Drinking And Trading, Week Fifteen

We’re gonna do something a little different this week.

Now that the season is more than half over, rather than the standard power rankings that have become a regular here on thefoulline.com, I’m thinking we’ve reached a point where we can decide who is a real contender and who is a pretender.

Lineups locked really early this week, so let’s not waste any more time and get started. It’s the first thefoulline.com contenders and pretenders list of the 2017 season!

 

Contenders

 

Believe The Hype

Can anyone stop Allan? Sitting at 12-3 and on a five game winning streak, Allan is off to one of the best starts in the history of our league. With a loaded offense and a pitching staff that keeps getting better and better, Allan is the clear favorite for the league title at this point. But Allan has been in this position before and ruined everything. The biggest question with this team is, will Allan remain patient and not try to blow up an elite team?

 

WillisBeTheYear

Sitting at 10-5, leading his division and fresh off a win against a team on an eight game winning streak, Willis once again finds himself contending for another title. Is this really going to be the year? This is unquestioned “best owner in the league without a title”. Year after year he builds strong teams, and year after year he just falls short. That could all change this year, as he’s going to be hard to take down if his Astros AL MVP candidates both get hot during the playoffs. He just better hope the Astros don’t lose motivation when they clinch the AL West on August 30th.

 

Rays Those Cowbells

I finally lost! It wasn’t much fun to watch my record breaking streak go down in flames in only three days, but that’s the way it goes in the short week. The book on my team is pretty simple, I have an absolutely loaded offense and a pitching staff that could use some help. I’m hitting the trade block hard attempting to deal for more pitching, and whether or not I can get it done may decide if I’m a title contender or just a playoff team.

 

Love Boat Captains

You can never count out the three time champion. Ginger has the pedigree and the experience to surprise and steal a title with a team that might not be her best. Trea Turner returning could give this team a late season boost, but Johnny Cueto’s injury and overall suckage has absolutely killed this team. This has the look of a playoff team, ┬ábut not a title contender.

 

Yankeehaters

The only sub .500 team on the list, Dave makes this list because his roster is clearly better than his record. Can you imagine going into the playoffs with Kershaw, Kluber, McCullers and Darvish in a year where pitching hasn’t been great? Not to mention that you know Dave isn’t quite done yet. He’s going to make another deal, or five, and he’s going to be in a position to compete in the playoffs. Just like he has been every single year we’ve ever done this.

 

Pretenders

 

Roger Dorn

This is the one team I struggled to rank. I think Dylan could appear on either list, and my opinion changes on this team every week. I went with pretender because I believe that ever since dealing Kershaw, I just don’t think this team has that one dominant ace that can scare you in any given matchup. Things can change though, and Dylan has proven that he can bounce back all year long. I don’t see a 7-8 record getting this team all that discouraged, and if I had to pick one of the teams on the list to make the final four, this would be the one.

 

sportsmanMike

It feels weird to put a team over .500 on the pretenders list, but this team just doesn’t put a whole lot in fear into me. It hurts to have only five healthy pitchers going forward, and that’s what’s going to ultimately sink this team down the standings. This team must deal for more pitching depth, before it’s too late.

 

RedRays

Bumgarner is back! But this team is still sinking in the standings and is running out of time. You just take a look at the roster, and this just isn’t a playoff team.

 

Stogies

A nine game losing streak is pretty much a deathblow to any chance of competing for a playoff spot, but this roster is good enough to steal some games down the stretch.

 

The October Boys

Please please please stop drafting all Yankees. Drafting Tanaka to be your ace every year has been absolutely killing this team for a long time. But this is still probably the scariest offense in the league, and if his pitching is even decent that week, he can crush you into submission. This is NOT an easy game on your schedule.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week 16, and the rest of the way!

2 Responses to “Drinking And Trading, Week Fifteen”

  1. Foul line Dave Says:

    I had 4 more starts that Allan this week, and he’s going to beat me. It must be a huge horseshoe up his butt.

  2. Dan The #1 Rays Fan Says:

    With this Correa news, Allan’s luck may finally be running out.