Ex-Indianapolis Colts Coach Jim Mora may not have wanted to talk about the playoffs years ago, but here at thefoulline.com headquarters it’s all about the making the postseason.
After 19 weeks of fantasy baseball at its finest, it’s still up in the air which teams will advance to the final four. I’ve spent the last several weeks scouring lineups, analyzing upcoming schedules, and evaluating free agents, all in anticipation of writing which teams are Playoff Pretenders and which are Playoff Contenders.
Dirty Water Dogs
Was it only last season that Matt McLaughlin was making deals and putting together a unprecedented nine-game winning streak on his way to making it to the playoffs? This year, Team DWD got off to a slow start and has not been able to recover. These Dogs definitely don’t cut the mustard.
The good news is that Dylan has set his lineup. The better news is that he has a chance of taking down Less than Zero this week and playing playoff spoiler. The bad news is that NSOS will be watching the fantasy playoffs from the comfort of his new house.
The defending champs will not make the playoffs. I repeat, the defending champs WILL NOT MAKE THE PLAYOFFS! If I say this enough times it may actually come true. I believe that Dave Mc’s two-start pitcher strategy has run its course, and he will not have enough in the tank to overtake LBCs or Rays Those Cowbells. You put up a good fight this season, Dave. Now it’s time to crown a new champion.
These guys took the league by storm at the beginning of the year, riding the coattails of Albert Pujols. But suspect starting pitching and a revolving door of mediocre shortstops have led to his demise. There isn’t enough tapioca pudding in the retirement home to ease the dissatisfaction of this missed opportunity.
The Tek’s Message
I swear that this is not an anti-McLaughlin post. It’s just that when I look at their respective teams and upcoming schedule, it’s easy to deduce that we will have a McLaughlin-free playoffs. In fact, I would even go so far as to say that we could combine the rosters of all three Mc-teams into one “Super Team,” and they still would not make it to the postseason. Of course, I also anticipate that the McLaughlin household will bust their butts in the offseason to ensure that they don’t miss the playoffs in 2010.
Love Boat Captains
Am I the only one who is sick and tired of the LBCs running all over the league? Am I the only one that was happy to see her drop two big games in a row? Am I the only one who noticed that she has righted the ship and is back to form? Am I the only one worried about facing her in the playoffs?
These guys have been flying under the radar for most of the season, even with AL MVP Mark Texiera and the dynamic duo of Roy Halladay and Justin Verlander on his roster. SRR has four really tough games to finish the season. If he splits those games, I predict he makes it to the final four.
Rays Those Cowbells
If you ever want to have “roster-envy” go check out Dan the #1 Rays Fan’s lineup. He has a “Who’s Who” of starting pitchers in Lincecum, Haren, Peavy, Oswalt, and Lackey, mixed with a murderer’s row of hitters led by Carl Crawford, Ian Kinsler, and Carlos Quentin. The problem with this team is getting them all on the field at the same time and having them perform to their capabilities. If this team stays healthy, watch out. This fantasy baseball rookie is the real deal.
Less Than Zero
Although LTZ has been considerably more quiet this season than last, there is still no one in the league that ever looks forward to playing this high-scoring machine of a team. LTZ has led the league in weekly scoring five times this season and is always a threat to crush his opponent.
For someone that dislikes the Yankees as much as I do, I sure have a lot of Yankees on my team. Believe me, I’m not proud of it. Desperate times call for desperate measures. After spending the majority of the fantasy season in my division’s basement, I’m back where I belong, in first place with the most points in the league. Team YH is finally playing to its potential and peaking at the right time. My only regret is that I won’t have the chance to avenge my loss in the finals last year to the Boston Braves.
If the playoffs started today, these would be the match-ups:
#1 Yankeehaters vs. #4 Rays Those Cowbells
#2 Love Boat Captains vs. #3 Less Than Zero
Of course there are four very tough weeks of fantasy baseball left, and it is still anyone’s game. Good luck to all… except the Boston Braves of course.