhound KC 7-1-2
    TEAM   BATTERS   PITCHERS   TOTAL
    NAME R HR RBI SB AVG K W SV ERA WHIP SCORE
    Greyhound KC (6-12-2) 33 9 33 5 .2234 56 6 3 5.217 1.377 1-7-2
    Swiss Superman Michel (15-2-3) 47 12 42 5 .2904 73 6 1 4.500 1.355 7-1-2

    Michel had another dominant week and is looking like an early favorite to win the league. His pitching ratios could be better but when you dominate the hitting categories, Wins and Ks, the ratios can suffer.

  • BBQ Sauce Joel defeated Canadian #1 Carl 6-4-0
    TEAM   BATTERS   PITCHERS   TOTAL
    NAME R HR RBI SB AVG K W SV ERA WHIP SCORE
    Canadian #1 Carl (7-13) 30 9 35 5 .2066 46 4 0 4.987 1.701 4-6-0
    BBQ Sauce Joel (11-9) 32 5 27 1 .2717 51 2 3 3.224 1.209 6-4-0

    These are two fairly matched teams and the results showed this. Joel has some pretty solid pitching but needs to have his power bats come around (Granderson, Gattis, Byrd).

  • Secret Squirrel defeated Suckuptosteffie Tom 7-3-0
    TEAM   BATTERS   PITCHERS   TOTAL
    NAME R HR RBI SB AVG K W SV ERA WHIP SCORE
    Suckuptosteffie Tom (9-11) 34 6 23 7 .2383 15 0 8 4.200 1.733 3-7-0
    Secret Squirrel (14-6) 21 5 30 8 .2691 54 3 2 4.032 1.127 7-3-0

    The bearded one continued his early season success with another 7-3-0 win. Daniel didn’t have the best week statistically but benefited from Tom’s strategy (all closers) not working out this week.

  • Canadian #2 Ryan defeated Fantasy Wizard Tyler 7-3-0
    TEAM   BATTERS   PITCHERS   TOTAL
    NAME R HR RBI SB AVG K W SV ERA WHIP SCORE
    Canadian #2 Ryan (16-4) 34 8 30 4 .2342 61 6 5 1.456 0.971 7-3-0
    Fantasy Wizard Tyler (7-13) 35 6 29 2 .2633 52 3 6 3.279 0.986 3-7-0

    Ryan accumulated a great pitching line this week with 6 great combined starts from deGrom, Cole and Greene. Tyler had an unfortunate draw this week and could’ve easily had a winning record if he had played any other team in the league. This was a playoff quality matchup where all the categories were solid and close.

  • EMT Jack defeated Shiba Inu Sean 7-3-0
    TEAM   BATTERS   PITCHERS   TOTAL
    NAME R HR RBI SB AVG K W SV ERA WHIP SCORE
    Shiba Inu Sean (8-12) 25 6 28 5 .2582 50 4 6 4.829 1.293 3-7-0
    EMT Jack (8-12) 35 14 48 6 .3125 21 1 0 3.000 0.944 7-3-0

    Jack stormed back from a poor week 1 performance and lead the league in BA and HRs. His pitching numbers weren’t that great but he benefited from great performances from his group of middle relievers.

  • Combo Meals Ryan defeated Pod Vader 6-4-0
    TEAM   BATTERS   PITCHERS   TOTAL
    NAME R HR RBI SB AVG K W SV ERA WHIP SCORE
    Combo Meals Ryan (10-9-1) 37 10 49 5 .2676 43 3 5 3.420 1.340 6-4-0
    Pod Vader (9-11) 36 6 31 7 .2797 49 6 4 4.190 1.414 4-6-0

    Another matchup that was close and could’ve gone the other way if there was another day. Neither team was particularly dominant but their stats were all solid and they should be tough teams to play this year.

Power Rankings:

  1. Swiss Superman Michel
  2. Combo Meals Ryan
  3. Canadian #2 Ryan
  4. Secret Squirrel
  5. Swedish Canada Niklas
  6. BBQ Sauce Joel
  7. Pod Vader
  8. Suckuptosteffie Tom
  9. Tom The Intern
  10. The 06010 Board Nick
  11. EMT Jack
  12. Shiba Inu Sean
  13. Maple Syrup David
  14. Fantasy Wizard Tyler
  15. Canadian #1 Carl
  16. Greyhound KC

Man’s League – Buster Posey traded for Matt Kemp

kemp-poseyCanadian #1 Ryan trades Buster Posey to Tom the Intern for Matt Kemp.

The move was triggered by Tom’s loss of Yan Gomes at his catcher position. Ryan’s team adds needed OF depth and moves Saltalamacchia in to a starting position.

