so, i have been sitting at my desk in my office this afternoon, working with the TV on. jeremy gutherie is pitching and well, i need wins and strikeouts and a good whip and ERA: the usual stuff.
but i cannot watch,Â though i feel compelled to.Â eyes squinting,i Â turn the game on and gutherie coaxes a third out with elsbury on second. safe. so i turn the channel back to the news (watching another game would just make me want to check out gutherie even more) and during commercials, kibbitz the game.
first commercial, gutherie allows a single and kotchman scores. crap, that kills era and ratio and puts me behind with one swing.
i turn the channel. and when i turn it back it is just as luke scott clobbers a home run, tying the game, and daring me to continue watching. since i have scott on my xfl team, all the better.
when the score shifted to 2-1 boston, i turned back to the news.
but, i opened a window on my desktop to the tout wars live scoring page instead.
now i started today in first place, with 92.5 points to mike’s 92, and it had actually simply stayed like that for a day, but, when i tuned in, i had dropped to 91.5 and mike was ahead. i looked and noticed jeff erickson passed me in ratio thanks to my watching gutherie.
and bingo, as i scrolled back up i suddenly dropped to 90.5, then a second later jumped back up to 92.5, passing mike back up and putting me back in first.
but, the changes were all in the blink of an eye, so i am not really sure they really happened, you know?
there are actually five categories–whip, ERA, runs, whiffs, and wins–that pretty much moment to moment, are so tight that literally an extra out or run or strikeout initiates the pinball effect i had witnessed. mike is pretty stable in whiffs actually, leading by around 30, and i have a commanding lead in runs scored. but whiffs i want and runs he needs. in ERA we both go up and down with a coupleo of other teams and same with whip, but not against one another.
in wins, however we are fighting for the same turf with dean peterson (to whom i traded cc sabathia: a move i had to make, but one that could indeed come back to haunt). mike leads with 76 and dean and i both have 75.
sigh. while i was writing this–over a 20 minute spread–Â i dropped back down to second with 91.5.
see what we mean?
nerve-racking. and there is another four hours of games to play tonight.
of course it is a very cool thing that my team is even in the race, so, i am not complaining. but, this is not for the faint hearted.