Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Playing Both Sides Against the Middle

I love having two teams. I loved having one team, and then I jumped at the opportunity to have two. I can’t do three, won’t fathom four, and those of you with five-plus are simply playing both sides against the middle. Hell, when I had two teams I tried to draft them as similar as possible. At some point in time we have to hit the famed law of diminishing returns.

Even with two teams it happens to me every year. Twice a year, actually, considering the schedule. A possibility of three times if you consider the playoffs. On my team with my buddies I have Kendall, Lowell, Abreu, Harang, Hudson and Wood. Low(e) (and it’s not Derek) and behold, wouldn’t you know this week’s opponent in the Mantle League has Kendall, Lowell, Abreu, Harang, Hudson and Wood. It’s the epitome of lose-lose. I fail to see a win-win here. Win-Win comes when there are no similar pieces. That’s why you owners with five-plus teams astound me. You must run into this every week.

GDR is a business. A great one at that, and we’ve all enjoyed the fruits of its labor and its breakthrough into the world of fantasy sports. But I cannot do another team. This week won’t turn me grey, because I already am. This week will make the hairline recede. Here I am in my last post claiming May is when you can make or break (2-0 in the Mantle League, 8-5 in the other so things are going as planned.) But the way I see this week stacking up my May rationale takes a back seat to the diminishing returns. And I hope I’m wrong.

SIDE NOTE:

Our commish, one Gary Aloysius Bell, put together several of the best league posts you’ll ever read. One he calls TWIF (This Week in FICK). It is the best look back at the week that was and I encourage all leagues to put somebody on TWI_____ (fill in blank for league name) because I believe it does a great deal to promote league participation. Unfortunately I know that’s what some of you are going through.

Secondly, also from one Gary Bell. He put together a list of the top pitching performances for a single season. Phenomenal job and if anyone is interested I’ll ask him to share the info. And on this same vein the question came up about greatest single game performances. While the boxscores can be sketchy for games in the past, it looks like the pitching is won by Sandy Koufax’ 81 point perfect game in 1965 and Mark Whitten and Shawn Green sharing 32 points in their 4 HR performances. The offense I’m less sure about because I didn’t have time to find out if Whitten struck out once.

I’d be very interested in putting together a Top 100-200 list of all-time single game and single season performances according to GDR scoring. Anyone wanting to tackle it with me, let me know. Could be very interesting when someone comes up with a Lesteresque performance to know where it ranks all-time.

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