Archive for August, 2008

The Winner Takes It All, the Playoff Update

I know that it’s been a week… or five since the last fantasy baseball league update. Since the last fantasy post, the league landscape has taken on a different look. The Showstoppers have shown to be human after rattling off nine straight wins, the Bostonbad boys have finally lived up to their namesake and put themselves in the position to make a run, and the always scrappy LBC continue to hold on to the lead in the tough East Division.

It’s important to remember that only the top four teams in the league make it to the postseason. With the trade deadline five days away and only three weeks left in the regular season, now is the time to improve your roster. Remember, the winning GM not only lays claim to the title of “Best Owner in the League,” but they will also be on the receiving end of the official fantasy prize pack.

Here’s how the playoff picture is coming into focus.

Clinched a playoff berth:

Yankeehaters (14-5)
Being the only team above .500 in the weak West Division has assured team Yankeehater a spot in the final four. But before the champagne gets popped, they still have 96+ hours to make one final trade before the deadline.

So close to clinching they can taste it:

Love Boat Captains (13-6)
It would take an act of God for the LBC not to make the playoffs. This team may be the most consistent team in the league. Good luck to the team that faces them in the postseason.

Boston Braves (12-7)
These guys refuse to go away. Winners of three in a row, they just find ways to win. Will the two-start-pitcher game finally catch up to these guys?

Slumping… but still in the hunt:

The Showstoppers (11-8)
The once powerful Showstoppers have faded in the past four weeks. Matt McLaughlin has been dealing with a slew of injuries to his pitching staff. If he can make some deals for some quality pitching, he may be able to put some Ws in the win column.

So… you’re telling me there’s a chance?

lessthanzero (9-10), Chickenheads (9-10), Bostonbad boys (8-11), SarasotaRedRays (8-11)
It’s going to take a lot for one of these four to make the playoffs. They’re going to need to run the table and hope for a bunch of losses from the Boston Braves or The Showstoppers. I’m not saying that it’s impossible, but they are going to have their work cut out for them. I’m gonna go with the Bostonbad boys as the sleeper team that may sneak their way in.

Thanks for playing…

My Best Efforts (7-12), Roger’s syringe (4-15)
Is it just a coincidence that Dylan drafted both of these teams? To his credit, there is no way Dylan could have known that we couldn’t use seven shortstops on our rosters. Also, MBE has been decimated by injuries to his pitching staff. With that being said, I hope that these guys play for pride the next three weeks and play the role of spoiler. I anticipate a big turnaround for these two guys in year two of fantasy league.

Good luck to all the teams.

Bye Bye Bye