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!

 

Contenders

 

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?

 

WillisBeTheYear

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.

 

Yankeehaters

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.

 

Pretenders

 

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.

 

sportsmanMike

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.

 

RedRays

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.

 

Stogies

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

AL

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

 

NL

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!

Drinking And Trading, Week Ten


Well that was dramatic.

Week ten had plenty of high scoring and high drama games. Dylan and Dennis had the highest scoring game of the season, and it led to a heartbreaking loss for Dennis. I could be wrong about this, but I’m pretty sure Dennis leads the league in 300 point losses. I can remember at least three off the top of my head. He just absolutely has no business being 2-8.

Elsewhere, Allan dropped his third game, the RedRays broke a long losing streak, and team sportsmanMike had another bad week and dropped back to .500. But the real drama, the real excitement, came in our foulline.com game of the week.

I don’t know if anyone was paying attention, but let me set the stage for you. Rays Those Cowbells and the Yankeehaters engaged in all-time classic. It was back and forth all week and all Sunday long, and nearing 7pm on Sunday evening, Chase Anderson’s loss and his -5 points were looming. Unfortunately, It would still have me down 306 to 302. In the bottom of the 8th inning in LA, Corey Seager stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. I quickly ran to the scoreboard to look around, and with Andrew Benintendi receiving the night off for Sunday Night Baseball, this was going to be my final AB. All my other games were final. My week, my win streak record, and a part of my legacy, was all on the young Dodgers superstar shoulders. What happened next will go down in thefoulline.com lore forever.

On a first pitch hanging changeup, Corey Seager swung a mighty hack and ripped a ball deep into the Los Angeles sky. There was never a doubt, this ball was crushed. I must admit I missed his grand slam trot, I was too busy celebrating. Over the years, Dave has humbled, frustrated and humiliated me to the tune of a 2-7 record. It felt amazing to strike back, and deal him some of the frustration he’s dealt me over the years.

This was easily one of the most satisfying wins of my career. To defend my win streak record and prevail over my arch-rival was incredible. To do so with Mike Trout sidelined and my best pitcher going -11 is icing on the cake.

Corey Seager

The hero I needed

The hero I deserved

 

Week Ten Power Rankings

1) WillisBeTheYear– After several weeks, a new number one has emerged. Willis has won three games in a row, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that his winning ways coincided with the return of Josh Donaldson to his lineup, who has absolutely been raking. I’m not exactly sure how Mark Reynolds became the best slugger in baseball, but Willis has always had a knack for finding under the radar offensive studs to carry his already loaded offense over the years.

2) Believe The Hype– Some water finding it’s way into the ship? Allan has dropped two of his last three games and surrenders the #1 ranking for the first time in weeks. I don’t think this little skid is anything to be concerned about. Carlos Correa and JD Martinez had mediocre weeks, and you know that trend won’t continue. These guys are among the best hitters in all of fantasy baseball and have been absolutely raking. Allan still probably needs more pitching, and if he wants to make a deal, he’s got plenty of offensive firepower to choose from.

3) Yankeehaters– Frustration is running high in the Yankeehater camp. Had the all-time winning streak record and a win over his bitter rival in his hands and dropped the ball, and loses for the first time since week three. It’s been awhile since Dave made a trade, and the big trades usually follow Yankeehater losses. I would keep an eye on this team this week, as I expect a big trade to come into our inboxes anytime now. A stud pitcher? A better first baseman? Whatever it is, it’s gonna be a fascinating week for the defending champion.

4) Love Boat Captains– Ginger didn’t have her best week, but adds yet another win over Allan, who has three losses all year, two to the three-time champion. A return to form of Francisco Lindor would help, who coincidence or not, has only one twenty point week since Dave argued with me in week three that he was a better shortstop than Corey Seager. Ginger continues to have faith in Gregory Polanco, who’s ownership rate now sits in the 87% range after weeks of mediocre production. Will Ginger make the switch soon? She’ll need to get more points out of her outfield going forward.

5) Roger Dorn– Dylan continues to field the most inconsistent team in the league, but the good Roger Dorn showed up this week in a high scoring slug-fest in which he needed every possible point to shake off The October Boys. Dylan’s offense absolutely smashed the cover off the ball, rapping out 64 hits and blasting 16 home runs. I’m not a fan of his rotation outside of his dynamic duo of Greinke and Kershaw, and some of the hot starters in his outfield are cooling off, but this is a team that continues to find ways to score high point totals and is a threat to crush his opponent every single week.

