10.31.2014

It Takes a Team

What a great World Series!  Loaded with mega-stars and top 25 fantasy baseball players it was – NOT.  What were the teams loaded with?  Good players who formed great teams – a bunch of top 100 fantasy players supplemented by solid players.

For those who like classic baseball, it was a classic series.  Good pitching, speed and defense were the keys.  Joe Panik was not voted the MVP but he made the MVP (most valuable play).  Without Joe’s incredible start of the double play when Bumgarner was struggling early, there would have been no award for Mr. Madison.  Indeed, without that play, your humble writer suggests that Kansas City wins the Series.

What else was in evident?  Good managing.  OK, like many others I will express concern about Ned Yost and his love of bunting.  I personally follow the Earl Weaver method of managing:  Never, ever give up an out.  But to be fair, it worked for Mr. Yost until the final game of the playoffs.  His decision to take the bat out of Alcedis Escobar’s hands and give it to Nori Aoki proved a poor one.

But wait, was it really a bad decision?  The result would have been totally different had Bruce Bochy and staff not positioned Juan Perez down the line in left – which is exactly where Aoki hit his line drive.  Game 7 of the World Series:  Bochy starts Juan Perez?  Yep, he wanted him in there for defense.  When you position a good defender perfectly, you get optimum results.

Now that I’ve talked about the good defense, let’s consider the second to last play (which was NOT an example of good fielding).  Should the 3B Coach have sent Alex Gordon knowing the chances of him being thrown out were high?  Normally I would say – go for it.  But not here.  Despite the armchair questioning, he would have been a dead duck (no offense to Duck Dynasty of course).  Gordon should have been held at third and he was.

So what’s the deal with this article?  Good teams on which players like each other, know each other’s tendencies and watch each other’s backs become champions.  Teams loaded with stars CAN win but teams loaded with good players who play together well DO win.

This article will also appear on www.rotoprofessor.com.

10.30.2014

NFL Picks

WEEK 9
Game
Rich
Kevin
NO @ CAR
CAR
CAR
TB @ CLE
CLE

ARZ @ DAL
DAL

PHI @ HOU
PHI

NYJ @ KC
KC

JAX @ CIN
CIN

SD @ MIA
SD

WAS @ MIN
MIN

STL @ SF
SF

DEN @ NE
NE

OAK @ SEA
SEA

BAL @ PIT
PIT

IND @ NYG
IND




Standings
Rich
Kevin
Current Week


YTD Record
85-35
78-42

10.26.2014

NFL Picks

WEEK 8
Game
Rich
Kevin
SD @ DEN
DEN
DEN
DET @ ATL
DET
DET
STL @ KC
KC
KC
HOU @ TEN
HOU
HOU
MIN @ TB
TB
MIN
SEA @ CAR
SEA
SEA
BAL @ CIN
CIN
BAL
MIA @ JAX
MIA
MIA
CHI @ NE
NE
NE
BUF @ NYJ
BUF
BUF
PHI @ ARZ
ARZ
ARZ
OAK @ CLE
CLE
CLE
IND @ PIT
IND
IND
GB @ NO
GB
GB
WAS @ DAL
DAL
DAL



Standings
Rich
Kevin
Week 8 Results
11-4
11-4
YTD Record
85-35
78-42


10.17.2014

NFL Picks

WEEK 7
Game
Rich
Kevin
NYJ @ NE
NE
NE
ATL @ BAL
BAL
BAL
TEN @ WAS
WAS
WAS
SEA @ STL
SEA
SEA
CLE @ JAX
CLE
CLE
CIN @ IND
IND
IND
MIN @ BUF
BUF
BUF
MIA @ CHI
CHI
CHI
NO @ DET
DET
DET
CAR @ GB
GB
GB
KC @ SD
SD
SD
ARZ @ OAK
ARZ
ARZ
NYG @ DAL
DAL
DAL
SF @ DEN
DEN
DEN
HOU @ PIT
PIT
HOU



Standings
Rich
Kevin
Current Week
12-3
11-4
YTD Record
74-31
67-38

10.11.2014

NFL Picks

WEEK 6
Game
Rich
Kevin
IND @ HOU
IND
HOU
DEN @ NYJ
DEN
DEN
PIT @ CLE
PIT
CLE
JAX @ TEN
TEN
JAX
CHI @ ATL
ATL
ATL
GB @ MIA
GB
GB
DET @ MIN
DET
DET
CAR @ CIN
CIN
CIN
NE @ BUF
NE
NE
BAL @ TB
BAL
BAL
SD @ OAK
SD
SD
DAL @ SEA
SEA
SEA
WAS @ ARZ
ARZ
ARZ
NYG @ PHI
PHI
PHI
SF @ STL
SF
SF



Standings
Rich
Kevin
Current Week
11-3
9-5
YTD Record
62-28
56-34


10.08.2014

Abe Lincoln

Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing.