I’m #1…… Kind Of

The first of many posts this year from 2014 Fantasy Champion and back to back #1 overall pick king, Allan. Thanks for reading and commenting!



Well here we go again, back at it for another fantastic season of fantasy baseball. Although last year didn’t end exactly how I intended, losing in the Championship game to Willisbetheyear. The fantasy God’s took a vote and have spoken!!! I have EARNED the right to be this year’s #1 overall pick in the upcoming fantasy draft. I would much rather have won the championship and been picking #6 or #7, but what are you gonna do?

I am a little excited about having this opportunity to pick #1, because it gives me a chance to lock down one of the best players in baseball. Then again I won’t be picking again until #20. That worries me a little bit. These are the types of thing that will be running through my mind up until draft day. Who will I take #1? Who will be left at #20? Will I be sober enough to make the right decisions by the time my second pick comes back around? You know, those types of things. So I am nervous and excited at the same time.

I am extra excited though, because I get a chance to meet up with some of the guys at a spring training game earlier that day before the draft. It’s always a fun time. We get a chance to talk about fantasy strategies, life, the game of baseball, how much we hate each other’s team and my absolute favorite part, drinking beer with some buddies. Yea I may sound like a drunk, but hell, I’m okay with that. I like beer and so do you. I just pray to God that it isn’t hot out that day especially with all of this nice weather we have been having. Because I sweat like a sinner in church and I like to look good for the ladies.

I have told a few of the guys already that I plan on taking Jose Altuve with the #1 pick in the draft. He is the best 2nd baseman in the game and also one of the best players in the game as well. I know I tend to lie about who I am taking, alot. But this year I plan to be honest and fair.Why not take the reigning AL MVP and World Series Champion? He hits for high average, his power numbers have increased over the last 2 years, he steals a lot of bags and plays in the best young lineup in baseball. Picking at #1 you want the best player in the game, but then again why not have only one of the best players, but a player who plays a position of value. 2nd base is tough to find elite play at. So that’s it…..He’s my pick…..Maybe. lol

Well that’s about all I have at the moment. So Good luck to nobody but me and see you guys at the park/draft.

You Compete Me

Spring is in the air and the sun is shining, but things aren’t all sunshine and roses for Major League Baseball right now. There’s a problem, a huge problem, that some people are reluctant to address. If left unchecked, this problem could cripple or even destroy the game itself.

No, I’m not talking about steroids, or mound visits taking too long, or trying to shave off four minutes from a three hour baseball game.

I’m talking about the complete and utter lack of competitive balance in baseball.

“Competitive balance” is a controversial little buzz word. You ask any fan of a big market team, or anyone in the MLB front office who cares about money and ratings, they’ll tell you things are just fine. “Baseball is healthier than it’s ever been!” They’ll point to the twelve different World Series winners since 2000. They’ll point to the different teams in the playoffs every single season. They’ll point to the Yankees only winning one championship in this century as proof that of course, baseball is great. Parity has never been higher.

It’s a big load of garbage.

Let me explain something to those who may not know, “competitive balance” is not how many different teams win championships. It’s not how many different teams sneak into a fluke season and grab a wild card spot every now and again. Competitive balance, true, everlasting balance, is every single team in the sport, having an equal opportunity to acquire talented personal. Baseball is BY FAR the worst of the four major sports in this aspect.

Just look at the current landscape of the past offseason. The MLBPA was so outraged at the lack of movement in the free agent market that they considered filing an injunction against the owners of MLB teams. Great players, good talented stars, were left on the market until the first weeks of spring training. Many good players are still without jobs at the time of this post.

“We’re saving money for next years elite free agent class”! Nonsense. Teams are giving up. Throwing in the towel and tanking for high draft picks because it’s the only realistic shot to compete in the future. The Yankees went out this offseason and acquired Giancarlo Stanton, the reigning NL MVP, for absolute peanuts. Why? Did they have a hole in right field? Absolutely not. They have Aaron Judge, who hit 52 home runs last year and had one of the greatest rookie seasons in major league history. The Yankees saw an opportunity to take advantage of the broken system in baseball we have today. The rich, milking the poor and stacking up loaded rosters.

Let me ask you an honest question, when Bryce Harper, and Manny Machado, and this historic amazing free agent class of 2019 hits the market, is your team in the running for these players? How many of the 30 MLB teams, have a REALISTIC shot to sign Bryce Harper? Four? Maybe five? That’s competitive balance?

Make no mistake,this isn’t sour grapes from the poor Rays fan. This is an honest look in the mirror at the problems facing Major League Baseball. Are the poor teams blameless? No.  It’s disgusting what the Rays and Marlins have done this offseason, tanking the payroll and siphoning off the luxury tax from rich teams to line their cheap owners pockets. Baseball needs serious changes, a salary cap, a salary floor, the ability to trade draft picks and not just prospects, a real system of accountability for these owners who don’t care about the product and only care about profits. Because if these changes don’t happen soon, only four or five teams are going to have a realistic shot at playing meaningful games in September and October.

And only four or five fan bases are going to care about the meaningful games in September and October.

Everything Has A Return

It’s that time of year again.

Spring training games have kicked off, the draft order has been set, and the prep work has begun. Which also means that it’s officially “writing season” on thefoulline.com.

2018 marks the ten year anniversary of thefoulline.com, and the once great website has fallen on hard times. Gone are the steady stream of posts, the constant comments and visitors, and the regularly flowing trash talk and baseball commentary of our former regulars. For many months out of the year the site remains dark, no comments, no posts, only a list of old fantasy posts, an archive of former great memories long since forgotten.

Nobody is to blame for this. Sometimes, life just gets in the way. I myself recently have been given the keys to manage and run my own pizza shop. It’s a taxing position, and working 60 hour weeks quickly puts your priorities in order and forces you to focus on what’s truly important in your life. Sometimes, baseball just doesn’t take center stage.

But that doesn’t mean I have to like it, or even accept it.

I miss writing. I miss the jabs and trash talk we take at other, and I miss playing fantasy baseball. I miss trading and picking up free agents, and I miss the daily battle of wits that only the best fantasy baseball league in the world can offer. But most of all, I miss baseball. The real game of baseball.

This year, there’s going to be some changes here on the website. Over the last several seasons, it’s been nothing but fantasy baseball posts, and only fantasy baseball posts. While they’re a blast to write, they’re really only relevant to the ten members of our fantasy baseball league. In the glory days of this website, there was a constant flow of not just fantasy baseball posts, but real, hard hitting, well thought out baseball content. That’s my plan. In 2018, real life baseball returns to thefoulline.com.

I have big plans upcoming in the near and distant future, and I’ve already begun to calculate what some of them are.

-The draft day diary will be written.

-The weekly fantasy review returns.

-Monthly power rankings of MLB teams.

-A trade deadline special, multiple posts and thoughts on July 31st.

-Posts written from Tropicana Field during live baseball games.


There’s going to be a whole lot more content coming, the ideas are rushing to me so quickly it’s a little overwhelming right now to be honest with you. I’ll be writing a post every single Monday, rain or shine, and I’ll be squeezing in quick, short hitter posts throughout the week about the happenings in baseball and fantasy alike.

Things are moving forward on this website in 2018, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to convince the creator and father of thefoulline.com, Dave himself, to assist me going forward. I understand managing a full time career and children leaves blog writing a bit on the back burner, but I know Dave misses writing and his love of baseball is unmatched. I’d take a guess that we’ll see some posts from Mrfoulline going forward. Also invited to the party is Allan, our 2017 runner up and one of the most knowledgeable sports fans I’ve ever met. His guest post last year was brilliantly written and well informed, and I’d love to involve him going forward in what I’m trying to do here. Which also includes “marketing”, using the Yaysports Facebook page to involve countless members of our Yaysports group who love the game of baseball and would add great points and counter points to our established regulars.

Good luck to everyone in their draft prep, and I know I’ll here from you guys soon. Baseball is back, and so is thefoulline.com.

Everything has a return.


Drinking And Trading, The Playoffs

Real life sometimes gets in the way of baseball. It’s an unfortunate lesson I’ve had to learn over the past six weeks.

Between getting a new promotion at work, and dealing with the chaos that was Hurricane Irma, I had to suspend the weekly thefoulline.com fantasy baseball reviews. I simply just didn’t have the time to write them the way I wanted too. I could’ve taken 10 minutes and put a 150 word paragraph together and really phone it in just to keep the posts coming, but that’s not something I like to do. If I’m going to bother to write, I want it to be great stuff worth reading. I have a very high standard for myself.

Having said all that, there was NO WAY that I was going to let the playoffs come and go without writing posts. It’s the most exciting time of the fantasy baseball season, and my first playoff appearance since 2013. It’s been a long road to get back here, and I’m incredibly proud of the way my team played this season.  Bouncing back from a 1-5 start to finish 16-8 is one of my favorite things I’ve ever accomplished in my 10 years of playing fantasy baseball.

But enough rambling about myself, we’ve got four owners determined to bring home the gold this year. Let’s see how these matchups will play out.


