Started a retrospective analyzing the Top-12 RCL finishers to see if I could learn anything from those ‘lucky’ managers. Here’s a sliver:
Did you know that if you had your 13 hitter slots each playing a full 162 games, the ‘full-time’ number of games played is: 2106
Players get injured. Coaches bench guys. Do you always get that last minute replacement in for the day? Hmmm…what’s your best estimate of the number of games played for hitters for the middle twelve managers (of the 768 RCL managers)?
too slow…1932 (148 GP per each of 13 slots)
Managers #50-62: 2003
Recognize a pattern?
So, top-12 an inch from perfection—right?
Would it interest you to know that 4 of those top-12, actually EXCEEDED our max? Oh yeah, there are those days that players have off during the season. The very elite managers stream in hitters on those days as well.
The manager with the most games played had 2158 hitter games played. He finished #2 overall in the RCL standings. Tip of the cap to Retro Vertigo! (And, yes, #1 Josh Hamilton’s Fake Stache had 2084.)
What can I learn? Let’s see, my total was 1973. No wonder I finished mid-pack in hitting cats (). The guy that led my league had 185 more hitter games!--than I managed into the batters’ box.
Hmmm, a look back. I was determined to prove the worth of streaming pitchers. I was driven to fill every pitching slot, every day. I led all of RCL with 1680 IP. Guess that didn’t leave enough room for hitting.
Wait, what did that Retro-Guy have left over for pitching? 1592 IP. That warranted a #9 overall rank in IP. This, in addition to ranking #2 in hitting. That’s out of 768 teams! How did he freakin’ do that?
Let’s just call him the #1, overall, For-The-Love-Of-The-Game, Master Manipulator (go ahead, fill in your own moniker). The guy doesn’t sleep.
For my part, the stats clearly tell me that overall standing is directly related to time ‘on-the-field’ (getting production from every available slot every day). My pre-planning for 2014 has me scheming how to improve dramatically. Of course, planning only takes one so far. The real work is in staying awake for 6 months!
(check out your GP by accessing your team’s ‘Active Stats’ via your ESPN team page. scroll to the bottom to find totals.)