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Drinking And Trading, Week 0-3

Three seems to be the magic number of the week.

As in 0-3.

The big story of week three in thefoulline.com fantasy baseball league was obviously the defending champion Yankeehaters finding a way to somehow gag away a 3-0 PSR advantage on Sunday afternoon and choke away a horribly winnable game against Dylan to start the season with the magical 0-3 label.

Yikes.

I’ve been doing some research in the hours leading up to this post, and it seems that no team in the 10 year history of thefoulline.com has ever started 0-3 and went on to make the playoffs. But if you want a silver lining, FIVE teams have started 0-3 and made the NFL playoffs since 1970. Isn’t that great? I’m trying to give you some hope and confidence here, since you seem to have lost yours and keep starting Kevin Gausman over and over.

Elsewhere, a lot of exciting developments transpired around the league this week, so let’s get to the power rankings quickly before Dave loses another game.

 

Week Three Power Rankings

1) WillisBeTheYear– The last undefeated team and a new number one. Willis put together a really impressive week and fought off a really game Rays Those Cowbells squad. Keep in mind, this team is 3-0 with Josh Donaldson and David Price both on the disabled list. Waiver wire addition Joey Gallo has helped fill the void for Donaldson, but can somebody please explain to me how a player can have a 30 point week with only 5 hits? Regardless, the arrow is pointing up for Willis in what appears to be the weaker division.

2) Stogies– The big mover of the week. Team Stogies put together his most impressive performance since he joined our league and absolutely crushed the formidable Love Boat Captains by 220 points. NL MVP Bryce Harper is the steal of the draft and his OF might be the best this league has seen since my infamous “Braun, Trout, McCutchen” OF of 2012. This team needs little tweaks, a stronger third baseman and one more good pitcher, but the foundation is clearly in place for a run at the league title. Dave V just put this league on notice.

3) Love Boat Captains– Yikes. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Ginger have a week like this. Hell I don’t think I’ve ever seen a team in our league’s history have a week like this! The LBCs were struggling to crack the 100 point barrier deep into Saturday afternoon. That’s not a typo. It was obviously very ugly, but with this team, you know it’s just a speed bump and not a flat tire. I feel very badly for whoever she gets to take her revenge out on in week four. (Spoiler alert, it’s me).

4) RedRays– A team that appears to be back on track. Put up his best week of the season behind a suddenly surging Anthony Rizzo and the Pirates latest reclamation project Ivan Nova, but tough times may be ahead. Losing Madison Bumgarner the way that he did is a devastating blow. He’s one of the best pitchers in fantasy baseball and was the clear leader of this pitching staff. Could a trade be in the works for the suddenly always silent RedRays?

5) Believe The Hype– This is a tough team to figure out. Allan just had his worst week of the season but got a win anyway because Mike’s team was even worse. I say he’s hard to figure out because it changes every week. Allan has made like 908 add/drops already and I never know who he’s going to start week to week. This team could be first in the power rankings next week or it could be last. It just depends on whatever lineup Allan trots out this week. The most trigger happy owner in the league.

6) Roger Dorn– This team got to 2-1… somehow. Week one is a distant memory for Dylan, as it took a massive collapse from the Yankeehaters to save him in week three and his team isn’t looking good. This team needs more pitching. Four bench hitters aren’t doing you any good, and another solid starter would do you wonders. Clayton Kershaw is going to start twice this week though, so I’ll be watching to see if Dylan can get back some of his week one magic. I will say that the whole league thanks you for beating Dave though.

7) Rays Those Cowbells– A team better than it’s record. I’ve yet to put up less than 280 points in a week and it’s taken great performances from my opponents to get me to 1-2. Eventually, this team is going to have a week where all it’s offensive superstars click and combine for 20 bombs. Not much to say here, better days are ahead.

8) sportsmanMike– So far Mike has sandwiched a great week around two really crappy weeks. Yet another team that needs to add another pitcher, as the injuries are starting to really pile up. 2nd base won’t be the huge black hole it has been though, as Mike grabbed Jason Kipnis off the waiver wire and will slide him into the lineup. Still, you get the feeling this could be one of the dreaded “tweener” teams that alternate wins and loses and jump around the power rankings all year without actually getting anywhere.

