Moneyball – Leon Osman

Filed under: Members - Posted by: Chris Glover

One of the highlighted players in Moneyball was Chad Bradford, who looks nothing like what scouts and fans imagine when they think about a pitcher. When he throws, his hand drops down so low on release that his knuckles literally scrape the floor. That unorthodox appearance meant that teams ignored him despite his impressive underlying numbers, until Billy Beane and his statistical staff looked beyond Bradford’s funky delivery, focused on the process and reaped the rewards. Today, the short, skinny thirty-something Leon Osman is Chad Bradford.

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  1. 1) Gaston Ramirez + Berbatov
    2) Oscar + Jay Rodriguez

    I really want all of them. No fair.

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. Whoops. Sorry

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
    2. I'd say option 1 but only because Ramirez could be the real deal and Berba is solid.

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
      1. Thanks

        • 3 years, 3 months ago
  2. Everyone whats the problem with mata hamstring is it serious ?

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. Snapped into 4 pieces

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
  3. guys, shane long fit to play?

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
  4. How long til scout picks, I want to sleep....

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
  5. Rage, already used free transfer

    Ruddy, Federici
    Baines, Rafael, Wilson*, Clyne*, Clark*
    Mata*, Michu, Sterling, Guthrie*, Pienaar
    Rvp, Suarez, Tevez

    would you wildcard if you were me?

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. No, just sort out Wilson.....and Clark.

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
  6. hey guys thoughts on this team?

    hangeland rafael clyne
    michu pienaar bale hzard
    aguero RVP C berba

    sterling , jenks, demel

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
  7. Begovic
    Baines, Cuellar, McAuley
    Sterling, Cazorla, Michu, Pienaar
    Tevez, Lambert, RVP (c)

    SUBS: Ruddy - Mata - Clark - Demel

    Save the FT? 0.9 in the bank. Looking rather weak without Mata. Could also do something with Lambert and Demel. Original thoughts were to do McA -> Nelsen, but with Demel's injury I will have to scrap that.

    What'cha think?

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. Most will disagree, but I'm sticking with Lambert. Decent enough fixtures coming up to warrant showing some faith.

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
      1. Yeah, been thinking about that, myself.

        • 3 years, 3 months ago
      2. WDT

        Totally agree with the fixtures, unfortunately, seems a worry just how many of those he'll start

        • 3 years, 3 months ago
        1. He'll start every home game and most away games I stay up, they need their main man firing....I don't think Adkins will continue with his brainwave of leaving Lambert out

          • 3 years, 3 months ago
  8. Is the boss about?

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. Top 10k? Fair play, I'd be happy with a top 1m.

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
      • 3 years, 3 months ago
      1. You certainly are the boss of the moment!
        Tekkers of the highest degree, Xaviesque.

        • 3 years, 3 months ago
        1. Meh, 3 top 10k finishes in six seasons? Now that is an achievement.

          • 3 years, 3 months ago
          1. consistent but looking for something spectacular!

            • 3 years, 3 months ago
  9. Good enough front 8 (from 2 weeks onwards) to climb the rankings?

    Valencia Bale Michu Ramirez Sterling

    Ba VP Aguero

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
  10. A. gorks and Mcanuf
    B. Nelson and Maloney

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. Nelson and macanuff not an option!?

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
  11. I just got in Morrison for Gervinho (kind of regretting it now I see Yacob is 50-50).

    I'm depending on Clark playing as my third defender (away to Sunderland). Should I:

    a) Wilson -> Rafael, for a hit (really want him at some point)
    b) Demel/Wilson -> Super-cheapo, like Nelsen, for a hit
    c) stick with it


    Ivan - Baines - Clark (?)

    Bale - Caz - Sterling - Morrison

    Ba - RVP - Berba

    (Maloney, Demel, Wilson, Non-playing GK)

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. 1.5 in bank

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
    2. if you really want rafa then you may as well do that now,

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
  12. yaya or valencia any FT

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
  13. soooooooo mata, berbs and ba are doubts.......worth using a free to shift 1 for a week or 2?

    was thinking about ba or berb to lukaku......

    or mata to morrison/tarabbt/granero?

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
  14. is ben arfa going to come good?

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. certainly got the fixtures, v attackin player, a lot of the attacks flow thro him so id say yes....

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
  15. oh hell...torres drops by 0.1 tonight then with a bit of jiggery pokey i can have a front line of
    Berbatov Rooney go with my midfield of Matta Hazard Bale Michu....Looks like i could become a Chelsea supporter soon...

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
  16. R.M.T. please

    Begovic Jaas
    Davies Rafael Demel Cameron Hughes
    Caz Mata Sterling Nolan Michu
    Rvp Defoe Ba

    Thinking of : Cazorla ---> Bale? (hit) (or too much spurs)?
    Cheers, appreciate it.

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
  17. FT valencia or yaya anyone

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
  18. Cazorla out for Bale. I have the exact amount. Yay or nay?

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
    1. no brainer imo

      • 3 years, 3 months ago
      1. Captain material and everything.

        • 3 years, 3 months ago
  19. Only Oscar from chelsea team. Now that Mata is injured?


    • 3 years, 3 months ago
  20. cant help feeling rvp will see red this gameweek

    • 3 years, 3 months ago
  21. Ba and Berbatov are troubling me, any advice on what to do with my transfer this week?

    Bego (Jaas)
    Rafael Baines Mcauley (Davies Clyne)
    Hazard Cazorla Michu Nolan (Sterling)
    RVP Ba Berbatov

    £0.7 in bank
    Thinking of getting rid of clyne for someone like nelson or a fulham defender

    • 3 years, 3 months ago

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  • Roberto Firmino
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