6) Rays Those Cowbells– My journey back to the .500 mark is complete. I think my team could be truly dangerous if Justin Verlander and Jacob DeGrom could ever pitch like they’re capable of, and getting Mike Trout back is a must. I’m excited about the rotation boost I’m getting in Jameson Tallion, who is the feel good story of the year coming back from cancer, and has one of the most live arms in baseball. I’m plugging him in right away in a two-start week. Confidence is sky high in the RTC week after my stunning victory over Dave, and I feel like I can accomplish anything right now. I’m locked in, confident, and I feel dangerous again.

7) sportsmanMike– This team needs a shot in the arm. After reaching as high as second in the power rankings, Mike is heading the wrong direction, losing two straight and falling back to the pack. This is a roster with good players who all seem to be slumping at the same time, and it can feel like nothing is going right when you’re stuck in one of those ruts. One of these weeks, Kris Bryant and Nolan Arenado are both going to have 45 points, and he’s going to blow somebody out. I just hope it’s not me.

8) RedRays– The nightmare is over! The RedRays broke a long losing streak this week and had his first good week in awhile. Some good news could finally be on the way for the most snakebit team in the league, as Madison Bumgarner appears to be getting ready to ramp up his rehab and could be returning soon. With a 4-6 record, this team is in no way out of it, and with another win or two over the next few weeks, it’s possible he can survive this stretch and make a bit of a run going forward.

9) The October Boys– There’s no team in the league that scares me more than The October Boys right now. I feel like if you take out the records, this team could be second or third in the power rankings. Aaron Judge is ridiculous, and Gary Sanchez appears to be returning to last years form. Oh yea, and that doesn’t even include Manny Machado, Mookie Betts and Jose Abreu. This team isn’t going to make the playoffs, but if you see his record and think you have an easy win, you have another thing coming. This team is a threat to drop 330 every week.

10) Stogies– Yikes. Probably blew his best chance to win for awhile against a skidding RedRays team. This team is in serious trouble, and with games against the Yankeehaters (twice) and WillisBeTheYear coming up, we could be looking at a team where the bottom falls out completely. I know Dave V knows his baseball and has been known to work magic before, but I’m not sure he can do a whole lot to fix this one.

 

Game of the Week

Believe The Hype vs Yankeehaters

“I’m going to absolutely crush Allan this week” A direct quote from Dave, who wants to take out some frustration on my good friend this week. I hope Allan wins by 200 points.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 11!

 

 

Drinking And Trading, Week Nine


Time sure can change things. After three weeks, our defending champion Dave and his Yankeehaters were 0-3 and looked dead in the water. His pitching sucked, his offense was underachieving, and his league mates were laughing at him and making jokes at his expense (probably mostly Allan and myself).

Fast forward to today, and Dave is on a six game winning streak and taking no prisoners. He’s made a bunch of great trades, gotten MVP candidates off the waiver wire, and has gotten back his champions swag and confidence.

As Dave piles up the wins, he’s now one win away from an accolade that many of you may not know about. The illustrious thefoulline.com all-time winning streak record of seven wins in a row.

The parity in this league is legendary. In all the years of our league, the fact that nobody has been able to win more than 7 games in a row in a 24 game season is insane. Losing streaks usually never last, and winning streaks are quick to die. The teams are too well balanced. Too competitive.

Now who may you ask has this record? What brilliant owner could possibly have accomplished such a taxing gauntlet of winning?

Why that would be yours truly and his 2015 Rays Those Cowbells. And who does Dave play in his attempt to tie the record this week? Why of course, it’s Rays Those Cowbells. That’s right, Dave tries to take the record directly from the record holder himself.

Unbelievable. You can’t make this stuff up.

 

Week Nine Power Rankings

1) Believe The Hype– Ho hum, another week where Allan absolutely blasted his opponent. His offense mashed out 62 hits, crushed 15 home runs, and Carlos Correa looks like the AL MVP. His pitching continues to be good enough, and take a look at his bench. Allan benched all his starters who got rocked, and played only guys who scored positive points. He’s making zero mistakes with his lineup and is crushing anyone in his way. Look out league, Allan is dialed in this season and coming for his second championship. Consider yourselves warned.

