Archive for April, 2018

The Days Of Summer, Week Four

Now that’s more like it.

After weeks of low scoring, boring games, week four saw an uptick in the action. Six of the ten teams topped 275 points, and two teams cracked the 385 points barrier. It wasn’t just the scoring that picked up either, as the RedRays and WillisBeTheYear engaged in a roster shattering, six player blockbuster trade involving five players picked in the first three rounds.

Elsewhere around the league, Allan and Ginger both took heartbreaking losses, Dave reached the 4-0 mark, and Dan and Mike had an all out war for the top scorer of the week award. Hitting is slowly starting to pick up around the league, but still, 14 of the 30 MLB teams are still hitting below the .240 mark. Maybe this is the new norm in baseball now and in the future?

Let’s get to some power rankings.


Week Four Power Rankings

1) Yankeehaters– I was skeptical at first, but Gerrit Cole certainly seems to be for real. He forms a dynamic duo with Justin Verlander at the top of his rotation, and Harper and Machado have been the best at their positions so far in 2018. Do I believe Dave has the best team? I do not, but regardless, 4-0 is 4-0 and he deserves to be at the top of the power rankings for now. I don’t have the heart to tell Dave that he hasn’t reached the 300 point barrier yet, and he has the lowest point total against him so far this season.

2) Rays Those Cowbells– Still not good enough. Even putting up the season’s highest point total at 386 points still isn’t enough for me, because it was carried by my elite pitching staff, and I still feel like this team hasn’t put together a complete performance. Willson Contreras and Miguel Cabrera can’t find their power stroke, and Francisco Lindor, Matt Carpenter and Michael Conforto can’t hit their way out of a paper bag right now. I’m still interested in making a deal to improve my offense, but everyone seems to be content to hold tight for now. Still, I like where things are at right now. My plan to build around elite pitching is working.

3) The October Boys– A strong start to the season continues for team Dennis. Aaron Judge is proving last year was no fluke, decreasing his strikeouts, increasing his walks, and becoming a better overall hitter in the process. Max Scherzer is fighting for the crown of best pitcher in baseball, and the Blake Snell breakout train seems to be full systems go. After a few disappointing seasons, Dennis is on the attack in 2018.

4) sportsmanMike– Put up 385 points, leads the league in scoring, and just made a great trade picking up Rays Those Cowbells favorite Ozzie Albies to fill a big hole in his infield. Patrick Corbin is the new Clayton Kershaw, and Jose Ramirez has fourteen walks and only five strikeouts all year long. Has anyone realized that Mike has the entire Arizona Diamondbacks team? Paul Goldschmidt, AJ Pollock, Zack Greinke and Patrick Corbin. Good thing for Mike that Arizona is having a good season huh? This is easily a contender for best roster in the league. Mike is dangerous once again this year.

5) Beni and the Betts– Mookie Betts is absolutely amazing. The fact that we can even start comparing him to Mike Trout speaks to how far he’s come. He’s easily a top three outfielder in fanasy baseball. It was a tough week for Dylan, who fell short in his showdown with Dave. But help is on the way. Josh Donaldson and Xander Bogaerts should be returning in short order. Sean Manaea certainly seems to be for real, and should help this pitching staff going forward.

6) RedRays– I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more jarring shift of mentality in a season before. Decided his roster wasn’t good enough, and blew the entire thing to pieces in one trade. It takes guts, and I applaud him for that. Clayton Kershaw and Carlos Carrasco are two of the best, and will massively improve his pitching staff. But with Arenado and Rizzo gone, does he have enough offense now?

7) WillisBeTheYear– Probably shouldn’t have lost this week, put up 320 points and still got crushed by Rays Those Cowbells. Have you seen his offense? Rizzo, Arenado, Stanton and Martinez, and Daniel Murphy coming back soon. If his pitching staff is filled with a lot of veterans, but if it can hold up and give him quality innings, we might have a league winner here.

8) Stogies– Dug deep down and got a much deserved first victory. May have a 1-3 record, but his point total isn’t too far off the league leaders and this has been of of the more unlucky teams in the league so far in 2018. When is Noah Sydergaard going to make the leap? I keep waiting. He’s good, but he should be setting records. He should be the best pitcher in the league easily. His stuff is the BEST I’ve ever seen in all my years of watching baseball.

