The league’s best player/weatherman leads the outfield, and there are young stars at shortstop, but it turns out that there’s no healthier position in baseball right now than at third base. In both leagues, in every format, you will likely be satisfied with your starter, and the stars at the position burn bright and hot. The downside to that depth, however, is that you may be compelled to throw back players who you may otherwise feel are worthy of a keeper slot. If you have two quality third basemen, you may be forced to make a tougher call than usual.
As always, these ratings are based upon a standard, ten team continuing league, and players who can play multiple positions are being evaluated as a third baseman alone.
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The Outcomes rank keystoners for Scoresheet leagues, and recap the offseason mock draft on the podcast.
It may not seem this way to a traditional fantasy owner, but for Scoresheet owners concerned with defense and playing time, second base offers an abundance of riches right now. Just about every team in every type of league should come into the season feeling confident in their up-the-middle strength. The sturdiness of the position and lack of extreme star talent will also make it difficult to improve your station here, or to use the positional depth to execute trades.
The Outcomes rank the first basemen for Scoresheet formats and discuss on the podcast.
If you’ve missed this reminder during the past few years, “first base week” means something different to Scoresheet players than to our fantasy brethren. In Scoresheet, qualifying for the position is something of the equivalent of a participation trophy. Are you an infielder of good or ill repute? Great news! You can stand around at first and be essentially average. Are you an outfielder? You can probably step in as well. Are you a first baseman? Great! Join in, your defensive contributions are noted and devalued accordingly. Are you David Ortiz? Oh, okay. Well, first, thanks for reading—we’re pretty surprised, too. Second, we’re sorry that you’re the only player in the game who is essentially incapable of playing the position. We hope you enjoy spending the season shaking hands with team presidents and enjoying gifts of souvenir cowboy boots and surfboards and whatever other nonsense as a consolation prize.
The Outcomes return to run down the catcher crop for Scoresheet leagues.
We are delighted to return for a third season of Scoresheet Baseball-specific coverage on Baseball Prospectus, just in time for BP’s catcher week. If you haven’t played Scoresheet before, it’s a baseball simulation engine (similar to Strat-o-Matic, or Diamond Mind for the computer savvy), using real in-season results to give you that rush of watching your fantasy baseball team succeed or fail during the season. If you’re interested in starting a team, we would be happy to talk to anyone who wants to figure out how to jump on board either through email or in the comments section below, and we’re sure other longtime players will jump in as well.
The Outcomes close out another season with some post-season tips.
The Outcomes end their second season by preparing you, the listener, for the playoffs, since their advice has most assuredly already led you to the precipice of the championship. They discuss some pointers for setting a playoff lineup, how to hook the bullpen, and very nearly come up with a coherent explanation of playoff statistics. Along the way, they take reader questions, discuss the parameters of a Saturday Night Live fantasy league, and in one instance, get married. Will, you, the listener, take the Outcomes to be your lawfully wedded wife? Let's find out on the final episode of season 2!
After a week away, the Outcomes return to answer a host of listener questions as the Scoresheet playoffs approach.
Fear not, loyal listeners, for we have returned. We took a week off to take care of some important things in life, like buying a house and going on a road trip. We’re back and this week is chock full of content around some listener questions. In fact, if you wanted to make a drinking game out of this episode, be forewarned that the word “questions” is uttered rather frequently.
This week, we cover Scoresheet defense in greater detail than ever before, touching on some more advanced defensive topics at the request of several listeners. We call on Baseball Prospectus co-founder and longtime Scoresheet player Gary Huckabay for some pointers. Gary tells us his background in Scoresheet, helps explain defense in more detail, and gives some advanced strategic suggestions, before convincing us that he invented every great Scoresheet innovation of the past few decades. Find out what Scoresheet owners are and more!
Also, do you play in a private league? We're looking to hear your weirdest house Scoresheet rules. Send them to us, along with any other questions that you may have, at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we'll share some of the best on our next podcast.
The Outcomes join AL BP NorCal and live-podcast the supplemental draft.
This week, team TTO was invited to join AL BP NorCal as part of next year’s expansion, and we celebrated the occasion by live podcasting their supplemental draft. The results are below, and you can tune in and listen as we go through the draft picks and offer thoughts. We also review the best things we saw this week, and nobody picked a no hitter or a trade. Listen in to find out what our highlights were.
The Outcomes talk about All-Star week and suggest targets in the next supplemental draft.
We’re back at it for the next supplemental, helping you pick out potential draft targets who are available in at least 50% of leagues. Join us for some banter about All-Star week, including the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game—and, of course, the best things we saw this week.
The outcomes celebrate the midpoint of the season, talking about the All-Star Game, Jose Fernandez, and more.
We celebrate the midpoint of the season by engaging in some light All-Star Game banter, some other miscellaneous banter, and then getting down to business by going through two reader teams in detail. As always, we go through the best things we saw this week and close it out by breaking some news about Jose Fernandez’s return. Tune in to find out what we uncovered!