The Winner Takes It All, Week 7

The competition is heating up. There are some new teams emerging as contenders (Sarasota Red Rays, The Showstoppers), as well as some other teams turning into pretenders (Bostonbad boys, Chickenheads). Since I’m back in the win column, and no one took me up on the challenge to predict this past week’s games, I’m going to do my best to predict the winners for week 8.

There are some really good match-ups this week. Let’s look in crystal ball and see how it’s going to shake out.

Yankeehaters vs. SarasotaRedRays:
This is going to be a tightly contested game. The SRR have been playing well for the past three weeks and are still getting maximum effort from their entire lineup. Tim Hudson had a bad game and still managed to put up 30 points for the week. It seems like everything this team touches turns to gold. Will they have the midas touch for one more week?

Team Yankeehater, on the other hand, had another unimpressive week from Curtis Granderson, Matt Holiday and Mark Texiera. If these guys can start producing like they are capable of, this offense could be explosive. It was nice to see some decent pitching from the YH with Fausto Carmona returning to 2007 form, and I think the addition of Kerry Wood to an already above-average pitching staff is going to push the Yankeehaters over the top this week

Prediction: Yankeehaters in a nail-biter.

Love Boat Captains vs. Chickenheads:
This game is over before it begins. LBC is riding a six-week winning streak and is facing yet another push-over opponent. I don’t know who made the schedule up to favor the only girl in the league, but this is getting ridiculous. I know that LBC has the best pitching staff in the league, but eventually big-point producers Kevin Youkilis and Jacoby Ellsbury will come back to earth. Not that it’s going to matter this week.

Chickenheads are suffering a 5-game losing steak and will add one more to the loss column this week. These guys are getting great stuff from James Shields, and that’s about it. Maybe the return of A-Rod will make this game close, but I seriously doubt it. If Chickenheads can manage to lose by less than 100 they should consider it a moral victory.

Prediction: Love Boat Captains in a blowout.

Bostonbad boys vs. Roger’s Syringe:
This is the battle of the 2-5 teams. These teams match up pretty well against each other. BBB is finally getting some production from fat-ass Prince Fielder, and Brandon Phillips, Chipper Jones, Josh Hamilton (23 points in one game), Ryan Dempster, and Dice K have been consistent point producers all year. Roger’s Syringe had a really good week from his hitters, with all of them putting up solid points. JJ Putz was a bright spot on an inconsistent pitching staff that may be showing some signs of life. With only 5 pitching starts for the BBB, I think Roger is going to take him out.

Prediction: Rogers Syringe in a squeaker

The Showstoppers vs. Boston Braves:
This is the most intriguing match-up of the week for me. It’s father against son, experience against youth, Darth Vader vs. Luke Skywalker. The Showstoppers put up some huge numbers this week, leading the league and joining the exclusive 400+ point club. They’re putting a lot of faith in closers this week with three in the lineup, but with the offensive firepower that this team has been putting up, they could put zero pitchers out there and still contend. They are facing an up-and-down team in the Boston Braves, who lost a really close game this past week that went down to the wire. BB had a good week offensively featuring the re-emergence of Alfonso Soriano and Ryan Howard, and they have 11 pitching starts to the Showstoppers’ 7. I always enjoy The Showstoppers rotating team logo, so I’m picking them.

Prediction: The Showstoppers by 25

Lessthanzero vs. My Best Efforts:
This is another game that is evenly matched. I like the team that LTZ has put together. He has a group that doesn’t put up a ton of points but produces pretty consistently every week. C.C. Sabathia is looking like a Cy Young contender again, and the under-appreciated John Maine is pitching great. I’m not sure why our favorite Canadian dumped Shaun Marcum, but I appreciate it. Maine’s two starts this week may be the difference maker.

MBE suffered a big setback this week with the loss of staff ace Jake Peavy due to injury. The rest of Best Effort’s starting pitching staff has already been performing poorly, and this definitely won’t help. Lance Berkman has been playing like a man possessed and may be able to pick up their slack. Also, the recent addition of Adam Dunn is proving to be a smart acquisition, but I don’t think My Best Efforts has enough pitching to compete with LTZ this week.

Prediction: Lezzthanzero by 20

Of course this is just my opinion. I would love to hear your thoughts on how you think your team will do this week.

17 Responses to “The Winner Takes It All, Week 7”

  1. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    415. hehe. I just got off the phone with the old man and he feels pretty confident in his 11-7 starters and 1-3 closer matchup. He feels that Sherrill for Baltimore can match up against 2 maybe even all 3 of my closers.

    I think the most intreguing matchup of the week is Ryan Braun vs. Alfonzo Soriano.

    60+ by Soriano vs. 50 pts by Braun. Unconsciousness is very fitting for these two.

    I think the best matchup of the week is clearly Roger’s Syringe vs Boston Badboys. While it will not be a 400+ performance by either team, it is a win for one of them that they desperatly need. Prediction for the week, overall I mean, LBC’s win with a 405 week. Dont ask why, I just have that feeling and dread facing that team soon.

    btw, according to the power rankings, LBC’s followed by Boston Braves, Yankee Haters and The Showstoppers. I think we need to focus on LBC’s and not YH’s as much. 6-0 over the past 6 weeks. Props to LBC’s.

