I’m not a religious person. I just don’t have time for all of that nonsense. If you think it makes you a better person, good for you, but keep it out of my personal space. Although I would like to point out that if you need religion to make you a good person, then you most likely are not a good person. But enough about fairy tales. Let’s talk about something even less exciting. Death. Actually let’s not because I don’t want to bum any of you out. This is supposed to be a fantasy baseball blog and so far I’ve all I’ve done is shit on religion and mention dying. Let’s see if I can tie it all together somehow. In April, fantasy baseball owners could have easily left Edwin Encarnacion for dead. He barely had a pulse. He had four home runs, nine RBIs and a .200 batting average. Scooter Gennett topped that in a single game! In May, Encarnacion began to show some signs of life. He finished the month with six homers, thirteen RBIs and a .263 average. While that’s much better than April, it sounds like a weekend for Aaron Judge. At least with respect to the home runs and RBIs. However, so far in June Edwin has seven knocks, 18 ribbies and is batting .344. One might say he has been re-Encarnacion-ated! In week 11 the artist formerly known as E5, but now more commonly referred to as E3, lead all batters with 45 points. He did so by hitting four homers and driving in ten. He topped his entire April in a single week.
Encarnacion actually tied his teammate, Jose Ramirez, with 45 points for the week. I gave the spotlight to E3 because it made for a better title and opening paragraph. Ramirez finished the week with 16 hits, which included three long balls, seven RBIs, and a stolen base.
The winner of the week 11 Hey Batter contest didn’t pick Encarnacion, but he did pick Ramirez. He also picked Miguel Sano and DJ LeMahieu, ending the week with 79 points. He might even be a she. The winner was Mickey. Nice job. Let’s all sing Mickey a song.
Here are the top 5 from Week 11:
Mickey (79): Jose Ramirez (45), Miguel Sano (8) and DJ LeMahieu (26)
DonSlaughtOnslaught (73): George Springer (24), Aaron Judge (21) and Jonathan Schoop (28)
You Know Nothing, J.T. Snow (70): Trea Turner (23), Brian Dozier (26) and Xander Bogaerts (21)
Manley Ramirez (67): DJ LeMahieu (26), Avisail Garcia (18) and Mark Trumbo (23)
BK BROILER (66): Carlos Santana (16), Brian Dozier (26) and George Springer (24)
|Thor da Man||612|
|You Know Nothing, J.T. Snow||604|
|The Great Knoche||541|
The full standings are included in the spreadsheet attached at the bottom of this post.
Weekly Winners YTD
Chris Montgomery (70)
Cannot spell wrong without Ron (81)
Peter guigli (77)
BK BROILER (71)
In week 12 we have 35 contestants. Those 35 have drafted 53 different batters. The most drafted batter is Matt Adams (aka the guy that’s rumored to be pushing Freddie Freeman to third base). Adams was picked by seven people. After Adams, Encarnacion and David Peralta were selected by six. So far Adams has 22 points, Encarnacion has 19 and Peralta has 17.
Peter guigli, week seven’s winner, is currently in the lead with 51 points. His players are Matt Adams, David Peralta and Gregory Polanco. There are several contestants well within striking distance, but in second place is our most recent winner, Mickey, who has 48 points with Rougned Odor, Andrew McCutchen and Matt Adams.
For those trying to figure out what this whole contest is all about, please re-read this post containing the rules. For those too lazy to do so, here are the basic rules. Each week you pick three batters (no pitchers). A week (scoring period) runs from Monday through Sunday. You must have your picks submitted by 1:00 PM EDT on Monday mornings. You submit your picks by leaving a comment in the comments section of that’s week’s contest post. Comment timestamps will be used to break any ties. Once you pick a player, you cannot pick that player again in any subsequent week. A card laid is a card played. This means that once you announce your picks in the comments section, you cannot change them. It doesn’t matter the reason.
The last thing to mention are the unmentionables. Actually they are called Unpickables. You cannot pick an unpickable. Well you can, but you will get zero points.
The Unpickables – DON’T PICK THESE PLAYERS!!!
Each week is a new contest, but your weekly points will count towards your total points in the season long standings. The season will run fifteen weeks. At the end of the season there will be a five week playoff competition. In order to qualify for the playoffs you need to either win a weekly contest or finish in the top three overall season standings. That’s it. If you win more than one week and/or finish in the top three, you still only get one entry into the playoffs. However the person that finishes the regular season with the most points (first place), will be allowed to pick players from the Unpickables list during the playoffs (one per week). The winner of the playoffs will receive a brand new Razzball tee shirt. And that’s me plagiarizing me from last week again. Thank you cut and paste.
The scoring system that will be used for this contest is as follows:
1B(+1), 2B(+2), 3B(+3), HR(+4), RBI(+1), R(+1), SO(-1), BB(+1), SB(+1), CS(-1)
In case you don’t remember who you’ve already picked, you can refer to the attached spreadsheet which shows you everyone’s picks.
The contest closes on Monday at 1pm EST!!!
Important Note: Please use the same name you’ve used in previous weeks with all future submissions. Otherwise your points will not be combined and you will lose ground in the overall standings. If you are unsure of how you previously entered it, find your name in the standings tab of the spreadsheet and cut and paste it. You have been warned :)
Newcomers welcome. Just because you missed any of the previous weeks does not mean you can’t join this week. Remember all you have to do is win one week (any week) and you’re in the playoffs!
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