Fantasy Baseball Season Stretch Run Report

The 2012 Fantasy Baseball season’s entering the final weeks of the regular season and two of my three teams are still alive for postseason berths!

It’s been an up and down season for me, but I’ve learned a lot more about what it takes to build and manage a winning team. Overall I’m happy and with this being my second year of playing fantasy baseball I can’t complain.

All three of my teams play in mixed head-to-head leagues with a weekly scoring format. I love playing this style and I’ve come to understand its your pitching staff that’s the key to winning. Don’t get me wrong because you still need an everyday lineup that will produce, but it’s how you manage your pitching staff that can be a difference maker.

Here’s a quick look at how my teams are doing as we enter these final weeks of the regular season.

This team started off slow at 2-4, but has went 16-1 since and I believe it’s got all of the ingredients to win a championship. My pitching staff has led the way, but I’ve got a loaded lineup as well.

My pitching staff: Gio Gonzalez, R.A. Dickey, Chris Sale, Yu Darvish, David Price, Kris Medlen, James Shields, Jordan Zimmermann, Tim Hudson, Kyle Kendrick, Marco Estrada and Brett Anderson

 Lineup: Albert Pujols, Ian Desmond, Joe Mauer, Bryce Harper, Adam Jones, Curtis Granderson, Andrew McCutchen, Edwin Encarnacion and Logan Forsythe. Just recently signed Forsythe to play second base after Jose Altuve got injured and sat out a few games.

 This team started the season a little sluggish by losing the first two games and was 3-5 at one point, but things have come around. We’re in a three-way tie for first place in the division, but hold the advantage of any tiebreakers at the moment.

I like the postseason chances of this team and think it’s got a shot at winning it all.

Key Players:

  • Mike Trout
  • Josh Hamilton
  • Adam Jones
  • Curtis Granderson
  • Derek Jeter
  • Alex Rodriguez

 

No postseason shot at this point, but I’ve still been managing this team to win each week. I’ve also used the past couple of weeks to play some good young propects and have found some useful players for the future.

This team started the season 1-3, but then found it’s stride and was actually the highest scoring team in the league at the midway point. I’d crept up in the standings and first place was in sight, but then I was hit with some injuries that really hurt the momentum.

We knocked off the first place team in the division last week and have a couple of other playoff contenders left on the schedule. The goal now is win these last couple games and finish above .500 on the season. 

Key Players:

  • Ian Desmond
  • Bryce Harper
  • Alex Rodriguez
  • Josh Willingham


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