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Drinking And Trading, Week Twelve

Forgive me for being so brief, but I don’t have a lot of time this week, busy busy busy, not to mention Chris Sale is pitching at 7pm and I’d like to be finished with my errands by then, so let’s just get straight to the rankings!

 

Week Twelve Power Rankings

1) Believe The Hype– Allan retakes the #1 spot as the only 9-3 team in the league. Serious reinforcements are heading to his pitching staff, as he grabbed Jose Berrios in a trade with Rays Those Cowbells, and Cole Hamels is making his long-awaited return off the DL. The rich get richer?

2) WillisBeTheYear– Had a really bad performance and takes a tough loss in a very winnable game. To make matters worse, a game of division leaders is looming against Allan. He’ll need his absolute best effort if he wants to avoid one loss becoming a two game slide.

3) Rays Those Cowbells– Put up 381 points and absolutely smoked Dylan for my sixth consecutive win. I can’t remember the last time I was this excited about my fantasy baseball team. I’m the leading scorer, I’m on a long winning streak, and Mike Trout hasn’t played in a month. I can’t wait until he returns!

4) sportsmanMike– The peaks and valleys continue with this team, but he’s rebounded from a mid-season slump and is back sitting in the 4th and final playoff spot. Every time I think Mike is a sure fire contender, he goes on a losing streak, and every time I write him off, he goes on a winning streak. This team is tough to figure out.

5) Love Boat Captains– The name of the game is scoring more points than your opponent, and even though it was another ugly week for the LBCs, this time it results in a win. Another strong week offensively helped hide another crappy week from her pitchers, and you have to wonder how long this team can contend without getting some pitching help.

6) Yankeehaters– A six game winning streak feels like six years ago, as Dave finishes up his 0-3 run against the boys from St Petersburg. It warms my heart more than you know that not only did I beat him, but Allan and Mike proceeded to kick him while he’s down. But has anyone heard from Dave? No trades, no comments, no contact whatsoever. Does Dave feel his fall from contention is inevitable? Is that why he’s gone radio dark? Fight back Dave, you still have a good team.

7) Roger Dorn– We’ve all been there. A few times a season, a team you play just has a crazy good week and there’s nothing you can do. That happened to Dylan this week, but you know he’s gonna bounce back strong. This team has fought all year long, and will continue to do so. He’ll be a factor in the playoff race, I guarantee it.

8) RedRays– This team needs Madison Bumgarner back in the worst way. Two games back of a playoff spot and facing the hottest team in the league in Rays Those Cowbells, this week could be make or break for the RedRays.

9) The October Boys– This team is going to continue to climb in the rankings, the roster is too good. Forget the record, this might be a top four team in the league based on talent. A long winning streak wouldn’t shock me in the slightest.

10) Stogies– What else can you say? Nine straight loses and counting, this season is a full on nightmare for Dave V.

 

Game of the Week

Believe The Hype vs WillisBeTheYear

Another much hyped showdown of “1 vs 2”.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 13!

 

 

 

Drinking And Trading, Week Eleven

Did I miss the complete shift in baseball?

Remember a few years ago, when pitching just absolutely dominated, and finding offense was an absolute chore? You could find elite pitching options all over the waiver wire, and acquiring bats was like trying to gather gold bricks.

Well I’m declaring it, things have officially changed. I look on the waiver wire, and hitting options are everywhere. There’s like fifteen guys on the waiver wire who have crushed this year and hit near twenty home runs, but nobody has room for them because they’re stocking their bench spots with mediocre rag arms just trying to find some semblance of pitching. It’s completely changing how we play fantasy baseball, and whoever can adjust the quickest is going to take home the league title this year.

Don’t mind my musing, it’s just been raining all day and it’s got me in a thinking mood. We’re gonna try to keep this one short.  Let’s get to some rankings!

 

Week Eleven Power Rankings

1)WillisBeTheYear– On the heels of a four game winning streak, Willis appears to be settling in and has taken a two game lead in the tough beer division. A elite offense and a solid enough pitching staff have led the way, but I do think he’s going to regret dropping Jacob Faria, who appears to be the real deal. A tough test against the Love Boat Captains is on tap, so we’ll see if the league’s second longest winning streak continues.

