Hey all, It’s time once again for postseason baseball and the 9th annual Fantasy Baseball Playoffs Parlay! This pool makes watching all the playoff games so much more fun! We had 50 teams in the Parlay last year which was the most ever. Would be awesome to get 60+ this year. Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you know, and if somebody you know does want in, just make sure they let me know you referred them.
Here’s how it works. Cost to participate is only $10 per team. One owner may have a maximum of two (2) team entries.
RULES: Choose one (1) batter AND one (1) pitcher from each of the 10 playoff teams to fill out positions of a roster with your 20 players. You must have ONLY 2 players from each playoff team; one hitter and one pitcher – no more, no less. Do not have more than one hitter from the same team, or more than one pitcher from the same team, or your entry will be invalid.
This is a link to last year’s Google sheets spreadsheet with the entire Parlay stats and results so you can see how it all works: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/14F31zpL0A3tlFhqWWqNWHIBSbv2_Qh__vyW3Kn-kEXY/edit#gid=1256386847
You must fill these positions with one hitter and one pitcher from each playoff team:
IF (any infield position)
U (can be a batter from any position)
and 10 pitchers (can be either a starting pitcher or relief pitcher). May be any combination of SP’s and RP’s but must meet a minimum of 15 innings pitched combined for all pitchers in the Wild Card/Division Series round, then a minimum of 10 innings pitched in the Championship Series round. This is to prevent any team from picking only relief pitchers. P
***and Tiebreaker – see below
YOU are responsible for submitting a legal team. I will do my best to catch any errors, but if your team is illegal and is caught at ANY TIME, you will be eliminated and refunded your money. PLAYER POSITION ELIGIBILITY – An offensive player needs to have played a minimum of 20 games this year at a position to be eligible at that position. If an offensive player has not played a total of 20 games, then the position he’s played for the majority of games will be his eligible position. If you are picking a player that is only eligible at DH, then that player must occupy the U spot. Otherwise the U spot may be a player from any offensive position. Your roster will be 20 players to begin with, and as teams are eliminated, those players won’t accumulate any more stats for you. Any roster can have any player from any team, as long as you don’t have more than one hitter and one pitcher from a team. For example, if Minnesota made the playoffs (a stretch, I know), if one entrant’s roster has Twins 1B Joe Mauer that doesn’t mean any other entrant can’t have him. But you couldn’t have Brian Dozier and Miguel Sano on the same team. Pick whomever you’d like. Odds are there won’t be any exact rosters with all the possible combinations, but we have a Tiebreaker just in case.
**Tiebreaker – Pick the two (2) World Series teams, the winner, and in how many games.
The categories that we’ll use are the traditional 5×5 fantasy baseball categories – AVG, HR and RBI, Runs, and SB for hitters, Wins, Saves, ERA, WHIP and K’s for pitchers. Scoring will be done Rotisserie style, meaning…. However many teams are in the parlay, that number will be the most points available in each category. The leader in each category will get that number of points for the category, the 2nd place team in a category will get 1 point less than the max, and so on down to 1 point for the last place team in a category. For example, if there are 10 teams in the Parlay, the AVG leader gets 10 points, 2nd place team gets 9 points, 3rd place gets 8 points, and so on down to the last place AVG team getting 1 point. Maximum number of points in this scenario would be 100 (10×10). If there are 18 teams, then 1st place in HRs gets 18, second place would get 17, and so on down to 1. Maximum number of points in this scenario would be 180 (18×10). Stats will be cumulative, and the total stats after the completion of the World Series will determine the winner(s). I’ve attached the final spreadsheet from last year’s pool so you can see how everything’s laid out – team rosters, statistics, and standings per round.
• The leader after the Wild Card/ALDS/NLDS wins 10% of the overall pot
• Winner of the ALCS/NLCS round wins 10% of the overall pot
• Remaining 80% of the pot will be split up to go to the 3 overall leaders after the World Series – 1st place (60%), runner-up (25%), and 3rd place (15%) of the 80%.
• In the case of a tie (even with the tiebreaker), the winning amounts for both places will be split evenly. For example if there is a tie after the WC/LDS round, the pot’s 10% will be split evenly to those leaders. If for example there’s a tie for 2nd place AFTER the World Series is over (and both teams have the same tiebreaker), then the 25% and 15% of the remaining pot would be totaled together and split evenly.
The 10 playoff teams are: • Boston Red Sox • Cleveland Indians • Texas Rangers • Toronto Blue Jays (WC) • Baltimore Orioles (WC) • Washington Nationals • Chicago Cubs • Los Angeles Dodgers • New York Mets (WC) • San Francisco Giants (WC)
C – Sandy Leon BOS
1B – James Loney NYM
2B – Joe Panik SF
3B – Jose Ramirez CLE
SS – Javier Baez CHC
IF – Stephen Drew WAS
OF – Andrew Toles LAD
OF – Drew Stubbs BAL
OF – Ezequiel Carrera TOR
U- Mitch Moreland TEX (or any other Rangers hitter)
P – Junichi Tazawa BOS
P – Steven Matz NYM
P – Matt Cain SF
P – Zach McAllister CLE
P – Mike Montgomery CHC
P – Shawn Kelley WAS
P – Joe Blanton LAD
P – Ubaldo Jimenez BAL
P – R.A. Dickey TOR
P – Colby Lewis TEX
*Tiebreaker – Orioles over Mets in 4
All teams must be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “MLB Playoff Parlay – YOUR LAST NAME” in the email subject line.
Team rosters are due by this Tuesday, October 4th prior to the AL Wild Card game. Deadline for submission is 8:00pm EST, no later. If you can, get your team(s) to me as soon as possible so I have ample time for data entry. Please forward this on to anyone you think might be interested.
I ask that all entree fees be sent by Friday, October 14th. Please make this easy on my part and submit payment on time. You can pay via PayPal or send a hard check in the mail. I will provide PayPal email address or my mailing address once I receive your submitted team(s). Teams with fees not received by 10/14 will be subject to disqualification from the parlay.
If you have any questions, please email me by the end of this weekend. If you think there’s anything I missed, or anything that could improve/enhance this Parlay, please let me know ASAP. Otherwise, put together a team or two you think will do well and send it over. Keep in mind, there’s a decent amount of strategy involved. I will email a spreadsheet with all teams’ rosters as soon as all of the data is entered, and detailed updates will be sent after LDS, LCS and World Series rounds. I am not able to send daily updates due to the time it takes to enter statistics and checking the spreadsheet to ensure all standings are accurate.
Follow me on Twitter at @Scotty_Ballgame as I’ll also tweet Parlay updates over the next month.
Good luck! Scott