Worst case scenario: when fantasy meets reality

If you play fantasy sports, chances are you’re a pretty big sports fan.  If you’re a pretty big sports fan, chances are you have a favorite team.  If you have a favorite team and play fantasy sports, chances are you’ll have some conflicts of interest throughout the season.

In most cases there can be compromise in your rooting interest, like a die hard Tampa fan (as if those exist) with CC Sabathia on his fantasy team hoping for a 1-0 win for the Rays.  This is the best case scenario, where the Rays get the win, but CC provides some good fantasy stats.  This is something you can feel good rooting for.

Well, I just experienced a no compromise situation, that actually turned out worse than I could have imagined.  Here’s the setup:  my beloved Cardinals are losing 3-2 to the Marlins in the bottom of the 9th, when their closer (and mine) Leo Nunez enters the game.  Of course, your real team trumps all fantasy interests, but at this point, there are four combined positive outcomes for my real team, the Cardinals, or my fantasy team, With or Without Choo, who also happens to retain the services of one Matt Holliday:

  1. Cards score one run (preferably with help from Holliday) and then win in extras.
  2. Cards score a bunch of runs, Nunez’s stats be damned, and win the game.
  3. Cards score one run (once again, preferably with Holliday’s help), but the Marlins score in the bottom of the 9th to give the win to Nunez.
  4. Nunez pitches a clean 9th for the save

In all of these very likely scenarios, I come away a winner in one way or another.  But much to my chagrin, none of these played out.  Instead, what I got was the worst case scenario:

  • Leo Nunez gives up 4 hits and 2 runs (Holliday with one of each)
  • With the Cards up 4-3, Ryan Franklin gives up a homer to Dan Uggla (you can watch the sensual celebration in the previous post)
  • Leo Nunez is taken out of the game for Clay Hensley, who pitches a clean 10th
  • The Marlins win in the 10th

So, as you can see, in this not so likely scenario the Cards lose, Nunez has bad ratios, and doesn’t get the win even though the Marlins did.  So what looked like a win win for me turned out to be an all around loss.  It’s what I like to call the perfect storm of suck.

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