Archive for May, 2015

Dethroning Allan, Week Seven

What a crazy week! And more specifically, what a crazy weekend. At least it was for me. I apologize for the weekly power rankings being late, so if you don’t mind, lets just get right into it before we waste any more time!

 

Week Seven Power Rankings

1) WillisBeTheYear- For the first time all year, we have a change at the top. Willis gets a huge win in our game of the week and takes over the lead in the Fried Chicken division. Now take a second and consider facing this team when Jose Fernandez returns. Scared yet?

2) Love Boat Captains- Ginger had her worst week of the season, by far. But this is just a blip. I feel badly for whoever has to play her this week. Indeed, she’s already up 15 over The October Boys.

3) RedRays- Another week where the “good” RedRays show up and destroy their opponent. This week it just happened to be the #1 team in the league. I’m going to be keeping a close eye on his matchup this week with team Stogies. I still wanna see this team put together two great weeks in a row.

4) Yankeehaters- Another close loss for team Yankeehaters. Dave worked his usual magic this past week and brought Felix Hernandez into the fold. Although I seem to remember a post from thefoulline.com past where Dave expressed his desire to never have King Felix on one of his fantasy teams. Hmm

5) Panda the Hammer- This was a tough week to rank, because all the teams sitting 5-7 lost. Sam had a tough 3 point loss to sportsmanMike this week, and Johnny Cueto appears to be at a crossroads with his arm. This will be a really telling next few weeks for Sam.

6) The October Boys- Outside of Mike Trout, The October Boys lineup was pretty awful this week. I’m not crazy about this teams infield, with guys like Mark Trumbo and Howie Kendrick, but it doesn’t help that Troy Tulowitzki has fallen short of being his elite usual self all season long. With a tough game against the Love Boat Captains looming, it could be a rough few weeks for Dennis.

7) sportsmanMike- Mike returned from Greece to find that he had toughed out a close three point victory over Panda the Hammer. The Goldschmidt, Kipnis, and Sale triumvirate continues to be money in the bank. The injuries to his outfield are significant right now. We’ll see Mike’s skill as an owner over the next few weeks as he navigates this rough injury patch.

8) Rays Those Cowbells- Should I send Carlos Frias a thank you card? His -17 debacle put me in position to steal a victory I desperately needed. Stephen Strasburg continues to rip my season to shreds with every outing. I finally benched him, so the Nationals will enjoy his best start of the year I’m sure.

9) Stogies- Had a great week thrown into the garbage by one pitcher. Probably deserved a better fate. Yordano Ventura might end up being a steal off the waiver wire. I still say he has the best offense in the league.

10) Believe The Hype- Is Allan finally ready to get on a roll? Big game with team Yankeehaters coming. Lets see if our champion can get his first winning streak of the season. He filled several holes with trades this week, and in a typical Allan fashion, traded Danny Salazar to me only hours after trading for him himself. Maybe that’s how he gets his swagger back.

 

Game of the Week

The October Boys vs Love Boat Captains

Both these teams are coming off bad losses with low point totals. I expect a ton of points and a really close game in this one.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 8!

 

Side note: If you’ve never been to Turner Field in Atlanta, please go before they tear it down in a few years. It’s a stunning ballpark and is well worth the trip.

Dethroning Allan, Week Six

Well so much for that.

My big “statement” game with the Love Boat Captains? It was pretty much over by Tuesday. I got a 70 point whitewashing that felt alot more lopsided than that. This week showed me just how big the gap is between myself and the LBC’s, and how much work I truly have to do. It was a rude wake-up call that’s for sure.

I feel like I’ve said this a lot this year, but again, there was much more excitement around the league than Rays Those Cowbells being blown out. WillisBeTheYear dominated and won a high scoring game over Panda the Hammer in a game of the week that finally lived up to it’s billing. Corey Kluber has finally righted the ship. I’m officially really scared of this team. Aren’t you?

Can we just take a minute though to mention Bryce Harper? Back to back 50 point weeks? Has that ever happened before? Will it ever happen again? Team Yankeehaters must be a complete wreck right now. He was first in line at the station for three years, goes to the bathroom for five minutes, comes back and he’s missed the Harper train. That really sucks. Guess who gets the fun task of facing Harper this week?

Week Six Power Rankings

1) Love Boat Captains- Has anyone ever reached the #1 spot in week one before and then never let it go? Could it happen this year? Her destruction of Rays Those Cowbells was never a contest. Jake Arrieta looks like a dark horse CY Young contender.

2) WillisBeTheYear- Looks like the buy-low period on Corey Kluber is officially over. There’s going to be a week here soon when Corey Kluber and Clayton Kershaw both have two-starts. And they’re going to put 60 points each on you. It’s gonna happen. It will probably be against me.

3) Yankeehaters- Solid no-nonsense win for the Yankeehaters. He seems to have mastered getting the right pitchers into the right matchups, and puts up solid point totals every week. This team will be a factor in the playoff race after sitting out last year, that’s for sure. Plus he has Prince Fielder, in one of the most lopsided trades in our league’s history.