2) Believe The Hype– It was a great week for Allan, who crushed the Yankeehaters by 50 points, and it would’ve been much worse if he hadn’t left Jose Ramirez on the bench. Anthony Rizzo continues to carry this team, and it continues to irritate me that Allan won’t use him at 2nd base. The real question I have for Believe The Hype, is Allan going to make the trade that he and I so desperately need to make? Let’s get a deal done Allan.

3) Rays Those Cowbells– Left for dead at 1-5, a five game winning streak has followed and I’m near the top of the league in scoring. I have some players coming off the DL, Edwin Encarnacion is going into his annual summer AL MVP mode, and Mike Trout is going to start swinging a bat in the next few days. Things are looking up for me in a big way, and I’m looking forward to putting a stranglehold on my recent winning ways by making a blockbuster trade this week.

4) Yankeehaters– After falling woefully short in his bid to “crush” Allan, is Dave going to boycott this weeks post as well? A six game winning streak seems like a long time ago, as two straight losses to rivals have followed, and Dave’s waiver wire heroes are starting to finally return to earth (Zack Cozart). Dave promised a trade was coming after losing last week, and now that he’s doubled down on that loss, you can absolutely bet that elusive deal is coming, and soon.

5) Love Boat Captains– This is a stunning loss for the Love Boat Captains. Her offense absolutely mashed to the tune of 72 hits, and she still only put up 244 points. Ginger’s pitching just looks…. bad. The problem with this team is what you see is what you get. You know that no trades are coming to try and fix things, so if the pitching continues to be bad, you can’t say that help is on the way. Still, this is a scary team, who even with inconsistencies, is a threat to crush an opponent every week.

6) Roger Dorn–  It’s maddening to try and rank this team, because this week they’ll probably put up 350 and move into the top three in the rankings. The good news for this team is that they’re going to absolutely crush Rays Those Cowbells this week, with Kershaw and Greinke both going twice. The bad news is I have no idea what this team is going to do in the week after. This is the wild card of the league right now.

7) sportsmanMike– All hail Xander Bogaerts! His heroics stole Mike a victory on Sunday Night Baseball that he desperately needed. Still, trouble is on the horizon. This team hasn’t really had a strong week in a month and a game with a livid Dave awaits him. Kris Bryant has got to get it going. He gave up a lot for him, and 13 points in a week just isn’t going to cut it. I will say that Nolan Arenado is absolutely amazing.

8) RedRays– Despite nearly everything having gone wrong for this team, he’s still managed to grind to 5-6 and within one game of a playoff spot, and Madison Bumgarner is throwing a simulated game on Wednesday. I don’t think this is a playoff roster, but he’s managed to remain competitive in a season where things could’ve gotten away from him quickly. That’s a sign of a great player. What’s the old saying about pitchers? The good ones can grind through a quality start even when their stuff is junk that day? That reminds me of this team in 2017.

9) The October Boys– This team has the best offense in the league and it’s not even close. If he had any semblance of pitching at all, he could be 9-2 instead of 2-9. I will say that yet again, his stubborn homer reliance on crappy Yankee pitching has been this team’s downfall. Look, I’m as big a Rays fan as anyone, but I’m not gonna roster Erasmo Ramirez.

10) Stogies– What else can you say? Every year there appears to be a team that’s cursed and just can’t win a game. This is that team.

 

Game of the Week

WillisBeTheYear vs Love Boat Captains

A big test for our number one team, a Love Boat Captains squad coming off a bad loss.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 12!

Drinking And Trading, Week Ten

Well that was dramatic.

Week ten had plenty of high scoring and high drama games. Dylan and Dennis had the highest scoring game of the season, and it led to a heartbreaking loss for Dennis. I could be wrong about this, but I’m pretty sure Dennis leads the league in 300 point losses. I can remember at least three off the top of my head. He just absolutely has no business being 2-8.