9) Love Boat Captains– Game with Dennis could’ve gone either way. Joey Votto is going to breakout offensively soon. He’s WAY too good to be down for long, and when he does it’s going to completely transform this offense. The problem with this team is I’m just not sure the pitching staff is going to be good enough to compete.

10) Believe The Hype– Allan is committed to staying the course. He’s going to keep his elite offense, and try to find pitchers that are good enough. So far, it’s not working. But he thinks I will, and I respect his willingness to stick to his plan. We’ll see how things go over the next few weeks.


Game of the Week

Believe The Hype vs WillisBeTheYear

A rematch of last years final, and two desperate 1-3 teams. The loser could be in trouble.

Raining Champion


I feel like I could just use that as my intro to the recap, and just move onto some power rankings. It was an absolutely miserable week all across Major League Baseball, continuing a trend of a miserable season. We’ve had 26 rainouts up to this point, the most in baseball in a decade. Hitters all across the league are hitting .241 collectively, the lowest average on April 17th in 27 years. It’s been absolutely awful.

It’s time to get to some power rankings, before they’re rained out.


Week Three Power Rankings

1) Yankeehaters– 3-0, top scorer. You mix all that in a big bowl, and the recipe comes out first in the power rankings. Verlander has carried over his Astros brilliance from last year, and for some reason Gerrit Cole is the new Bob Gibson. You know Dave isn’t done making changes, and he’ll do some of his tweaking to bring in more superstars. Expect the Yankeehaters to hang around the top of the power rankings for most of the season.

2) Beni and the Betts– Winners of two straight, and has the only 300 point performance of the season! Dylan has put together a solid start to the year. Have you seen this teams outfield? When Tommy Pham is your third best OF, you’re in a really really good shape. Injuries have left this team’s infield in absolute tatters, and if he could get his players healthy, and find a first baseman and some pitching depth, this team could go places this year.

3) The October Boys– Dennis could’ve had a bigger point total than he had, but rainouts took a lot of his offense down and he only had 140 ABs on the week. Max Scherzer will haunt my dreams forever, putting up a 72 point smackdown that will go into history books. If Yu Darvish could ever get it going, this could be a dangerous team.

4) Rays Those Cowbells– By far the most perplexing team I’ve ever had. I can’t decide if I love this roster, or wanna blow it to pieces. One day they look amazing and put up a ton of points, and the next my offense is in a coma and goes 2-27 on the day with 16 strikeouts. Still, I have a lot of good pitching to play with and in a season where it’s hard to come by, I shouldn’t have a problem finding the big bat I seek on the trade market.

5) RedRays– A solid team. Once Rizzo comes back healthy, this team will be even better. Stephen Strasburg is a great ace to have on your staff, until he gets injured. But that day isn’t here yet, and Strasburg is doing wonders and carrying this pitching staff. If Arenado could actually learn how to fight, this team could go even further.

6) sportsmanMike– This is a good team. An offense loaded with stars, and a solid good enough pitching staff. Once Corey Seager and Jose Ramirez come out of their offensive slumber, things will get ever better. And just FYI, don’t ask me how I know this, but Mike is looking to make a big splash on the trade market this week. Check your inboxes!

7) WillisBeTheYear– The bad news, he’s lost two straight and sits at 1-2. The good news, he’s facing Rays Those Cowbells! Team RTC is the personal punching bag of team Willis, having won 9 straight against them and 11-3 overall. Expect Willis to get back into the win column this week and move up in the rankings.

8) Love Boat Captains– Injuries are hitting team LBC hard, as the three time champion sits in last place in her division. Nobody on this planet deserves to have to roster Chris Archer. He’s absolutely awful, yet he’s too good to cut. Off the top of my head, he’s one of the most frustrating fantasy players to own I can remember in the last decade.

9) Believe The Hype– He doesn’t want too, but Allan really needs to make a deal for some pitching. I have plenty available and I’m looking for a big bat! We match up. Let’s deal Allan.

