Managing The Unmanageable


Allan gives his thoughts on the draft, and ponders a Walmart for Westshore Pizza employee swap. Thanks for reading and commenting! Hope you enjoyed Dan’s, Dave’s and Allan’s posts on the draft!


 

Here we go again guys! Draft day eve is here, the day where we all start to question whether or not we really know what the hell we are really going to do when that draft clock starts. Is my first selection going to get hurt, is he going to get caught up in a PED scandal or am I going to regret not selecting the golden boy of Major League Baseball?

This is a scary time for all of us who truly take this thing seriously. As much fun as it is,we all want to win. The competitive juices begin to flow, the adrenaline rush you start to get when your pick is coming and you know in your mind that you are going to get your guy, then POOF, he’s gone. Your mind starts to scramble like when your child decides to change the channel during the pivotal moments in a game and just ran into the next room with your controller. Yep fatherhood is a gift and a curse. As you get older you don’t have many opportunities to get those types of adrenaline rushes as much as you once had in your younger years.

Drafting a team and managing them is a lot like managing at work. You select your team, give them the pregame speech, believe in them and pray for the best outcome. You can’t control what a player is going to do day by day, just like you can’t control a person. Sometime you get lucky and find that gem. You plug them into the lineup and you can sit back with your feet up and relax. Then there are those that you have to monitor every damn moment of your day and eventually cut them. Just like at work. Only real difference is I can’t call Dan and offer him my worst worker, a Walmart gift card and guaranteed open spot at a checkout lane for life for his best worker and a slice of pizza. Life would be so much easier that way.

So instead we work with what we are given. Years of our own thoughts and knowledge ,a couple of magazines, a podcast from some of the best minds in baseball and stolen ideas from conversations with league members. We may not all communicate with one another, but for those who do we take a little from each other or try to pick the brains of those who we feel have a good idea of who’s hot and who’s not. Then there are some who will point you into the wrong direction purposely and loves getting into people heads (Dave Ingalls) and I believe he gets a kick out of it. But strategy is strategy.

The early injuries suck, but I kind of like it. It will definitely impact the draft a little bit and will possibly change the mind of the decisions we make early on. But we have 10 members of guys/gal who can turn a negative into a positive. So I look forward to what I believe will be our best season. I also look forward to seeing some of you guys at the ball park.

Let’s do this!!!

Maniac


Not to be a total copycat from Dan the #1 Rays fan most recent post…but, I too feel that Draft day is the most exciting day of the year. The moment Ginger sets the league up, and hits the magic draft order randomizer, my thoughts become consumed with drafting the perfect team, from whichever spot i’m stuck with. I absolutely love the rush of finding out my draft spot. Regardless if it’s the tenth pick,… or the tenth pick. (screw you “randomizer”)
There’s always an immediate backlash of who is getting which pick, and who’s going where. Text messages fly between league members, and the speculation of what the order of players is going to be. Every year, I make a list of the predictive first round picks, based on rumors, hearsay, gut feelings, as well as knowing each members of the leagues tendencies. I share this prediction with anyone that will listen, and some that don’t. With this insider information, I’m locked and loaded to make the perfect pick(s). The interesting thing is, I never get these predictions right, which leads to me panic picking my first round selection.
Is this the year that I break tradition, and take a starting pitcher? Probably not.

The first two rounds of this draft is going to be wild. I think we see four pitchers taken in the first ten picks. I see elite bats to be had in the 3rd and 4th rounds. I anticipate that ten, knowledgeable fantasy players, with a hint of competitiveness, and a dash of stubbornness, are going to make the perfect recipe for this, our tenth and most exciting season of fantasy baseball!

Just for fun, I dusted off the crystal ball and have come up with my first round predictions:
1. Believe the Hype – Altuve
2. Rays those cowbells – Trout
3. RedRays – Arenado
4. Love Boat Captains- Betts
5. SportsmanMike – Harper
6. The October Boys – Scherzer
7. Roger Dorn- Sale
8. Stogies – Kershaw
9. Willisbetheyear – Goldschmidt
10. Yankeehaters – Turner, Kluber, Bryant, Rizzo, Machado, ??? Pick 2!

