The day was August 22, 2007. The Texas Rangers were visiting the Baltimore Orioles, and the final score resembled a matchup between the Dallas Cowboys and the Baltimore Ravens.
Week after week, we feel like the Baltimore Orioles of One Less Curse. I’m talking about the Orioles of my generation, long after Cal Ripken, Jr retired. Even the Tampa Bay Rays and Miami Marlins have had more success than us, the basement dwellers of the league.
Another week, another shut out loss. It’s like Groundhog Day every week in fantasy baseball.
We may have gotten beaten worse the week before, but these matchup numbers were not any better, even with a tie in stolen bases. This week, we lost two categories by two – home runs (10-8) and wins (4-2). The only other relatively close category was saves, which we lost by five.
Those were the best numbers we could muster up during the matchup. After that, it was all double-digit losses in runs (15), RBIs (12), batting average (0.030), strikeouts (11), ERA (3.26), and WHIP (0.15).
The closet BD4 got to be being competitive in this matchup was on Friday, when the score was narrowed down to 5-2. Tuesday was the worse day because Bad News Bears managed to put up a 10 spot on us. By the time it was all said and done, BD4 didn’t manage to win a single category for the second week in a row.
Our roster continues to be plagued with injures and terrible statistics up and down the lineup. The only reason DJ LeMahieu and Gio Urshela were on the bench and not in the lineup was that they got activated from the IL on the morning of their games, and we didn’t adjust accordingly. Their little offensive numbers would have done nothing to help us secure a category.
Home sweet home. BD4 finally accomplished everything the experts predicted; we have found our way to the last place in our division. We are 25 games out of first place, two games out of ninth place, and only 19 games out of a playoff spot.
One of the bright spots on the season used to be our overall team statistics. As each week passes, we notice a slight decline across the board and another drop in the standings. After five weeks, we no longer have a single category statistic in the top five. Our best numbers are batting average, wins, and saves, which all rank in sixth place.
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Andrew McCutchen became the first non-Yankees player to be our best hitter. His 11 points were also the lowest total for the award so far this season. Max Scherzer meanwhile continued his on-again-off-again relationship with the best pitcher award.
David Peralta, who is no stranger to our team, managed to pick up his first worse player award with a 0.083 batting average and one home run. He was joined by Jake Arrieta, who was picked up for one favourable matchup and didn’t even finish the first inning, compiling a fantastic 47.25 ERA.
Addition/Subtraction – August 22, 2020, 10:17 pm – Signed Andrew McCutchen (PHI) / Released Brett Gardner (NYY)
Brett Gardner may be the last standing player from the 2009 World Series Champions; however, his time has ended. We decided to sign Andrew McCutchen because he’s always been a solid hitter, someone you can rely upon to put up points during a matchup, and he’s been pretty good so far in his first season in Philly.
Addition/Subtraction – August 22, 2020, 10:25 pm – Signed David Peralta (ARI) / Released Clint Frazier (NYY).
Clint Fraizer was solid out of the gate and went into a bit of a funk. As we struggled to win anything, we couldn’t wait for Red Thunder to find his groove again. Meanwhile, Peralta has had a decent season since returning from an injury that cost him most of 2019. Sadly he rewarded us with the worse week possible.
Addition/Subtraction – August 29, 2020, 11:53 pm – Signed Taylor Clarke (ARI) / Released Chad Green (NYY).
In an attempt to salvage a time in the wins category, we cut two of our relievers for starters in hopes of getting some w’s. It didn’t work out in either case, pretty much like any time Green gets a call out of the bullpen.
Addition/Subtraction – August 22, 2020, 11:56 pm – Signed Jake Arrieta (PHI) / Released Adam Ottavino (NYY).
Signing Arrieta had to be the worse decision we made all season as the starter didn’t even make it through the first inning of the only game we hired him for. Meanwhile, Ottavino was easy money for hitters, causing the Yankees many runs and a handful of leads.
Weekly Move Total: 4/4
Season Move Total: 14/40
Stay tuned for next’s week recap of the BD4 2020 Fantasy Baseball season.