Intoxicated by the heady drug of victory…

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Intoxicated by the heady drug of victory...

…I find myself unready to make the last two trades that I should in the Sable Base­ball league that I’m play­ing in.

I made a big trade at the all star break with the team in first, Pick­ing up 5 play­ers: Tori Hunter, Armando Galar­raga, Adam Lind, Kevin Mill­wood and Orlando Cabr­era for Jose Reyes who had an incred­i­ble card last year but will be a “fringe player” (unus­able in our league) next year. (Dynasty Base­ball gen­er­ates cards based on the pre­vi­ous years per­for­mance). I also added from wavers vet­eran Omar Vizquel as extra defense and hit and run abil­ity off the bench.

Since then I’ve gone 96 includ­ing series wins against three dif­fer­ent play­off teams. Iron­i­cally I’ve gone 85 since Los­ing my start­ing first base­man and right fielder to injury (yes your play­ers can get injured and sus­pended in this game). Hunter is hit­ting over 300 and has 5 homers in 15 games. Galar­raga is 30 with one ND and in his first relief appear­ance for me came into a bases loaded no outs sit­u­a­tion and struck out Pat Bur­rell and Lance Berk­man before coax­ing a ground out from Nick Markakis to end the inning. The team was so inspired they man­aged to score 7 (includ­ing a Solo Shot to start the inning and a two run triple from David Wright who won the pre­vi­ous game with a walkoff homer in the 12th) in the 6th to win 116. The team has not lost any game that Galar­raga has appeared in.

Our trad­ing dead­line in in two weeks. Galar­raga will not have a valu­able card next year and Mil­ton Bradley (.436 OBP last year, best on my team) is unlikely to be kept with Jason Bay in Left. Both have very high trade value. I have three teams I will need to pass in order to make the play­offs. Although next year I will not be man­ag­ing this team (I’m league trea­surer and took over when a player moved to Min­nesota) the great­est value I can get for these play­ers is right now…

…but look­ing at my remain­ing sched­ule It’s very pos­si­ble that I can go 105 and per­haps even 123. I’ll be play­ing three of the teams I need to pass and I fin­ish against the best team in the league that will have clinched their play­off spot long before then and rest­ing starters to avoid injury or sus­pen­sion. This team is click­ing I KNOW I have a chance…

…but It is still much more likely I’ll go 87 or 78 but I just can’t bring myself to give up.

My next series is the last one before the trad­ing dead­line. If I man­age win 2 of 3 I just HAVE to go for it.

Are you a fan­tasy base­ball player? What do you think?

Oh and if you live in Cen­tral Mass­a­chu­setts and are inter­ested in tak­ing over an up and com­ing team next year, let me know in com­ments and I’ll have our league com­mis­sioner con­tact you about our spot in our 22 year old table­top league.

…I find myself unready to make the last two trades that I should in the Sable Baseball league that I’m playing in.

I made a big trade at the all star break with the team in first, Picking up 5 players: Tori Hunter, Armando Galarraga, Adam Lind, Kevin Millwood and Orlando Cabrera for Jose Reyes who had an incredible card last year but will be a “fringe player” (unusable in our league) next year. (Dynasty Baseball generates cards based on the previous years performance). I also added from wavers veteran Omar Vizquel as extra defense and hit and run ability off the bench.

Since then I’ve gone 9-6 including series wins against three different playoff teams. Ironically I’ve gone 8-5 since Losing my starting first baseman and right fielder to injury (yes your players can get injured and suspended in this game). Hunter is hitting over 300 and has 5 homers in 15 games. Galarraga is 3-0 with one ND and in his first relief appearance for me came into a bases loaded no outs situation and struck out Pat Burrell and Lance Berkman before coaxing a ground out from Nick Markakis to end the inning. The team was so inspired they managed to score 7 (including a Solo Shot to start the inning and a two run triple from David Wright who won the previous game with a walkoff homer in the 12th) in the 6th to win 11-6. The team has not lost any game that Galarraga has appeared in.

Our trading deadline in in two weeks. Galarraga will not have a valuable card next year and Milton Bradley (.436 OBP last year, best on my team) is unlikely to be kept with Jason Bay in Left. Both have very high trade value. I have three teams I will need to pass in order to make the playoffs. Although next year I will not be managing this team (I’m league treasurer and took over when a player moved to Minnesota) the greatest value I can get for these players is right now…

…but looking at my remaining schedule It’s very possible that I can go 10-5 and perhaps even 12-3. I’ll be playing three of the teams I need to pass and I finish against the best team in the league that will have clinched their playoff spot long before then and resting starters to avoid injury or suspension. This team is clicking I KNOW I have a chance…

…but It is still much more likely I’ll go 8-7 or 7-8 but I just can’t bring myself to give up.

My next series is the last one before the trading deadline. If I manage win 2 of 3 I just HAVE to go for it.

Are you a fantasy baseball player? What do you think?

Oh and if you live in Central Massachusetts and are interested in taking over an up and coming team next year, let me know in comments and I’ll have our league commissioner contact you about our spot in our 22 year old tabletop league.