I honestly have no clue. I do have a phone call into Ms. Cleo. Here’s hoping she’s better at this then I am.

Happy drafting!

Draft Eve


Twas the night before drafting, and all through the house, Dan’s brain was stirring, trying to figure it out”.

Draft day is tomorrow! It’s easily my favorite day of the year.

Sadly, it’s preceded by my least favorite day of the year, the dreaded draft day eve. Allow me to explain.

I have a ritual every year. I get my draft position, and spend the next two weeks formulating the absolute perfect strategy. I choose my first round target, I select the 2nd or 3rd rounder that I “must have” no matter what, and I identify all my sleepers and breakouts. I create a plan, I practice and work on it, and I spend all of early to mid-march relaxing and enjoying the spring.

Then, every single year without fail, about 24 to 36 hours before the draft, I start completely blowing up my perfect foolproof plan and starting from scratch.

Suddenly my “must have” doesn’t feel so essential anymore. My first rounder doesn’t look as good as somebody else I could have at that spot. My favorite sleeper has a 7.76 spring ERA and my breakout is hitting .198 with 27 strikeouts.

With my foolproof plan out the window, I proceed to scramble, start from the beginning and try to pull things together at the last minute. Then I realize how stupid that is and try to go back to my original plan. What ends up happening is a mixed up combination of my original strategy and my new nonsense, leaving my team in shambles and my draft a sloppy mess, looking like something that an 11 year old who’s had too much red bull and candy would put together.

Don’t allow yourself to be sucked in every year like I do. Trust yourself, stick to your original strategy and don’t fall for the last minute tinkering temptations of “draft eve”.

 

Dan’s Spring Quick Hits

-I just watched Chris Sale leave the game in the first inning after taking a line drive off the knee, eerily similar to watching Madison Bumgarner leave the game last night. I’m not dealing with this pitching crap again this year, I’m taking arms with my first five picks.

-I’m really excited to be heading down to Charlotte Sports Park for the first time in three seasons tomorrow.  I hope to see a lot of you foulliners out there.

-I still don’t believe Allan isn’t taking Mike Trout.

-And I still don’t believe Dave is considering a pitcher with his first two picks at all.

-This is going to be the most wild and crazy draft we’ve ever had. I legit think 15 players are worth first round consideration.

-The Rays “four man rotation” nonsense is going to be a disaster. They might lose 100 games.

-I have honest to god concerns about my new kittens jumping on my laptop and making me autodraft Zack Greinke.

-The two best records in the grapefruit league are Boston and Houston. Stop saying spring training doesn’t matter.

-Please remember to get with Ginger and get the league fee over to her. She does a great job setting up our league every single year.

 

Good luck tomorrow night, and I hope to see a lot of you tomorrow afternoon!

I’m #1…… Kind Of


The first of many posts this year from 2014 Fantasy Champion and back to back #1 overall pick king, Allan. Thanks for reading and commenting!

 


 

Well here we go again, back at it for another fantastic season of fantasy baseball. Although last year didn’t end exactly how I intended, losing in the Championship game to Willisbetheyear. The fantasy God’s took a vote and have spoken!!! I have EARNED the right to be this year’s #1 overall pick in the upcoming fantasy draft. I would much rather have won the championship and been picking #6 or #7, but what are you gonna do?

I am a little excited about having this opportunity to pick #1, because it gives me a chance to lock down one of the best players in baseball. Then again I won’t be picking again until #20. That worries me a little bit. These are the types of thing that will be running through my mind up until draft day. Who will I take #1? Who will be left at #20? Will I be sober enough to make the right decisions by the time my second pick comes back around? You know, those types of things. So I am nervous and excited at the same time.

