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Monday

My boys are currently hitting .268 with 6 runs scored, 6 RBIs, and a SB by Rodriguez. Fielder blasted 2 over the fence so that helps my homers.

It's a bit of a pain restricting my pitching starts. Today I started Gallardo, making it 4 starts in this opening 2-week period (restricted to an average of 9). He struck out 5 and got the W, but he also allowed 4 ERs. Floyd, who I left on the bench, also got a W while allowing just 2 ERs - but he only struck out 2.

Tomorrow Garza starts, however A) he's not one of my top-tier fellows, and B) he's against Boston. So I refuse.

For the period of 6/26 thru 7/9 I'm starting 9 pitchers. And now I'm at 4 (Buccholz, Lester, Latos, Gallardo). Between now and the close of this first 2-week period: Gallardo and Lester both start on the 4th. Santana's start against KC on the 3rd is also tempting. Don't see any other solids in the visible schedule, so that leaves 2 for the 7th and 8th. I'll pick em, and if nothing looks promis…

Saturday

Saturday featured quite a jump. My batters hit .317 with 11 runs scored, 3 HRs (Fielder, Kubel, Jones), and 9 RBIs. In addition, Simon got a save and he, Gregg, and Buccholz (who was injured early) didn't allow a single ER in a combined 3 innings of work.

Too bad about Buccholz, that was a waste of a start. Today I'll start Lester and Latos as two of my top pitchers, but that's 3 of just 9 that I can start in the next 2 weeks. We'll see...

Standings: 8.5, 9.5, 4, 1.5, 2, 12, 12, 5, 10, 7 (5th, 71.5 pts)

Friday Pt I

I lost Axford, some heel picked him up. So I'm left with Hoffmann, who I can only hope will take over the closer's role.

Yesterday I was alerted to another rotisserie rule that I wasn't aware of - there is a capped amount of starts for pitchers. Now it's not horrible news; however I do need to pay attention now. I've started 117 times, and unfortunately the season isn't even half over. There are 162-163 games in the regular season, and we're only about 72 games in. So I need to calculate how many pitchers I'm allowed to start per week or per 2 weeks, and hold to that.

The Cubs' final regular season game is on 10/3. That's 18.5 weeks away. After Buccholz pitches today, I'll have 83 starts remaining. That's 9 starts every 2 weeks. Yikes. Continuing this math, a given pitcher starts about every 5-6 days. Meh. I'll take it on a week-by-week basis. Right now Gallardo, Buccholz, Lester, and possibly Latos would take priority, although Floyd …

Thursday

With Hunter still having half a game to go, my batters have hit .308 tonight. Jones and Fielder homered, and the boys totaled 3 runs scored and 5 RBIs. I'm waiting for Drew to come back so he can replace the pathetic Kearns in my OF lineup. Torres is hurt, fouled a pitch off his hand, but he batted once tonight so he should be back in.

The pitchers were unbelievable. Gallardo pitched a full-game shut-out, striking out 12 in an unbelievable performance. Garza bounced back from his horrendous start last week to get the W, striking out 5 and allowing 3 ERs in a full 8 innings of work. And newcomer Floyd, making his Almonds debut, struck out 9 and shut out the opponent through 7 innings (though the bullpen robbed him of the W). The three combined for a 1.13 ERA, 0.58 WHIP, and a whopping 26 strikeouts. Woot!

Standings: 9, 9, 4, 1, 2, 12, 12, 4.5, 10, 7 (5th, 70.5 pts)

Wednesday

The batters hit .271, with 6 runs scored and 5 RBIs. Jones and Rodriguez both homered, which helped give me a slight separation from the pack in that category. I have 106 HRs on the season, which is 4th in the league; however there are 5 teams that have between 102 and 105 homers. So my boys can't relax! Same thing with runs: I'm 4th with 481; however there are 4 teams between 472 and 478 on the year. RBIs are a different story, I'm bringing up the rear although there is plenty of time to make a run. SBs I remain dead last, and AVG I'm staying just ahead of Phil.

