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Wed 8/18

With Johnson and Helton still finishing up their games, my boys have hit .390 tonight. 7 runs scored, 7 RBIs, stolen bases by Bartlett and Crisp, and 3 homers. Crisp, Mauer, and Torres each belted one over the fence.

Pitching was not so good. Floyd got knocked out of the park, putting in a lousy performance for the 2nd straight game. Garza has been on a semi-roll lately, so I think a switch might be appropriate.

Standings: 10, 8.5, 7, 5, 4; 10, 12, 7, 11, 8 (2nd, 82.5 pts)

Su 8/15

The batters hit .262 with 5 runs scored, 6 RBIs, a homer by Zimmerman, and a stolen base by Desmond. The only pitching action came from Gregg, who struck out 3 in a perfect 9th to earn his 2nd save in 3 days.

Zimmerman's HR pulled me into a tie for 3rd in that category. But, that increase was offset by Slap Chop catching me in a tie for 8th in stolen bases.

Standings: 10, 9.5, 7, 4.5, 3; 10, 12, 7, 11, 9 (2nd, 83 pts)

Sat 8/14

After a slight slippage - within 2nd place - I resolidified things today with fine all-around performances. The batters hit .296 with 4 runs scored, 9 RBIs, a stolen base by Desmond, and 4 homers (Zimmerman, Torres, Helton, and Jones).

On the pitching front, I got a save from newly acquired Dodgers closer Hong-Chih Kuo, who has at least temporarily replaced Jonathan Broxton. Broxton is pretty much in the same caliber as Rivera among closers, so that's pretty significant. A save in a 2-1 game is good and acceptable, so maybe Kuo will hold the job for a while. I'll milk 'em anyway. Lester racked up a W, striking out 5 and shutting out the Rangers in 8 innings of work. Latos struck out 9 in 6 innings with just 1 ER and a 0.83 WHIP.

Is it possible to make a title run? Too early to consider, but my boys need to keep doing what they're doing.

Standings: 10, 9, 7, 5, 3; 10, 12, 7, 11, 9 (2nd, 83 pts)

Wed 8/11

The boys hit .360 tonight with 4 runs scored and 6 RBIs. Desmond belted 2 over the fence, while Fielder got his first homer in 2-3 weeks. Also, Torres stole 2 bases and Zimmerman added a 3rd.

On the pitching front, Buccholz pitched 8 innings of shutout ball. He struck out 4 with a 0.88 WHIP to earh the W.

A few milestones in the standings. Naturally, I've never had this many points. I've held onto 2nd place for several days now. But, I also am stunningly in 8th place for stolen bases, one of my biggest weaknesses all season. Crisp has been huge, and Torres and Desmond are also solid steal threats. Also of note is that, for the first time, I'm in 9th for AVG, having gotten all the way up to .266. I remember when I was typically the bottom feeder in RBIs, steals, and average. The improvement in those categories has been key to my rise.

One category with a ceiling is saves. I'm currently tied for 6th with 42, riding Gregg, Simon, and Heilman. Simon's days could be number…


My original draft picks:
1. Fielder
2. Mauer
3. Zimmerman
4. Lester
5. A.Ramirez
6. Gallardo
7. Hunter
8. B.Webb
9. C.Pena
10. Bartlett
11. Cabrera
12. Garza
13. Burnett
14. Hudson
15. Oswalt
16. Buccholz
17. C.Ross
18. Latos
19. Johnson
20. C.Jackson
21. J.Drew
22. Suzuki
23. Crisp
24. Iwamura
25. Norris

Huh, interesting. My pick-ups that are now starters include Desmond, Helton, Kubel, Jones, Ibanez, and Torres along with closers Gregg, Simon, and Heilman. Draft picks Garza and Drew are riding the bench. Pick-ups Santana and Glaus are also picking splinters, while another pick-up (Gutierrez) is on the DL.

Of my current 22 starters, only 11 were draft picks. Wow. Of course I was a bonehead and didn't draft a single relief pitcher.