I am extra excited though, because I get a chance to meet up with some of the guys at a spring training game earlier that day before the draft. It’s always a fun time. We get a chance to talk about fantasy strategies, life, the game of baseball, how much we hate each other’s team and my absolute favorite part, drinking beer with some buddies. Yea I may sound like a drunk, but hell, I’m okay with that. I like beer and so do you. I just pray to God that it isn’t hot out that day especially with all of this nice weather we have been having. Because I sweat like a sinner in church and I like to look good for the ladies.

I have told a few of the guys already that I plan on taking Jose Altuve with the #1 pick in the draft. He is the best 2nd baseman in the game and also one of the best players in the game as well. I know I tend to lie about who I am taking, alot. But this year I plan to be honest and fair.Why not take the reigning AL MVP and World Series Champion? He hits for high average, his power numbers have increased over the last 2 years, he steals a lot of bags and plays in the best young lineup in baseball. Picking at #1 you want the best player in the game, but then again why not have only one of the best players, but a player who plays a position of value. 2nd base is tough to find elite play at. So that’s it…..He’s my pick…..Maybe. lol

Well that’s about all I have at the moment. So Good luck to nobody but me and see you guys at the park/draft.

You Compete Me


Spring is in the air and the sun is shining, but things aren’t all sunshine and roses for Major League Baseball right now. There’s a problem, a huge problem, that some people are reluctant to address. If left unchecked, this problem could cripple or even destroy the game itself.

No, I’m not talking about steroids, or mound visits taking too long, or trying to shave off four minutes from a three hour baseball game.

I’m talking about the complete and utter lack of competitive balance in baseball.

“Competitive balance” is a controversial little buzz word. You ask any fan of a big market team, or anyone in the MLB front office who cares about money and ratings, they’ll tell you things are just fine. “Baseball is healthier than it’s ever been!” They’ll point to the twelve different World Series winners since 2000. They’ll point to the different teams in the playoffs every single season. They’ll point to the Yankees only winning one championship in this century as proof that of course, baseball is great. Parity has never been higher.

It’s a big load of garbage.

Let me explain something to those who may not know, “competitive balance” is not how many different teams win championships. It’s not how many different teams sneak into a fluke season and grab a wild card spot every now and again. Competitive balance, true, everlasting balance, is every single team in the sport, having an equal opportunity to acquire talented personal. Baseball is BY FAR the worst of the four major sports in this aspect.

Just look at the current landscape of the past offseason. The MLBPA was so outraged at the lack of movement in the free agent market that they considered filing an injunction against the owners of MLB teams. Great players, good talented stars, were left on the market until the first weeks of spring training. Many good players are still without jobs at the time of this post.

“We’re saving money for next years elite free agent class”! Nonsense. Teams are giving up. Throwing in the towel and tanking for high draft picks because it’s the only realistic shot to compete in the future. The Yankees went out this offseason and acquired Giancarlo Stanton, the reigning NL MVP, for absolute peanuts. Why? Did they have a hole in right field? Absolutely not. They have Aaron Judge, who hit 52 home runs last year and had one of the greatest rookie seasons in major league history. The Yankees saw an opportunity to take advantage of the broken system in baseball we have today. The rich, milking the poor and stacking up loaded rosters.

Let me ask you an honest question, when Bryce Harper, and Manny Machado, and this historic amazing free agent class of 2019 hits the market, is your team in the running for these players? How many of the 30 MLB teams, have a REALISTIC shot to sign Bryce Harper? Four? Maybe five? That’s competitive balance?

Make no mistake,this isn’t sour grapes from the poor Rays fan. This is an honest look in the mirror at the problems facing Major League Baseball. Are the poor teams blameless? No.  It’s disgusting what the Rays and Marlins have done this offseason, tanking the payroll and siphoning off the luxury tax from rich teams to line their cheap owners pockets. Baseball needs serious changes, a salary cap, a salary floor, the ability to trade draft picks and not just prospects, a real system of accountability for these owners who don’t care about the product and only care about profits. Because if these changes don’t happen soon, only four or five teams are going to have a realistic shot at playing meaningful games in September and October.

And only four or five fan bases are going to care about the meaningful games in September and October.

Everything Has A Return


It’s that time of year again.

