Another week. Another beat down. This season feels like the way Bill Murray must have felt when he woke up every day on February 2nd.
It only took three weeks, but BD4 finally won a category in a matchup! After 10-0 and 9-0-1 losses, we found ourselves on the wrong end of a lopsided win yet again, 9-1.
The pitching matchup was closer than hitting was. Our only category win came in the saves department, 1-0. After that, we lost a handful of categories by single digits, before dropping four of them by double digitals. Wins was the closest we got 3-2, followed by home runs (4), stolen bases (5), runs and strikeouts (7). After that, the numbers got ugly, RBIs were 13, WHIP was 0.26, ERA was 0.76, and the batting average was 0.078.
The final score didn’t do the matchup any justice. On opening day, it looked like it would be bath blood, 8-2. Then we tied 5-5 for two straight days before we took our first lead in a matchup for the first time in five weeks. The high tide came in on Friday and washed away our chances as we fell behind 6-2 and spent the weekend down 9-1.
For the first time in forever, we mastered all our daily roster moves and didn’t leave a single player out of the lineup.
Our buffer to secure the last place only grew in spades in week six. After dropping to the final spot in week five, we opened up a five-game lead on The Dick Pounds for the honour of the biggest loser. Another loss dropped us 30 games out of first place, and 21 games out of the final playoff spot.
Even though BD4 had a decent week putting up numbers in their matchup, their seasonal totals took another dive. For the vast majority of the seven-week season, we were ranked within the top five of many offensive and pitching categories. Then three straight blowout losses dropped our numbers to the bottom of the league. Our best category statistic is now saves, where we currently sit in sixth. After that, we remain in seventh place in wins and eighth place in strikeouts and RBIs. We are the ninth-best team in the remaining six categories, runs, home runs, stolen bases, batting average, ERA, and WHIP.
There has been a lot of speculation about the amount of money it will take to keep DJ LeMahieu in Pinstripes next season. In week six, he carried our offence with 11 points for the player of the week honours. His teammate Masahiro Tanaka grabbed his first win of the season with 13 points, thanks to securing 12 strikeouts and a victory.
On the flip side, Mike Tauchman snagged his first worse hitter award, while the star of the future Jordan Montgomery struggled in his one start of the week.
Addition/Subtraction – August 31, 2020, 3:11 am – Signed Yadier Molina (STL) / Released Aaron Hicks (NYY)
Our season has sucked because Gary Sanchez has been pretty useless at the plate. In an attempt to gain some respectability, we grabbed Molina, who had a ton of makeup games to play down the stretch.
Addition/Subtraction – August 31, 2020, 3:12 am – Signed Dylan Cease (CHW) / Released Jake Arrieta (PHI).
Arrieta was brutal in his one-inning performance for BD4 and needed to be cut as soon as possible. In his place stepped Cease, who had an impressive win-loss record at the time of signing.
Addition/Subtraction – September 3, 2020, 10:21 pm – Signed Deivi Garcia (NYY) / Released Mike Tauchman (NYY).
As pointed out in previous weeks, Tauchman was not playing at the same level in 2020 as 2019. Garcia, meanwhile, stepped into the rotation and was a bright spark the Bombers needed to take the pressure off Gerrit Cole and Tanaka.
Weekly Move Total: 3/4
Season Move Total: 17/40
Stay tuned for next’s week recap of the BD4 2020 Fantasy Baseball season.