Steam escaping the ears, blood dripping from the nose…


…are just a couple of the most common symptoms of Fantasy Baseball Transient Ischemic Attack Syndrome (FBTIAS, not yet recognized by the DSM-IV or other medical journals/reference materials). This generally happens here at Team Mondesi when Gil Meche and Edwin Jackson, two of our young guns we hope to rely on for another successful year, gift-wrap us 6 and 7-inning gems only to have their real-life bullpens shit the bed. What’s most interesting about this physiological disorder is that it kicks in only when the lines of reality and fantasy cross and the neurons firing for the separate purposes spark an illogical communication within the brain and triggers the mental and physical side-effects. See, the Detroit and Kansas City bullpens both blew leads after the starters (aforementioned Meche & Jackson) had shut down the opposing teams for ample inning outings. In fantasy, this only screws Team Mondesi out of a 2 in the win column. However, the fear and irrationality that leads to FBTIAS is that not only do we lose those 2 W’s, but that the psychological effects on the real pitchers could impede their progress in their next starts. For more information, please refer to last night’s post on Jason Motte.

Fortunately, the Red Sox and M’s real bullpens have performed quite nicely in the last couple of outings.

A few hours later??? I’m kicking myself, because as a baseball fan, I should know better than to compliment the new M’s bullpen before they’re done BLOWING A LEAD AND THE GAME
!!!
(just about midnight, punching myself in the gonads for being so stoopid)

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