Spring training games have kicked off, the draft order has been set, and the prep work has begun. Which also means that it’s officially “writing season” on thefoulline.com.

2018 marks the ten year anniversary of thefoulline.com, and the once great website has fallen on hard times. Gone are the steady stream of posts, the constant comments and visitors, and the regularly flowing trash talk and baseball commentary of our former regulars. For many months out of the year the site remains dark, no comments, no posts, only a list of old fantasy posts, an archive of former great memories long since forgotten.

Nobody is to blame for this. Sometimes, life just gets in the way. I myself recently have been given the keys to manage and run my own pizza shop. It’s a taxing position, and working 60 hour weeks quickly puts your priorities in order and forces you to focus on what’s truly important in your life. Sometimes, baseball just doesn’t take center stage.

But that doesn’t mean I have to like it, or even accept it.

I miss writing. I miss the jabs and trash talk we take at other, and I miss playing fantasy baseball. I miss trading and picking up free agents, and I miss the daily battle of wits that only the best fantasy baseball league in the world can offer. But most of all, I miss baseball. The real game of baseball.

This year, there’s going to be some changes here on the website. Over the last several seasons, it’s been nothing but fantasy baseball posts, and only fantasy baseball posts. While they’re a blast to write, they’re really only relevant to the ten members of our fantasy baseball league. In the glory days of this website, there was a constant flow of not just fantasy baseball posts, but real, hard hitting, well thought out baseball content. That’s my plan. In 2018, real life baseball returns to thefoulline.com.

I have big plans upcoming in the near and distant future, and I’ve already begun to calculate what some of them are.

-The draft day diary will be written.

-The weekly fantasy review returns.

-Monthly power rankings of MLB teams.

-A trade deadline special, multiple posts and thoughts on July 31st.

-Posts written from Tropicana Field during live baseball games.

 

There’s going to be a whole lot more content coming, the ideas are rushing to me so quickly it’s a little overwhelming right now to be honest with you. I’ll be writing a post every single Monday, rain or shine, and I’ll be squeezing in quick, short hitter posts throughout the week about the happenings in baseball and fantasy alike.

Things are moving forward on this website in 2018, and I’m hoping I’ll be able to convince the creator and father of thefoulline.com, Dave himself, to assist me going forward. I understand managing a full time career and children leaves blog writing a bit on the back burner, but I know Dave misses writing and his love of baseball is unmatched. I’d take a guess that we’ll see some posts from Mrfoulline going forward. Also invited to the party is Allan, our 2017 runner up and one of the most knowledgeable sports fans I’ve ever met. His guest post last year was brilliantly written and well informed, and I’d love to involve him going forward in what I’m trying to do here. Which also includes “marketing”, using the Yaysports Facebook page to involve countless members of our Yaysports group who love the game of baseball and would add great points and counter points to our established regulars.

Good luck to everyone in their draft prep, and I know I’ll here from you guys soon. Baseball is back, and so is thefoulline.com.

Everything has a return.

 

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!

 

Drinking And Trading, Week Eighteen


As we reach the official three-quarter mark of the fantasy baseball regular season, it’s becoming increasingly clear who the contenders are.

Believe The Hype and Rays Those Cowbells have separated themselves from the rest of the pack and are the two clear favorites to meet up in the championship game. The remaining two playoff spots are left to be fought over by a group of four teams. WillisBeTheYear, sportsmanMike, the Love Boat Captains and the Yankeehaters.

Speaking of the Yankeehaters, Dave somehow pulled out a victory against the LBCs and kept his playoff hopes alive, leaving Ginger steamed. Meanwhile, Roger Dorn got smacked around by the RTCs and might finally have put his playoff hopes on ice once and for all. It hasn’t been a good stretch for Dylan, who went from strong playoff contender to barely hanging around in a mere matter of weeks. I suppose the lesson to be learned here is “never ever deal with Dave”. Wise words to live by.

These races will all come down to the last week and there’s some huge games with big playoff implications this week. Let’s get to some power rankings.