Believe The Hype Vs Yankeehaters

It’s the game that neither man wanted. Allan didn’t want to play the Yankeehaters during their hot streak, and Dave didn’t wanna play clearly the best team in the league. For weeks now all that we’ve heard from Dave is that he’s “getting hot at the right time” and that “nobody wants to play him” and all the other boring cliches that mediocre teams use to justify that they deserve to sneak into the playoffs. But having said that, this really is a great matchup. A two start Clayton Kershaw is going to be hard to take down, and at this point you really do have to pencil Corey Kluber in for 30 points. He’s been on the best pitching run I’ve ever seen in all my years of watching baseball. Last weeks game will play a big role. Dave had his best possible week and put up 390, and Allan struggled to a finish near 270. That trend reverses this week. Allan’s team is the best in the league, and has been all season long. He deserves to win this game, and he deserves to win the title. Period.

Prediction: Believe The Hype by 50+


WillisBeTheYear vs Rays Those Cowbells

It’s the by far less sexy of the two playoff matches, but these are two great teams that have known they were going to be in the playoffs since July. Willis fought hard to grab a win in the final game of the regular season, and as a reward gets to avoid playing Allan in the first round. It really could pay off for him, as this is the week you want to play Rays Those Cowbells. None of my pitchers are starting twice, the schedule just didn’t line up for me the way it needed to, and I head into this game on a bit of a downturn, as my team is nowhere near as powerful as it was earlier this season. Willis and I usually always play a closely contested game, and I think the difference here could be that Jose Altuve and George Springer didn’t play that well last week. They’re too good to struggle for long, and they’ll make the difference in a close game.

Prediction: WillisBeTheYear wins by 20 points


It’s the playoffs! Get excited! Good luck to our final four this week!


Drinking And Trading, Week Eighteen

As we reach the official three-quarter mark of the fantasy baseball regular season, it’s becoming increasingly clear who the contenders are.

Believe The Hype and Rays Those Cowbells have separated themselves from the rest of the pack and are the two clear favorites to meet up in the championship game. The remaining two playoff spots are left to be fought over by a group of four teams. WillisBeTheYear, sportsmanMike, the Love Boat Captains and the Yankeehaters.

Speaking of the Yankeehaters, Dave somehow pulled out a victory against the LBCs and kept his playoff hopes alive, leaving Ginger steamed. Meanwhile, Roger Dorn got smacked around by the RTCs and might finally have put his playoff hopes on ice once and for all. It hasn’t been a good stretch for Dylan, who went from strong playoff contender to barely hanging around in a mere matter of weeks. I suppose the lesson to be learned here is “never ever deal with Dave”. Wise words to live by.

These races will all come down to the last week and there’s some huge games with big playoff implications this week. Let’s get to some power rankings.


Week Eighteen Power Rankings

1) Believe The Hype– What does it say about the season Allan is having that I’ve lost one game since mid-may and I’m still a second place team? Allan has put together the best team he’s ever had, winning every conceivable way imaginable, whether it’s a big time blowout or a low-scoring squeaker, no matter what, Believe The Hype has more points than it’s opponent at the end of the week. This team has more than enough to win the championship right now, but I know Allan, and he’ll be going full-on Brad Pitt in Moneyball in the final hours leading up to the deadline and blowing up the phones looking for that one final piece to put him over the top for good.

2) Rays Those Cowbells– 1-5 feels like seven years ago. This team is blasting every single opponent put in it’s way and at times, looks unstoppable. I just put up 350 points in a week where Chris Sale and Jacob DeGrom combined for 4 points. Now that’s domination! I would love to add one more pitcher, but at some point you may just have to let it ride. I’ll poke around, but I may be done dealing. If this is the team I go into the stretch drive with, that’s just fine with me. This season is a great opportunity to cement my legacy and become a multiple time champion. It’s not an opportunity I take lightly either. When the playoffs come, I’ll be ready.

3) WillisBeTheYear– This may be the streakiest good team in the league. Every single time I think he’s going on a long win streak to completely separate himself, he loses two or three in a row and gives the rest of his division a chance to catch up. The David Price injury really hurt. He was rounding into form and giving this team the ace it really needed. I still think this team makes it’s way into the final four, but he has a really big game against the defending champion this week and a loss will open up a whole lot of windows to him missing the playoffs.

4) sportsmanMike– You can look at this roster and say this team is overachieving, but Mike has made the playoffs for two consecutive seasons, has won a championship, and knows how to get into the final four. One thing that may be working against this team is a brutal end of the season schedule. Of his remaining six games, four of them are against Believe The Hype, Rays Those Cowbells, Love Boat Captains and Yankeehaters. Ouch. That’s a fatal four way of pain awaiting.