4) RedRays- Looks like the good RedRays are back for a week. I’ve nicknamed this team the elevator, because nobody has more ups and downs. He’s already led the league in weekly scoring three times, and always follows them up with low scoring 200 point duds. If this team can find some consistency, look out.

5) Panda the Hammer- Sam holds steady at #5 after having a good week but still managing to get the loss. Strangely enough his offense carried the load for a change, and it was his normally stout pitching staff that had a few duds that led to his defeat. I think this is a solid, if unspectacular team that will hang around mid-pack in the power rankings for most of the season.

6) The October Boys- Two words, Harper for Tanaka. This has the makings of a trade that Dennis will regret for years to come. If he still had Harper in an OF with Mike Trout and Matt Kemp? Man…. Even still, this team is better than it’s performance this week. He’ll bounce back.

7) Stogies- Edwin Encarnacion. Dee Gordon. Kris Bryant. Hanley Ramirez. Andrew McCutchen. Bryce Harper. If Dave V can somehow get some consistent pitching, he’s gonna win it all. That offense is ridiculous kinds of scary. It’s only a mediocre pitching staff holding him back.

8) sportsmanMike- As much as I hate to admit this, it looks like Alex Rodriguez is going to be a good pick up off the waiver wire. Eww. One thing that doesn’t surprise me is Chris Sale’s return to form, or even Jason Kipnis for that matter. This is a good roster that just can’t seem to put it all together for a single week. Mike goes to Greece for vacation this week, will he have a win waiting for him when he returns?

9) Rays Those Cowbells- Oh boy where to begin. The outfield is mediocre, the pitching is awful, and all my trades in 2015 have turned out to be duds so far. Strasburg is the bust of the season up to this point. I still (kind of?) like my team, but things need to change in a hurry or it won’t matter.

10) Believe The Hype- The season as the defending champion is the hardest season you’ll ever have. Both Dave and myself told him this before the season. I still hold out hope, only because I know for a fact that Allan has too much pride to just let a season fall down the drain. He’s going to do something big, soon.

 

Game of the Week

WillisBeTheYear vs Yankeehaters

First place in the Fried Chicken division is on the line. Equal number of PSRs. This is going to be a really good game.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week Six!

 

Dethroning Allan, Week Five

Is that a record breaker?

My pitching staff this week was a complete abomination, combining to go 0-7 and not getting a single win all week long. Just for comparisons sake, October Boys standout Michael Pineda scored 63 points by himself. My entire pitching staff, including my relievers, combined for 63.5 points. My pitching was so bad, I’ll have to go through thefoulline.com record books to see if there has ever been a week where a team didn’t record a single pitching win. It was ugly!

Much less ugly however were some of the other exciting games around the league this week. WillisBeTheYear dug down deep and knocked off the unbeaten and and imposing Love Boat Captains, Panda the Hammer and Alex Gordon nearly gave team Yankeehaters a nervous breakdown, and team sportsmanMike has returned to the winners column after getting a big win over our defending champion. Things are really shaping up nicely for the rest of May!

But seriously my pitching was really really bad.

Week Five Power Rankings

1) Love Boat Captains- It will take more than one loss to knock this team off the top of the mountain. Rare trade acquisition Matt Holliday will make this offense even scarier going forward.

2) WillisBeTheYear- When you hand the unbeaten and #1 ranked team in the power rankings their first loss, you get a big boost up the rankings. This team is winning games with Corey Kluber and Clayton Kershaw pitching like mediocre scrubs. Just think about that for a minute. What will actually happen when they get going?

3) Yankeehaters- 308 points will win you a game most weeks. Although I have to admit, I found your Alex Gordon hatred amusing. Why on earth didn’t I pick up Danny Salazar off the waiver wire? I feel like a fool.

4) The October Boys- When this team lost Tanaka, I thought they were in for rough times ahead. But little did I know that Michael Pineda was the best pitcher in baseball. Now if I could just figure out why this team refuses to start Jon Lester, we’d be getting somewhere.

5) Panda the Hammer- Two straight really bad weeks followed by two straight really good weeks. Sam seems to have righted the ship in a hurry. The scary part is that David Price isn’t pitching that well. Is it just me or are alot of aces struggling around the game right now?

6) RedRays- What happened to this team? A few weeks into the season they looked like world-beaters. Now they’re struggling to score and piling up the losses. The good news is that Evan Longoria seems to have finally broken out of (two-year?) slump. The bad news is that Chris Archer looks awful right now. This team needs a rebound. And quickly.

7) Rays Those Cowbells- As mentioned, my pitching was awful. The Yasiel Puig setback really hurts. I’m hoping that new stud arm Carlos Carrasco can make a big difference. Huge game with the Love Boat Captains this week. I can’t afford to fall to 2-4.

8) sportsmanMike- Are you enjoying Garrett Richards, Mike? You’re welcome. Jason Kipnis seems to be back to 2013 form. Although Chris Sale is really struggling recently. Again, I may sound like a broken record here, but what is the deal with all these aces pitching badly?

