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The State Of The State
The State Of The State Is Good
Finally back from what seemed like an endless vacation — hard to work with bad wifi on trains or from the bed of a hotel room in 20 minute stints before you have to be somewhere.
Don’t get me wrong, it was a great trip — but it’s late August, and I’m used to creating things around this time. Very happy to be back. I plan to do a lot of NFL material in the next 10 days or so.
But first a note on the MLB experiment:
I wish I had posted this yesterday because the Garofalo team was cashing (second place), and the Dusty Wagner team was at 116 points and top-44 in the overall before a bad Monday night of games.
Still, the former is in good shape, as the first place team in our league is out of FAAB, and so is the fourth. Only the second place team (a couple points ahead of us) can make any moves in September. We have a good shot to cash.
The Main Event (Wagner) team is still in first and 52nd overall. It’s good to be exchanging DMs with Dusty about how much to worry about the league and how much to push for a cash in the overall.
But we have not remotely locked up the league title yet — the second place team (Danny Bronski) is at 110, and there are several tight categories. We could easily lose it, especially after losing Josh Jung and Wander Franco recently — why did I not account for molestation risk?!?* — but it’s still a good place to be on August 29.
*Sorry, but Franco jokes are likely to go the way of Aaron Hernandez and Deshaun Watson ones here, i.e., they will get old one day, just not in any of our lifetimes.
Even the Alex Puma team (6th) is in the top-900 and was in 4th yesterday. It’s a longer shot to cash, but not impossible.
The only one that’s probably drawing dead is the Jack Kitchen team, but I’d like to see if it can get to fourth. Wasn’t Kitchen’s fault — I got him Yordan Alvarez/Fernando Tatis in 1/2, Verlander/Varsho in 3/4, to go along with horrendous pitching. He just drew the short straw among the squads after draft day. Still it’s in the top-half, like the other ones.
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One annoying thing is to watch Luis Severino dominate the last two starts after destroying the Main Event team for so much of the year. He and Lance Lynn were my top two starting pitchers on that squad.