5) Yankeehaters– Dave stole a huge win against the LBCs this past week and kept his playoff hopes alive in doing so. This team has the most pedigree and postseason experience of all the teams on the outside looking in, but injuries to his pitching staff have ravaged this once mighty roster. Dave has a mini playoff game already starting this week, as a loss to Willis could leave his playoff hopes up in flames. But we know that Dave rises to occasions like these over the years, and if anyone will be ready to grind his way into stealing a playoff spot, it’s Dave. One advantage for Dave is that schedule really softens up after this week.

6) Love Boat Captains– Lost a crusher against the Yankeehaters and hasn’t won two games in a row since week 10. This just feels like a season where the LBCs are on the outside looking in come playoff time. The good news is back to back games against the worst teams record wise are coming up. The bad news is if she doesn’t win both, she could be in a lot of trouble.

7) Roger Dorn– Dylan is still only two games back of a playoff spot, but it would take a miracle at this point. He would have to jump three teams in front of him and probably will lose point tiebreakers to the Yankeehaters and Love Boat Captains both. Dylan had a really nice run this year and was competitive all season long, but it just feels like the end of the road at this point.

8) RedRays– A mediocre draft and injuries decimating his pitching staff doomed this team from the start. Still three games out of a playoff spot, but if Dylan needs a miracle, then this team needs to walk on water.

9) The October Boys– Out of it, but good offense still and big time spoiler potential down the stretch.

10) Stogies– Absolutely nothing went right this year. It happens to everyone at least once.


Game of the Week

Yankeehaters vs WillisBeTheYear

Massive massive massive game. Playoff implications everywhere. If Willis wins, he’ll have a three game division lead with five to play and a spot in the final four almost assured. If Dave wins, that division is wide open and anything can happen down the stretch.


Good luck to everyone in Week Nineteen!

Drinking And Trading, The Deadline

The MLB trade deadline came and went yesterday, with plenty of fireworks to go around. Sonny Gray is a Yankee, and the Dodgers traded for Yu Darvish in a last second stunner. Those deals, among countless others, helped make this one of the most exciting trade deadlines in history.

I absolutely love the trade deadline. The anticipation, the constant refreshing of your phone to check mlbtraderumors, watching the MLB Network special and listening to Harold Reynolds somehow suggest that 11 teams in baseball should trade for the same ace, and the crashing disappointment when the Rays do absolutely nothing yet again. Deadline day is my favorite day of the year next to opening day.

But it got me thinking, with our own fantasy baseball league’s deadline fast approaching, what deals could separate the logjam of contenders from one another? What is the final piece your team needs to get over the top?

This has never happened before on thefoulline.com. It’s the first annual contenders trading wish list!


Believe The Hype trades for….. Madison Bumgarner.

Allan has the surefire offense needed to hold down his position atop the power rankings, but does he have the pitching needed? Cole Hamels, Michael Fulmer and Carlos Martinez feel like really solid #2 and #3 pitchers, but this is a team that seems to just be missing that lockdown dominant ace that can put up 60 points in a playoff game during a two start week. Bringing in Bumgarner, who’s starting to get back into form at just the right time, could solidify Allan’s position as the clear title favorite. Allan and the RedRays have a rapport, having made plenty of deals over the years. Is it time for one more?


Rays Those Cowbells trades for….. Max Scherzer

I took a big step in upgrading my pitching staff today, grabbing up and coming ace Jimmy Nelson in a deal with Allan, but it’s not enough. I want lock down pitching heading into the postseason, that’s going to be the difference this year. Similar to Allan and the RedRays, I have made many deals with Dave V over the years and we usually have no problems coming together for a good deal. If he would make Scherzer and Marwin Gonzalez available in a package, also fixing my second base problem, I would pay an astronomically high price to get that deal completed.


WillisBeTheYear trades for….. Manny Machado

Shortstop is a big hole for the leader of the Beer Division, and has been for much of the season. Paul DeJong is a decent player, but he’s nothing special and his hot streak is fast coming to an end. Willis has two second baseman. I know Dave loves Machado, but if Altuve was dangled at Dave in a potential blockbuster, I know that would get his attention. Having Brian Dozier at 2nd base and Manny Machado at SS doesn’t sound like a bad idea to me does it?


sportsmanMike trades for….. Joey Votto

Wil Myers has been decent this season, but in a year where offense has exploded and seemingly everyone has a stud first baseman, “solid” isn’t going to get it done. Votto is the elite of the elite and Dylan has shown he’s willing to move superstars if he thinks it will better his team. Adding a Votto type to his lineup could be just what this overachieving team needs to steal the final playoff spot.


