Archive for April, 2019

Defend The Title, Week Three

We’re going to have a quick post this week, as the evening baseball games are nearly starting and I have to hurry and watch Yu Darvish get blasted. I can’t wait, I’m so excited!

Week Three Power Rankings

1)Yankeehaters– Being the only undefeated team left standing, and an offense tearing the cover off the ball, the Yankeehaters are certainly deserving of the #1 spot. But I still feel like he’s gonna need better pitching down the road when the competition he faces stiffens up a bit.

2) Love Boat Captains– Took a horrific loss on Sunday Night Baseball and is no longer undefeated, but this team is very very dangerous. Jose Altuve is all the way back, Luis Castillo looks like he’s breaking out, and German Marquez is a sneaky CY Young contender. My only concern with this team is there’s no way Cody Bellinger is this good, right? He can magically crush lefties now?

3) Rays Those Cowbells– This team is still finding itself. Max Scherzer, Chris Sale and Trevor Bauer just aren’t clicking together right now, but I still believe they’ll give me the best pitching staff in the league. I need Joey Votto to step up, and Justin Turner starting to hit will begin to bring this offense together. There’s a much higher ceiling than this team has shown.

4) sportsmanMike– Fun fact, Jose Ramirez has been boarderline the worst hitter in baseball through two weeks. There’s no way that will continue, and when he gets going he’ll make for a nice superstar to mesh with his elite DeGrom/Snell tandem.

5) Stogies– This team could be pretty good. Clayton Kershaw returns tonight, and Vlad Jr won’t be far behind him. Add in Giancarlo Stanton and Francisco Lindor returning from the DL in the near future, and you’ve got serious reinforcements coming. I still think he needs one more good pitcher to be a real contender.

6) RedRays– This offense is good. Like, beer league softball good. But looking at this pitching staff would make me sad if I ran this team. If this squad can put together a trade for a good pitcher, there could really be something here.

7) Believe The Hype– Allan got a HUGE win to avoid falling into the dreaded 0-3 hole and looked damn good doing it. Could this be the start of some positive momentum? He still needs to find a first baseman.

8) The October Boys– At what point do we start to just accept a sad reality that maybe Kris Bryant just isn’t that good? We keep waiting, and he just will not return to that elite level. Dennis could sure use his production to make some waves this year, as h es by far the lowest scoring team through three weeks.

9) WillisBeTheYear– Just had an absolutely horrific week pitching wise. It was REALLY bad. Losing Severino for a lengthy period is gonna hurt, he was counting on him to be the ace this team needed. But you know Willis will figure something out, he always does.

10) Lou Brown– Not as bad as the record. There’s talent here, and he’s had the misfortune of having the most points against so far. I wouldn’t be surprised if this team enters the win column this week.

Game of the Week

Love Boat Captains vs Yankeehaters

Battle of the spouses and division leaders. Fun prediction, the last undefeated team falls this week.

Good luck to everyone in Week Three!

Defend The Title, Week One

I had it all figured out.

As I said in my last post, I was hell bent on building dominating pitching this year. I was going to draft ace after ace, and watch them strike hitters out and pile up the wins. Every owner in the league was going to count down my PSR’s like every single one of them was a nuclear bomb waiting to go off and drop 30+ points of mayhem and carnage. It was the perfect plan.

Until it wasn’t.

Let’s go ahead and get to some rankings before another Rays Those Cowbells pitcher walks in a run shall we?

Week One Power Rankings

1) WillisBeTheYear– The big bats carried the load for our highest scoring team of week one, as Paul Goldschmidt, Javy Baez and JD Martinez combined for 80 points and mashed 8 HRs between them. That kind of production will be par the course for this elite trio, but it was the surprise elite pitching of guys like Kyle Freeland and Brad Keller that really brought this performance all together. If one these mid-rotation guys can develop into a legit ace, this might be the team to beat.

2) RedRays– Just an absolutely BRUTAL loss. Anytime you score the second most points in a week and lose, it’s a devastating blow that can leave you reeling for a few weeks. He shouldn’t feel too badly though, Christian Yelich at #8 might end up being the steal of the draft, and his OF is easily the deepest and best in the entire league. It’ll carry him to quite a few victories this year.

3) sportsmanMike– A really impressive showing for the CBS draft recaps pick to win the championship, as he put up 200 points and dominated in a game where Andrew Bennintendi, Jose Ramirez and Blake Snell combined for like 9 points. You know those guys are going to be MUCH better going forward. But Mike, I love you, but for gods sake you gotta address your first base position. Sooner than later.

4) Love Boat Captains– A typical LBC performance, led by elite hitting. Cody Bellinger was the player of the week and if he gets back to rookie form, getting him in round 6 is going to be grand larceny. Speaking of draft steals, how did we all let Trea Turner fall to 30th overall? He’s going to have a prime Carl Crawford type season. I fully expect Ginger to rise up the rankings in the coming weeks, this is a really good team.

5) Yankeehaters– I’m not going to spend a whole lot of time on Dave’s week one. His team didn’t play well and is much better than it showed and will obviously improve going forward, but the bottom line is, if his opponent set his lineup, he probably would’ve lost.

6) The October Boys– Got a solid start from Jake Arrieta and snuck by Allan at the last possible breath of Sunday Night Baseball. A one-two punch of Corey Kluber and Noah Syndergaard could be quite dangerous, and Aaron Judge will mash with the best of them. But per usual, this team still has too many Yankees on it.

7) Lou Brown– I like this team. Any lineup with Rizzo, Merrifield, Mookie and Tommy Pham is going to put up points, and Gerrit Cole is as good as anybody. Add in the best team name in our league, and you have a solid recipe for a good season.

8) Believe The Hype– The bats were BAD for Allan in week one, as this was the only team that didn’t hit a single home run. Things can’t be this bad going forward, but first base could become an issue as Miguel Cabrera looks like he’s 50 years old and is surrounded by an absolutely horrific Tigers lineup.

9) Rays Those Cowbells– Simply put, this was bad. Some hitters I was really banking on for great seasons did nothing, and most of the elite pitching I drafted got utterly pounded. Still, I’d hate to overreact. There’s simply no way that Chris Sale and Yu Darvish can be that bad going forward, right?

10) Stogies– I was going to put myself last in the power rankings, I deserve it. But when you lose by 15 points and start players on the DL and pitchers who didn’t have a start scheduled, you deserve the 10th spot just on principle. Gotta do better going forward.

Game of the Week

Love Boat Captains vs RedRays

The RedRays are off to a solid start tonight in trying to bounce back from a tough loss.

Thanks for reading, good luck in Week two!