2015 Podcast Awards

The 2015 Podcast Awards were last night and below is the entire show. The Sports category begins at 1:19:10.

Man’s League Recap – Week 1

Here’s the results of the first week of action in the Man’s League. Let me know what you think of this format.

  • Maple Syrup David and The 06010 Board Nick tied 5-5.
    TEAM BATTERS PITCHERS TOTAL
    NAME R HR RBI SB AVG K W SV ERA WHIP SCORE
    Maple Syrup David (5-5) 34 6 27 2 .2615 43 2 4 2.112 0.972 5-5-0
    The 06010 Board Nick (5-5) 26 8 33 4 .2435 62 4 2 3.423 1.211 5-5-0

    Nothing was remarkable about this matchup other than David had great ERA and WHIP for the week. Both offenses were average at best.

  • Swiss Superman Michel defeated Tom The Intern 8-1-1.
    TEAM   BATTERS   PITCHERS   TOTAL
    NAME R HR RBI SB AVG K W SV ERA WHIP SCORE
    Swiss Superman Michel (8-1-1) 34 6 32 2 .2251 72 7 4 3.553 1.118 8-1-1
    Tom The Intern (1-8-1) 26 6 22 5 .2182 29 2 0 6.915 1.463 1-8-1

    Surprise upset of the week as the defending champion was humbled.  Both offenses were mediocre but Michel won the matchup with solid pitching while Tom’s pitching imploded.

  • BBQ Sauce Joel and Greyhound KC tied 5-5.
    TEAM   BATTERS   PITCHERS   TOTAL
    NAME R HR RBI SB AVG K W SV ERA WHIP SCORE
    BBQ Sauce Joel (5-5) 34 7 32 5 .2015 56 4 3 2.888 1.186 5-5-0
    Greyhound KC (5-5) 36 9 44 7 .2746 53 3 0 3.578 1.211 5-5-0

    KC swept the hitting categories while Joel swept the pitching categories.  Another day and this matchup could’ve gone either was as R, HR, K, W and WHIP were really close.

  • Secret Squirrel defeated Canadian #1 Carl 7-3.
    TEAM   BATTERS   PITCHERS   TOTAL
    NAME R HR RBI SB AVG K W SV ERA WHIP SCORE
    Secret Squirrel (7-3) 26 5 24 6 .2439 67 5 4 2.757 1.098 7-3-0
    Canadian #1 Carl (3-7) 33 11 29 2 .2398 38 2 0 3.882 1.353 3-7-0

    Daniel’s return to fantasy baseball was a success. His dominant pitching propelled him to the victory. Carl will have better weeks as his team hit 11 HRs for the week.

  • Suckuptosteffie Tom defeated Fantasy Wizard Tyler 6-4
    TEAM   BATTERS   PITCHERS   TOTAL
    NAME R HR RBI SB AVG K W SV ERA WHIP SCORE
    Fantasy Wizard Tyler (4-6) 24 3 20 6 .2500 50 2 5 2.627 0.843 4-6-0
    Suckuptosteffie Tom (6-4) 37 6 18 7 .2007 35 1 9 0.684 0.570 6-4-0

    Tom’s strategy to only have closers worked as he had a remarkable ERA and WHIP go along with his 9 saves. Tom’s hitting was an enigma since he put up a good amount of runs and SBs but hit .200 for the week.

  • Canadian #2 Ryan defeated EMT Jack 9-1
    TEAM   BATTERS   PITCHERS   TOTAL
    NAME R HR RBI SB AVG K W SV ERA WHIP SCORE
    EMT Jack (1-9) 40 7 42 7 .2633 28 0 0 7.387 1.783 1-9-0
    Canadian #2 Ryan (9-1) 43 10 43 6 .2909 64 3 4 3.569 1.121 9-1-0

    Jack had a very good hitting week but Ryan was just a bit better. Jack’s pitching was horrendous and it may be little this all season. Ryan had the best week all around with great balance in all 10 categories

  • Pod Vader and Shiba Inu Sean tied 5-5
    TEAM   BATTERS   PITCHERS   TOTAL
    NAME R HR RBI SB AVG K W SV ERA WHIP SCORE
    Pod Vader (5-5) 45 16 50 4 .3099 34 2 4 5.496 1.885 5-5-0
    Shiba Inu Sean (5-5) 28 9 32 11 .1969 48 3 3 4.629 1.350 5-5-0

    Jay hit a remarkable amount of homeruns and could be a real threat if his offense keeps this up. His pitching will get better with Strasburg and Lester on this team. Sean did well to split the matchup despite hitting below the Mendoza line.

