October 27, 2009

MLB Post-Season Pick 'Em, World Series Edition: An underdog-free year means lots of points for everyone, withe the possible exception of the L.A. faithful. But now it's time to fly east into the rain and snow of November, and wonder whether baseball actually got around to writing up a rule which would prevent last year's Game 5 fiasco. Crack open your rulebooks and make your picks inside.

posted by DrJohnEvans to fantasy at 01:40 AM - 22 comments

The big guns take not only the pennants, but also the ERA crowns. C.C. Sabathia holds the Angels to 1.13 earned runs over 16 strong innings, while Cliff Lee blanks the Dodgers over his eight innings. Meanwhile, despite Matt Stairs having 2 more ABs than the jet stream, the AL collects 175 total bases to the NL's 137.

cl nails both series, both bonuses, and half the TB bonus to log a massive seven points and jump right into contention. At the top, Jeffwa's five points put him into a tie for first with rumple.

SpoFitePHI vs LADLAA vs NYYNL BonusAL BonusTB BonusPointsTotal Points
Philadelphia in 5New York in 6LeeSabathiaAL +388
JeffwaPhiladelphiaNew YorkLeeSabathiaAL510
rumplePhiladelphiaNew York SabathiaAL410
dflemingPhiladelphiaNew York in 6Lee AL59
rocketman SabathiaAL29
BoKnows New YorkLeeSabathiaAL48
Ying Yang MafiaPhiladelphia AL +3838
apochPhiladelphia Lee AL37
clPhiladelphia in 5New York in 6LeeSabathiaAL77
DrJohnEvansPhiladelphiaNew York in 6 AL47
holden New York in 6 Sabathia 37
Howard_TPhiladelphia AL27
NoMich New YorkLeeSabathia 37
tron7 SabathiaAL27
chris2sy AL16
hincandenza New York in 6 AL36
owlhousePhiladelphia SabathiaAL36
The_Black_HandPhiladelphiaNew York in 6LeeSabathiaAL66
tommytrumpPhiladelphia in 5 AL35
bperk AL14
boredom_08 AL11

Please double-check your picks to make sure I got 'em right. And now for those two little words which make everything all better:


Philadelphia Phillies (93-69) vs. New York Yankees (103-59)


Pick the MVP of the Series.


The Phillies and Yankees' starting pitchers averaged 101.6 pitches per outing in their respective LCS. Will the average number of pitches that both teams' starters throw, when rounded to the nearest integer, be over or under that number?


Pick the average game duration of the World Series, rounded to the nearest minute. Lengths of games are published in the official MLB.com box score. This pick is worth no points, and is only used in the event of a tie for first place or the Costanza.

Total points available: 2 (Series pick) + 1 (MVP Bonus) + 1 (PWC Bonus) = 4

Example pick: Yankees in 6, Matt Stairs, Over, 4:12

posted by DrJohnEvans at 01:40 AM on October 27

Wow- so I can't possibly win, nor can I possibly get the Costanza. Such joy. :)

I guess I'll pick:

the Yankees to sweep in 4 (ensuring a Phillies win),

name A-Rod the MVP,

under 101.6 pitch average for the starting pitchers,

3 hours and 31 minutes.

posted by hincandenza at 01:52 AM on October 27

Phillies in 6 Cliff Lee is MVP Over 3 hours 18 minutes

posted by apoch at 05:26 AM on October 27

Yankees in 6
Mark Texeira
3 hours 22 minutes

posted by NoMich at 07:04 AM on October 27

Phillies in 7
Chase Utley
4 hours 22 minutes

posted by owlhouse at 07:40 AM on October 27

Phillies in 7, Rollins, under, 3:54

posted by cl at 09:26 AM on October 27

Tied for first! Woo Hoo! Watch my epic choke to fall from the top 5!

New York Yankees in 6

Alex Rodriguez (NYY)


3hrs 57min

posted by Jeffwa at 11:33 AM on October 27

Yankees in 5

MVP: Sabathia


3hours 29 minutes

posted by rumple at 11:50 AM on October 27

Yankees in 5 MVP: Sabathia Over 3 hours 44 minutes

posted by dfleming at 12:34 PM on October 27

Yankees in 6



In case I am in a tie for the Costanza - 3 hours 15 minutes

posted by bperk at 12:38 PM on October 27

Phillies in 5



3 hours 53 minutes

posted by tommytrump at 12:47 PM on October 27

Phillies in 7

posted by chris2sy at 12:49 PM on October 27

Phillies in 5 Rollins Under 4:00

posted by tron7 at 01:08 PM on October 27

I feel that I should've received more points for nailing the bonus exactly.

Phillies in 6 Utley Under 3 hours 18 mins

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 03:29 PM on October 27

Phillies surprise in 6 as...
Jayson Werth is the MVP and...
Starters are left in for more than 102 pitches (over, in other words) and...
The games are unendurably long, lasting an average of 4:20.


In 6 Phils triumphant will be

Jayson Werth will win MVP

Starters more than 102 throw

But the watchers will all know

The time of game 4:12 plus will be.

OK, do I get a bonus point for bad rhyming?

posted by Howard_T at 04:36 PM on October 27

I feel that I should've received more points for nailing the bonus exactly.

That's only in the CFL, YYM!

posted by DrJohnEvans at 09:39 PM on October 27

Yankees in 7
Derek Jeter

posted by holden at 10:03 PM on October 27

That's only in the CFL, YYM!

Blast. Well Lord knows I could use more points there too.

posted by Ying Yang Mafia at 10:21 PM on October 27

Phillies in 6 Hamels Under 3:27

posted by BoKnows at 10:48 PM on October 27

Yankees in 5 games. MVP: Mark Teixeira Starters will throw under 101.6 pitches, average (a really poor outing by Pedro in Game 2 brings it down).

Average game time: 4:05

posted by rocketman at 03:47 PM on October 28

Oh damn. I'm a game late. Well, just for funsies:

Yankees in 6, M-Tex, Over, 4:30.

posted by DrJohnEvans at 11:20 AM on October 29

i'm late as well, which locks up the Costanza for me. Also for funsies:

Phils in 6, Cliff Lee, over, 3:27.

posted by boredom_08 at 02:28 AM on October 30

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