My leads in Ks (697, 64 ahead of 2nd) and Ws (56, 7 ahead) remain solid. There's still an opportunity to climb a couple more spots in saves, but probably no more than that. I'm 5th in ERA, right with the pack, and 8th in WHIP.

Gregg and Simon both pitched an inning, but neither was in a save situation. There is a red alert. Last night I axed Axford for Hoffmann. But tonight, the Brewers won 5-3 and Axfor…

Tuesday

The batters went 10/43 (.233), but got only 4 runs scored and 2 RBIs with no danged HRs. Blekh. And where in heck's name are my steals??

Pitching was an interesting night. Lester owned the Rockies, striking out 6 and allowing a single earned run through 6 innings; however an equally dominating performance by the opposing pitcher caused him to take the loss. Latos was tremendous, striking out 8 and allowing no earned runs while picking up the W. Santana, one of my more average pitchers, fanned 6 with 3 ERs in 7 innings of work, also getting a W. And Talbot bounced back from a horrendous last start, getting 3 Ks and allwoing 2 ERs in 7 innings. But like Lester he was the hard-luck loser with the same score of 2-1. With Axford getting his first save in weeks, my pitchers combined to rack up 25 K's with a 1.86 ERA and 1.03 WHIP.

Of note is that I'm dropping Axford for Trevor Hoffmann who is supposedly going to be the closer now. But then Axford goes and gets a save. Way to keep …

Day 1

Starting a fresh week. The batters hit .220, my average is still struggling. No homers, 4 runs, and 5 RBIs.

Buccholz, again one of my top 3 pitchers, pitched 6.2 innings of shutout ball. He struck out 4 and earned the W. Axford apparently pitched in the 9th for Milwaukee, but they were up 4 it seemed so no save. He did strike out 2 and had no earned runs, so a nice 0.00 ERA for the day.

Standings: 9, 9, 6, 1.5, 2, 12, 12, 4.5, 5, 3 (6th, 64 pt)

Lester, Latos, Santana, and Talbot all pitch tomorrow. Blekh. Santana and Talbot both had lousy outings in their last starts, so let's hope they bounce back. Lester, Latos, Buccholz, and Gallardo are my top 4 pitchers, also evidenced by the fact that they're owned in 100% of ESPN fantasy leagues. We'll see how newcomer Gavin Floyd does in a couple days.

Saturday

A mixed day that saw me gain a net point but still drop out of my tie into sole 6th place. The batters hit .222, still below my season average, but at least there was some offense. Hunter continued his tear with a 2-run blast. Mauer, Glaus, and new acquisition Adam Jones also homered. Total of 6 runs scored and 11 RBIs in addition to the 4 HRs.
Gallardo had a fine day, striking out 9 and allowing just 1 earned run in 6 innings of work against the Rockies. But as soon as he went out, the Milwaukee bullpen got lit up so no W for one of my best pitchers.
More significantly, I got 2 saves. Yes, 2. Gregg again fanned the opposition in the 9th. And Simon, finally the designated closer again, survived for his first save since that stint on the DL. This is what I've been waiting for. Production from another closer. Axford is supposedly the closer for the Brewers; however they haven't had a save situation - at least a save - since he got on on the 6th of this month. Yikes...
One fin…

Friday

Wth? Garza got absolutely annihilated, allowing 7 hits and 7 earned runs in - get this - 1.1 innings of work. Wow! He hasn't exactly been smoking the competition, but who could have seen a travesty like this coming?

Gregg got his 17th save of the season, pitching a perfect ninth. Simon got in some action as well, striking out 2 in .2 innings of work. Must've been a rough one for the Orioles bullpen. But hopefully that indicates that he's ready to be the closer again and the saves can once again be racked up. As for Axford, he hasn't seen much action in the last few games, apparently because there haven't been save situations for the Brewers.

My hitters didn't have a great day, but it wasn't a bad one. .273 hitting with a pair of homers, 2 RBIs, and a respectable 8 runs scored. Hunter tore em up, blasting one over the fence, scoring 3 runs, and getting a stolen base. MVP for the night.