Love Boat Captains trades for….. Anyone

Ginger trades once every two or three seasons or so, and that strategy works for her. It’s hard to find too much fault in it, but sitting in the 5th seed and having an inconsistent team for much of the season, some new blood could be just what the doctor ordered to get into the final four.


Yankeehaters trade for….. Mike Trout

I have it on good authority that Trout’s owner is willing to move him if a slam dunk package came along. Dave lost Charlie Blackmon Monday and his outfield could use some more punch. JD Martinez won’t hit 534 homers every week. Dave is reeling a bit right now, but if anyone is creative enough and has enough moxy to pull a deal for a guy like Trout, it’s Dave. The defending champion’s ship is sinking and taking on water. Grab the Trout and let him swim you to the surface.


Roger Dorn trades for….. Charlie Blackmon

This trade was completed earlier on Monday afternoon, Bravo! Dylan’s outfield was a mess and he’s sitting in the 7th seed, barely hanging around. This is just the kind of trade he needed to get some positive momentum going again. Blackmon is a top three hitter in fantasy and a lock for 25-30 fantasy points every week. Great trade!


Please keep in mind, I’m not suggesting anyone go into “seller” mode and give up their good players for mediocre packages. I simply looked at the standings and if you were more than two games back of a playoff spot, you didn’t make the list. Sorry!

Get those offers out there! The deadline is the 8th! Good luck to everyone this week!

Drinking And Trading, Week Fifteen

We’re gonna do something a little different this week.

Now that the season is more than half over, rather than the standard power rankings that have become a regular here on thefoulline.com, I’m thinking we’ve reached a point where we can decide who is a real contender and who is a pretender.

Lineups locked really early this week, so let’s not waste any more time and get started. It’s the first thefoulline.com contenders and pretenders list of the 2017 season!




Believe The Hype

Can anyone stop Allan? Sitting at 12-3 and on a five game winning streak, Allan is off to one of the best starts in the history of our league. With a loaded offense and a pitching staff that keeps getting better and better, Allan is the clear favorite for the league title at this point. But Allan has been in this position before and ruined everything. The biggest question with this team is, will Allan remain patient and not try to blow up an elite team?



Sitting at 10-5, leading his division and fresh off a win against a team on an eight game winning streak, Willis once again finds himself contending for another title. Is this really going to be the year? This is unquestioned “best owner in the league without a title”. Year after year he builds strong teams, and year after year he just falls short. That could all change this year, as he’s going to be hard to take down if his Astros AL MVP candidates both get hot during the playoffs. He just better hope the Astros don’t lose motivation when they clinch the AL West on August 30th.


Rays Those Cowbells

I finally lost! It wasn’t much fun to watch my record breaking streak go down in flames in only three days, but that’s the way it goes in the short week. The book on my team is pretty simple, I have an absolutely loaded offense and a pitching staff that could use some help. I’m hitting the trade block hard attempting to deal for more pitching, and whether or not I can get it done may decide if I’m a title contender or just a playoff team.


Love Boat Captains

You can never count out the three time champion. Ginger has the pedigree and the experience to surprise and steal a title with a team that might not be her best. Trea Turner returning could give this team a late season boost, but Johnny Cueto’s injury and overall suckage has absolutely killed this team. This has the look of a playoff team,  but not a title contender.



The only sub .500 team on the list, Dave makes this list because his roster is clearly better than his record. Can you imagine going into the playoffs with Kershaw, Kluber, McCullers and Darvish in a year where pitching hasn’t been great? Not to mention that you know Dave isn’t quite done yet. He’s going to make another deal, or five, and he’s going to be in a position to compete in the playoffs. Just like he has been every single year we’ve ever done this.




Roger Dorn

This is the one team I struggled to rank. I think Dylan could appear on either list, and my opinion changes on this team every week. I went with pretender because I believe that ever since dealing Kershaw, I just don’t think this team has that one dominant ace that can scare you in any given matchup. Things can change though, and Dylan has proven that he can bounce back all year long. I don’t see a 7-8 record getting this team all that discouraged, and if I had to pick one of the teams on the list to make the final four, this would be the one.



It feels weird to put a team over .500 on the pretenders list, but this team just doesn’t put a whole lot in fear into me. It hurts to have only five healthy pitchers going forward, and that’s what’s going to ultimately sink this team down the standings. This team must deal for more pitching depth, before it’s too late.



Bumgarner is back! But this team is still sinking in the standings and is running out of time. You just take a look at the roster, and this just isn’t a playoff team.



A nine game losing streak is pretty much a deathblow to any chance of competing for a playoff spot, but this roster is good enough to steal some games down the stretch.


