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The Perfect Game
Posted by Chris Liss at 5/9/2008 6:49:00 PM
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When two of your pitchers match up, you always hope one of them will win 1-0 or 2-1, but that almost never happens.

Usually, it'll be like 2-1 in the fourth, and you're feeling pretty good, but then it's 5-2 in the fifth, and they chase the guy who gave up 5. Then your other pitcher has two outs in the inning, the shortstop makes an error to keep it alive, and the next batter hits a two-run homer. Your pitcher leaves after six up 5-4 and you waste another hour watching a game you don't otherwise care about before the bullpen blows it in the eighth or ninth.

Or maybe you'll get an 8-4 win when one of your guys gets shelled, and the other gives up four runs in five and a third.

But tonight, I had Jon Garland going in the Staff League and James Shields, who I just traded for, in my home league. (Losing Yovani Gallardo forced my hand).

And it's not just that Shields won 2-0 - it's that Garland left after going eight scoreless innings himself. It doesn't get much better.

I'm sure something else disastrous will happen any minute now, but you have to savor the good fortune once in a while.


hehe nice.... i've had five head to heads in my NL only league so far this year and twice I had nice moments like yours only to have my closer blow the win in the 9th hehehe

Speaking of closers blowing games....

Jason Isringhausen strikes again.... might be time for a change in STL....

Ryan Franklin time?
Kyle McClellan?

Dip into the minors and bring up Chris Perez?

Posted by billgoofnow at 5/9/2008 8:20:00 PM
James Shields is so unappreciated in the fantasy world. I have heard his name on waiver wires and from callers asking if they should drop him. This is my second year with him and I love the guy. Throws strikes, goes after hitters, and logs a ton of innings. In fact, he was coming out to pitch the 10th tonight had the Rays not won it in the bottom of the 9th. 92 pitches in 9 innings of work...pretty efficient I'd say.
Posted by skinsnut at 5/9/2008 8:23:00 PM
I had the same 2 starters going against each other in my AL only league and was estatic to see the box when I got home from poker.

Posted by Ozdoltorps at 5/9/2008 9:07:00 PM
Shields was the sole reason I jumped 4.5 pts in Tout Wars today. Thank you sir. Let's see how he does against the Yankees next time out though.
Posted by vtadave at 5/9/2008 10:04:00 PM
ugg, i wrote about shields as my sleeper last year, surprised no one else picked up on him, every level he rose (one a year) his numbers were consistent. In the not to distant future the RAYS (not D-Rays) will win the AL East.
Posted by kevinccp at 5/9/2008 10:46:00 PM
I have Maddux and Ubaldo Jimenez going against each other right now.
Posted by alanro at 5/10/2008 7:33:00 PM

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