  • Swedish Canada Niklas defeated Combo Meals Ryan 5-4-1
    TEAM   BATTERS   PITCHERS   TOTAL
    NAME R HR RBI SB AVG K W SV ERA WHIP SCORE
    Combo Meals Ryan (4-5-1) 31 9 38 2 .2717 49 4 1 4.116 1.317 4-5-1
    Swedish Canada Niklas (5-4-1) 38 9 34 8 .2436 63 6 2 5.494 1.552 5-4-1

    Another matchup that could’ve gone either way. Niklas’ team could be one to watch as his counting stats were very good. Ryan is also in the conversation but could’ve used another start or two.

Power Rankings:

  1. Canadian #2 Ryan
  2. Suckuptosteffie Tom
  3. Swiss Superman Michel
  4. Secret Squirrel
  5. Swedish Canada Niklas
  6. Maple Syrup David
  7. BBQ Sauce Joel
  8. Pod Vader
  9. Shiba Inu Sean
  10. Greyhound KC
  11. The 06010 Board Nick
  12. Combo Meals Ryan
  13. Fantasy Wizard Tyler
  14. Canadian #1 Carl
  15. Tom The Intern
  16. EMT Jack

The 06010 Board Man’s League Draft Results

The inaugural 06010 Board Man’s League completed its draft last Saturday and after 4 hours and 400 players drafted, here are the results. Who is your front runner to win the league?

The 06010 Board Man’s League – Entrants

Here’s a list of the people that have been invited to The 06010 Board Man’s League and little reasoning why they were invited.

  1. @TomTheIntern – He’s the defending champion of the 2014 Man’s League.
  2. @CarlLandra – He’s Canadian.
  3. @MOanimalcrackers – Has a greyhound, veteran of the 2013 Man’s League.
  4. @celtictso – Aka Suck up to Steffie Tom. Wouldn’t hear the end of it if he wasn’t in. Unofficially, the Pod Vader of this league.
  5. @ryanlmarchand – Needed another Canadian to meet the division quota.
  6. @Sean_Rosales – Promised pictures of his Shiba Inu’s.
  7. @ComboMeals – Did great work with the twitter account and “Hey! It’s a combo meal!”
  8. @TheRealPodVader – Not sure who this guy is or how he got in.
  9. @JGuntherDC – Certified EMT, can help out with any injuries we have during the season.
  10. @FloundOfPesh – Wrote song lyrics to the tune of something that flew over my head. Impressive effort regardless.
  11. @DanielDopp – He’s got a better beard than myself.
  12. @JoelASchnell – Promised homemade BBQ sauce.
  13. @mromang – Adds some International flair to the league by being Swiss (No offense Canada). Also one of my favorite WWE superstars is the Swiss Superman, Cesaro.
  14. @broximo – I learned from him that maple syrup is available in cans in Canada!
  15. @myslas – From Sweden, which is apparently the Canada of Europe…and we need more Canadians!

The league is now full but I still have applications on hand in case someone has to drop out. 

The 06010 Board Man’s League

It would appear that there will not be a Man’s League for the baseball podcast this year, so I felt I should step in and create a Man’s League. It’s in no way affiliated with the podcast but I’ll try to see if I can get some of them in to the league.

Here’s the league format:

  • 16 Teams
  • H2H Roto scoring (weekly matchups)
  • Standard 5×5 categories
  • Roster size: 25 (22 starters, 3 bench, 1 DL)
  • Auction draft ($260)
  • FAAB ($100, $1 min bid)
  • Draft Date: April 4th @ PM Eastern

I’m planning on reporting on the league throughout the season so expect a crappy interview that I’ll conduct with you.

So, how does one get in to the league? It’s real simple, just fill out the form below on why you should be in the league. Keep it to one paragraph and it can be funny, serious, etc. Bribes are accepted but they don’t get you automatically in to the league.

2015 Podcast Awards – Nominations Are Open

You can now start to nominate podcasts for the 2015 Podcast Awards. You can only submit a single nomination so to make sure you follow the rules. Nominations close on the night of Monday, February 2, 2015.

Here’s my nomination guide:

  • People’s Choice: ESPN Fantasy Focus Football
  • Sports: ESPN Fantasy Focus Football
  • Entertainment: Swiftcast

If you have recommendations for any other podcasts, leave them in the comments.

Source: Podcastawards.com

Who has more plate appearances: M. Betts or K. Wong?

Who has more plate appearances: Mookie Betts or Kolten Wong?
Eric: Betts
Tristan: Wong

Check out the 1-12-2015 podcast between 29:56-30:21 for this bet.

Who has more plate appearances?

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