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0 Subject: RIBC 2008: Regular season discussion

Posted by: Guru
- [330592710] Thu, Mar 20, 2008, 21:47

The league has been activated at Yahoo. All undrafted players are on waivers, with a release date of March 23.

If you want any players to start in the games next week, make sure you put them in the proper lineup slots.

If you have rationales to submit, please post them in the draft thread
1Flying Polack
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      Tue, Mar 25, 2008, 09:10
I appreciate the Red Sox trying to protect a one-run lead with Kyle Snyder. Kudos.
      ID: 330592710
      Wed, Mar 26, 2008, 11:20
Standings page is now posted, and will be updated daily. You can also run split standings (by date) from the link on this page. Click the icon below, or the similar icon on the blurb page.

One caution - please do not change your team name at Yahoo during the season. The split standings program relies on matching the team name for both the begin and end date, and if you change your team name, this feature will fail (unless I hard code an adjustment in to the program).
3blue hen
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      Wed, Mar 26, 2008, 12:32
Good job Guru! Manny again today means you'll probably be in first place tomorrow as well.
      ID: 330592710
      Wed, Mar 26, 2008, 17:15
...especially since my 16.2 ERA apparently ranks ahead of 11 people with no ERA at all.
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      Mon, Mar 31, 2008, 09:55
Rauch picks up where he left off last year, as the leading winner on the Nationals' staff.
6Flying Polack
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      Mon, Mar 31, 2008, 18:10
Boneheaded move of the season #1 - Benching Josh Willingham versus Johan Santana.
7blue hen
      ID: 710321114
      Mon, Apr 07, 2008, 00:55
Can you keep the chatter down please? I can barely hear myself think!
      ID: 22192520
      Mon, Apr 14, 2008, 15:25
Jeeeesh. This will be a looooooong season, if the "slow starts" don't turn it around pretty soon.

Examples of "over the hill": Ortiz, Oswalt, and Kent. Then come the newly injured: Kazmir, Rolen, Pedro, Duchscerer and Carlos Guillen. Final insults provided by 2007 injured who have not rebounded in 2008: Overbay & Blaylock (most likely to have been joined by Rolen and Pedro had they not suffered new (differnt) injuries in 2008).

My targeted draft was better than I thought at selecting players to have a career season in 2008; however, it appears to be career down seasons. With better draft luck, I could have picked pre draft targets Tulowitzki and Sabathia as well.

Howard, Atkins and Burrell turned it around in 2007 after putrid starts...lightening will have to strike twice for me to become competitive this season. I am not feeling confident at this point.

      ID: 01584348
      Mon, Apr 14, 2008, 15:55
Finally climbed out of 16th place. My first four hitting draft choices (Soriano, Teixeira, Tulowitzki and Posada) have underperformed to date, but I am sure they will come around. We are only 2 weeks into the season. Luckily I have avoided major injuries, but I have dug a nice hole.
      ID: 22192520
      Tue, Apr 15, 2008, 11:57 post was just bitching...not trying to give the named players away.

Please save us both the time and embarassment of inappropriate offers.
11Flying Polack
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      Wed, Apr 16, 2008, 10:03
Anyone looking to trade pitching? I've got plenty of OFer's I'd be willing to move: Dunn, Hart, Gomes, Patterson, Milledge, Willingham, Fukudome. I'd be willing to move anyone of them, obviously the price would vary.
12Uptown Bombers
      ID: 035616416
      Mon, Apr 28, 2008, 17:56
Seriously, how locked in Carlos Quentin right now? It's sick. Hopefully Reyes can get it going by the time Quentin cools off.
      ID: 31010716
      Mon, Apr 28, 2008, 18:53
Yeah, don't even remind me about Quentin! Looked at him multiple times during the draft, but thought he was going to sit in favor of Owens. I kept following him after too but for some reason never pulled the trigger. D'Oh!
      ID: 31010716
      Mon, Apr 28, 2008, 18:56
I also figured that in a 2 run game Cabrera must be pitching well, until I see a line featuring 7 walks and only 2 K's :(
15Uptown Bombers
      ID: 035616416
      Mon, Apr 28, 2008, 19:21
Well, maybe he is reading his own hype now on rotoguru in between innings. He just got caught trying to steal home.