9) The October Boys– Lost in the shuffle of the Yankeehaters fall from grace is the 0-3 start of the boys from October. This team needs a serious shot in the arm (Not the one he dropped Starling Marte for) as things obviously aren’t going well early. But seriously though, has anyone heard from Dennis? Is he still in Europe? I’d hate to come back from an amazing vacation like that to a winless record.

10) Yankeehaters– Dave’s fall to the basement is complete. I know I’ve been having some fun with him during this post, but I figure we might as well do it while we can, because you know he’s not going to be down here long. Allan and I keep waiting for the infamous “Dave trade”, in which he fleeces somebody and gets a superstar pitcher for Kendall Graveman and Kevin Gausman, then claims that “they’re the one that offered it to him”. It’s like clockwork, and it’s how he’ll fix his team. It sickens me, but we all know it’s coming. You can’t shock me anymore Dave, you cannot!

 

Game of the Week

Love Boat Captains vs Rays Those Cowbells

Ginger looks to rebound from her week three beatdown and takes on a Rays Those Cowbells team better than it’s record.

 

Game of the Weak

The October Boys vs Yankeehaters

I mean somebody has to win, right?

 

Good luck to everyone in Week Four!

 

Drinking And Trading, Week Two

That was pretty much what I expected.

After an upside-down week one, several teams that found themselves atop the power rankings got smacked around in week two, while some of the slow starters bore down and got important wins to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start.

The Yankeehaters were not one of these teams, as his team once again laid an egg and lost to a RedRays team that didn’t have a great week in his own right. Some good news for Dave? The last time he started 0-2 was 2010, when he proceeded to rebound and make the finals. Some bad news for Dave? Neither of his opponents were able to clear the 285 point barrier in defeating him. What’s going to happen when his luck changes and teams actually start having good weeks against him? Some panic setting in at team Yankeehater headquarters?

 

Week Two Power Rankings

1) Love Boat Captains– Don’t let the final score of her game with Allan fool you, this was a dogfight all week long in which she trailed most of the week before pulling away Sunday afternoon. Having said that, if she’s drafting an all-world offense in the first eight rounds, then drafting AL CY Young winner James Paxton in round 12 to form an elite pitching staff, what are the rest of us supposed to do?

2) WillisBeTheYear– Not his best week, but took advantage of an October Boys team that has yet to figure it out and joins the LBCs at 2-0. The Josh Donaldson injury is going to hurt, and Willis has been fairly quiet so far this year despite a preseason promise to make more trades. I’d be on the lookout for a deal from this team in the coming days.

3) sportsmanMike– This week’s big mover. Mike absolutely destroyed Rays Those Cowbells in a game that was over sometime Monday afternoon, setting the high point total in the early going and having the season’s most impressive week so far. The problem with this team is that the injuries have already started to mount, as he’s currently got only five healthy starting pitchers. That can’t be a good recipe going forward.

4) Believe The Hype– Put a scare into the Love Boat Captains and moves up a spot despite losing our game of the week. Allan’s team looks good in the early going. I am curious to see how many times he can add/drop Yasiel Puig and Zack Wheeler this season, and I really wish he’d trade for a second baseman, but Nelson Cruz is a blockbuster addition that should help this team a lot in the coming weeks.

5) Roger Dorn– This was the toughest call of the week, where to rank Dylan. Which was the fluke, his amazing performance in week one where he looked unstoppable? Or his horrible performance in week two where he couldn’t even scrape 200 points? This might be the biggest wild card in the league right now, which Dylan is going to show up week to week? Losing a game where your opponent scored 226 points is a wasted opportunity and a tough pill to swallow.

6) Rays Those Cowbells– Hard to be too critical, as I ran into the buzz saw that was sportsmanMike and there really wasn’t anything I could’ve done. My offense is still horribly lethargic, hitting only 3 HRs all week despite being loaded with superstars. I’m hoping that bringing in NL MVP Kris Bryant in a blockbuster deal with Dave will give this offense a shot in the arm, and Edwin Encarnacion doing, you know, anything at all would be a welcome sight as well.

7) Stogies– It’s not often that you move down in the power rankings after winning a game, but when you scored 226 points and would’ve lost to every other team but the one you played, it’s hard to argue. Having said that, I still like this team a lot. It’s not often that an outfield of Bryce Harper, AJ Pollock and Matt Kemp will combine for only 40 points. He’s fortunate that he was able to scrape that win, because a game with the powerhouse LBC’s is next on the schedule.