Elsewhere, Allan dropped his third game, the RedRays broke a long losing streak, and team sportsmanMike had another bad week and dropped back to .500. But the real drama, the real excitement, came in our foulline.com game of the week.

I don’t know if anyone was paying attention, but let me set the stage for you. Rays Those Cowbells and the Yankeehaters engaged in all-time classic. It was back and forth all week and all Sunday long, and nearing 7pm on Sunday evening, Chase Anderson’s loss and his -5 points were looming. Unfortunately, It would still have me down 306 to 302. In the bottom of the 8th inning in LA, Corey Seager stepped to the plate with the bases loaded. I quickly ran to the scoreboard to look around, and with Andrew Benintendi receiving the night off for Sunday Night Baseball, this was going to be my final AB. All my other games were final. My week, my win streak record, and a part of my legacy, was all on the young Dodgers superstar shoulders. What happened next will go down in thefoulline.com lore forever.

On a first pitch hanging changeup, Corey Seager swung a mighty hack and ripped a ball deep into the Los Angeles sky. There was never a doubt, this ball was crushed. I must admit I missed his grand slam trot, I was too busy celebrating. Over the years, Dave has humbled, frustrated and humiliated me to the tune of a 2-7 record. It felt amazing to strike back, and deal him some of the frustration he’s dealt me over the years.

This was easily one of the most satisfying wins of my career. To defend my win streak record and prevail over my arch-rival was incredible. To do so with Mike Trout sidelined and my best pitcher going -11 is icing on the cake.

Corey Seager

The hero I needed

The hero I deserved

 

Week Ten Power Rankings

1) WillisBeTheYear– After several weeks, a new number one has emerged. Willis has won three games in a row, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that his winning ways coincided with the return of Josh Donaldson to his lineup, who has absolutely been raking. I’m not exactly sure how Mark Reynolds became the best slugger in baseball, but Willis has always had a knack for finding under the radar offensive studs to carry his already loaded offense over the years.

2) Believe The Hype– Some water finding it’s way into the ship? Allan has dropped two of his last three games and surrenders the #1 ranking for the first time in weeks. I don’t think this little skid is anything to be concerned about. Carlos Correa and JD Martinez had mediocre weeks, and you know that trend won’t continue. These guys are among the best hitters in all of fantasy baseball and have been absolutely raking. Allan still probably needs more pitching, and if he wants to make a deal, he’s got plenty of offensive firepower to choose from.

3) Yankeehaters– Frustration is running high in the Yankeehater camp. Had the all-time winning streak record and a win over his bitter rival in his hands and dropped the ball, and loses for the first time since week three. It’s been awhile since Dave made a trade, and the big trades usually follow Yankeehater losses. I would keep an eye on this team this week, as I expect a big trade to come into our inboxes anytime now. A stud pitcher? A better first baseman? Whatever it is, it’s gonna be a fascinating week for the defending champion.

4) Love Boat Captains– Ginger didn’t have her best week, but adds yet another win over Allan, who has three losses all year, two to the three-time champion. A return to form of Francisco Lindor would help, who coincidence or not, has only one twenty point week since Dave argued with me in week three that he was a better shortstop than Corey Seager. Ginger continues to have faith in Gregory Polanco, who’s ownership rate now sits in the 87% range after weeks of mediocre production. Will Ginger make the switch soon? She’ll need to get more points out of her outfield going forward.

5) Roger Dorn– Dylan continues to field the most inconsistent team in the league, but the good Roger Dorn showed up this week in a high scoring slug-fest in which he needed every possible point to shake off The October Boys. Dylan’s offense absolutely smashed the cover off the ball, rapping out 64 hits and blasting 16 home runs. I’m not a fan of his rotation outside of his dynamic duo of Greinke and Kershaw, and some of the hot starters in his outfield are cooling off, but this is a team that continues to find ways to score high point totals and is a threat to crush his opponent every single week.

