Today, ladies and gentlemen, is officially the last day of school. And by school I mean me writing fantasy baseball posts in 2016. Over the next few months I’m sure Grey will take a gander at the numbers to determine if yours truly will be back in 2017. Hopefully my eight remaining followers have enough pull to see me through to the other side and get me invited back to Razzball Spring Training. But if not, it’s been a good run. This post is my 94th baseball-related post. I have big incentives in my contract if I make it one hundred, so I hope that doesn’t influence Grey’s decision in a negative way. There are a lot of hungry points league writers out there that just might be willing do what I do for even less. Will they be as cool as I am? Doubtful. As funny? Certainly not. And lastly, will they have the maturity level of a third grader? I certainly hope so. Here’s to hoping Grey just flips a two-headed coin.
Before I jump the gun and start saying any official goodbyes, I think we should take a look back at 2016 and what happened in points leagues…
Let’s establish some batting benchmarks.
- No batter scored more points than 589 points. That batter was Mookie Betts.
- Starling Marte scored 311 points. That ranks him 100 amongst hitters.
- The average number of points scored in the top 100 was 400.13 points.
- Wil Myers scored 398. Carlos Gonzalez scored 401. Buster Posey and Mark Trumbo scored 403.
- Mike Trout scored 546 points.
- Twelve batters scored more than 500 points. None of them have more than 150 strikeouts.
- In the top ten hitters there was three 1B, two 2B, two 3B, two OF and David Ortiz.
Who wore it better?
If I wanted…
If I wanted a player that struck out 216 times, scored 317 points and needed to be taken in the 3rd/4th round I would have drafted Chris Davis. I also would have been better off just not playing.
Here are some pitching benchmarks.
- Max Scherzer led all pitchers with 718 points.
- Second place had 661 points. This was Madison Bumgarner.
- The average number of points for the top twenty starting pitchers was 566.1 points.
- The average number of points for the top fifty starting pitchers was 468.4 points.
- Kenta Maeda scored 454 points. Carlos Martinez scored 470. John Lackey scored 477.
- Clayton Kershaw scored 531.
- Jon Lester, not Jake Arrieta, led the Cubs pitchers in points with 604. Even Kyle Hendricks scored more with 539.
- There were six starting pitchers that scored more than 3 points per inning pitched. Kershaw (3.73), Scherzer (3.21), Rich Hill (3.2), Stephen Strasburg (3.07), Jose Fernandez (3.05) and Jon Lester (3.05).
- Clayton Kershaw averaged 26.55 points per start. That was the best in the league. Next was Scherzer (21.75).
- The average points per start of the top twenty-five was 18.19 points.
- Kenley Jansen led closers with 547 points which was 11th amongst all pitchers between David Price and Kyle Hendricks.
When healthy, Clayton Kershaw was the no doubt best pitcher in points leagues. In fact, he was the best player in points league. Just as I predicted back in March when I told everyone with the first pick to take him. In his absence, however, Scherzer was the number one.
I bet you didn’t realize…
I bet you didn’t realize that Justin Verlander was the third best starting pitcher if we are ranking them my points scored.
Who scored more?
Unless you answer was “tie” for each question, then you were wrong. Colon and Odorizzi scored 414 points. Strasburg and Maeda had 454. Eickhoff and Stroman put up 398. And lastly, Carrasco and Gray scored 383 points. Yes, they were all trick questions.
As I mentioned last week, I told everyone in the preseason that David Ortiz is the most underrated player in points leagues. In the same breath I urged you all to draft him. Well, I hit the proverbial tail right on the 260 pound donkey. As far as I am concerned Big Papi is my 2016 Point Leagues MVP. With 38 home runs, 127 RBIs, 79 runs scored and .317 batting average he has compiled that best farewell season in the history of the game. Did I mention he also stole two bases. That’s two more than Manny Machado. Here’s what I said about Ortiz this season. Exhibit A. And here’s what I said preseason which I also regurgitated last week. “Entering his age 40 season, David Ortiz has shown no signs of decline. As a matter of fact his numbers have steadily gotten better. He finished last season with 37 home runs and 108 runs batted in. His ADP of 93 made Ortiz an early 10th round steal in 10-team leagues and a late 8th round bargain in 12-teams. His PPPA of 0.7540 was 7th best in the league. Over the last three seasons, he has averaged 0.7867 which is the third best of any player over that three year span. Only Miguel Cabrera (0.7974) and Edwin Encarnacion (0.7953) were better. I wonder what Sloppy Papi has in store in his farewell season. 2016 buy.” I really don’t want to ask, but do you what both Ortiz and Jose Fernandez have in common? Both will score zero fantasy points in 2017, and both will be severely missed.
Here comes Dylan Bundy!
It turns out Justin Upton was the textbook “buy low” player. He has hit 22 home runs in his last 67 games. He hit 9 in his first 85. I still hate him. Can’t wait to not draft him in 2017.
I’d like to you leave with a couple parting thoughts. Think of this section as fantasy baseball talk meets Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy.
- If Billy Butler lost a lot of weight, would he become Bill Butler?
- How many Uptons does it take to equal a decent fantasy player?
- What if fantasy baseball was actually real baseball.
- Why is it a fair ball if it hits the foul pole?
- Charlie Blackmon is a white guy.
- Hold it right there, Buster. Posey.
- Does Wil Myers know there are two els in Will?
- Carlos Santana hits home runs with a guitar.
- Angel People Against Goodness and Normality body slams misbehaving spectators.
- If Hunter Pence played in the UK would his name be Hunter Penny?
- Robbie Grossman picks his nose and eats it. So does Billy Butler.
- Travis Jankowski is not Jeff Spicoli. Or is he?
- Kirk Nieuwenhuis misspells his last name regularly.
- Is Darwin Barney a smart purple dinosaur or a baseball player?
- Billy Butler has a mean older brother named Bully Butler.
- Fantasy ping pong anyone?
- What happened to the ground rule triple? Billy Hamilton is asking.
- Fantasy baseball players lives matter.
Here are few last legit sentiments…
- Farewell David Ortiz.
- Ryan Braun has 30 home runs, 90 RBIs, 16 stolen bases and a .304 batting average. So much for PEDs…
- Rest in peace Jose Fernandez.
- Fu<k you Justin Upton!
- Hillary Clinton belongs in jail. Can I trade Hillary for Jofer?
In related news, there was rumor of a Dazed and Confused remake with Tim Lincecum playing the role of Slater. The project was almost green lit, but then Lincecum woke up and realized he had passed out in Josh Gordon’s basement.