photo credit to Joe Y Jiang
GAMING THE GAME
THE WEEK AHEAD
This is the Ho Park’s baseball league, we just live in it. The Roads continue to climb while ‘Fizzle continues to descend with the bottom near. Page 2
A competitive owner will do what it takes to win, even if that means compensating for bad pitching with the tricks of the DLB: the Blitz and the Gambit. Page 3
Are there important matchups this early in the season? If you’re playing some of the hurting teams and can get a big 10-0 week, I say yes. Pages 4
Rank (last week)
ARod is not the story, Willingham & Ordonez power the Park
A great week by any standard, but 9-1 against Clevelanders.
Starting pitchers struggle, but Burrell & Furcal force 5-5 tie.
Hitters sweep the offensive cats, but no wins/saves is ominous
Papi stays warm, pitchers are red hot, 6w, 62ks, 2.48 & 1.07
Who is McLouth, other than the guy holding Clips together?
Crawford & Smoltz (sb & ks) stave off a total rout.
RBI & Average machine, but vulnerable in every other cat.
Ellsbury & FLopez have good week, force 4-4 tie vs Squerlz
Cliff Lee and company out duel L-dogs to force 4-4 tie
Hot infielders (less Huff) help team bat .330, win offense 4-0-1
D Wright ice cold, JJ only wins single category, 3 ties vs. bully
How do you hit 9 home runs in a week, but lose 8 categories?
Chewed up by Red Legs offense, team struggles with injuries.
Holes in their bats? 6 wins & 62ks is a solid sign of life.
 blocked at work. Should have a home PC in few weeks Yahoo
Head to head fantasy baseball pitching categories are vulnerable to the micromanager.
In a long baseball season, defraying pitching category losses this
I have never been against the practice of gaming pitching stats in
playoffs. While I took steps to limit the viability of the W-K Blitz, I have never
head to head fantasy baseball. If
thought it was cheating or poor sportsmanship.
you’re not familiar with what I mean, I’m referring to two risky strategies.
analyzed, sorted and graded each team according to their pitching
tend to be junk, trying to capture the 2
strengths. I did not count saves, as saves are not vulnerable to these strategies.
owner starts only 1 ace pitcher all week and hopes for a superior game
I split the league into 4 categories, A, B, C, and D, with A being the best
with enough innings to get over the 7
pitching teams, and D being those teams that might consider using these
inning minimum so that he locks up ERA and WHIP for the week.
Photo credits (in order):Paul Keleher, Chirag D. Shah, Photographia [flickr]
tactics every week.
Chan’s Ho Park
I finally had a reason to modify the above pictures, because I found out that Ted, the CHP owner, is a Mets fan, not a Yankees fan. Shea Stadium has replaced Yankee stadium above. Sadly, the Clevelanders have not been replaced as the most likely ticket purchaser.
Having said all that, I have
The Wins-Ks Blitz: the owner picks up 3 starting pitchers, who will categories. The ERA-WHIP Gambit: the
Chan’s Ho Park is winning
way can ultimately propel you into the
Chan’s Ho Park
the abbey roads
You may not have heard about it, but now is the time to try this texting website. Twitter is a free service that lives somewhere between the lines of instant messaging, cell phone texting, and blogging. Put simply, it is a website where you leave brief messages for your friends to read. I recommend everyone in this league go to twitter.com and sign up for a free account, especially if youʼre into texting. Important points about twitter: 1. Twitter works with your cell phone, just text to twitter and your message is updated. 2. When your friends put up a message on twitter, you receive them on your cell phone. 3. Effectively you can text with all your friends at the same time. Here is a real world example. Last night I was texting the Predator, the GANGSTARS, and the Lakedogs at the same time, having related but separate conversations about the Celtics game. What I wanted was to text with all 3 of them at the same time. With all 4 of us on twitter that is exactly what would have happened. I would have sent my texts to twitter and they would have been sent out to my twitter friends, and vice versa. Twitter has been out for a year and has a large following in the technology industry, and I suspect that it will hit the mainstream within a few years. I urge you to adopt early and be a frontiersman in the wild, twitter west.
So easy, even caveman Garry Stone is on Twitter!
Current DLB twitter users The Commish, Rob Palmer, username: washavexian OEV Predator, Garry Stone, username: garrystone
The week in notable match ups: Bullyclub-GANGSTARS: Traditionally these two teams a new computer in a few weeks, but for now anyone playin are competitive from the beginning of the season on, but if the Clevelanders gets a chance to make hay. OEV Predator-Red Legs: An interesting matchup of
one of these teams suffers a big defeat their season may be over before May. Chan’s Ho Park-JJ: Being a new father must be catching up with JJ, and he could not be facing a worse opponent than the defending champs.
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offense versus defense, as the Red Legs have great bats with no pitching, and the Predators dominate most pitching categories. Using some of the tactics mentioned on page 3 might benefit the Red Legs.
RedBank Sox-Angry Clevelanders: I’ve emailed with the Clevelanders and having Yahoo
CavSox-Rogue Traders: the Traders are another team with an owner getting little computer time due to work.
blocked at work has been a major issue. He will be buying
The Cav will be happy to kick’em while they’re down.
WHAT’S HOT IN THE DLB
SMOLTZ ON DL
You want to play the Angry One now before he gets a computer at home and can start making roster moves again.
Is there any precedent for firing a coach mid-playoffs and inserting Larry Brown as the head coach of an NBA team?
How hard is Dube patting himself on the back? Could he suffer a major back injury from so much self praise?
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