The October Boys

Please please please stop drafting all Yankees. Drafting Tanaka to be your ace every year has been absolutely killing this team for a long time. But this is still probably the scariest offense in the league, and if his pitching is even decent that week, he can crush you into submission. This is NOT an easy game on your schedule.


Good luck to everyone in Week 16, and the rest of the way!

Drinking And Trading, All Star Break

Hey gang! Sorry for the no post last week, it was a crazy week and I just couldn’t squeeze in the time to write anything. But this week the fantasy review is back with a special All Star Game edition!

Much has happened since I wrote last. Rays Those Cowbells won their 8th in a row, Allan continues to decimate the league, and Dave is square in the middle of an unprecedented FIVE game losing streak!

The last time I wrote a post making fun of Dave, he followed up with an impressive six game winning streak. Will I learn my lesson? I guess we’ll find out. Let’s do some rankings!


All Star Break Power Rankings

1) Believe The Hype– I feel like if you score 425 points in a week, there should be a totally different category for your ranking. This wasn’t some cheap week either, Allan’s opponent scored 337 points himself and Allan still won by nearly 100. With an offense that mashes the cover off the ball, a pitching staff that continues to outperform expectations, and guys like AJ Pollock returning from injury, This is going to be very tough team to take down. I just hope Allan doesn’t do what he did a few years ago and make seven trades on deadline day and blow up an elite team.

2) Rays Those Cowbells– Eight is great! This team defied the odds, defeated it’s bitter rival and arch enemy and secured the all-time winning streak record once held by fantasy baseball legend Dan Mckewen and his Rays Those Cowbells. It’s an incredible honor to break the record and be mentioned in the same sentence with such a great player. I don’t think I’ve ever been more proud of a team I’ve put together. This team could’ve folded after the best player in fantasy Mike Trout went down, but instead I went 6-0 without him. I pulled guys like Jeff Samardzjia off the scrap heap despite being ridiculed for doing so, and bought low on good pitchers like Aaron Nola. It feels good after a few down seasons to remind the people of this league exactly who I am. Having said all that, it’s time to return to being humble and working hard at improving my team.

3) WillisBeTheYear– Man this team is scary when it gets it right. His Astros double duo of George Springer and Jose Altuve combined for nearly 100 points, and waiting on David Price has really paid off as he now as an ace for his staff. Rumors continue to swirl that negotiations with the Yankeehaters for Jose Altuve have been going on for weeks, and if he can get a guy like Corey Kluber for him, and still have Brian Dozier at 2nd base? This team may just vault to the top of the power rankings. This is a great team that just feels like one trade away from a guaranteed title contender.

4) Roger Dorn– That really sucked.  Can you imagine putting up 337 points, and losing by 100? Aside from an absolutely brutally gut-wrenching loss, it was an active week for Dylan. He made a blockbuster deal with the Yankeehaters and traded Clayton Kershaw for three solid starters. Some holes were filled on this team with his deal, but it’s hard to find a replacement for a guy like Kershaw. It’s impossible to doubt Dylan at this point though, he’s had a plan all year and continues to hang around near the top of the power rankings. If the season ended today, this team would be in the final four, and he’s got a high enough point total to win some tiebreakers.

5) Love Boat Captains– Doesn’t it just feel like no team in the league has taken closer losses than the LBC’s this year? Another heart breaker goes against Ginger, and she’s sitting at 7-7 with ten games remaining. This is a team you can never count out, but it’s good week/bad week nature is starting to drop her in the standings. It just feels like Ginger is having a season where she’s gonna hang around until the end, but ultimately just fall short of the final four.

6) sportsmanMike– This team is on life support. Two straight weeks of under 200 points has to be some kind of record doesn’t it? This team is a full on mess right now. Offense can’t get it going, and the pitching continues to get absolutely blasted (Jon Lester). Mike has had his fair share of ups and downs this season, and after being counted out multiple times, always went on win streaks to climb back into it. But I don’t think that’s gonna happen this time. I’m officially calling it, this team is on it’s way out of contention and isn’t going to recover.

7) RedRays– Sitting one game back of a playoff spot, and Madison Bumgarner and Dallas Keuchel returns are on the horizon. Things could be a lot worse for this team. I’m still not a fan of this roster, but the RedRays have hung around all season long and will probably continue to do so. Without a doubt this is the scrappiest owner in the league. He just refuses to allow this team to bottom out. Good for you, I envy that, a lot!

8) Yankeehaters– 6-3 feels like a long long time ago for this Yankeehating bunch. I know for a fact that Dave has to be pulling his hair out over this five game losing streak, and he promised me that a loss to Rays Those Cowbells would result in a “complete blowing up” of his team. So this week is going to be entertaining to say the least. But let’s be real here, when Yu Darvish is your 4th best pitcher, you’ve got a good team. This team is going to be in the final four. Write that down.