10) Stogies– Things aren’t as bad as they seem. He’s run into the top scorer of the week on two different occasions. Expect this team to find the win column shortly. Even as soon as this week.


Game of the Week

Beni and the Betts vs Yankeehaters

The top two teams meet yet again. Can Dylan make a big statement win?


Good luck to everyone in week four. And please, no more rain!

Ray of Nope

The Tampa Bay Rays are a full on disgrace.

Chances are, you already knew this.

I’ve been a Rays fan for a LONG time. Since the very beginning. I have seen almost everything. I watched the “hit show”. I watched Albie Lopez and Tanyon Sturtze start opening day and pretend to be aces. I watched Josh Hamilton, Bobby Abreu, Trea Turner, Jose Bautista, and countless others be given away by the team, and become superstars and World Series Champions elsewhere. I watched Quinton McCracken, Danny Clyburn, Mike Kelly, Kevin Stocker and Paul Sorrento masquerade as a real major league lineup. I’ve been to Tropicana Field for a noon game on a Monday against the Kansas City Royals, where the announced attendance was 9,687, and I can tell you that there was 200 people in the stands. I have seen absolutely everything that the glory days of the Devil Rays has had to offer.

I can tell you with 100% certainty that this is the worst team in franchise history, and I’m absolutely disgusted with them. They have three starting pitchers, the bullpen is awful, and the lineup can’t hit a lick. Did I leave anything out?

I mean just look at the lineup for gods sake. CJ Cron is hitting 3rd for this team. CJ Freaking Cron. Let’s just go ahead and take a look at the #3 hitters around the AL East.

Giancarlo Stanton

Andrew Benintendi

Adam Jones

Josh Donaldson

CJ Cron

See what I mean?

What exactly are people expecting? Everyday I look at the Rays social media websites, and people are outraged. They’re surprised, they’re upset. It’s astonishing to me that the reactions have come off this way, like they expected this team to make a run at a Wild Card spot. Although judging by the attendance at the Trop over the last 20 years, not a lot of them really care anyway.

The worst part about this team, the fact that separates them from the old Devil Rays teams, is those teams had a future. Those teams had stars. They would lose 100 games, but you could tune in and watch Carl Crawford. You could watch Rocco Baldelli, Scott Kazmir, James Shields, Delmon Young, and other exciting players that you felt really good about. You could watch them lose a game, but know that better days were ahead. The core was in place.

Is there anyone you want to watch on the 2018 Rays? Do you wanna buy anyone’s jersey? Is there ANY player on this roster, that you look at and say to yourself “this kid is gonna be a really good player someday”. I can’t think of a single player I care about on this team.

They don’t call me “The #1 Rays Fan” for no reason. I love this team and have spent countless childhood nights sitting in front of the TV, watching good baseball and bad baseball alike. The Rays are ALWAYS going to be a huge part of my life.

But I can’t honestly tell you the next time I’m going to tune in for a game. I just don’t wanna watch this team. My time is too valuable to spend it watching CJ Cron be the best hitter on the team.

I’ve completely given up on this team. I’ve lost all faith, and it makes me really sad. I still love them, but right now, I just don’t want any part of them.


Dan’s Fantasy Quick Hits

-My team has had 368 ABs this season, and my players have 66 hits. That’s a .218 batting average, for anyone keeping track at home.

-Mike Trout is hitting .212. Francisco Lindor is hitting .143.

-My team is 2-0.

-Mike is the fourth highest scoring team in the league.

-His team is 0-2.

-Dave talked about how much he loved Masahiro Tanaka in the preseason.

-Tanaka has started one game for team Yankeehaters.

-Corey Kluber has claimed the title of best pitcher in baseball. Try to find a reason I’m wrong.

-Did Ginger set a lineup this week?

-The state of starting pitching is BAD. If you’ve got good pitching, hang onto it!

-Allan has easily the best OF in the league.

-Yes, I know Willis has Stanton and JD Martinez. I stand by what I said. Hoskins and Ozuna are absolutely mashing, and there’s all kinds of good vibes around the Mets right now. You just get the feeling Cespedes is going to stay healthy.