(I know, likely a missed squeeze, but I like the idea of Quentin just taking off and thinking "Uptown could use the SB for RIBC.")
      ID: 01584348
      Thu, May 01, 2008, 11:54
It is May. One month in the books and it looks like I'll have to claw my way out of the bottom four after a unexpectedly slow start. My draft objective and pre season projections showed me tracking in the top in both SLG and OBP, but instead both are way low and close to the bottom of the standings. The one category I expected to do poorly in was steals, and I am ranking high in that category, go figure. On the pitching side I feel like my team is ok, the starters just need to notch a few more W's. Bottom line is it is early. Just have to hope my top hitting picks Sori, Tulo, and Teix can get and stay healthy and return to expected form.
      ID: 31010716
      Sun, May 11, 2008, 00:35
Cardinals have petitioned the league to have 4 of Lohse's runs changed to unearned citing an error should have been called. That would be nice :)
18Building 7
      ID: 471052128
      Wed, May 21, 2008, 09:35
Some days you're clicking on all cylinders, and some days you cannot buy an RBI. Or some days Bobby Cox will find a new way to screw you out of a save.

Up until yesterday, there were no teams in the top five that were in this league last year. Congrats to the new league members.
19Dave R
      ID: 3010361110
      Sun, May 25, 2008, 08:06
How was Kershaw available to add as a free agent, when he wasn't even in Yahoo yesterday, PM when I checked?

Why wasn't he subject to waivers?
      ID: 330592710
      Sun, May 25, 2008, 08:10
Bash Brothers drafted Kershaw, and kept the placeholder until now. I made the substitution this morning.
      ID: 341542412
      Sun, May 25, 2008, 22:53
I've had 7 players hit the DL this season in AAA (posada, a-rod, wigginton, hawpe, pedro, keppinger, werth). In addition I've also dealt with some dnp situations (Sheffield for example). kinda doubt I'll get to vote on DL slots next year so I'll just state my opinion here.

There aren't enough slots on a team to be able to get through a situation like this. I know a slot or two were added instead of a DL slot, but as few bench slots as there are it's hard to believe. I've had to run on 4 starters/3 relievers most of the season just so I can cover my positions. I'm way behind in IP's and also games played in certain positions. Not only that, but I've had to cut several players that I absolutely didn't want to (quentin, kouzmanoff, werth for starters) because I was so pinched in some areas. Additionally, there's a long list of FA's I wanted to add but I can't because the DL players have my hands tied. It's bad enough to lose the production of the injured player, but then the damage kind of snow-balls. Even just one DL slot would have made a big difference for my team. I don't think you can expect a team to cut a player who is put on the 15 day DL just so they can cover that position.
22Building 7
      ID: 174591519
      Mon, May 26, 2008, 11:23
We had a vote on that, and it barely lost. Maybe next year it will pass, since this league has a > 50% turnover.
23blue hen
      ID: 710321114
      Mon, May 26, 2008, 13:58
If the rosters are so small, why not just add another roster spot?
24Flying Polack
      ID: 378582811
      Mon, May 26, 2008, 23:24
Injuries are a double penalty. You lose the production of the guy hurt, and you also can't replace the AB's/Innings (if he's good enough that you can't waive him).
25blue hen
      ID: 710321114
      Tue, May 27, 2008, 00:22
Right, but what if you have a guy that just sucks it up? You can't drop him and you can't even really bench him. Vernon Wells, 2007 - I had to start him and start him. Vernon Wells, 2008 - in one league I was able to pick up Ryan Ludwick to fill Wells' spot. I'd say the injury was better than the sucking.
26blue hen
      ID: 30311814
      Wed, May 28, 2008, 19:07
The current season top 10, from Yahoo:
1. Lance Berkman
2. Josh Hamilton
3. Chase Utley
4. Chipper Jones
5. Nate McLouth
6. Dan Uggla
7. Cliff Lee
8. Ian Kinsler
9. Carlos Quentin
10. Miguel Tejada

Also in the team picture:
Volquez (13), Ludwick (15), Marcum (17), E. Santana (19)

The only one I drafted on any of my 7 teams was Tejada. I may not be the world's greatest fantasy manager, but I am deeply convinced that ANYONE can win this game. It just takes a little luck.
      ID: 341542412
      Thu, May 29, 2008, 21:52
Let's see how that list looks at the end of the season. I'd expect most of those guys to drop off significantly.
28Building 7
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      Thu, Jun 05, 2008, 08:42
6/2 Perez 162 ERA, 21 WHIP
6/4 Acosta 108 ERA, 12 WHIP

At least I'm improving.
29Uptown Bombers
      ID: 035616416
      Mon, Jun 09, 2008, 21:36
Has anyone ever had 143 points in an RIBC league, let alone the main league before? It really seems amazing to me. Kudos to Coldwater Coyotes so far. Man, just about a week ago, I felt I was closing the gap, but now he's right back up in another stratosphere again.
30Building 7
      ID: 471052128
      Tue, Jun 10, 2008, 09:23
I had 139 in AAA RIBC a couple years ago.
31Uptown Bombers
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      Tue, Jun 10, 2008, 18:27

Did you get the email I sent you via Yahoo?
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      Tue, Jun 24, 2008, 22:03
I like the 1 K in 1 IP, but could do without the 90 era and 12 whip that Arroyo got me today! Considered benching him, but figured he'd then have a great game.
33blue hen
      ID: 30311814
      Wed, Jun 25, 2008, 15:20
Try that over a whole season. Look down in the standings -- no, I mean WAYYYY down, and you'll see what I mean. I am perfectly set up for the ultimate RIBC comeback.
      ID: 029463114
      Thu, Jun 26, 2008, 01:12
bh...just been there..well, I was really 15 points farther in the hole. Come backs are great...but I've lost all my fingernails trying to " clawl" (simultaneous crawl and claw) from the netherlands.