I'm getting rid of Venable who's been my least productive outfielde…

Thursday

The batting average doubled tonight, but was still lousy at .212. Only 1 R and 3 RBI, 2 by Glaus. Blekh...no action whatsoever from the pitchers. None starting, and the relievers didn't even have games.

Another depressing drop to a *tie* for 6th in the standings. But no heads will roll just yet.
9, 7.5, 6, 1, 2, 12, 12, 4, 6, 4

Wednesday

Absolutely horrendous night batting. My boys went a combined 4/40 with 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored. UGH! Talbot got beat up for 13 hits and 8 runs in just 5.2 innings of work. That's 12.71 ERA and 2.29 WHIP. Blekh! Lester fared much better, allowed just 4 hits and 2 earned runs while striking out 7 and earning the W in 7 innings of work. 2.57 ERA and 1.00 WHIP for him. Simon got some action but looks like it was just a relief situation. Burnett I didn't bother to start, and I'm glad. 6 hits and 6 earned runs in just 3.1 IP. Wow.

So a horrible, horrible day for the hitters. And if I had started Burnett, it could have been even worse for the team as a whole. But my batters are struggling in the last 3 days.

Standings: 9, 9, 6, 2, 2, 12, 12, 4, 6, 4 (6th, 66.5 pt)

Sunday 6/13

First things first. Gallardo, one of my top pitchers, went 6 innings against Texas. He struck out 10 but took the loss allowing 6 hits and 4 earned runs (6.0 ERA). 1.67 WHIP not too shabby.

But the sluggers! The sluggers!! My boys got off to a red-hot start and finished in fine fashion. .356 average, 5 homers, 10 runs scored, and 8 RBIs. Woot! Fielder, who was 0/5 yesterday, blasted two over the fence. And so did Troy Glaus, my current 3rd baseman. And Torii Hunter continued his torrid play with a homer of his own. The result is that I gained 2 points on the day. Won't have a change in the standings but it's progress! Shonuffs and Slap Chop have faded, behind the Bullfrogs now. My season AVG actually shot up to .2616, with is actually within striking distance of 10th place. Ha! I'm still doing horrible for steals (none today), but what can a man do?

End day: 9, 9, 6, 2, 2; 12, 12, 4, 9, 5

Tomorrow none of my pitchers are up; however 6 of them will have their starts in the fo…

Saturday

With Tori Hunter in the 7th but everyone else done, I'm sitting at a .302 average for today. Zimmerman and Drew each homered, and my boys totaled 7 runs and 7 RBIs. No stolen bases, but meh. The performance finally put my season batting average over .260, now at .2602

Garza struck out 7 and pulled out a W in his start against Florida. He did allow 9 hits and 4 earned runs in 5.2 innings of work, a lousy 6.35 ERA, but I guess I'll take it.

The 7 RBIs on the night actually put me past Slap Chop (384-382) for 6th in the league. But Garza caused my WHIP to go up slightly and lose a spot in the rankings, so I'm still sitting in 5th with a net change of 0 points.

The Almonds

So the baseball season is only about 2/5ths done. I've enjoyed playing in my first rotisserie league, Fresh Out of Juice.

As of today, my boys are in 5th out of 12 teams. I had a horrendous start to the season, not being familiar with the rules and approaches. But bit by bit I climbed out of that bottom tier. And now I've ascended to 5th, with the Shonuffs and the Slap Chop close behind.

General Pitching:
This is my strength. Specifically, I have 601 strikeouts on the year, with the closest team behind 44 back. My pitchers have racked up 49 wins, 7 more than any other team. This is partly to me starting more pitchers (99) over the course of the season than any of the teams. But anyway, K's and W's give me a combined 24 points in the league.
Starting so many pitchers also has its drawbacks as there is logically more chance for meltdowns and lousy ERA/WHIP numbers. But while my ERA (3.463) and WHIP (1.285) aren't fantastic, they aren't necessarily bad, particua…