One obvious downside of physical multiplayer card games – you don’t always have someone to play with. However through the marvels of modern technology, we have been able to put together an online league where players across the country can face off every week. Utilizing web cams, dice apps, and more, we have now completed the first two weeks of this inaugural season. This blog will be a recap of those two weeks, breaking down some introductory information, rosters, statistics, and more.
There are 8 teams in the league, split up evenly into two East and West divisions. Everyone plays the other 3 teams in their division 2x, and everyone in the other division 1x. This leads to 10 matches, where each match is a home/away split. This leads to 20 total games, and when using a standard 5-man rotation each SP will get 4 starts. Games are played twice a week, either Sunday/Wednesday or Monday/Thursday.
Eight Clutch Baseball fanatics signed up looking for glory. They are as follows:
- “Ahrensku” representing Missouri in the Eastern Division
- “MikeTheRed” representing Pennsylvania in the Eastern Division
- “Catastrophe” representing Maryland in the Eastern Division
- “Moose148” representing Maine in the Eastern Division
- “CommunitySalad” representing Washington in the Western Division
- “MrTentacles” representing Texas in the Western Division
- “Alacy92” representing Nebraska in the Western Division
- “Jon M” representing Arizona in the Western Division
There are 8 teams and 8 Uncommon Stadiums in the 2017 base set. Each team was randomly assigned an Uncommon Stadium and tasked with building their team from there.
|C Tucker Barnhart||C Jason Castro||C Jason Castro||C Yasmani Grandal||C Tucker Barnhart||C Cameron Rupp||C Brian McCann||C Chris Iannetta|
|1B Chris Carter||1B Mark Trumbo||1B Chris Davis||1B Mark Trumbo||1B Mitch Moreland||1B Joe Mauer||1B Freddie Freeman||1B Yonder Alonso|
|2B Neil Walker||2B Jean Segura||2B Joe Panik||2B Cesar Hernandez||2B Jedd Lowrie||2B Matt Carpenter||2B Dee Gordon||2B Eduardo Nunez|
|3B Javier Baez||3B Nolan Arenado||3B Justin Turner||3B Jung Ho Kang||3B Nolan Arenado||3B Anthony Rendon||3B Jung Ho Kang||3B Adonis Garcia|
|SS Jean Segura||SS Adeiny Hechavarria||SS Addison Russell||SS Manny Machado||SS Didi Gregorius||SS Andrelton Simmons||SS Carlos Correa||SS Andrelton Simmons|
|LF/RF Nelson Cruz||LF/RF Adam Duvall||LF/RF Corey Dickerson||LF/RF Curtis Granderson||LF/RF Giancarlo Stanton||LF/RF Nick Markakis||LF/RF Carlos Beltran||LF/RF George Springer|
|LF/RF Jarrod Dyson||LF/RF Carlos Gonzalez||LF/RF Brandon Moss||LF/RF Adam Eaton||LF/RF Wil Myers||LF/RF Hunter Pence||LF/RFTravis Jankowski||LF/RF Travis Jankowski|
|CF Ken Griffey Jr.||CF Ken Griffey Jr.||CF Billy Hamilton||CF Starling Marte||CF Marcell Ozuna||CF Billy Hamilton||CF Leonys Martin||CF Leonys Martin|
|DH Yunel Escobar||DH Chris Carter||DH Chris Carter||DH Khris Davis||DH Justin Upton||DH Dexter Fowler||DH J.D. Martinez||DH Shin-Soo Choo|
|BN Ryan Flaherty||BN Ryan Zimmerman||BN Ryan Flaherty||BN Ryan Flaherty||BN Marwin Gonzalez||BN Chris Owings||BN James McCann||BN Jed Lowrie|
|BN Ryan Zimmerman||BN Chris Ianetta||BN Chris Iannetta||BN Ryan Zimmerman||BN Chris Iannetta||BN Ryan Zimmerman||BN Chris Owings||BN Chris Owens|
