Stacking up the pasture-patrollers for Scoresheet leagues.
Just because we released our final keeper rankings, that doesn’t mean we stop working for you. (For anyone who hasn’t seen them yet, be sure to check out the final spreadsheet.) We know that many of you are in private leagues with unusual keeper deadlines, or look to these rankings for trade discussions, plus, if we didn’t participate in outfield week, we’d just plain feel left out.
The disparity in talent between the American League and National League outfielders is perhaps the most substantial divide in the game right now, and compounded even more by the need to fill multiple positions. In the American League, it may be a good year to piece together a corner outfielder from scraps, while in the National League, it may be worth liquidating some draft picks to trade up.
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The Outcomes rank the six-spotters for Scoresheet formats and discuss on the podcast
With a spate of young stars at the top of each league, the shortstop position is better equipped for the future than at any point since the heyday of Jeter, Garciaparra, A-Rod, and Tejada. There likely has never been more striation between haves and have-nots either, as your team either has bought into a young star (or has one of the rookies who are not eligible for this list), or your team is found wanting, outside of a few durable veterans. In the American League, there is enough veteran depth to make your weaker shortstops somewhat fungible, and in the National League, much of the depth falls well below the keeper line.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com, 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!
The Outcomes review MLB teams' performances to date and draft their own teams.
Happy Fourth of July! We’re mixing it up a bit this week and going through the MLB teams, talking about the surging Orioles (team of destiny!) and why nobody wants to root for the Royals any more. We draft all 30 teams trying to get the most victories at the end of the season, and one of the Outcomes has a peculiar strategy in place. Tune in to see which one!
The Outcomes discuss players you ought to buy and sell in trades based on your Scoresheet roster needs.
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We’re revisiting another one of our monthly topics: trade candidates. We cover both leagues, giving you several ideas for which guys to buy and sell—and, more importantly, we walk through the reasons why we pick each player so you can apply those to your roster.