8) RedRays– Anytime you beat the defending champions, it’s noteworthy. I feel like I may have been wrong on Jose Ramirez. I’m starting to really like him. He never strikes out, and I’m pretty sure he’s eligible at every position in fantasy. The injury bug has started to nip at this team early, and Madison Bumgarner hasn’t quite gotten it going yet. He’ll need MadBum to be at his best going forward.

9) Yankeehaters– Knowing Dave, I’m sure I’ll get a comment saying that his team is god-awful and should be ranked 11th, but I may be a little more optimistic than he is. His pitching was absolutely horrible in week two, wasting a 14 HR performance from his offense, but he went a long way in addressing that with his trade with Rays Those Cowbells that took six years of negotiating to get done. We all know Dave will do whatever it takes to win and won’t be down here for very long, so let’s all enjoy it while it lasts.

10) The October Boys– It’s always surprising to me when Dennis is struggling to win. He’s one of the smartest baseball minds in our league, and he’s always ready to make a deal and get better. It’s been a horrific start to the season for him, but much like Dave, you have to think that he won’t be down here at #10 for very long.

 

Game of the Week

sportsmanMike vs Believe The Hype

My two best friends in this world face off in an epic duel to get to 2-1. There will be blood, there will be pain, there will only be one winner.

 

Good luck to everyone in week three!

Drinking And Trading, Week One

Not exactly what we had in mind huh?

A pretty mediocre opening week to our 10th annual fantasy baseball season. Only two teams scored over 300 points, and it seemed like it was a week where studs all over the landscape either got rocked or couldn’t hit their way out of a paper bag. (I’m looking at you Nelson Cruz).

This weeks list of power rankings might be the most volatile that we’ve ever had. I’m expecting major bouncebacks from several key teams and players, and it wouldn’t surprise me if by Wednesday, this post won’t be worth the paper it’s written on (not literally paper). So let’s have it, the week one power rankings!

 

Week One Power Rankings

1) Roger Dorn– Where in the world did that come from? Dylan gives me and my draft recap the big middle finger and puts up 350 points and absolutely smokes the RedRays. Is this the first of many weeks at #1 for Dylan? Is the Roger Dorn express off and running? I don’t have the answers to those questions, but what I do know is that for week one, Dylan is the best team in the league and it’s not even close.

2) Love Boat Captains– Serious question, has Ginger ever lost in week one? Like honestly, I can’t ever remember her being 0-1. Paul Goldschmidt and Francisco Lindor may have done most of the heavy lifting, but she’s going to need to hope that the Trea Turner injury isn’t serious. He’s the leader of her outfield. She’s gonna need him to be elite going forward for this team to reach it’s full potential.

3) Rays Those Cowbells– Dug really deep and pulled out a dogfight win with a really good Stogies team. My offense has to be better. 43 hits this week was the second lowest total among teams. I need to improve my RP spot. Maybe a trade this week is in the cards for team RTC? Either way, 1-0 feels good.

4) WillisBeTheYear– Jose Altuve was easily the worst player on his team this week. That doesn’t bode well for the rest of us going forward. Emerging ace Jameson Taillon and a David Price return from injury will give his pitching staff needed reinforcements. There might not be a team in the league that scares me going forward more than Willis. This team is loaded.

5) Believe The Hype– Only 258 points in a win, but a lot of that has to do with Sam Dyson going out and becoming a full-time magician, making fantasy points disappear. It’s good to see Allan in the win column early, and a breakout from Yasiel Puig (barf) and a returning JD Martinez could team up to leave Allan with a loaded offense going forward. Maybe this is the year we all start believing the hype again. (Side note, great job on the post you wrote! I hope you write more going forward).

6) Stogies– Could very easily be higher up on this list. His game with Rays Those Cowbells could’ve gone either way, and losing a game like that is always a tough way to start a season. This team has the best outfield in the league. It’s seriously not even close. But he’s going to need a much better 3rd baseman going forward. Anthony Rendon just isn’t going to cut it long term. But having said that, I still anticipate this team moving up in the power rankings very shortly.

7) sportsmanMike– A good team that underachieved badly in week one. Stud performers like Xander Bogaerts, Jose Bautista, Carlos Gonzalez and Jon Lester weren’t very good, and he was still in contention to beat a good LBC’s team all the way up until Sunday afternoon. With Lester and Chris Sale both starting twice in week two, he’s one of the strongest bets to get to 1-1.