9) Stogies– A two game winning streak following a nightmare nine game losing streak. Potential spoiler in the second half?

10) The October Boys– What else in there to say? The offense is probably the best in the league, the pitching is an abomination. I guess pitching and defense really do win championships.


Game of the Week

WillisBeTheYear vs Rays Those Cowbells

Two 9-5 teams square off. Will nine be fine for Rays Those Cowbells?


Dan’s True All Star Game Starters


C) Salvador Perez

1B) Justin Smoak

2B) Jose Altuve

3B) Jose Ramirez

SS) Carlos Correa

OF) Mike Trout

OF) George Springer

OF) Aaron Judge

DH) Mookie Betts

P) Chris Sale



C) Buster Posey

1B) Paul Goldschmidt

2B) Daniel Murphy

3B) Nolan Arenado

SS) Corey Seager

OF) Charlie Blackmon

OF) Giancarlo Stanton

OF) Bryce Harper

DH) Joey Votto

P) Max Scherzer


I just wanna say that the fan voting was absolutely amazing this year. There’s not a whole lot they got wrong, and almost everyone who deserved to start got the start. Well done everyone.


Dan’s Home Run Derby Winner

Miguel Sano

All the focus is on Stanton and Judge, but this is the guy who’s going to win it. He’s got crazy raw natural power, and he’s perfectly build for this sort of event. This is going to be Sano’s coming out party on the national stage.


Thanks for reading! Good luck in this short week!



Drinking And Trading, Week Twelve

Forgive me for being so brief, but I don’t have a lot of time this week, busy busy busy, not to mention Chris Sale is pitching at 7pm and I’d like to be finished with my errands by then, so let’s just get straight to the rankings!


Week Twelve Power Rankings

1) Believe The Hype– Allan retakes the #1 spot as the only 9-3 team in the league. Serious reinforcements are heading to his pitching staff, as he grabbed Jose Berrios in a trade with Rays Those Cowbells, and Cole Hamels is making his long-awaited return off the DL. The rich get richer?

2) WillisBeTheYear– Had a really bad performance and takes a tough loss in a very winnable game. To make matters worse, a game of division leaders is looming against Allan. He’ll need his absolute best effort if he wants to avoid one loss becoming a two game slide.

3) Rays Those Cowbells– Put up 381 points and absolutely smoked Dylan for my sixth consecutive win. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about my fantasy baseball team. I’m the leading scorer, I’m on a long winning streak, and Mike Trout hasn’t played in a month. I can’t wait until he returns!

4) sportsmanMike– The peaks and valleys continue with this team, but he’s rebounded from a mid-season slump and is back sitting in the 4th and final playoff spot. Every time I think Mike is a sure fire contender, he goes on a losing streak, and every time I write him off, he goes on a winning streak. This team is tough to figure out.

5) Love Boat Captains– The name of the game is scoring more points than your opponent, and even though it was another ugly week for the LBCs, this time it results in a win. Another strong week offensively helped hide another crappy week from her pitchers, and you have to wonder how long this team can contend without getting some pitching help.

6) Yankeehaters– A six game winning streak feels like six years ago, as Dave finishes up his 0-3 run against the boys from St Petersburg. It warms my heart more than you know that not only did I beat him, but Allan and Mike proceeded to kick him while he’s down. But has anyone heard from Dave? No trades, no comments, no contact whatsoever. Does Dave feel his fall from contention is inevitable? Is that why he’s gone radio dark? Fight back Dave, you still have a good team.

7) Roger Dorn– We’ve all been there. A few times a season, a team you play just has a crazy good week and there’s nothing you can do. That happened to Dylan this week, but you know he’s gonna bounce back strong. This team has fought all year long, and will continue to do so. He’ll be a factor in the playoff race, I guarantee it.

8) RedRays– This team needs Madison Bumgarner back in the worst way. Two games back of a playoff spot and facing the hottest team in the league in Rays Those Cowbells, this week could be make or break for the RedRays.

9) The October Boys– This team is going to continue to climb in the rankings, the roster is too good. Forget the record, this might be a top four team in the league based on talent. A long winning streak wouldn’t shock me in the slightest.

10) Stogies– What else can you say? Nine straight loses and counting, this season is a full on nightmare for Dave V.


Game of the Week

Believe The Hype vs WillisBeTheYear

Another much hyped showdown of “1 vs 2”.


Good luck to everyone in Week 13!




Drinking And Trading, Week Eleven

Did I miss the complete shift in baseball?

