The Makers lost a third straight week, 370 to 416. As has become the familiar refrain throughout 2017, the pitching blew up in do-or-die spots, and the offense just couldn’t do enough to make up the ground. In the league message board, somebody pointed out that my opponent clobbered people despite the fact that six of his guys were on the DL. He got two of those back in our matchup, but the story was the same. Despite that this didn’t feel like a winnable match up to me, more like a coin toss. It came up L for me again, so, what more can I say?
The offense put up 278 points, which is a 24 point decrease from the previous week. The best hitter was Ian Kinsler with 42 points; his teammate Jose Iglesias did the worst with 2 points. On the whole, the sluggers scored 49 runs, hit 30 homers, 31 extra base hits (XBH), 153 total bases, and 40 RBIs. Rounding out the stat line: four game winning RBIs; 27 walks; 68 strikeouts, four sacs, and eight stolen bases.
The pitching contributed 92 points, an absurd increase of 86 points from their awful week 10. The best pitcher was none other than out good friend Jose Quintana, with 34 points. The worst was the hitherto excellent Jeff Hoffman, annihilated on his turn out for negative 29 points. The Makers pitching staff managed to tally only two Wins while eating four Losses. The pitchers’ stat line looked like this: 207 IP, -60 hits, -35 ERA, -64 ER, -7 HR, -22 BB, 65 K, 5 Saves, 1 Blown Save, and 3 Holds. I’m surprised they only surrendered seven homers.
I made a pair of moves on the last day in an attempt to make up the 40 point deficit with my opponent. I picked up Diamondbacks spot starter Randall Delgado as he had a favorable matchup, and the Cub’s long man turned starter, Mike Montgomery. To make space for these two, I finally let go of Lance Lynn, as he’s been awful the last few weeks, and Marco Estrada, the hero of May who turned into a pumpkin in June. Neither guy ended up making a huge difference; I think they tallied 20 points. But they did well, considering that Lynn and Estrada accounted for a net negative of 32 points during the week. In fact, if you add in Hoffman’s disaster start, these three guys cost the Makers 61 points. Just benching them would have easily put me in for the Win.
Week 13 Outlook
We’re entering into the All-Star Break, and the schedule is a tad wonky. From all the league notes I’ve read on ESPN and Fantasy Pros, it appears that the pitching matchups are pretty horrendous this week. With that in mind, I won’t be trying any sudden moves. My opponent this week is just a game better than me regarding his record. He’s done much better in the league in the past, but he’s been snakebit by injuries like most of us. He’s coming off a tough loss to the league champion in which his squad didn’t even break 300 points. I’m not sure that he’ll repeat that bad performance this week as he does have a team that can explode for points on any given day. In that regard though, the Makers are much the same.
I’m going to cautiously predict a Win for my team, given the bad schedule but favorable match ups for many of my hitters.
Boy, the month of June went about as bad as it possibly could have. Three straight losses by a combined total of 55 points are hard for any fantasy owner to swallow. To make matters worse, my inattention to my team cost me at least 45 points, just by leaving key guys on the bench. What a difference a few tactical roster moves would have made to my record: I can dream of a 7-5 record right now (9-3 if the cards came up in my favor in those two BS losses in the first two months). But as it stands, the Makers are 4-8 and are still in 11th place overall in the standings.
So far, the Makers have scored 3986 points while allowing 4330 points. If you project out until the end of the season, my team will get just about 7,000 points, which is far short of the 10,000 or so I predict somebody needs to win the league. I don’t want to get into post-mortem mode yet with the season barely half over, but on the face of it, not carrying many closers (or any at all) have made things worse on the pitching front. The only category my team leads in is Loses (49). They’re dead last in Saves with 12. Something for me to consider if I stay on for next year.
Can the Makers go 7-2 the rest of the way to end up over five hundred? I doubt it. But they may yet still pick up three more wins needed to have a better record than last year. Even now that seems like an impossible goal, but after next week I should be back in my division, where the last place team and I can scrap with each other for worst-in-the-league honors for at least two more games. Wish me luck?
Thanks for reading this week.