2) Yankeehaters– It wasn’t the greatest performance he’s ever had, but Dave once again cracked the 300 point barrier and defeated a solid and ready to play Roger Dorn team. Dave’s outfield is putting up major points, but I will say it’s amusing to me to watch him go through a different utility hitter every week thinking Yoenis Cespedes is ever going to come back, and then having to pick up another hitter when Cespedes suffers yet another setback. That being said, this team is dangerous. Kluber has returned in form, and Freddie Freeman is right in the middle of his 8 week timetable. You just getting the feeling that Dave is already starting to make plans for the final four. He’ll be there.

3) WillisBeTheYear– After weeks of somewhat treading water, Willis busted out in a big way and crushed his opponent. This team looks dangerous again. He got hugely encouraging signs, as Josh Donaldson looked back to MVP form and David Price looked back to CY Young form, both in the same week. These veteran stars have provided a huge lift for this team, and they could be just the boost that he needed.

4) sportsmanMike– Not a great week for Mike, as his winning streak is over and he just barely cracked 200 points. It was his pitching that did him in, as his usually reliable performers were getting blasted all over the place. He’s going to need more from Kris Bryant going forward, who just hasn’t quite yet matched his MVP performance from last year (he will). Still, I think this was just a bump in the road, not an indicator of future performance. This is the team I’m looking toward for the biggest bounce back of week ten.

5) Love Boat Captains– Broke a losing streak and defeated an October Boys team that gave her all she wanted, as it took Trea Turner heroics in his final AB to prevent yet another loss for the three-time champion. More good news keeps coming, as not only did she grab a tough win in week nine, but James Paxton returned off the DL and looked outstanding yet again. If he can stay healthy, he’s the ace this team needs going forward. A return to form from Johnny Cueto would sure be a welcome addition as well.

6) Roger Dorn– Hey look, it’s finally a division loss! Dylan’s run of being undefeated in his division sadly ended as he dropped a tough game against the Yankeehaters and had his momentum stall a bit. Lineup decisions cost this team this week, as he traded his best hitter for Christian Yelich and Jason Vargas, but then didn’t start either of them as they combined for 57 points! I’ll need that one explained to me. Going forward, you get the sense that Dylan is settling in as a good, but not great team. A possible fringe contender, but not one of the truly elite teams.

7) Rays Those Cowbells– Unsurprisingly, my team had it’s worst week of the season in L.A.T. (life after Trout). Surprisingly, I was able to somehow pull out a win! It’s better to be lucky than good I suppose. Still, there’s red flags with my squad. Encarnacion and Seager aren’t performing up to expectations, and Verlander and deGrom are getting crushed all over the place and have become unreliable at best. Still, 4-5 is a hell of a lot better than 1-5, and I’m just trying to desperately hang on until my savior returns.

8) RedRays– There’s not a whole lot to say here. Even with three wins under his belt, this has the look of the worst roster in the league. It’s hard to find a single superstar on this team. It’s gonna take some serious RedRays magic to keep the bottom from completely falling out of this thing.

9) The October Boys– Played well and took a heartbreaking loss to fall to 2-7. But if I had my pick of which of the “bad teams” in the league will turn it around and get back to respectability, this is the squad. A team with Manny Machado, Jose Abreu, Aaron Judge and Mookie Betts isn’t going to continue to lose every week.

10) Stogies– A true heartbreaker. His opponent had a horrible week, and he still couldn’t capitalize. Took a big step toward getting better pitching by acquiring Robbie Ray in a deal with Rays Those Cowbells, but he still needs to trade for more pitching to hold him over until Syndergaard returns and can team with Max Scherzer.

 

Game of the Week

Rays Those Cowbells vs Yankeehaters

As mentioned above, Dave tries to match the all-time win streak record against the very team who holds said record. I will do whatever it takes to protect my record. I’m pulling out all the stops.

 

Good luck to everyone except Dave in Week 10!

 

Drinking And Trading, Memorial Day


Memorial Day!

You’ll have to forgive me for keeping this brief, but having spent all day at the beach in the sun, and having the sun set on my fantasy world with the Mike Trout news, I’m not exactly feeling up to a big long post.

