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Dethroning Allan, Week Three

I feel like this is some sort of strange time warp back to 2011. The Love Boat Captains are dominating the league again, Joey Votto is mashing, and Adam Wainwright is gone for the season. I guess it’s true what they say, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Unfortunately some things don’t change, and team sportsmanMike laid an egg after a great performance the week before. Our game of the week was never really much of a contest, and the Yankeehaters reigned supreme as the only team above .500 in the Fried Chicken division.

Side Note: Was this the first week in the history of our league where nobody made a trade? Strange times!

Side Note Two: Week Four won’t have that problem, Mike flips Yasiel Puig to me for Garrett Richards. Nice deal Mike! Let’s make another.

Week Three Power Rankings

1) Love Boat Captains- Joey Votto looks like the steal of the draft. Or is it Jake Arrieta? This is a GOOD team.

2) RedRays- Leads the league in scoring, paced the field in week three.

3) Yankeehaters- Rebounded from a loss to blow out team sportsmanMike. A great effort!

4) The October Boys- Rebounded from a really bad week one to win two straight.

5) WillisBeTheYear- Had a bad week, but I still really like this team alot. Is Jose Bautista healthy? He’ll need him to be.

6) Rays Those Cowbells- Came within an eyelash of beating the LBCs. I just wish Stephen Strasburg didn’t suck.

7) sportsmanMike- Mike didn’t have a great week in his showdown with Dave, but he needed a pitcher and traded for a really good one today. Garrett Richards is a stud.

8) Believe The Hype- First of many wins for Allan. But I’m surprised he hasn’t traded more.

9) Stogies- Losing Adam Wainwright for the season was utterly devastating. Hang in there man, you still have a good team.

10) Panda The Hammer- Two really bad weeks in a row. Maybe some changes coming for Sam?

 

Game of the Week:

Love Boat Captains vs RedRays

The lone unbeaten vs the highest scorer. The top two teams in the power rankings face off. Great matchup!

 

Good luck to everyone in Week Four!

 

Too Much Fun

The Red Sox came rumbling into town Tuesday, and I was preparing for disaster. After the three-game debacle against the Yankees, isn’t it just a perfect time to welcome one of the majors’ best offenses to St. Petersburg? Good times were to be had by all, as the Red Sox sent ball after ball into the seats, and Rays pitchers were left shaking their heads, looking for answers.

Well wouldn’t you know, the Rays give up 7 runs in 3 games, win the series, and do some of their best pitching of the young season. Baseball is a funny game sometimes. Nearing the end of April, I still have no idea if the Rays are contenders in the AL East or the division bottom-feeders.

Some of thefoulline.com gang got together Thursday night for the rubber-game of the set, and the trade talks (and the beer) started flowing instantly. By the end of the night, however, one had flowed quite a bit more than the other. My one mission heading into last night was to get Willis to deal me Corey Kluber. Unfortunately, I woke up this morning sans Kluber. After hearing rumors that team Yankeehaters has been pursuing him hard, I feel the need to step my game up. You might want to keep an eye on your inbox today, Willis!

Quick Hits:

– The crowds at the Trop are getting worse. It’s getting to the point where not even Red Sox and Yankees games can save them. We pretty much had section 131 all to ourselves.

– After watching a bigger crowd gather around the TVs in the hallway to watch the Lightning’s win in Detroit last night than there actually were watching the Rays, I now understand how truly low in the pecking order the Rays are in this region.

– Shout out to the rude Boston fan who was talking trash before I even got into the Trop. Everytime I talk to a Boston fan, I’m reinvigorated by my love of the game.

– Rays Those Cowbells is having a really great week! And I’m still down 50 points. The Love Boat Captains are the clear best team right now. Ginger wants #4.

– Nearly 3 full weeks in, and Allan and I haven’t made a deal together yet. Huh?

– Darn you all for getting me interested in Fanduel. I’m doing the research right now to get started. You’re all very bad influences.

– Is BJ Upton still in the major leagues?

 

Good luck to everyone. Finish Week 3 strong!

Dethroning Allan, Week Two

Well, that was interesting.

Parity was the name of the game in week two. Four of the five teams in the top five of the power rankings lost this week. Four of the five teams in the bottom five of the power rankings rebounded from bad first weeks and got huge wins to avoid starting 0-2. I don’t think anything speaks to the competitive nature of our league more than this. Any team can win, any given week. By the end of the season, it wouldn’t surprise me to see first place and last place be separated by only a game or two. Things are that tight!

Week Two Power Rankings

1) Love Boat Captains – The only 2-0 team in the league. I’ll have quite the game on my hands this week.

2) Yankeehaters – Dave put up a good game this week. It always sucks to put up 300 points and lose. But I think Rick Porcello owes him a beer. Or five.

3) RedRays – An offensive slump drops him from the #1 spot. Losing Carlos Gomez hurts, badly. Perhaps a trade for an OF coming soon?

4) WillisBeTheYear – Gut-check time for Willis. Trailing most of the week, he rallies and clips the Yankeehaters in the best game of the week. I like this team. They have good balance.

5) sportsmanMike – A balanced bounce-back effort from Mike vaults him up 3 spots. He absolutely smoked Panda The Hammer by 115+ points. This game was never close. How didn’t Goldschmidt go higher than fifth in the draft?

6) Rays Those Cowbells – Now that’s more like it. My team decides to play up to its potential this week and puts up the season’s highest total so far at 370. Rizzo and Donaldson are heating up, and Strasburg appears to be righting the ship. Alex Wood comes over from the Yankeehaters to provide a spark in the RP spot.

