Monday, June 16, 2008

Roster Combinations

We'll get to a dissertation on the status of the contenders in the coming week or so, but for today, let's take a look at the bottom of the league. Messrs. Angelo, Sahil and Will are toiling badly at the bottom (Teddy's not doing so hot either, but we won't pick on him), to the extent where they're so far behind it's tough to see how any of them could get above 9th place without multiple teams quitting. Which lead to the question: how good or bad would a team be that combined the best of their 3 rosters?

For this, we took the players that appeared to have the most useful stats at position. We included Bobby Jenks, Brandon Phillips, Carl Crawford and Alfonso Soriano, as they may have just been dealt, it's fair to assume for this folly that they would have been kept by the uber-team. Here's the roster of the three teams combined:

C: Mike Napoli
1B: Adrian Gonzalez
2B: Brandon Phillips
SS: Jhonny Peralta
3B: Garrett Atkins
OF/DH: Corey Hart, Carl Crawford, Alfonso Soriano, Kosuke Fukudome
SP: Felix Hernandez, Jon Lester, Tim Wakefield, John Maine, Andy Pettite, Todd Wellemeyer
RP: Jon Rauch, Bobby Jenks, Joe Nathan

Now that's a roster that inspires fear in absolutely nobody. If we combined the stats compiled by those guys to date, we'd get the following totals, which I've accompanied by where they would place in a 10-team league (eliminating the 3 bottom dwellers, obviously):

Runs: 310 (8th)
Homers: 92 (T-3rd)
RBI: 306 (8th)
Steals: 59 (T-3rd)
OBP: .335 (10th)

Wins: 36 (8th)
Saves: 45 (5th)
Strikeouts: 456 (9th)
ERA: 3.52 (2nd)
WHIP: 1.28 (6th)

That's not good. In fact, here's what the league as a whole would look like:

Christmas Critters
Wu Tang Financial
LeDupont Torkies
It's Enrico Palazzo
The Fighting Isaiahs
The Spam Avengers
Presidential Timber
Polk's Shasta Fissure

Frank the Tank
Decatur Commies

That's some fantastic roster construction by the three of us in the basement. The increase in keeper status can't happen soon enough.

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