6) Rays Those Cowbells– My journey back to the .500 mark is complete. I think my team could be truly dangerous if Justin Verlander and Jacob DeGrom could ever pitch like they’re capable of, and getting Mike Trout back is a must. I’m excited about the rotation boost I’m getting in Jameson Tallion, who is the feel good story of the year coming back from cancer, and has one of the most live arms in baseball. I’m plugging him in right away in a two-start week. Confidence is sky high in the RTC week after my stunning victory over Dave, and I feel like I can accomplish anything right now. I’m locked in, confident, and I feel dangerous again.

7) sportsmanMike– This team needs a shot in the arm. After reaching as high as second in the power rankings, Mike is heading the wrong direction, losing two straight and falling back to the pack. This is a roster with good players who all seem to be slumping at the same time, and it can feel like nothing is going right when you’re stuck in one of those ruts. One of these weeks, Kris Bryant and Nolan Arenado are both going to have 45 points, and he’s going to blow somebody out. I just hope it’s not me.

8) RedRays– The nightmare is over! The RedRays broke a long losing streak this week and had his first good week in awhile. Some good news could finally be on the way for the most snakebit team in the league, as Madison Bumgarner appears to be getting ready to ramp up his rehab and could be returning soon. With a 4-6 record, this team is in no way out of it, and with another win or two over the next few weeks, it’s possible he can survive this stretch and make a bit of a run going forward.

9) The October Boys– There’s no team in the league that scares me more than The October Boys right now. I feel like if you take out the records, this team could be second or third in the power rankings. Aaron Judge is ridiculous, and Gary Sanchez appears to be returning to last years form. Oh yea, and that doesn’t even include Manny Machado, Mookie Betts and Jose Abreu. This team isn’t going to make the playoffs, but if you see his record and think you have an easy win, you have another thing coming. This team is a threat to drop 330 every week.

10) Stogies– Yikes. Probably blew his best chance to win for awhile against a skidding RedRays team. This team is in serious trouble, and with games against the Yankeehaters (twice) and WillisBeTheYear coming up, we could be looking at a team where the bottom falls out completely. I know Dave V knows his baseball and has been known to work magic before, but I’m not sure he can do a whole lot to fix this one.

 

Game of the Week

Believe The Hype vs Yankeehaters

“I’m going to absolutely crush Allan this week” A direct quote from Dave, who wants to take out some frustration on my good friend this week. I hope Allan wins by 200 points.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 11!

 

 

Drinking And Trading, Week Nine

Time sure can change things. After three weeks, our defending champion Dave and his Yankeehaters were 0-3 and looked dead in the water. His pitching sucked, his offense was underachieving, and his league mates were laughing at him and making jokes at his expense (probably mostly Allan and myself).

Fast forward to today, and Dave is on a six game winning streak and taking no prisoners. He’s made a bunch of great trades, gotten MVP candidates off the waiver wire, and has gotten back his champions swag and confidence.

As Dave piles up the wins, he’s now one win away from an accolade that many of you may not know about. The illustrious thefoulline.com all-time winning streak record of seven wins in a row.

The parity in this league is legendary. In all the years of our league, the fact that nobody has been able to win more than 7 games in a row in a 24 game season is insane. Losing streaks usually never last, and winning streaks are quick to die. The teams are too well balanced. Too competitive.

Now who may you ask has this record? What brilliant owner could possibly have accomplished such a taxing gauntlet of winning?

Why that would be yours truly and his 2015 Rays Those Cowbells. And who does Dave play in his attempt to tie the record this week? Why of course, it’s Rays Those Cowbells. That’s right, Dave tries to take the record directly from the record holder himself.

Unbelievable. You can’t make this stuff up.

 

Week Nine Power Rankings

1) Believe The Hype– Ho hum, another week where Allan absolutely blasted his opponent. His offense mashed out 62 hits, crushed 15 home runs, and Carlos Correa looks like the AL MVP. His pitching continues to be good enough, and take a look at his bench. Allan benched all his starters who got rocked, and played only guys who scored positive points. He’s making zero mistakes with his lineup and is crushing anyone in his way. Look out league, Allan is dialed in this season and coming for his second championship. Consider yourselves warned.