Remember a few years ago, when pitching just absolutely dominated, and finding offense was an absolute chore? You could find elite pitching options all over the waiver wire, and acquiring bats was like trying to gather gold bricks.

Well I’m declaring it, things have officially changed. I look on the waiver wire, and hitting options are everywhere. There’s like fifteen guys on the waiver wire who have crushed this year and hit near twenty home runs, but nobody has room for them because they’re stocking their bench spots with mediocre rag arms just trying to find some semblance of pitching. It’s completely changing how we play fantasy baseball, and whoever can adjust the quickest is going to take home the league title this year.

Don’t mind my musing, it’s just been raining all day and it’s got me in a thinking mood. We’re gonna try to keep this one short.  Let’s get to some rankings!


Week Eleven Power Rankings

1)WillisBeTheYear– On the heels of a four game winning streak, Willis appears to be settling in and has taken a two game lead in the tough beer division. A elite offense and a solid enough pitching staff have led the way, but I do think he’s going to regret dropping Jacob Faria, who appears to be the real deal. A tough test against the Love Boat Captains is on tap, so we’ll see if the league’s second longest winning streak continues.

2) Believe The Hype– It was a great week for Allan, who crushed the Yankeehaters by 50 points, and it would’ve been much worse if he hadn’t left Jose Ramirez on the bench. Anthony Rizzo continues to carry this team, and it continues to irritate me that Allan won’t use him at 2nd base. The real question I have for Believe The Hype, is Allan going to make the trade that he and I so desperately need to make? Let’s get a deal done Allan.

3) Rays Those Cowbells– Left for dead at 1-5, a five game winning streak has followed and I’m near the top of the league in scoring. I have some players coming off the DL, Edwin Encarnacion is going into his annual summer AL MVP mode, and Mike Trout is going to start swinging a bat in the next few days. Things are looking up for me in a big way, and I’m looking forward to putting a stranglehold on my recent winning ways by making a blockbuster trade this week.

4) Yankeehaters– After falling woefully short in his bid to “crush” Allan, is Dave going to boycott this weeks post as well? A six game winning streak seems like a long time ago, as two straight losses to rivals have followed, and Dave’s waiver wire heroes are starting to finally return to earth (Zack Cozart). Dave promised a trade was coming after losing last week, and now that he’s doubled down on that loss, you can absolutely bet that elusive deal is coming, and soon.

5) Love Boat Captains– This is a stunning loss for the Love Boat Captains. Her offense absolutely mashed to the tune of 72 hits, and she still only put up 244 points. Ginger’s pitching just looks…. bad. The problem with this team is what you see is what you get. You know that no trades are coming to try and fix things, so if the pitching continues to be bad, you can’t say that help is on the way. Still, this is a scary team, who even with inconsistencies, is a threat to crush an opponent every week.

6) Roger Dorn–  It’s maddening to try and rank this team, because this week they’ll probably put up 350 and move into the top three in the rankings. The good news for this team is that they’re going to absolutely crush Rays Those Cowbells this week, with Kershaw and Greinke both going twice. The bad news is I have no idea what this team is going to do in the week after. This is the wild card of the league right now.

7) sportsmanMike– All hail Xander Bogaerts! His heroics stole Mike a victory on Sunday Night Baseball that he desperately needed. Still, trouble is on the horizon. This team hasn’t really had a strong week in a month and a game with a livid Dave awaits him. Kris Bryant has got to get it going. He gave up a lot for him, and 13 points in a week just isn’t going to cut it. I will say that Nolan Arenado is absolutely amazing.

8) RedRays– Despite nearly everything having gone wrong for this team, he’s still managed to grind to 5-6 and within one game of a playoff spot, and Madison Bumgarner is throwing a simulated game on Wednesday. I don’t think this is a playoff roster, but he’s managed to remain competitive in a season where things could’ve gotten away from him quickly. That’s a sign of a great player. What’s the old saying about pitchers? The good ones can grind through a quality start even when their stuff is junk that day? That reminds me of this team in 2017.

9) The October Boys– This team has the best offense in the league and it’s not even close. If he had any semblance of pitching at all, he could be 9-2 instead of 2-9. I will say that yet again, his stubborn homer reliance on crappy Yankee pitching has been this team’s downfall. Look, I’m as big a Rays fan as anyone, but I’m not gonna roster Erasmo Ramirez.

10) Stogies– What else can you say? Every year there appears to be a team that’s cursed and just can’t win a game. This is that team.


Game of the Week

WillisBeTheYear vs Love Boat Captains

A big test for our number one team, a Love Boat Captains squad coming off a bad loss.


Good luck to everyone in Week 12!