9) Stogies- Back into the win column! It must be a great feeling. I have a sneaky feeling Dave V will grab this momentum and really get this thing moving in the right direction again. He’s way to knowledgeable about baseball to continue to pile up losses like that.

10) Believe The Hype- Where are the trades? I know Allan isn’t happy with his team. How long will he let it go on like this? Any day now I expect full-scale changes for BTH.

 

Game of the Week

WillisBeTheYear vs Panda the Hammer

These two teams are trending up the power rankings. I’m anxious to see how Kershaw and Price pitch in this matchup. The one that pitches the better game might decide who wins this showdown.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week Six!

Dethroning Allan, Week Four

Now that we are officially into May, I feel like things are really starting to shake out. Most of the players with hot starts are fading, and most of the slow-starters are rounding into form. This is the time of the year where the contenders begin to separate themselves from the pretenders.

Yeah right… This is thefoulline.com fantasy baseball league, where parity rules.

Five teams with 2-2 records. The highest scoring team and the lowest scoring team are separated by only 200 points. You win a big game one week, then get slaughtered the next. It’s maddening sometimes, but I’ll say it again, this is why this is the best fantasy baseball league in the world!

Week Four Power Rankings

1) Love Boat Captains- The Love Boat continues to sail along in calm waters. I remember there was a time when I thought Jose Altuve was going to regress this year. That seems hilarious now. Maybe there’s a reason that she’s won three titles and I only have one.

2) Yankeehaters- Dave didn’t have the greatest of weeks, winning a low-scoring duel with Dennis. Even still, team Yankeehaters still leads the league in scoring and is the only team above .500 in the Fried Chicken division. I have a sneaky feeling that some big changes are coming to team YH this week, it’s been awhile since Dave made a deal.

3) RedRays- So apparently the RedRays either obliterate their opponent and score 330+ points, or struggles to crack 250 and gets smacked around. This team will need to find some consistency going forward to be a true title contender.

4) Rays Those Cowbells- My team is really starting to come together. I have the most points scored over the last three weeks since my week one abomination, and Yasiel Puig should be returning in the very near future. I like where things are heading.

5) WillisBeTheYear- Grinded out a nice win against a division opponent. Evan Gattis and Jose Bautista are starting to get things going, but what on earth is wrong with Corey Kluber?

6) The October Boys- Not a great week for Dennis. Losing Tanaka is really going to hurt this pitching staff. But with Jon Lester seemingly returning to form, he’ll add a much needed boost and can hopefully fill the void.

7) Panda The Hammer- Now that’s more like it! After two really awful weeks, Sam’s team brought out the whooping sticks and put up the highest point total of the week, by far. Price, Zimmerman and Cueto carried the load and should continue to do so going forward.

8) Believe The Hype- The tough times continue for Allan. He had a really good week, got a ton of points from George Springer, Nelson Cruz and Justin Upton, and still lost by 50 points. But if this offense really is this good and can continue this hot streak, the wins will eventually come in bunches.

9) sportsmanMike- Two straight bad losses for Mike, but there are some positive signs. His offense absolutely crushed it this week, and new addition Garrett Richards goes right into the lineup as a two-start pitcher. There’s no way his pitching can be this bad again. Chris Sale for -13? No chance. I predict Mike’s team will break out this week.

10) Stogies- Three straight losses after starting the season 1-0, things aren’t looking great for our newcomer. This pitching staff continues to lay eggs, and allowed me to blow open our closely contested game. I think a trade for an ace may be coming soon. This team could really use it.

 

Game of the Week:

Love Boat Captains vs WillisBeTheYear

Is this finally the week that the LBC’s go down?

 

Good luck to everyone in Week Five!

 

 

Celebrate Nothing

The inevitable happened last night.

I was waiting for it, dreading it, hating it, and disgusted by it. But it finally happened.

Alex Rodriguez hit number 660 last night.

Ugh.

Let me not mince words here, this makes me sick. Just because I knew it was coming, doesn’t lessen the blow at all. The biggest cheater and piece of garbage in the history of our game just passed one of the all-time legends in career home runs, Willie Mays.

Let that sink in. You grew up hearing about Mays. You’ve seen highlights of the catch, you’ve heard your father and your grandfather talk about him being the greatest baseball player there ever was. And now you get a front row seat to watch A-Rod disgrace his legacy.

Was 660 already tainted because of Barry Bonds? Probably. But that was his godson. Mays more or less accepted that Bonds was going to pass his career HR total, and made it easier for the rest of us to accept it because he seemed more or less okay with it.

But have you heard a word from Mays about Rodriguez? Any congratulations? Anything? Yeah, neither have I. Silence speaks volumes.

I’ve actually heard people suggest that we should celebrate this. That his achievements are still noteworthy, even with the steroids mixed in. That’s absurd. Every record he breaks means absolutely nothing and will be forever tainted. I actually saw a few people giving him a standing ovation last night.

The only standing ovation I’m going to give is for the next pitcher who throws a fastball at this guy’s face.