7) The October Boys – Dennis knocked off the #1 team in the power rankings and appears to have righted the ship from his season-low week one point total. Now who the hell is Shane Greene, this out of nowhere CY Young contender?

8) Stogies – This team has got to get more from its relievers. Fernando Rodney absolutely blows, and the Daniel Norris-in-the-major-leagues experiment isn’t working out great so far. Although I find it hard to believe Edwin Encarnacion will continue to bat .190 for very long. He’ll bounce back.

9) Panda The Hammer – An awful week, but is it a one-off, or a sign of things to come? Nobody on his team played well this week. Still, there’s talent here. We’ll see how things go in week three.

10) Believe The Hype – And we come to our champion. I know two things about Allan. There’s no way in hell that he’ll take this 0-2 start lying down, and losing to his two arch-rivals to begin the season will light a fire in his gut. I wouldn’t be shocked to see full-scale changes coming if the winning doesn’t start soon. He’ll be back with a vengeance, and pretty soon, we’ll all Believe The Hype again.

Game of the Week:

Yankeehaters vs sportsmanMike
This is a big game for Mike. Can he build off his good week? So many of his teams in the past could never put together winning streaks for very long.

Good luck to everyone in week three!

Dethroning Allan, Week One

Let me just start by saying this, I have never in my entire life been more happy to see a fantasy week come to a close than week one of the 2015 season. My game against the RedRays was Bambi vs Godzilla, Grass vs Lawnmower, Bug vs Windshield, and Yankees vs Clay Buchholz. Pretty much anything that could go wrong did.

Fortunately, a lot of our other games were a lot closer than the Rays Those Cowbells obliteration. Team Stogies and team sportsmanMike’s game came down to the wire, as did the grudge match between two of our playoff teams from last year, WillisBeTheYear and Panda The Hammer. The trade market was buzzing, as Dave V pulled off two blockbuster trades and brought in Bryce Harper and Cole Hamels. Nice moves! Those two guys are game-changers who will make a huge difference for this team.

Week One Power Rankings

1) RedRays- When you win by 170 points, you get the #1 spot. Is that a record margin of victory? Utter destruction of RTC.

2) Yankeehaters- Dave had a good draft and knocked off our champion in week one. Nolan Arenado looks like theft in round four, and his pitching staff carried the load.

3) Love Boat Captains- I really don’t think Jose Altuve, Devin Mesoraco, and Ian Desmond will combine for 20 points again any time soon. Even so, a solid point total and a big-time blowout of Dennis.

4) Panda The Hammer- Sam decided he wanted the two best closers in the league, and they responded with 70 points combined. He’ll never lose a game in a week where his closers pitch like that.

5) Stogies- Dave V squeaks out a win in a tight one, thanks to Clay Buchholz’s epic meltdown. This team was really active on the trade market and brought in two stud players. Expect a rise in the rankings to follow in the coming weeks.

6) WillisBeTheYear- Lost by 8 points and Evan Gattis was -5 with 137 strikeouts. Ouch. This is a good team. He’ll be fine.

7) Believe The Hype- Allan squandered away a game he should’ve won, having a PSR advantage and several high-profile aces pitching twice. The additions of Justin Upton and George Springer will go a long way to hopefully matching this team’s offense with its high-profile pitching staff.

8) sportsmanMike- Mike was in a perfect position to start 1-0. Then Clay Buchholz happened. Still, Mike got good performances from Paul Goldschmidt and Corey Dickerson and looks a lot stronger this year. Now if he could just get Chris Sale back on his roster, he might be onto something.

9) The October Boys- Dennis’s pitching staff let him down this week. Matt Cain went on the DL and put up a big zero. A really tough game with the RedRays is next on the schedule. He’ll need a big performance to avoid starting 0-2.

10) Rays Those Cowbells- Was there any doubt? Not much to say about this debacle. I need help, in a lot of areas. Couldn’t crack 175 points in a week with an extra day? Really?

Game of the Week

Love Boat Captains vs Stogies
Huge battle in the Beer division this week of unbeaten teams.

Game of the Weak

Believe The Hype vs Rays Those Cowbells
One of us is starting 0-2, Allan! Game on! Who am I kidding? It will probably be me.

Good luck to everyone in week two!

Rivalry Renewed

It’s that time again.

I’ve noticed over the last decade or so that the MLB schedule every year has the Red Sox and Yankees play an early April series, on the weekend, with the Sunday game always being shown on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. You can seriously set your watch to it.

So off we go with the first of 187 meetings this season in the greatest rivalry in sports. I’m actually intrigued to see how this one goes.

Personal Dan the #1 Rays Fan punching bag Wade Miley toes the slab for the Sox in game one, and I’m interested to see how he fares in the little league ballpark that is the new Yankee Stadium. If he goes out and throws 7 scoreless, I may have to turn my phone off for the night. Although I’m sure when I turn it on again, I’ll have three┬ámissed messages from Dave, laughing at my expense. He’ll probably throw in some cracks that Rays Those Cowbells can’t crack the 100-point barrier in week one either. I’m getting there, slowly but surely!

As for New York, big-time offseason addition (lol) Nathan Eovaldi tries to slow down one of the best offenses in the American League, and I’m sure it will work out great. I’ve always found that the recipe for success is trading for a mediocre pitcher who posted a 4.37 ERA in the light-hitting National League, and bringing him over to the best hitters’ park in the American League where the big-boy offenses play. The Yankees front office is already in mid-season form.

My only regret is that this series isn’t in Fenway Park. I’d love to see the Red Sox faithful make Alex Rodriguez regret ever returning for this year, one AB at a time.

Red Sox take 2 of 3.