Drinking And Trading, The Playoffs

Real life sometimes gets in the way of baseball. It’s an unfortunate lesson I’ve had to learn over the past six weeks.

Between getting a new promotion at work, and dealing with the chaos that was Hurricane Irma, I had to suspend the weekly thefoulline.com fantasy baseball reviews. I simply just didn’t have the time to write them the way I wanted too. I could’ve taken 10 minutes and put a 150 word paragraph together and really phone it in just to keep the posts coming, but that’s not something I like to do. If I’m going to bother to write, I want it to be great stuff worth reading. I have a very high standard for myself.

Having said all that, there was NO WAY that I was going to let the playoffs come and go without writing posts. It’s the most exciting time of the fantasy baseball season, and my first playoff appearance since 2013. It’s been a long road to get back here, and I’m incredibly proud of the way my team played this season.  Bouncing back from a 1-5 start to finish 16-8 is one of my favorite things I’ve ever accomplished in my 10 years of playing fantasy baseball.

But enough rambling about myself, we’ve got four owners determined to bring home the gold this year. Let’s see how these matchups will play out.

 

Believe The Hype Vs Yankeehaters

It’s the game that neither man wanted. Allan didn’t want to play the Yankeehaters during their hot streak, and Dave didn’t wanna play clearly the best team in the league. For weeks now all that we’ve heard from Dave is that he’s “getting hot at the right time” and that “nobody wants to play him” and all the other boring cliches that mediocre teams use to justify that they deserve to sneak into the playoffs. But having said that, this really is a great matchup. A two start Clayton Kershaw is going to be hard to take down, and at this point you really do have to pencil Corey Kluber in for 30 points. He’s been on the best pitching run I’ve ever seen in all my years of watching baseball. Last weeks game will play a big role. Dave had his best possible week and put up 390, and Allan struggled to a finish near 270. That trend reverses this week. Allan’s team is the best in the league, and has been all season long. He deserves to win this game, and he deserves to win the title. Period.

Prediction: Believe The Hype by 50+

 

WillisBeTheYear vs Rays Those Cowbells

It’s the by far less sexy of the two playoff matches, but these are two great teams that have known they were going to be in the playoffs since July. Willis fought hard to grab a win in the final game of the regular season, and as a reward gets to avoid playing Allan in the first round. It really could pay off for him, as this is the week you want to play Rays Those Cowbells. None of my pitchers are starting twice, the schedule just didn’t line up for me the way it needed to, and I head into this game on a bit of a downturn, as my team is nowhere near as powerful as it was earlier this season. Willis and I usually always play a closely contested game, and I think the difference here could be that Jose Altuve and George Springer didn’t play that well last week. They’re too good to struggle for long, and they’ll make the difference in a close game.

Prediction: WillisBeTheYear wins by 20 points

 

It’s the playoffs! Get excited! Good luck to our final four this week!

 

4 Responses to “Drinking And Trading, The Playoffs”

  1. Foul line Dave Says:

    Shocking news! Dan is predicting that I lose! Who’d have ever thunk it? Young Dan’s baseball mind may have matured over the past several years,.. but he’s still prone to get a tad emotional when picking his Fantasy winners and losers. I didn’t have to read the post, to know that Dan was picking Allan. Dan and Allan have been friends since second grade. Allan has had the best record all year. And, Dan has a strong Fantasy bias for those that live south of the Sunshine Skyway.
    Dan doesn’t want to look at the facts. It gives him a tummy ache. He doesn’t want to acknowledge that the Yankeehaters have been the best team over the last month of the season. That this rag tag group of Fantasy baseballers have been playing for their survival for the past 5 weeks. That the Yankeehaters crushed Allen by 110 pts, just a short 2 weeks ago. It hurts young Dan, that I smacked around his other St Pete buddy, and eliminated him from the playoffs.
    To quote House of pain, I’m the cream of the crop, I rise to the top.
    I have 2 more wins left In me.
    Side note: I really like Allan and mike. They’ve had a good run. Good luck to Allan this week!
    Dan…suck it!
    Nice write up! Keep up the great job. We’ve enjoyed your writing all season. Thanks!

  2. Allan Says:

    Good luck to everyone.

  3. Dan the #1 Rays Fan Says:

    Oh Dave, it saddens me to see you so out of touch with reality in your…. how should I put it, advancing age.

    Some ridiculous “southern bias” is not the reason that I picked Allan to win your playoff game. The reason is quite simple. His team is better than yours. It’s better than yours now, it’s been better than yours, every single second of this entire season.

    There has NEVER been a singular moment, not even a whisper of a second, where you were the best team this season. You are not the “cream of the crop”. You are the nasty cream, that you miss with your spoon when you’re stirring up your coffee, and then it’s a pain to get out of the bottom of the cup when it hardens as you’re doing dishes. That is you, all season long.

    Enjoy this playoff game, you’ve got seven days to have your little fun, and then it’s on to the rest of football season.

    -Dan “Dave is lucky to be here” Mckewen

  4. Foul line Dave Says:

    It’s nice to see that your years of being a professional dishwasher have prepared you for that epic metaphor. Well done ????