8) RedRays– I mean what can you do? Ran straight into the Dylan express and never had a shot to win. Anthony Rizzo must be, and will be, better going forward. A tough game with the defending champion looms in week two, he’ll have to dig deep if he wants to avoid the dreaded 0-2 start.

9) Yankeehaters– It’s not often that I’ll get to write Dave this low in the power rankings, so forgive me if I savor this one a little bit. With only three quality starts all week, Dave has made it clear that improving his rotation is a priority going forward. Team Yankeehaters is going to have to shake off his self-proclaimed “horrible trade” with Allan and get his swagger and confidence back going forward. His next trade will be a crucial one, he needs to win it, or we may have to hear more stories about the pitfalls of “drinking and trading”.

10) The October Boys– Not much to say here, a simply atrocious performance. Not even 50 points from Jake Arrieta could save Dennis this week. I feel bad for whoever plays Dennis in week two, this team should bounce back with a full week of games from Mookie Betts and Andrew McCutchen remembering that he’s a good baseball player.

 

Game of the Week

Believe The Hype vs Love Boat Captains

A big test for Allan in week two. Can he double down on his winning ways in week one? Playing the Love Boat Captains is always a great measuring stick.

 

Good luck to everyone in week two!

 

 

 

Believe It or Not

In this guest post, Believe the Hype’s Allan shares his thoughts on Opening Day, analyzes a trade, and wishes a chicken pox epidemic on unsuspecting MLB players.


 

Well, the wait is finally over… for some. I have finally decided to go out of my way and write a post, on the clock of course, because I refuse to do this for free. I’m not much of a writer, so please bare with me as you get through what is about to look like an essay written by a 4th grader. That might be giving myself a little too much credit.

I like baseball, I really do. I may not love it is as much as the rest of you guys do, but there is some passion towards the game. I really do enjoy opening day though. Sitting there, wishing you were off work, trying to figure out if the team you drafted is going to live up to the expectation that your trash talk has given out to your friends. Hell, to even know that your team is so far away from even being considered a playoff contender, but inside you get to at least think about what it would be like to win, until your starter leaves in the 6th inning and your bullpen gets a lights-out prison surprise.

I think my favorite part about this year’s opening day was when I decided to trade Kris Bryant to my good buddy Dave for Carlos Martinez and Carlos “my step son” Correa. Of course when Dan found out I was talking to Dave about trading Bryant he gave me a bunch of crap about how “you never trade the #1 pick,” then went ahead and asked me what I’d like for him. Once the deal was in place with Dave he gave me the usual “I have to think about this so I can suck more out of you” talk. I was a little surprised he only gave me crap for about an hour. It usually lasts a few days. But with the season getting ready to start and us wanting these deals to go through before Sunday’s opener, we made it official.

I must say though, when I made the deal, this was the first time I never thought about whether I just flushed my season down the toilet. I was 100% sure I actually beat Dave on this deal. Carlos Martinez pretty much won me the day when he was blowing 99-100 mph pitches past Bryant and his neck was snapping with those swings like he was watching a bee fly past his face.

This is all I pretty much got for the moment and I need to get back to work before I find myself feeling as bad as Dave did Sunday night. Thank you for reading this, and I hope everyone’s team has an epic meltdown this week and the injury bug spreads like chicken pox.

Lucky Man

Unlike Dan the #1 Rays fan, and his last post, I’m going to tell you why I think Opening Day is the greatest day of the year. Without trying to sound too cliche, Opening Day should be a national holiday. Kids should be free from going to school. No work for the adults. It should be mandatory to watch Major League Baseball either live or on television on the first day of the season. I don’t care if this sounds like some state mandated Kim Jong-Il nonsense. If you truly want to make “America Great Again”, watch some damn baseball.

Baseball has the gift of bringing people together. Father’s teaching their children the game at an early age. Brother’s bonding over the support of their favorite team. Or sometimes, if you’re lucky, you have a couple of great friends that take you to a Yankee/ Rays Opening Day game, and have one of the best days of your baseball watching life.

I had the pleasure of attending Opening Day yesterday, with a couple of the greatest people I know. These guys are fantastic husbands, caring fathers, pillars of the community, loyal friends, and did I mention- Stinking Yankee Fans??  Of course, I’m talking about Dennis and Dave. Also known as The October Boys and Team Stogies.