    Matt “2-0 against the Boston Braves would be great for bragging rights in the McLaughlin Household” McLaughlin

  2. Dave Says:

    I went back and forth several times trying to predict the Showstoppers vs. Braves game. I would not be surprised if your Dad wins, but he is going to need to get some quality starts from his pitchers. Quantity is not necessarily better than quality. On the other hand, 3 closers is pretty risky. Those teams have to put themselves in the position to get save opportunities, never a sure thing.
    As for the LBC’s, I beat her in week one. I plan on beating her again when we we play. That chick doesn’t scare me at all.

  3. LTZ Says:

    I personally cannot see how My Best Efforts well even be within a 100 points of me this week. I out # 2-1 with my starts, and he only has one more closer active than I do. Now, I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I’m already looking ahead to next week.

  4. Dave Says:

    I predicted you to win, and was very complimentary to your team. What else do you want from me?!?!? :)
    You’re right though, MBE team is a mess right now. But with that being said, his team has been putting up some decent points.
    I didn’t realize the difference in pitching starts was 12-6. This could get ugly.

  5. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    Will we see the 443.66 record go down this week? LTZ? no. I think your record is safe Dave.

    LBC’s will be the one to do it, not this week I dont think tho.

    Matt “I need the power of Barry Melrose to win this week” McLaughlin

  6. Dave Says:

    First of all it was 443.67. Don’t short me, I need all the help I can get. Secondly, I’m starting to think you have a crush on LBC. Not that I blame you, any chick that knows this much about baseball is a keeper. I’m guessing that she’s off the market.

  7. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    I appreciate when someone goes postal on the entire league for 6 weeks. It demands admiration. Dave, not even you have gone 6 straight.

    Also I look at you as the Yankees of the league. I dont know if it is your rediculous line up or Yankee in your name, but I like to watch LBC’s make ou sweat a bit. She would be the Red Sox, You the Yankees, My Dad more Atlanta and I kinda see myself as Cleveland.

    And yes, any girl who knows that much about the greatest game on this planet is severly underrated in todays society. I think I know one other girl who knows that much baseball, and my father married her.

    Matt “Roger’s Syringe is clearly the Montreal Expos of the league… wait… they dont exist anymore?” McLaughlin

  8. Ginger Parker Says:

    I like your analysis, Matt. Made me smile to be named the Red Sox of the league. I suspect that Dave will not have quite the same reaction.

  9. Dave Says:

    Just like I suspected, Matt loves the Love Boat Captain.

  10. Dave Says:

    Another thing Matt,
    I don’t sweat LBC. I beat her once already, and I will beat her again. I guarantee it.
    As for the Yankee comparison….The Red Sox have waaaaay more talent than the cellar dweller Yankees.
    The way I look at it: I’m obviously the Red Sox,
    LBC is last years Rockies team. The best of a crappy league.
    I agree that you’re the Indians, solid line-up, chokes when it matter most.
    Your Dad is the Rays, a team playing decent now, but will be forgotten in a month.
    Dylan is the Twins. A very likable team, that has no chance of winning it all.

    Since I already have a target on my back….why not make it a little bigger.

    Man this is a really fun league. Thanks for setting it up.

  11. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    btw, Man-U for the win.

    Well, you could always be the Mets and choke in the last 2-3 weeks. Never know.

    Also its always nice to watch Baltimore beat up on the Yankees in ARod’s return game. what was it 12-2 or something?

    Matt “Im fighting the good fight this week” McLaughlin

  12. LTZ Says:

    I dont know how im going to win by 100 points since im currently down by 30… i guess thats what i get for running my mouth.

  13. Matt McLaughlin Says:

    If I can stick with the old man until Friday, I think I have a shot.

    Except when Howard goes off for 17 in a night. And Chris Young (thankfully not starting) takes a liner off the face. Who ever has Pujols should give him a steak dinner for singlehandedly destroying the worst team in baseball. Between Young and Bard, he took out the entire Starting Battery for the Pods.

    I love when ESPN refers to the Umpire Fantasy League. I wish it really existed. The guy from the Mets Yanks game the other night would have Negative Pts.

    Matt “I want Chuck Merryweather with my First Pick” McLaughlin

  14. Dave Says:

    I am thoroughly convinced that their is no way to predict these games. Look at the results so far…Chickenheads over LBC, My Best Efforts ahead of LTZ, Sarasota Red Rays kicking my butt. I think that the Fantasy Karma gods like to mess with us.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    I have a ticket for sale to ride the Boston Celtics Bandwagon all the way to L.A. for this century’s Celtics Lakers championship. I’d like to post something here about baseball, but for the moment. I’m wrapped up in the NBA playoffs like it’s the early 90’s again. Even if it’s for a few months, the NBA is making a great comeback, and I’m in, any takers?????

    Dylan ” The Celtics need to incorportate ‘Green House Effect’ into a nickname for the Garden” Hamilton

  16. Dave Says:

    If the Celts make it back to the finals, I’m going to dust off my Danny Ainge #44 jersey, and my short shorts from when I was 12 years old and temporarily jump back on the bandwagon.
    I still think the NBA is a shell out what it was back in the day with Bird, Magic, Jordan, Isiah, Kareem, McHale, Dumars, etc. Too much dunking, not enough passing/defense.
    But if a Boston team is in the finals…party at my place.
    All the Sam Adams you can drink.

  17. Anonymous Says:

    This may sound very odd, but Pierce reminds me a little of Bird. Granted, he’s not from French Lick, but his style is Bird-Esque. Nothing really comes to mind that is Pierce’s strong point, other than he just finds a way too score. Kg as well has been fun to watch, just complete dedication to this team and too winning. Put the Sam Adams on Ice…..

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