|BN Chris Owings||BN Ryan Flaherty||BN Ryan Zimmerman||BN Chris Owings||BN Melky Cabrera||BN Ryan Flaherty||BN Chris Iannetta||BN Ryan Flaherty|
|BN Chris Owings||BN Ryan Zimmerman|
|SP1 Garrett Richards||SP1 Corey Kluber||SP1 Clayton Kershaw||SP1 Garrett Richards||SP Jose Fernandez||SP1 Max Scherzer||SP1 Kenta Maeda||SP1 Clayton Keyshawn|
|SP2 Jose Quintana||SP2 Marcus Stroman||SP2 Rich Hill||SP2 Jeff Samardzija||SP Chris Archer||SP2 Jameson Taillon||SP2 Marco Estrada||SP2 Johnny Cueto|
|SP3 Yu Darvish||SP3 Jeremy Hellickson||SP3 Masahiro Tanaka||SP3 Kyle Hendricks||SP Gerrit Cole||SP3 Jeremy Hellickson||SP3 Michael Fulmer||SP3 Marcus Stroman|
|SP4 Anthony DeSclefani||SP4 Drew Smyly||SP4 Brandon Finnegan||SP4 Cole Hamels||SP Robbie Ray||SP4 Ivan Nova||SP4 Lance McCullers||SP4 Luis Severino|
|SP5 Brandon Finnegan||SP5 Shelby Miller||SP5 Tyler Skaggs||SP5 Drew Smyly||SP Jon Gray||SP5 Tyler Skaggs||SP5 Drew Smyly||SP5 Robbie Ray|
|RP David Phelps||RP Michael Tonkin||RP Sean Doolittle||RP Raisel Iglesias||RP Will Harris||RP Tyler Thornburg|
|RP Andrew Chafin||RP Luke Gregerson||RP Jordan Lyles||RP Justin Wilson||RP Brad Hand||RP Sean Doolittle||RP Hunter Strickland||RP Darren O’Day|
|RP Justin Wilson||RP Xavier Cedeno||RP Brad Boxberger||RP Brett Cecil||RP Tommy Layne||RP Sergio Romo||RP Will Harris||RP Hunter Strickland|
|RP Hansel Robles||RP Raisel Iglesias||RP Kevin Quackenbush||RP Mike Morin||RP Zach Putnam||RP Brad Hand||RP Luke Gregerson||RP Tony Sipp|
|RP Kevin Quackenbush||RP Kevin Quackenbush||RP Brett Cecil||RP Zach Putnam||RP Jumbo Diaz||RP Jake McGee||RP Liam Hendriks||RP Tanner Scheppers|
|RP Danny Farquhar||RP Jordan Lyles||RP Luke Gregerson||RP Tony Cingrani||RP Jonathan Broxton||RP Brad Boxberger||RP Jonathan Broxton||RP Brad Hand|
|RP Michael Tonkin||RP Tony Cingrani||RP Will Harris||RP Michael Tonkin||RP Tanner Scheppers||RP Michael Tonkin||RP Jordan Lyles||RP Jordan Lyles|
|CP Edwin Diaz||CP Craig Kimbrel||CP Aroldis Chapman||CP Edwin Diaz||CP Adam Ottavino||CP Jeruys Familia||CP Fernando Rodney||CP Seung Oh|
As you can see there was great variety to the players chosen by the different managers. However you do see some favored players, either due to their dominance or being a great bargain. In CF you see two Ken Griffey Jr’s (Only 4 Icon player) and also two Billy Hamilton’s (+5 Defense, 20(A) Speed, SB Icon for 160 Salary). Clayton Kershaw (Only 7 Command SP) gets the nod on two teams, even though those two teams both lost their opening game in which he was on the mound. For RP you see a lot of specialists and bargains, including Tonkin, Quackenbush, Lyles, Hand, Boxberger, and Doolittle. And then of course there was the most selected player, Ryan Zimmerman (lowest Salary in game), chosen to ride the bench on 6/8 teams.
With everyone 8 games in the books, things are pretty tight. The Eastern Division has a nice and even spread, from 5-3 in 1st place to 2-6 in last place. The West is a complete shootout, with every team being at or above .500. The top two teams from each division make the playoffs in a 4-team, 2-round, Bo3 format. Tiebreakers are: head to head record, run differential, runs scored, and finally runs scored at home.
That’s how things have shaken out thus far. Look forward to another blog in 3 weeks when the regular season has concluded and we preview the upcoming playoff matches.