But I would like to say that if you know anyone in the military, a neighbor, a friend, a family member, anything along those lines, please take a moment to thank them for their service. Our military members sacrifice so much for us daily, so that we can do things like play fantasy baseball and live the kind of lives that we want to live. We owe every single one of them for our freedom and our very way of life. Mere words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation to these brave men and women.

Time for some power rankings!

 

Week Eight Power Rankings

1) Believe The Hype– It’s gonna take more than one loss to knock Allan off the top of the mountain. Have you looked at his offense? Think about this, Andrew Benintendi was his 6th option in his utility and outfield mix. How many teams in our league would he be a no-brainer start in their lineup? He may need one more pitcher, but so far Allan has been brilliant at managing his team and picking the correct lineups. We’ll see if he can keep up the magic.

2) sportsmanMike– The train keeps moving along. Mike is now the top scorer in the league and on a four game winning streak after dispatching a tough Love Boat Captains team. This team has become notorious for ripping off win streaks in recent seasons, he won seven straight in his championship season of 2015. The offense is elite and the pitching has held up so far. Mike is gonna be around for the long haul.

3) Yankeehaters– From 0-3 to third in the power rankings, the rise continues for our defending champion. After struggling to score points early in the season, Dave has now ripped off two straight weeks of being the top scorer and blowing out his opponents, and he’s rapidly climbing both the standings and the scoring lists. The Charlie Blackmon trade could go down as one of the most lopsided in our league’s long history, and reinforcements are still to come in Corey Kluber and Yoenis Cespedes. The arrow is pointing sky high for this Yankeehating bunch.

4) Roger Dorn– This team knows how to win games when it counts. Sadly there’s no tiebreaker for division record, because Dylan is 5-0 and has absolutely steamrolled the entire beer division. I’ll never understand why he traded Charlie Blackmon for Jason Vargas, but it’s hard to question him when the results keep coming. A big game with the surging Yankeehaters should give us a better indication of where this teams at. I’m not sure if Dylan yet believes if he’s a contender.

5) WillisBeTheYear– Help is on the way! Josh Donaldson and David Price both return to the lineup in week eight. Price didn’t look that amazing in his start against the White Sox today, but you have to think it will take some time for his to regain his form. The Donaldson return cannot be overstated. Just go take a look at how much more impressive his lineup looks with Donaldson at the hot corner. The difference is night and day. Willis is off to a roaring start with an 85 point total on Monday and looks well on his way to another win.

6) Love Boat Captains– There’s no way around it, the once mighty Love Boat Captains are struggling. Johnny Cueto and the rest of her pitching staff are really letting her down. Ginger builds her team the same way every year, draft an entire elite offense, and stock up on solid pitchers to form a good enough pitching staff. But what if the pitchers she selected aren’t any good for a change? What happens then? I don’t believe this is the case, this is just a rough patch. Ginger will bounce back. She always has, she always does.

7) Rays Those Cowbells– I was feeling really great. I had won two games in a row against Allan and Ginger, two of the toughest teams in our league. I had just made a trade to bring in Andrew Benintendi, an outfielder that I absolutely love, and I had even climbed to second place in the season scoring race. All these good feelings of course changed when I saw the Mike Trout bombshell flash across my phone. All the work I’ve done to try to get back into this thing just feels somewhat insignificant now.

8) RedRays– The good news: Dallas Keuchel came off the DL and looked pretty good. The bad news: His losing streak continues. The worse news: Willis came out today and absolutely stomped him, and he’s down 75 points before the week even really begins.

9) The October Boys– This team needs Manny Machado to get going in the worst possible way. A .220 batting average just ain’t gonna cut it. I still think this team is better than it’s record. Machado, Betts, Judge, Abreu, Bellinger, there’s some serious studs on this team. You have to think better days are ahead at some point.

10) Stogies– I have no idea how many games Bryce Harper is going to be suspended for, but I can’t be the only person who’s tired of this guys act. He’s an entitled punk who thinks the world owes him something. Yes, Hunter Strickland is a douchebag and plunking somebody because they took you deep in a playoff game is a really bush league thing to do, but still, that’s no excuse to act like a clown. Baseball fights are stupid and ridiculous. Just play ball.

 

Game of the Week

sportsmanMike vs Believe The Hype

Once again, the top two teams in the power rankings square off. Winner gets #1 next week.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 9!