I’m in a fantasy league (yes, just one). It’s a head-to-head league. Before the season started, I traded Curt Schilling and Coco Crisp for Gary Sheffield and Pedro Martinez. Since then, Ben — the douchebag on the other end of the trade — has been boasting non-stop about how he got the better of our deal.
Essentially, Ben’s posts on our fantasy bulletin board sound something like this: “Curt Schilling is the greatest pitcher in the history of the game. He makes Chuck Norris look like a pussy.”
Earlier tonight, Ben posted this note describing all the ways that Schilling is superior to Pedro:
I … won’t point out that Pedro has ZERO wins in May.
And in the spirit of not mentioning things…I won’t point out that Curt went 5-1 in May.
Usually, I don’t use the Umpbump forum to settle my petty fantasy debates, but I think it’s worth it to look at the first 50 games of Pedro vs. Schilling — even though I know it won’t shut Ben up. Keep in mind that there are six pitching categories in our fantasy league: wins, ERA, WHIP, strikeouts, strikeout to walk ratio, and saves.
Pedro: REC 5-1 | SV 0 | ERA 2.50 | WHIP .81 | SO 88 | k/bb 5.12
Schilling: REC 8-2 | SV 0 | ERA 3.93 | WHIP 1.08 | SO 65 | k/bb 7.22
Both men have pitched in 11 games. As you can see, Schilling has three more wins. Pedro, on the other hand, has a significantly lower ERA and WHIP, and more strikeouts. Schilling has a superior K/bb ratio — 7.22. Pedro’s K/bb ratio is 5.12 K/bb ratio. Neither pitcher has any saves.
So which pitcher is more valuable? You decide. All I know is Pedro has superior numbers in three of the six categories that count (and neither pitcher will save any games this year). So I’m happy. (Ben will probably argue that Pedro is notoriously weaker in the second half of the season, to which I reply, “yeah, but Schilling is fat.”)
Now, you may be saying to yourself, “what about the Sheffield/Coco end of the trade?” Fair enough. Let’s look at what those two players have done so far this year, keeping in mind that there are six offensive categories that matter in our fantasy league — avg., HRs, RBIs, runs, total bases and SBs:
So who got the better of whom? Who will win out in the end? What do you think?