Best of luck. Not much help available on the wire...and not much trade bait on our rosters that won't further shoot ourselves in the foot.

I'm hoping for a bumper crop of call-ups and torn quads for all players over 28 :0p
      ID: 029463114
      Mon, Jul 21, 2008, 18:53
Will trade pitching (W, ERA and WHIP) for quality R, OBP and SLG

36Dave R
      ID: 3010361110
      Tue, Jul 22, 2008, 21:04
I guess if " closer by committee " is good enough for Washington, it should be good enough for Blue Hen ;)
37blue hen
      ID: 30311814
      Wed, Jul 23, 2008, 10:27
I found out about the Rauch trade pretty early. And I went into various leagues figuring out who to pick up. I got Luis Ayala in G20 (Hanrahan was gone). It was a tougher decision in some leagues where I already had closers, and one league in particular where I'm 100 inning short.

But in RIBC, my entire team sucks, and it's reasonable that about half of my team could be waiver fodder, so I decided I'd get the Washington closer no matter what it took. I almost got Cordero too.
      ID: 30741123
      Mon, Aug 04, 2008, 10:47
still offering SP..for OBP, R, RBI
      ID: 46632920
      Wed, Aug 06, 2008, 23:15
Dave R

Enough already! Every player I go to take you already have picked up. I can't even finish watching the game first before I go to pick up Perez? Gimme a break!
41blue hen
      ID: 86502521
      Wed, Aug 06, 2008, 23:43
He does that in every league. And, apparently, in TSN, where he is 1000 points ahead of third place. Wow.
      ID: 15711623
      Thu, Aug 07, 2008, 00:50
Gee...wish someone had an interest in SP
43coldwater coyotes
      ID: 229272412
      Fri, Sep 19, 2008, 09:37
I would appreciate any suggestions as to how I can withstand the
awesome attack by Uptown Bombers.
44blue hen
      ID: 30311814
      Fri, Sep 19, 2008, 11:43
I recommend you petition Guru to change the rules so the 2nd and 16th place teams are declared co-winners. I fully support you in that.
45Uptown Bombers
      ID: 035616416
      Fri, Sep 19, 2008, 16:48
I've been trying to make a run at you all season Coldwater. Check post #29. At this point, I'll consider it a win if I can just keep it this close.
      ID: 46632920
      Fri, Sep 19, 2008, 18:58
Just keep doing what you were doing before CC. I was in a similar position last year, watching a huge lead narrow down to a few points, but was able to hold on. Should be a tight race to the finish. Good luck to everyone still in contention for a top tier finish. I may have to battle BH for that 14th spot at this point as I'm much closer to that than anything else.
47Uptown Bombers
      ID: 035616416
      Sat, Sep 20, 2008, 12:07
Alright, fess up coldwater. That voodoo doll of Brett Myers you made sure did the trick. :)
      ID: 29862517
      Sat, Sep 27, 2008, 16:55
I'll be seeing you guys again next season! And before I forget, I suggest a rule that makes it so that inactive managers must go back to AA if they wanna stick around. just as an example, the guy who is in 3rd in my AAA league has been inactive since Aug 24 (he was in 2nd earlier this week). There are also 3 others that went inactive as far back as June and July. That's certainly their right, but I don't think any of them deserve to be called back to AAA next year.
      ID: 64532914
      Sun, Sep 28, 2008, 18:18
I'd certainly vote for that since I am standing at 5th in AAA PCL right now...
      ID: 47112621
      Sun, Sep 28, 2008, 21:25
Congrats to Coldwater Coyotes and the top teams to earn return invites. Thanks on a very challenging league and season to all. See the rest of you in AAA in '09.
51Uptown Bombers
      ID: 035616416
      Mon, Sep 29, 2008, 15:55
Congrats Coldwater Coyotes. Great job all year. If you would have told me I'd have 128.5 points at the end of the year, I would have taken it in a heartbeat. The fact that I still lost by 7.5 points is a testament to how dominating your team was all season.
      ID: 31010716
      Mon, Sep 29, 2008, 16:18
Congrats CC, great job!
53blue hen
      ID: 30311814
      Thu, Oct 02, 2008, 10:50
Congrats Coldwater. Impressive.
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