I had the keys to the front page today, and didn't really want to dwell on a 7 game losing streak. Or the fact that the Sox have the worst fielding percentage in the American League. Or that our highest paid bats aren't hitting, our highest paid pitchers are surrendering grand salamis to National League pitchers or on the long road to hopeful recovery from shoulder surgery.
No, the one off commentators have that covered. Instead, I give you the cinderalla story of Rhubarb's Rhub. A team slated for demotion to the secondary SSS feeder league after a poor showing last season, that begged to stay in the big leagues, and have started off on fire desperately trying to prove they belong. After starting the season 0-0-2 somehow, the Rhub has run off 7 consecutive victories and currently has a lead vs. ozzie montana's club.
|1||IfIWinGioIsInnocent||Tie||7 - 7|
|2||Pedrophile Mustache||Tie||7 - 7|
|3||usualsuspect||Win||9 - 5|
|4||Indamouts||Win||11 - 3|
|5||Krasmer||Win||8 - 3|
|6||IfIWinGioIsInnocent||Win||10 - 4|
|7||Indamouts||Win||9 - 4|
|8||Put Me in Coach||Win||9 - 4|
|9||Boys on the Dock||Win||9 - 4|
|10||Autopicking To 1st|
An impressive start for the team with the 12th pick in the draft. So, what has been the recipe for success then?
His offense from the infield has been great. Goldschmidt has been the NL fantasy MVP so far for 2013. Troy Tulowitzki is as good as it gets at SS, and Josh Donaldson is having a season any glove on chair would be proud of. (Which is news to me, I really haven't been paying that much attention)
Pitchers he got late, James Shields and Lance Lynn, are putting up Ace type seasons and a top heavy bullpen with Craig Kimbrel and Sergio Romo keep his overall ratios in the top half of the league. Rex Brother s has an ERA of 0.36. Crazy impressive considering his home park, even in the small sample of 24.1 innings pitched.
I don't think going undefeated is a very real possibility, especially considering he isn't even starting an outfielder for some reason at the moment, but still, good job man.
Big Hurt Division
|4.||Autopicking To 1st||5-2-2||.667||2-2-2||2||1-0-0||6||7|
|9.||Put Me in Coach||4-5-0||.444||2-4-0||4||0-1-0||4||13|
|15.||The Ventura Bros.||2-7-0||.222||1-5-0||6||0-1-0||13||10|
|16.||Boys on the Dock||1-8-0||.111||0-5-0||7||0-1-0||5||1|
The Nellie Fox Division
|5.||Can't Hack Its||72-49-5||.591||23-19-0||1.5||11-3-0||15||22|
|10.||Kyle's HD Performers||56-61-9||.480||21-18-3||15.5||7-6-1||7||11|
The Luke Appling Division
|12.||Viciedo's Kick Line||58-64-4||.476||15-26-1||22||5-8-1||13||29|
The Luis Aparicio Division
The Minnie Minoso Division
|16.||wu's Thigh Lords||33-86-7||.290||10-28-4||35.5||1-13-0||3||2|
So what are some of the other stories going this season so far?
This year has been a strong defender or the wait on pitching when drafting strategy. Guys that went early like Matt Cain and Cole Hamels have been terrible. Other top 10 starter types like David Price and Jered Weaver have found themselves on the DL. Stephen Strasburg and Justin Verlander have underperformed, while guys like Clay Buchholz and Patrick Corbin have thrived.