Our apologies for not compiling all the stats and numbers from Week 18. We went away to New York City for two weeks to watch the Yankees play the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians. When the trip was over, we attended seven games, and the Yankees went 5-2 in those games. They also won the one day we didn’t go, so they finished the homestand 6-2. In case you were wondering, we did stay for the entire 19-5 Cleveland beatdown on August 15th.
In fantasy land, Fucking Savages lost another close matchup. Despite holding a series lead for the first two days, the tide turned on Wednesday, and despite a 6-4 loss, it wasn’t really that close. The defeat was our third in four weeks, which pretty much sealed our fate for the season.
Fucking Savages enjoyed playing the role of spoiler in Week 19. As DODGE this! Continues to jockey for a playoff position, we thought it was a good time to pull out a 6-4 victory. Our win really didn’t impact the standings as much as you would think, but it sure felt good to knock down on of the top teams in the league.
We only made one transaction during Week 18 and 19. On August 6th we dropped Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon for Yankees reliever Adam Ottavino. Considered one of the best relief pitchers in the game today, Ottavino has delighted and disappointed, it just depends on the situation he finds himself in.
No transactions during the week. The first time all season that we didn’t make a single roster move during a matchup. After our first few moves of the season, we thought of pacing ourselves in case we run into roster trouble later in the season. Well, with only four weeks left, we still have over 20 moves left and nothing left to play for. Crisis averted.
Weekly Move Total: 1/4 (18) 0/4 (19)
Season Move Total: 37/60
MATCHUP AND SCORES
There is no worse feeling in sports than losing to an opponent who is below you in the standings. If we were fighting for a playoff spot, this would be considered an epic upset. Instead, we are in the same sinking boat. Hats off to The Fast & The Grego for beating us by double digits in a few of the hitting categories and completely smoking us in the pitching department. Since most of our roster was converted into the New York Yankees, we now live and die with what the Bronx Bombers do on the big stage.
The outcome of the matchup was very favourable for us after the first two days. The scales tipped quickly in their favour and never got close again until the final day. Losing by two looks better than losing by four.
We owe our fantasy matchup win to the Baltimore Orioles. They came to New York and handed four victories to the Yankees. If you break down the matchup numbers, you’ll see this was not a walk in the park. This was a hard-fought victory and could have gone either way on Sunday afternoon. It was the first time in a long time we held the lead for all seven days of the series. We were also fortunate enough to avoid any of the pitching mess that was a 19-5 beat down of the Yankees on August 15th.
STANDINGS AND TEAM STATS
Sorry, we did not take a snapshot of the standings after Week 18. Here is where the league stands after Week 19.
Barring an epic collapse or win streak from Los Gigantes or The Fast & The Grego, it is safe to save we have secured the seventh overall position in the standings. It is not what we set out for at the draft, but it is an improvement on last year’s tenth place debacle.
THE BENCH PLAYERS
If you take a look at the bench players and the matchup totals, you will notice that we left a whole bunch of points on the bench, but it wouldn’t have changed much. We lost the matchup in Week 18 by a score of 6-4. If you factor in the 14 RBIs left on the bench, we could have won that category that would have given us a 5-5 tie instead. Sure the split is better than a loss, but if the goal is to win, these numbers really didn’t alter the final outcome.
In week 19, we won three hitter’s categories and three pitcher’s categories. If we could have added these five extra home runs to our totals, that would have given us another hitting category and a 7-3 victory. We still won, so there are no complaints in regards to this week’s bench management.
Sorry, we did not compile the team stats after Week 18. Here is where we stand after Week 19. Somehow our batting numbers are getting a little bit better, while our pitching numbers have dipped. That’s what happens when you have the best rotation and then trade them all away. If you look at the matchup win totals, we couldn’t be any worse than 10th place, where we find ourselves in three out of five categories.
STUDS AND DUDS
Best Hitter: Mike Tauchman- OF Yankees
24 points = 7 R / 5 HR / 10 RBI / 2 SB / 0.417 BA
Worse Hitter: Travis d’Arnaud – C/1B Tampa Bay
1 points = 1 R / 0 HR / 0 RBI / 0 SB / 0.105 BA
Best Pitcher: Masahiro Tanaka- SP Yankees
9 points = 1 W / 8 Ks / 3.38 ERA / 1.13 WHIP
Worse Pitcher: Blake Treinen – RP Oakland
1 points = 0 W / 1 Ks / 27.00 ERA / 3.00 WHIP
Best Hitter: Didi Gregorius – SS Yankees
16 points = 6 R / 3 HR / 7 RBI / 0 SB / 0.250 BA
Worse Hitter: Jeff McNeil – INF/OF Mets
1 points = 0 R / 0 HR / 1 RBI / 0 SB / 0.200 BA
Best Pitcher: Aroldis Chapman – RP Yankees
10 points = 4 SVs / 6 Ks / 0.00 ERA / 0.50 WHIP
Worse Pitcher: Blake Treinen – RP Oakland
2 points = 0 W / 2 Ks / 2.45 ERA / 1.09 WHIP
Stay tuned for next’s week recap of the
Ondskan Imperium fucking savages 2019 Fantasy Baseball season.