Although I always have a great time hanging out with these two, I was a tad skeptical that I would fully enjoy a Yankees vs. Rays game. Here I am, watching the two teams that I dislike the most in the baseball. Long story short, Dennis got us great seats, right behind home plate. We were close enough to get most of the called balls and strikes right. The crowd was electric. There was all kinds of baseball talk, laughing, foot long hotdogs, and overpriced beers.

I had the time of my life. The game had it’s fair share of drama and excitement. And rumor has it, the Yankees had the chance to tie it up in the 9th inning.

It was the perfect way to begin a season

I’ve been to a handful of Opening Days in my lifetime.

This one was my favorite.

 

Here’s a few quick hits for you:

  • The red, white & blue bunting really adds to the atmosphere at the game. It felt like a playoff game!
  • The Yankees have a very likable team. It’s a nice mix of young guys and veterans. I tried my best to come up with something bad to say about them. I must be losing my edge.
  • Joe Girardi is a tiny man. He’s a borderline little person. ( I feel better now)
  • There are a few Rays fans out there that now think that the Rays may go 162-0.
  • There are a few Rays fans out there, literally.
  • Stogies Dave is on the DL with a busted foot. I’d advise not picking him up off waivers.
  • I have a soft spot in my heart for baseball fans that keep score at the game. I’m going to go to a game and do that this year.
  • Evan Longoria needs a new walk-up song. Tantric’s “Down and Out” sucks.
  • Brad Miller comes out to “Crossroad” by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. That doesn’t suck.
  • I’ve spent way too much time thinking what my walk-up song would be, in the event that a team needs a 42 year old, light-hitting, good clubhouse guy, weak armed left fielder.
  • I came up with “Rearview Mirror” by Pearl Jam, or “Wind beneath my Wings” by Bette Midler.
  • I’m 100% sure that Dan the #1 Rays fan doesn’t have a better arm than Brett Gardner
  • If you’re in the mood for a fantastic meal. Check out PRIME Serious Steak. Two locations. 19655 Cochran Blvd, Port Charlotte & in Sarasota at the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall. Try the pork belly appetizer. You won’t be disappointed!

The Wait Is Over

Opening day!

I’m not gonna waste your time going on and on about how awesome opening day is. You know it, I know it. There’s no reason to go into that. But I will say that my absolute favorite part of opening day? The opening of the fantasy baseball season!

A lot has happened since we concluded our draft nearly two weeks ago. I mean a LOT. Is it normal for a fantasy baseball league to go through widespread changes before a single game is played? This is why our league is the best in the world. Ten owners trying to gain an edge, even before they know what they have. That’s how winners get an early jump.

So naturally, I haven’t made a single trade since draft day. What can I say, I like my team!

 

Dan’s Opening Day Quick Hits

-Only Allan could get the #1 overall pick, have his choice of any player in all of MLB, and then turn right around and trade that player before a single pitch is thrown.

-Speaking of the trade heard round the world, I really like Carlos Martinez. Bold prediction, he’s a better player for Allan than Carlos Correa this year.

-Dave preached to me this off-season about the importance of gathering the best pitching staff possible this year, because pitching was shallow. Then immediately proceeds to trade Johnny Cueto and Carlos Martinez.

-Dave and Allan make a trade before opening day every year. Seriously, go check the records. You can set your watch to it.

-Ginger and Dave made a deal where they swapped Cueto and Strasburg. Nice to see Ginger trading, but I’m not sure what Dave is thinking here. Strasburg is untrustworthy as it gets and aren’t Trumbo and Cespedes comparable?

-Big time Rays Those Cowbells sleeper Dylan Bundy finished spring training with an ERA over 10.00

-Rays Those Cowbells MVP pick and lineup cornerstone Edwin Encarnacion led the grapefruit league in strikeouts.

-I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… Masahiro Tanaka is the most overrated pitcher in baseball.

-Watching the Rays crush the Yankees is always good for my soul, but I can’t help but think these two teams will be battling for the AL East basement.

-I’m 77% certain that I have a better throwing arm than Brett Gardner.

-I’m 100% certain that Rays Those Cowbells will have a better season than 2016.

 

Baseball is back! The first fantasy review will be up on Monday. Thanks for reading!