Sun 8/8

The batters hit .263, pretty much right on average. 6 runs scored, 4 RBIs, and a homer by recent pickup Ibanez. There were also 3 stolen bases, 2 by Desmond and 1 by Crisp. Crisp is a gems, I'm telling you. One of my weaker hitters, but he is the 2nd-leading base-stealer on the team (behind Torres) - and that's in an abbreviated season.

On the pitching front, Simon got a save. He allowed a 2-run shot, but hey good thing he was up 3 at the time. Gallardo allowed 8 hits and 4 ERs, but he did strike out 7 and easily earned the W. Latos was solid, striking out 6 and shutting out the D-backs through 6 innings to earn his own W.

Unbelievably, I increaseed my points, going up a half-point in HRs and a full point in SBs. I have a chance to take sole possession of 8th place in the latter category. And Simon's save pulled me within 42-41 of 6th (the 5th-place holder has 63 saves).

Standings: 10, 8, 7, 4.5, 3; 10, 12, 6, 11, 10 (2nd, 81.5 pts)

Sat 8/7

The craziness continues. With one game in extra innings, my batters have hit .372 with wild numbers of 13 runs scored, 13 RBIs, and 5 HRs - Zimmerman, Helton, Kubel, Jones, and Crisp all hit one over the fence. On the pitching front, Floyd struck out 5 with a 2.57 ERA and 1.14 WHIP to earn a W. And for the 2nd night in a row, I got a W from a RP. Heilman blew the chance for a save, allowing a pair of solo homers; however the D-backs then won the game on a lead-off homer, giving him the win.

I've hit the 80-pt mark in the standings for the first time all season. The past few days have seen me make major headway on the pack in both RBIs and AVG, 2 of my weakest stats all season. My average is now .264, after a long struggle to just get out of the .250's. It's still behind the pack, but there's hope!

Standings: 10, 7.5, 7, 3.5, 3; 10, 12, 6, 11, 10 (2nd, 80 pts)

Friday 8/6

Well now this is just getting ridiculous. Another solid batting night - combined with some unexpected productivity by the relievers - put me in an unbelievable 2nd place heading into Saturday.

The batters hit .255, 13-51. But what stats! 9 runs scored, homers by Kubel and Hunter, 9 RBIs, and 3 steals. Torres stole 2 bases and Desmond got another.

On the pitching front, Buccholz pitched 7.1 innings. He struck out just 4 with a 3.68 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP, but it was enough to get the W. Gregg and Heilman eached picked up a save. And Simon, used in a 1-1 game, pitched 2 scoreless innings to earn the W.

Woohoo, look at them there standings! The last few days have given me some separation from the pack in runs. Still 33 behind 2nd place so not a lot of hope to go higher. In homers I'm in 6th, but just 3 behind 3rd place. Don't know when I've been this high in RBIs (6th). In steals I finally moved into 9th, currently holding a 92-91 edge over Slap Chop. Still a chance to climb slight…

Th 8/5

What a night batting. In a wild performance, my batters went a stunning 21-38 (.553) with 10 runs scored, 14 RBIs, and 4 home runs - 2 by Zimmerman, 1 each for Bartlett and Hunter. I had been slipping in the HR category, so this was a good night to get me closer to the pack. Bartlett got things going with a grand slam.

Standings: 10, 7, 5, 3, 3; 10, 12, 6, 11, 9 (3rd)

Wed 8/4

I've made a couple of roster moves. Nothing huge, but something to help me in the batting category. Gutierrez is on the DL, so I picked up the next D-back that is supposedly in line for saves - Aaron Heilman. I briefly had KC's Jason Kendall to fill in for Mauer, but that didn't last long. Joe Mauer is one of my top producers in AVG and RBIs, and now he seems to be better so I sent Kendall packing. Picked up the Rockies' Todd Helton who will play at the 1B/3B slot for the foreseeable future. Zimmerman was moved to 3B, replacing Troy Glaus who has been horrendous and will now spend some quality time on the bench. Finally, I sent the half-productive Giambi packing in favor of Raul Ibanez. Ibanez is a fairly good pick-up; but where to play him?
Over the past 30 days, Crisp has the lowest batting average among my OFs; however there is no way I'm leaving his base-stealing ability on the bench. Torres and Hunter are staying in which leaves Drew, Kubel, and Jones. It…