Of course we now can get whatever stat we want whenever we want, which in my opinion is a good and a bad thing. It's great to find the boxscore from Gehrig's 2,130th consecutive game in seconds on the internet but at the same time it feels like we have too much data available at the moment. 15 years ago it seemed common for all of us to know who was leading the league in most categories while also having a pretty good idea of where each team sat in the standings. Today, for some reason it seems harder to just sit down and absorb current baseball stats than it used to be. As soon as you look at your phone to see how many games back your team is for the second wild card, a text from your friend pops up, then a work email comes through from your boss, which needs to be answered yesterday, all while a podcast is playing in the background. We're in a place where we know a little bit about everything but we don't know everything about one topic at all. We read the headlines, get distracted, and move on. Same goes for baseball stats. We might know who is having a pretty good season from twitter stats or checking our fantasy stats but I would guess that none of us right now could name the leader in more than 3 offensive categories or really know how many games ahead or back your favorite team is in the division.
I realize that this is already testing your patience by typing not one, not two, but three paragrahs before we get to the data but all I'm asking from you is to pour a cup of coffee, ignore your co-workers for a few minutes, and read the Shocker Fantasy Leaders and Standings in peace like we used to. I'm sorry I haven't had a league rundown to offer up but I thought I'd offer up a triple-A replacement for now by updating everyone on what players, owners, and teams are thriving and stumbling so far this year. Hopefully I'll carve out some time for an old school recap soon and hopefully you all will have some free time to read this and some future Shocker Fantasy Baseball words throughout the year. I'll display the stat leaders in the categories that determine wins and losses in our league and then update everyone with our roto standings. Keep in mind that the stats are current from Wednesday night and the roto standings are from the end of last week and I'll do my best to offer up a little commentary as we scroll down the list of stats and standings.
Let's now step back and see how our fantasy teams are faring against each other if this was a roto league.
Below is the points earned for our rotisserie standings. Remember, more points is better, don't confuse them with rankings.
One of the byproducts of these roto stats are trades when owners realize their strengths and weaknesses so maybe this will spark a little trade talk between the GM's to see where categorical victories could be gained. Finally, lets look at the official roto standings and compare that to where we sit in the W-L standings.
Whether he's winning by the thinnest of margins, getting lucky, or playing crappy teams, I'm not sure. Peppel would obviously do himself some favors by reinforcing his shaky pitching staff and Jerome, Meyer, Runge, and K. Petty need to take some hail mary shots or hope half of their roster wakes the hell up and does it soon.
I hope you all enjoyed an old school look at the players and stats that have molded our league so far. Don't be surprised if you suddenly have the urge to put a two quarters in a newpaper machine at the gas station today to remember what it was like to get the basic stats from the players and teams in the league. Then again, I don't think they have newpaper machines anywhere anymore and the last time I used a quarter was for playing heads/tails at the Monte Carlo sportsbook for 45 minutes. One old school habit that we will never break is gathering around to make one dollar bets with a bud light tall boy in each hand. Give yourself a hand and crack open a cold one for making it through another Shocker stat-heavy recap.