(If you're looking for an explanation of Prognostikeggers, check out the Full Rules for Prognostikeggers.)
The playoffs are getting closer. Are you getting nervous? Standings are holding as is again this week, with the top sixteen projected for the playoffs staying the same. Only seeding changes again this week. Don't think seeding isn't important. Getting a good seed will help you get a more favorable matchup.
Don't be surprised to see some predictions in the next few series to give people a chance to catch up on points a little faster. This series features a nice prediction to get some more points out there, and next week's two series will provide some opportunities for a late season run.
I'd also like to start discussing potential changes to Prognostikeggers should it continue next season. It's early to be thinking about it, but I'd like to give you an initial view into what I'm thinking to give you a chance to comment on it. There are some things that I haven't liked as much this season, and I'm thinking about changes to balance it all out a little better. Nothing is set in stone, but here are some of my initial thoughts, most of them focused on reworking the points system:
- While errors will remain one point, runs and hits will probably jump to two points each.
- Perfect line score predictions will also net you a two-point bonus.
- Attendance switches to a tier system. Within 1000 still gets 1 point, but make it within 500 for 2 points and 100 for 3 points. Plus, a special 5 point bonus for an exact prediction.
- For bonuses, I'm in between two ideas right now. One is to make all bonuses worth the same, the other is to keep the bonus points system the same but increase thresholds for bonuses, making it easier to hit them.
- Streamline the system enough to use guest writers. Not only would they give me a break here and there, but I'd also give them room to create their own extra predictions and judge the bonus predictions with their own criteria.
It sounds like a lot, but I think some of these changes were reward tougher predictions while devaluing some of the easier predictions. That's just a preliminary look, though. There's still eight months until the next season would begin. The reason I'm posting this today is I'd like to hear some of your thoughts on how to improve this should it return next year.
Extra Prediction for the Series: Time for more fun by making a prediction that's probably not going to be much more than a random guess for you. For this series, predict the game score of the Brewers' starting pitcher. Higher scores mean better games, and lower scores mean worse games. Just for reference, the best game score by a Brewers pitcher this season was an 83 by Yovani Gallardo on April 5th. The worst game score was a 7 by Chris Narveson on July 2nd. With this prediction, I'll give you a chance to get some points going. If you are within 10 of the actual game score, you will get 1 point. If you are within 5, you will get 2 points. If you hit it exact, you will get 3 points.
Edit: MKEtotheATX provided this link that explains how a game score is calculated.
Standings through Thursday for Week 10 - Top 5
Overall Standings - Top 5
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Week 10 Updated Standings
Check below the jump for all of the full standings.
|Week 1||icecreamman, Officer Jim Lahey|
|Week 4||dikapalooza, SAE|
|All-Star Special||Bush League All Star, Hyatt, jimf, placidity|
|Week 7||Dulzy, Kid19|
Standings through Thursday for Week 10
|T16||Bush League All Star||5|
|T29||Officer Jim Lahey||2|
Overall Standings - Top 50
|10||Officer Jim Lahey||78|
|T21||Bush League All Star||51|