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Silver League Update: How'd It Go? (Part III)

This last week was an up and down week for some of us in the Silver League. My own Inch'on Wyverns bounced from sixth down to ninth and up to fifth. With just a couple days left and only 1 2/3 innings left before I max myself out, I don't know where I'll end up. What I do know, is that I won't be cracking the top four, and neither will anyone below me.

Last week, we looked at the middle tier of teams, where my own is fated to stay. Two weeks ago, we saw the bottom four teams. Those recaps had a lot that went wrong, but these next four will be a different story.

The Great Badbonis--77 points, tied for 3rd place

R   HR   RBI   SB   AVG   W     SV   K   ERA   WHIP
 2     2       5.5   11        3    10.5  10    11    11        11

Top 6 Draft Picks
Evan Longoria, Hanley Ramirez, Cole Hamels, Carlos Santana, Craig Kimbrel, Shin-Soo Choo 

What Went Well
Not power, that's for sure, though Josh Reddick certainly did his part off the waiver wire. I'm sure this isn't the only good team to pick him up. Alex Rios turning back into a good player wasn't bad, either. I wasn't impressed at the time, but the early draft of Kimbel anchored a good relief corps, getting vintage Joe Nathan must have been nice too. Hamels led a very impressive pitching staff, but getting Chris Sale in the 19th round really cemented the rotation for a team that will probably finish no lower than third in any pitching category. Alcides Escobar led a swift team on the bases.

What Went Wrong
Well, three of their top four draft picks are pretty cringe-worthy, though you can hardly fault strategy there. At least Ramirez produced a few steals. Aside from the top picks, Choo, Brett Gardner, and Andre Ethier provided various levels of disappointing in the top ten rounds. Considering what happened at the beginning of the draft, I'm surprised and impressed that this team was this successful.

Major Moves
Desperate for power, the Badbonis traded a surging Mike Trout for Jose Bautista and his home run swing. That one really should have turned out better, but their next big trade did: they got R.A. Dickey and Trever Bauer for the supposedly innings-limited Chris Sale. As with Trout, both pitchers were good bets to slow down. Like Trout, Dickey didn't and the Badbonis got to miss out on Sale's fade. 

Analysis
This is basically a six-category team: pitching and steals. Even though almost everything that could have gone wrong with the offense did, this is still a successful team. They have no chance of falling below fourth or above third, but this is a more than respectable finish for a team that basically punted their top pick.

Left Is Right--77 points, tied for 3rd place

R   HR   RBI   SB   AVG   W     SV   K   ERA   WHIP
7     11      12   3.5      2      8.5      6     10    9          9

Top 6 Draft Picks
Miguel Cabrera, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Yovanni Gallardo, Ben Zobrist, C.J. Wilson

What Went Well
Well, having your top pick compete for the Triple Crown is pretty good. Sure RBIs are outdated, but they're a fantasy category nonetheless. Granderson's solidified himself as a fantasy superstar with his second 40-HR campaign in a row. Josh Willingham was a great 18th-rounder and Ryan Ludwick chipped in a lot off the wire. They picked up Pedro Alvarez and ran with him at the right time too.

What Went Wrong 
Teixeira's injury and Zobrist's overall low production hurt the early picks. Dee Gordon was supposed to be the centerpiece of this team's efforts on the basepaths, but that didn't go so well. Despite all the great power hitters, this team hurts in batting average.

Major Moves
Left is Right got Kendrys Morales for Wilin Rosario, and flipped Willingham for Shane Victorino. The second trade, especially, wasn't so successful, though I can understand the need to go after some steals. It wasn't a trade, but snapping up the scuffling Mat Latos was a great move. (For the record, I tried to get him but didn't have the waiver priority....)

Analysis
Though tied with the Great Badbonis, Left Is Right is basically their opposite: a balanced team with strengths and weaknesses on each side of the ball, a team getting great seasons from their top two picks. The result has been the same so far, and each team will finish third or fourth.

Spirit of St. Louis--87.5 points, 2nd place

R   HR   RBI   SB   AVG   W     SV   K   ERA   WHIP
10   6        9        8      12      2       11 7.5    12          10

Top 6 Draft Picks
Troy Tulowitzki, Ian Kinsler, Andrew McCutchen, David Wright, Matt Cain, Buster Posey

What Went Well
Almost everything, to tell the truth. Posey has had of the best catching seasons since...that year Joe Mauer was so awesome and McCutchen brought his game a step up. Cuban import Yoenis Cespedes was a good pickup in the 14th round, and Johan Santana paid off big in the 17th. Particularly since St. Louis traded him before his injury. That wasn't the only trade that helped this team. Would you have predicted that Fernando Rodney, Aroldis Chapman, Greg Holland, and Kenley Jansen would be worth 11 saves points before the season?

What Went Wrong
Tulo was a disaster, and a reminder of why I used to be scared to pick him in the first round. Kinsler wasn't exactly up to his usual standards and Drew Storen got his job back way too late to be worth his draft position. Somehow, despited their great stats in other categories, this team can't seem to get wins, despite being just 20 IP from the cap.

Major Moves
Spirit of St. Louis kicked off trading season by dealing Mariano Rivera for Adam Wainwright. Wainwright didn't have to do much to make that a win. They flipped Shaun Marcum and Neftali Feliz for Shane Victorino, which should have been too high a price but ended up being a lucky escape. Then they sent Victorino away for Josh Willingham, which was a big upgrade. They also sent Cain, Rafael Soriano, Santana, Bryce Harper, and Chase Utley to McRuder for Carlos Gonzalez and Andrew Cashner. So...yeah, they were busy.

Analysis
This was a great team all year long, even without their top pick. They fought for first for a long time, but they won't be cracking the top spot in the next three days. They also can't fall out of second place, no matter what happens. 

E-Z Sliders--98 points, first place

R   HR   RBI   SB   AVG   W     SV   K   ERA   WHIP
12   7        11    10     11      12       8     5     10         12

Top 6 Draft Picks
Justin Upton, Clayton Kershaw, Jared Weaver, Nelson Cruz, Alex Gordon, Aramis Ramirez

What Went Well
With only one below-average category, this is a very balanced team, with a lot of things going for it. Kershaw and Weaver anchored the pitching staff. In some ways they were the pitching staff, which might have kept the strikeouts down. Carlos Beltran (10th round) and Melky Cabrera (14th) carried the offense through the first half, but weren't quite so helpful after the All-Star break. Edwin Encarnacion (16th), however didn't let up. It figures this would be the first year I don't draft him in the last five. Jason Motte carried this teams saves and Everth Cabrera did the same with stolen bases.

What Went Wrong
You don't expect the first round pick to be the answer for the team that wins your league, but that's how it happened here. Don't expect Upton to go in the first next year. Similarly not awesome were the Sliders' next two hitters, Cruz, and Gordon. The good news is that at least they all produced. 

Major Moves
The E-Z Sliders made only one trade, and it wasn't a good one, as they got Jonathan Lucroy and Eric Hosmer for Yadier Molina and Addison Reed. Who would have thought Molina would be a better hitter than Hosmer this year?

Analysis
The Sliders competed all year long, and it was close for a little bit, but they've spent the last couple months running away with it. This is a great team, and they've dominated a competitive league. They clinched first place a long time ago.

The Silver League was really competitive this year, but Spirit of St. Louis and the E-Z Sliders spent the last half of the year above that competition. Unlike leagues with playoffs, where seasons turn of good and bad Septembers, the E-Z Sliders put this championship together over the course of the whole season. For the rest of us, better luck next year. 


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