 

Week Eighteen Power Rankings

1) Believe The Hype– What does it say about the season Allan is having that I’ve lost one game since mid-may and I’m still a second place team? Allan has put together the best team he’s ever had, winning every conceivable way imaginable, whether it’s a big time blowout or a low-scoring squeaker, no matter what, Believe The Hype has more points than it’s opponent at the end of the week. This team has more than enough to win the championship right now, but I know Allan, and he’ll be going full-on Brad Pitt in Moneyball in the final hours leading up to the deadline and blowing up the phones looking for that one final piece to put him over the top for good.

2) Rays Those Cowbells– 1-5 feels like seven years ago. This team is blasting every single opponent put in it’s way and at times, looks unstoppable. I just put up 350 points in a week where Chris Sale and Jacob DeGrom combined for 4 points. Now that’s domination! I would love to add one more pitcher, but at some point you may just have to let it ride. I’ll poke around, but I may be done dealing. If this is the team I go into the stretch drive with, that’s just fine with me. This season is a great opportunity to cement my legacy and become a multiple time champion. It’s not an opportunity I take lightly either. When the playoffs come, I’ll be ready.

3) WillisBeTheYear– This may be the streakiest good team in the league. Every single time I think he’s going on a long win streak to completely separate himself, he loses two or three in a row and gives the rest of his division a chance to catch up. The David Price injury really hurt. He was rounding into form and giving this team the ace it really needed. I still think this team makes it’s way into the final four, but he has a really big game against the defending champion this week and a loss will open up a whole lot of windows to him missing the playoffs.

4) sportsmanMike– You can look at this roster and say this team is overachieving, but Mike has made the playoffs for two consecutive seasons, has won a championship, and knows how to get into the final four. One thing that may be working against this team is a brutal end of the season schedule. Of his remaining six games, four of them are against Believe The Hype, Rays Those Cowbells, Love Boat Captains and Yankeehaters. Ouch. That’s a fatal four way of pain awaiting.

5) Yankeehaters– Dave stole a huge win against the LBCs this past week and kept his playoff hopes alive in doing so. This team has the most pedigree and postseason experience of all the teams on the outside looking in, but injuries to his pitching staff have ravaged this once mighty roster. Dave has a mini playoff game already starting this week, as a loss to Willis could leave his playoff hopes up in flames. But we know that Dave rises to occasions like these over the years, and if anyone will be ready to grind his way into stealing a playoff spot, it’s Dave. One advantage for Dave is that schedule really softens up after this week.

6) Love Boat Captains– Lost a crusher against the Yankeehaters and hasn’t won two games in a row since week 10. This just feels like a season where the LBCs are on the outside looking in come playoff time. The good news is back to back games against the worst teams record wise are coming up. The bad news is if she doesn’t win both, she could be in a lot of trouble.

7) Roger Dorn– Dylan is still only two games back of a playoff spot, but it would take a miracle at this point. He would have to jump three teams in front of him and probably will lose point tiebreakers to the Yankeehaters and Love Boat Captains both. Dylan had a really nice run this year and was competitive all season long, but it just feels like the end of the road at this point.

8) RedRays– A mediocre draft and injuries decimating his pitching staff doomed this team from the start. Still three games out of a playoff spot, but if Dylan needs a miracle, then this team needs to walk on water.

9) The October Boys– Out of it, but good offense still and big time spoiler potential down the stretch.

10) Stogies– Absolutely nothing went right this year. It happens to everyone at least once.

 

Game of the Week

Yankeehaters vs WillisBeTheYear

Massive massive massive game. Playoff implications everywhere. If Willis wins, he’ll have a three game division lead with five to play and a spot in the final four almost assured. If Dave wins, that division is wide open and anything can happen down the stretch.

 

Good luck to everyone in Week Nineteen!

Drinking And Trading, The Deadline


The MLB trade deadline came and went yesterday, with plenty of fireworks to go around. Sonny Gray is a Yankee, and the Dodgers traded for Yu Darvish in a last second stunner. Those deals, among countless others, helped make this one of the most exciting trade deadlines in history.

