Fortunately, all 3 of my 3 H2H teams advanced in their quarter-final match-ups.
But I really did NOT deserve to win one.
In the DobberHockeyBB league, my match went back & forth all yesterday.
To start the day, I was down 6-4 with key categories:
BA: Winning (.244 to .228)
W: Losing (4 to 5)
WHIP: Losing (1.17 to 1.15)
My day started fantastic, with a Huroki Kuroda pitching a nice game.
It was good for a WIN and a WHIP reduction.
I was up 5-4-1.
I had Andrew Werner (SD) and decided to let him go in search of a WIN.
My opponent had Gio Gonzalez (WAS) at 8pm and those would be good stats.
Werner got shelled, giving up 5 runs in the first 3 innings.
My WHIP lead was gone, down 4-5-1, day already seemingly over.
Werner is pulled after his top of 5.
He pitched 5 IP, but SD is down 5-3 after the 5th inning.
Miraculously, San Diego puts up 8 runs in the bottom of the 5th.
San Diego is up 11-5. SIX RUN LEAD. Noooobody blows a 6 run lead after 5 IP, right?!
This will be a win for Werner, the match will swing to 5-5-0 (and I have tie-breaker.
I go back & forth from watching football to checking the game score.
Top of the 7th... Colorado mounting a few runs, then *BOOM*, Josh Rutledge of COL parks a grand slam and the game is tied 11-11.
Once again, disaster strikes.
The win is gone, the WHIP lead is gone.
The league has a funky same-day transaction allowance.
So, I use my last transaction on Johnny Venters, on a hopeless prayer that the Atlanta-Washington game might be a tie at some point with Venters the pitcher of record and perhaps Atlanta can then win. A shot in the dark.
As the game starts, I'm noticing that my team's 2/28 night (combined with a 4/31 Saturday night) has dwindled my BA lead to .239 to .232.
I do a calculation on Uggla.
If I bench Uggla, I'll win BA as long as Desmond doesn't go 2/3.
Not likely, eh. I should bench Uggla.
But I have this Karma in me that tells me I shouldn't bench him, because my opponent is still throwing Gio Gonzalez with a thin 1.13 to 1.16 WHIP lead.
So I keep Uggla in.
Gio Gonzalez goes out and gives up several hits & walks.
Nice job Atlanta, around the 6th inning Gio gets pulled.
I check the computer, I'm winning WHIP!!!
I'm winning... 5-4-1.
At this point, I'm super happy.
Washington comes up in the top of the inning.
I watched and Ian Desmond gets a flare-single.
I'm thinking... oh, totally forgot about Uggla and BA issue. I go & check.
BA is tied .236 to .236.
The match is now tied 4-4-2... at least I still have the tie-breaker.
But I also have Uggla.
Uggla comes up in the bottom of the 6th and pops out.
Why did I start this guy? Why... stupid Pengwin.
4-5-1 (down in BA .235 to .236. I have now blown a 30+ pt BA lead in two days, with my team being a combined 6/60 over Saturday and Sunday).
At this point, I'm once again preparing my congratulations line on the H2H chat board.
And the game is raining, will it be called?
The Braves mount a run in the bottom of the 7th and Uggla comes up with 2 outs in the bottom of the 7th. He swing... good contact... base hit, left side!
Woohoo, I run to the computer.
Back up in BA .239 to .236
5-4-1... I'm winning.
One last chance for my opponent.
Ian Desmond comes up in the top of the 9th and fouls out to Freddie Freeman.
Unbelievable, I pulled it off.
That was a rollercoaster, if I've ever been one.
I also realize... that maybe I'm a little too into fantasy baseball.