2) Yankeehaters– It wasn’t the greatest performance he’s ever had, but Dave once again cracked the 300 point barrier and defeated a solid and ready to play Roger Dorn team. Dave’s outfield is putting up major points, but I will say it’s amusing to me to watch him go through a different utility hitter every week thinking Yoenis Cespedes is ever going to come back, and then having to pick up another hitter when Cespedes suffers yet another setback. That being said, this team is dangerous. Kluber has returned in form, and Freddie Freeman is right in the middle of his 8 week timetable. You just getting the feeling that Dave is already starting to make plans for the final four. He’ll be there.

3) WillisBeTheYear– After weeks of somewhat treading water, Willis busted out in a big way and crushed his opponent. This team looks dangerous again. He got hugely encouraging signs, as Josh Donaldson looked back to MVP form and David Price looked back to CY Young form, both in the same week. These veteran stars have provided a huge lift for this team, and they could be just the boost that he needed.

4) sportsmanMike– Not a great week for Mike, as his winning streak is over and he just barely cracked 200 points. It was his pitching that did him in, as his usually reliable performers were getting blasted all over the place. He’s going to need more from Kris Bryant going forward, who just hasn’t quite yet matched his MVP performance from last year (he will). Still, I think this was just a bump in the road, not an indicator of future performance. This is the team I’m looking toward for the biggest bounce back of week ten.

5) Love Boat Captains– Broke a losing streak and defeated an October Boys team that gave her all she wanted, as it took Trea Turner heroics in his final AB to prevent yet another loss for the three-time champion. More good news keeps coming, as not only did she grab a tough win in week nine, but James Paxton returned off the DL and looked outstanding yet again. If he can stay healthy, he’s the ace this team needs going forward. A return to form from Johnny Cueto would sure be a welcome addition as well.

6) Roger Dorn– Hey look, it’s finally a division loss! Dylan’s run of being undefeated in his division sadly ended as he dropped a tough game against the Yankeehaters and had his momentum stall a bit. Lineup decisions cost this team this week, as he traded his best hitter for Christian Yelich and Jason Vargas, but then didn’t start either of them as they combined for 57 points! I’ll need that one explained to me. Going forward, you get the sense that Dylan is settling in as a good, but not great team. A possible fringe contender, but not one of the truly elite teams.

7) Rays Those Cowbells– Unsurprisingly, my team had it’s worst week of the season in L.A.T. (life after Trout). Surprisingly, I was able to somehow pull out a win! It’s better to be lucky than good I suppose. Still, there’s red flags with my squad. Encarnacion and Seager aren’t performing up to expectations, and Verlander and deGrom are getting crushed all over the place and have become unreliable at best. Still, 4-5 is a hell of a lot better than 1-5, and I’m just trying to desperately hang on until my savior returns.

8) RedRays– There’s not a whole lot to say here. Even with three wins under his belt, this has the look of the worst roster in the league. It’s hard to find a single superstar on this team. It’s gonna take some serious RedRays magic to keep the bottom from completely falling out of this thing.

9) The October Boys– Played well and took a heartbreaking loss to fall to 2-7. But if I had my pick of which of the “bad teams” in the league will turn it around and get back to respectability, this is the squad. A team with Manny Machado, Jose Abreu, Aaron Judge and Mookie Betts isn’t going to continue to lose every week.

10) Stogies– A true heartbreaker. His opponent had a horrible week, and he still couldn’t capitalize. Took a big step toward getting better pitching by acquiring Robbie Ray in a deal with Rays Those Cowbells, but he still needs to trade for more pitching to hold him over until Syndergaard returns and can team with Max Scherzer.

 

Game of the Week

Rays Those Cowbells vs Yankeehaters

As mentioned above, Dave tries to match the all-time win streak record against the very team who holds said record. I will do whatever it takes to protect my record. I’m pulling out all the stops.

 

Good luck to everyone except Dave in Week 10!