-The full on fantasy review returns next week.

-Rays Those Cowbells is going to drop some spots in the power rankings with this awful performance.

-How long before Dave trades Manny Machado?


Good luck to everyone the rest of the week!




The Days Of Summer, Week One

I guess momentum is real after all.

2018 started the same way 2017 ended, with all four of the playoffs team playing well and racing off to 1-0 starts. The short week and cold weather really hurt starting pitching, as getting six innings from your starting pitcher this weekend was like pulling teeth. As with every week one, you can’t get too excited or too down on your team, because after four games of baseball, you know almost nothing about the season. I don’t think Jose Ramirez is going to go without a hit for much longer, do you?

I have a tee time scheduled for later today, so let’s get going on some power rankings and get this season’s fantasy reviews off with a bang shall we?


Week One Power Rankings

1) Believe The Hype– Like almost all of last season, Allan finds himself back on top of the power rankings after having the leading point total for week one. Superstars won the day for Believe The Hype, as Jose Altuve, Freddie Freeman and Carlos Correa all dominated and carried the offense, and young breakout candidate Jose Berrios pitched the gem of the weekend and threw a complete game shutout. Allan looks ready to roll again after finishing in 2nd place last year and looks primed to make another run.

2) WillisBeTheYear– The champ is here! Willis puts up 214 points and his offense rapped out 35 hits. David Price and Shohei Ohtani dominated, and Giancarlo Stanton didn’t wait long to make an impact in his Yankees debut, slamming two home runs. Take a look at this roster, it’s absolutely stacked. Willis wants to go back to back and has firmly established himself as one of the most dominate owners in our league.

3) Yankeehaters– A solid start for Dave, who mixed some duds offensively with some dominating starting pitching from Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole. Bryce Harper hit two jacks on Sunday, and you know as long as he can stay healthy he’s going to be just fine. I didn’t notice until now, but has anyone else realized that Dave drafted the entire Houston Astros starting rotation?

4) RedRays– Hung tough and pulled out a nailbiter against the Love Boat Captains. Alex Wood and Stephen Strasburg (barf) were the standouts for this squad, and when I look up and down this roster I see a really solid mix of youth and veterans. The last few seasons team RedRays has kind of just hung around the middle pack, not being awful and not truly challenging for a playoff spot. This year could be much different. He had a really nice draft and this is a team I’ll be keeping my eye on.

5) Rays Those Cowbells– Eh. Not the greatest week one, but my team hung in there and found a way to win. My pitchers all pitched well but weren’t allowed to go very deep into games. I’m 79% sure that Gabe Kapler may become my new mortal enemy with the way he handles Aaron Nola. I accomplished my mission to improve my OF, picking up Jose Martinez off the waiver wire and bringing in Rays Those Cowbells fan favorite Michael Conforto in a deal with Mike. Things will improve from here.

6) Stogies– This sucked. Dave V put up one of the highest point totals of the week and still lost. This is a squad that doesn’t deserve to be 0-1 and a lot of good things are gonna happen for this squad going forward. I know I sure wish I’d drafted Noah Sydergaard. He looked absolutely electric in week one.

7) Love Boat Captains– Lost a heartbreaker to the RedRays that could’ve went either way. You know Ginger is gonna be fine, she always is.  Luis Castillo is much much better than he pitched this weekend is gonna help this team win games.

8) Beni and the Betts– Team leader Andrew Benintendi went 0-11 and didn’t record a hit in week one. Not the best omen to start the season for Dylan. There’s still a lot of players I like on this offense. Tommy Pham is going to be a star.

9) sportsmanMike– Paul Goldschmidt, Jose Ramirez and Corey Seager combined for five points. Five. Add in the fact that Mike swung a deal for a really good young pitcher over the weekend, and this team is going to be just fine. He won’t be down here very long.

10) The October Boys– With the exception of Max Scherzer, this teams pitching was absolutely awful in week one. Please please please stop drafting all Yankees players. It’s a strategy that just isn’t working for you.


Game of the Week

Yankeehaters vs Believe The Hype

A grudge match between two bitter rivals and 1-0 teams.


Good luck to everyone in week two!