Draftbug Blogger Fantasy Baseball Invitational Contest player picks

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Mark | Sports and Fantasy betting

Tonight I will be playing in the Draftbug blogger MLB fantasy betting freeroll. My aim is not to finish in last place as I did last time I played in a Draftbug invitational event.

Before I reveal my picks I thought I would share with you some basic information about Major League Baseball and the way contests are scored at Draftbug.

A Major League Baseball team consists of 9 players that have different roles depending on whether the team is fielding (trying to catch the ball) or batting (trying to hit the ball). When the team is batting, all 9 players take turn hitting against the pitcher (the guy throwing the ball) of the other team. When the team is fielding the following positions need filling out:

1B: First Baseman

One of the 4 infielders. The first baseman covers the first base.

2B: Second Baseman

One of the 4 infielders. The second baseman covers the second base.

3B: Third Baseman

One of the 4 infielders. The third baseman covers the third base.

SS: Short Stop

One of the 4 infielders. Covers the area between second and third base.

C: Catcher

The guy who catches the ball thrown by the pitcher

SP: Starting Pitcher

The guy who throws the ball to the catcher in an attempt to strike out the batter of the opposing team.

OF: There are 3 Outfielders namely left fielder, center fielder of right fielder

Guard the playing area outside the infield

The way you score points in Draftbug is when the players you choose for your team complete one of the following actions:

1B: 1 point is given when the batter hits the ball into play and reaches the first base safely

2B: 2 points are given when the batter hits the ball into play and reaches the second base safely

3B: 3 points are given when the batter hits the ball into play and reaches the third base safely

HR: 4 points are given when the batter hits a home-run

R: 1 point is given for each run scored

RBI: 1 point is given for each run batted in

BB: 1 point is given for each  base on ball

SB: 2 points are given for stolen base

K: -1 point is given for each strikeout charged to a batter

W: 10 points are given for each win a pitcher is credited for

L: -3 points are given for each loss a pitcher is credited with

SV: 7 points are given for each save a pitcher is credited with

IP: 3 points are given for each inning pitched

H: -1 point is given for each hit charged to the pitcher

K: 1 point is given for each strikeout charged to a pitcher

ER: -1 point for each run allowed by a pitcher

BB: -1 point for each base on ball allowed by a pitcher

You can find more information on Major League Baseball here.

From a quick glance on all the different MLB stats that are out there, I can see that I am in way over my head here. To keep things simple I am therefore going to choose players from the two teams that from an odds point of view are the biggest favorites tonight, namely New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals.

So here are my picks:

SP: AJ Burnett from New York Yankees

SS: Derek Jeter from New York Yankees

C: Yadier Molina from St. Louis Cardinals

1B: Mark Teixeira from New York Yankees

2B: Skip Shumaker from St. Louis Cardinals

3B: David Freese from St. Louis Cardinals

OF: Johnny Damon from New York Yankees

OF: Rick Ankiel from St. Louis Cardinals

OF: Nick Swisher from New York Yankees

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1 Comment to Draftbug Blogger Fantasy Baseball Invitational Contest player picks

Mark
July 18, 2009

Weee I finished 10th out of 12 players in the Draftbug Blogger Fantasy Baseball Invitational Contest. That is a big improvement from last time where I finished last. In addition my team scored 32 points compared to 9 points last time.
Also I have discovered that the official line-ups are announced about half an hour before the games start. By checking the official line-ups you can adjust your team if for some reason one of the players you have selected is not playing in the game.
Official line-ups can be found on Dailybaseballdata.com

Mark

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