By now you are familiar with the disastrous outing that Kansas City Royals pitcher Vin Mazzaro suffered through last night. He threw 2.3 of the worst innings in baseball history yielding a jaw-dropping 14 runs on 11 hits and three walks. Anyone that plays fantasy baseball had one thought once they saw the line: “Holy crap, who has him??” and then they scurried off to their league’s website to see if anyone took the beating. Of the AL-only and mixed leagues I am in, only one team had him rostered and he was on the reserve roster, thankfully for them.
But what if he wasn’t? What would it feel like to be Mazzaro’d? It sure as hell wouldn’t have been good, but you don’t need me to tell you that. Let’s take a look at how it would’ve affected the 13 teams in my 5×5 mixed league:
Yikes, that is horrible. On average it did 0.30 points of damage to an ERA with just under 400 innings. Coincidentally, my team is the one that took biggest hit (Team 1) thanks to my league low in innings of 329. I didn’t include the WHIP damage because it was exactly the same for 12 of the 13 teams at 0.03. Team 13 with its huge innings cushion would have suffered a hit of 0.02 to its WHIP had it been Mazzaro’d.
After seeing the average of 0.30 ERA damage, I wondered how many scoreless innings each team would need to get back to their starting ERA pre-Mazzarofication.
On average the teams in my league would need about three and a half straight shutouts to get de-Mazzaro’d. There is no way you would get that in a row immediately after this beating, but even spreading it over the remainder of the season, you would need some fanciful pitching to get out from under that microburst of destruction.
We have seen the damage that getting Mazzaro’d does to the whole numbers on the ERA and WHIP, but what kind of hit would a team have taken to their point total?
A pretty wide range of damage done depending on team. One team would have suffered no wholesale damage to their point total from the Mazzaroing. That is kind of incredible. The damage is still done the ERA and WHIP, though, it is just that the placement in the standings for that team was fortuitous enough not to cause any immediate harm. Team 11, doing pretty well with 18 points between the two categories, would have suffered a major hit losing six points in the two categories. Can you imagine losing six points in two categories in a single night on May 17th? Most league standings are stratified enough that you wouldn’t see that kind of movement this late barring some crazy stuff like a Mazzarolation.
So was anyone Mazzaro’d in your leagues? If so, how much did it sting them? How many points did they lose that night and did they instantly cut Mazzaro even before the next transaction period? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter (@sporer).