I absolutely love the trade deadline. The anticipation, the constant refreshing of your phone to check mlbtraderumors, watching the MLB Network special and listening to Harold Reynolds somehow suggest that 11 teams in baseball should trade for the same ace, and the crashing disappointment when the Rays do absolutely nothing yet again. Deadline day is my favorite day of the year next to opening day.

But it got me thinking, with our own fantasy baseball league’s deadline fast approaching, what deals could separate the logjam of contenders from one another? What is the final piece your team needs to get over the top?

This has never happened before on thefoulline.com. It’s the first annual contenders trading wish list!

 

Believe The Hype trades for….. Madison Bumgarner.

Allan has the surefire offense needed to hold down his position atop the power rankings, but does he have the pitching needed? Cole Hamels, Michael Fulmer and Carlos Martinez feel like really solid #2 and #3 pitchers, but this is a team that seems to just be missing that lockdown dominant ace that can put up 60 points in a playoff game during a two start week. Bringing in Bumgarner, who’s starting to get back into form at just the right time, could solidify Allan’s position as the clear title favorite. Allan and the RedRays have a rapport, having made plenty of deals over the years. Is it time for one more?

 

Rays Those Cowbells trades for….. Max Scherzer

I took a big step in upgrading my pitching staff today, grabbing up and coming ace Jimmy Nelson in a deal with Allan, but it’s not enough. I want lock down pitching heading into the postseason, that’s going to be the difference this year. Similar to Allan and the RedRays, I have made many deals with Dave V over the years and we usually have no problems coming together for a good deal. If he would make Scherzer and Marwin Gonzalez available in a package, also fixing my second base problem, I would pay an astronomically high price to get that deal completed.

 

WillisBeTheYear trades for….. Manny Machado

Shortstop is a big hole for the leader of the Beer Division, and has been for much of the season. Paul DeJong is a decent player, but he’s nothing special and his hot streak is fast coming to an end. Willis has two second baseman. I know Dave loves Machado, but if Altuve was dangled at Dave in a potential blockbuster, I know that would get his attention. Having Brian Dozier at 2nd base and Manny Machado at SS doesn’t sound like a bad idea to me does it?

 

sportsmanMike trades for….. Joey Votto

Wil Myers has been decent this season, but in a year where offense has exploded and seemingly everyone has a stud first baseman, “solid” isn’t going to get it done. Votto is the elite of the elite and Dylan has shown he’s willing to move superstars if he thinks it will better his team. Adding a Votto type to his lineup could be just what this overachieving team needs to steal the final playoff spot.

 

Love Boat Captains trades for….. Anyone

Ginger trades once every two or three seasons or so, and that strategy works for her. It’s hard to find too much fault in it, but sitting in the 5th seed and having an inconsistent team for much of the season, some new blood could be just what the doctor ordered to get into the final four.

 

Yankeehaters trade for….. Mike Trout

I have it on good authority that Trout’s owner is willing to move him if a slam dunk package came along. Dave lost Charlie Blackmon Monday and his outfield could use some more punch. JD Martinez won’t hit 534 homers every week. Dave is reeling a bit right now, but if anyone is creative enough and has enough moxy to pull a deal for a guy like Trout, it’s Dave. The defending champion’s ship is sinking and taking on water. Grab the Trout and let him swim you to the surface.

 

Roger Dorn trades for….. Charlie Blackmon

This trade was completed earlier on Monday afternoon, Bravo! Dylan’s outfield was a mess and he’s sitting in the 7th seed, barely hanging around. This is just the kind of trade he needed to get some positive momentum going again. Blackmon is a top three hitter in fantasy and a lock for 25-30 fantasy points every week. Great trade!

 

Please keep in mind, I’m not suggesting anyone go into “seller” mode and give up their good players for mediocre packages. I simply looked at the standings and if you were more than two games back of a playoff spot, you didn’t make the list. Sorry!

Get those offers out there! The deadline is the 8th! Good luck to everyone this week!

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,  but 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!