I first played Ichthyomancy on May 17, nailed two of my three picks, and was everafter hooked. In the six weeks since, I have compiled 29 points and have moved toward the middle of the pack.
Catching Colombo and the others ahead of me may be a tall order. However I suspect Ichthyomancy is a game that goes to the steady, not the swift. If I can remain steady, I have a chance to prevail.
I have compiled five points on attendance, 13 on PG and 11 on AAB. In the 33 games played, that equates to 15% on attendance, 39% on POG and 33% on AAB.
More below. You have been warned.
On player of the game, I have stayed within a narrow group of players. I have picked 10 players over the 33 games. I have picked Hermida, Jacobs and Willis six times each. I have taken Cabrera five times, Ramirez three, Johnson 2, and Nolasco, Uggla and Moehler once each. Here is the success rate with each:
Moehler 100% (1/1)
Nolasco 100% (1/1)
Willis 83% (5/6)
Johnson 50% (1/2)
Cabrera 40% (2/5)
Jacobs 33% (2/6)
Ramirez 33% (1/3)
Olsen 0% (0/1)
Uggla 0% (0/1)
Hermida 0% (0/6)
Note to self: Its' time to twelve-step the Hermida habit.
AAB does not exactly fit so neatly into nice clean categories. However, I can identify some trends.
I have picked a named player to hit a home run five times. I am 2-for-3 on the Jacobs picks, and I drew a blank picking Willis and Cabrera once each. I vainly picked a Florida walk-off home run in one game. I have twice picked team or game home run totals, both without success.
In summary, I am 2-for-8 picking a home run related AAB (25%) - and both hits were picking Jacobs to go deep.
Individual Pitching Performance.
I have picked an individual pitching target five times - three of those have hit for me for a 60% success rate. Three of my first four picks back in mid-May were individual pitching performance targets (Olsen, Kazmir and Olsen respectively) - and two of those came through. The other two involve Willis and were identical - H+W<8. One of those picks hit. I have not picked an individual pitching perforance target in three weeks - time to rething that strategy.
Individual Hitting - Non-Home Run
Five times I have picked an individual hitting target not involving home runs. Only one has been successful (20%) - picking Florida to stop the Adrian Gonzales hitting streak on June 10. The others involving total bases for Hermida and Cabrera, an extra-base hit for Willis (note to self - drop the Willis offensive AAB picks) and a multiple hit game for Ramirez.
Team or Game Hit/Run Totals.
Twelve times I have picked some variation on team or game hit and/or run totals -- four have been successful for a 33% success rate. There have been no real pattern here other than I am perfect with picking (a) the exact number of runs an opponent will score and (b) Florida outscoring the opponent by at least a multiple of some number.
I have picked one game to go extra innings and one game to last more than three hours. Both of these missed.