Fantasy Baseball Playoffs Update

For this year’s fantasy baseball playoffs, Matt decided to give playoff spots to eight teams, as opposed to four.  It is what it is.  And it will be fun to see what it turns out like!

My Team, now named Kevin’s Highlights, after one of my favorite show’s segments, called, what else, Kevin’s Highlights, is he front runner with a 17-2 record.  For those of you who didn’t immediately get it, the show is called Intentional Talk; it’s on weekdays at 5 PM EST on MLB Network.  Check it out, it’s the greatest.

Anyway, I’ll give you all out there a look at each playoff team’s record, notable players, and my finishing prediction.

Andy Mosner – Kevin’s Highlights (17-2)
Overall Finish: 1st
Notable Players:  Jacoby Ellsbury OF, Ryan Braun, OF, Clayton Kershaw SP
Player to Click: Stephen Strasburg SP

Andreas Kaiafas – Old Glorifiers (13-6)
Overall Finish: 7th
Notable Players:  Asdrubal Cabrera SS, Curtis Granderson OF, CC Sabathia SP
Player to Click:  Melky Cabrera OF

Matt Burrill – VT HOKIE HAVEN VT (12-7)
Overall Finish: 6th
Notable Players:  Dustin Pedroia 2B, Roy Halladay SP, Ian Kennedy SP
Player to Click: Evan Longoria 3B

Chris Burrill – REDSOX NATION (11-8)
Overall Finish: 3rd
Notable Players: Adrian Gonzalez 1B, Michael Bourn OF, Cliff Lee SP
Player to click: Desmond Jennings OF

Matt DeBlasio – Clarkstown Stars (11-8)
Overall Finsish: 5th
Notable Players: Troy Tulowitzki SS, Justin Verlander SP, Felix hernandez SP
Player to Click: Carl Crawford OF

Luis Noia – Crimson Chin (9-10)
Overall Finish: 4th
Notable Players: Ian Kinsler 2B, David Ortiz DH, Jered Weaver SP
Player to Click: David Price SP

Mike Doddy – THE BOSS (8-11)
Overall Finish: 2nd
Notable Players: Prince Fielder 1B, Brandon Phillips 2B, Carlos Gonzalez OF
Player to Click: Tim Hudson SP

Matt Cummings – I Am Grimace (6-13)
Overall Finish: 8th
Notable Players: Dan Uggla 2B, Lance Berkman OF, Justin Upton OF
Player to Click: Michael Young

So, my final standing predictions go like this:

1st Place – Kevin’s Highlights
2nd Place – THE BOSS
3rd Place – REDSOX NATION
4th Place – Crimson Chin
5th Place – Clarkstown Stars
6th Place – VT HOKIE HAVEN VT
7th Place – Old Glorifiers
8th Place – I Am Grimace

PS, MATT, I BETTER BE GETTING SOME COOKIES WHEN IT’S ALL SAID AND DONE.

Fantasy Update June 22

On this day, June 22

The standings in our favorite fantasy league are as follows,

1. The Beard, belonging to yours truly
-. Old Glorifiers
3. VT HOKIE HAVEN VT, I wonder whose team that is
4. Crimson Chin, Louis Noia
-. REDSOX NATION, Chris Burrill

Those are the teams that would be in the playoffs. if they started tomorrow.  whether it is Chin on NATION who gets in is determined by the runs scored stat.  Chris has a 30 run lead on Louis there.

Anyway, here we have the rosters of those four teams lined up nice and good:

Pos.      The Beard                 Old Glorifiers                   HAVEN VT                  NATION
C            V. Martinez             Russell Martin                 Alex Avila                     AJ Pierzynski
1B          Joey Votto                Mark Trumbo                  Gaby Sanchez               A. Gonzalez
2B         R. Cano                     Neil Walker                      Dustin Pedroia            Ryan Theriot
3B         R. Zimmerman       Jose Bautista                    Evan Longoria             Chase Headley
SS         H. Ramirez               Asdrubal Cabrera           Jhonny Peralta            Erik Aybar
OF        Ryan Braun              Jayson Werth                 Andrew McCutchen    Jacoby Ellsbury
OF        Ryan Roberts           Alfonso Soriano             Howard Kendrick        Alex Gordon
OF        Josh Hamilton       Curtis Granderson          Michael Morse             Michael Bourn
UTIL    Stephen Drew          Melky Cabrera                 Placido Polanco          Ichiro Suzuki

P           Felix Hernandez      CC Sabathia                      Roy Halladay               Justin Verlander
P           Cliff Lee                       Tommy Hanson             Alexi Ogando               Clayton Kershaw
P           James Shields           Max Scherzer                   Kyle Lohse                    Jhoulys Chacin
P           Anibal Sanchez        Edinson Volquez            Ian Kennedy
P           Jamie Garcia             AJ Burnett
P           Dillon Gee

P           Brian Wilson                                                          Mariano Rivera           Joel Hanrahan
P           Neftali Feliz                                                            Craig Kimbrel               John Axford
P           Jonny Venters                                                        Leo Nunez                     Jose Valverde
P                                                                                                                                        Tyler Clippard

B                                                   Jimmy Rollins               Pablo Sandoval            Martin Prado*
B                                                   Matt Kemp                      Carlos Quentin             Matt Joyce
B                                                   Scott Rolen
B                                                   Kurt Suzuki

DL        Carl Crawford             Albert Pujols                   Darwin Barney            Adam Wainwright

Side note, to do that roster chart, I had tiome to kinda watch zoning in and out of an entire episode of NCIS on USA  The episode was delicious.

Why Do I say delicious, you ask?  Because, we all know, although I have tried =D.  Because, on the Cheap Seats, a lovely program from MLB Network, I heard my favorite player being interviewed by Chris Rose, from the Cheap Seats.  Brian Wilson was quoted as describing something as delicious.  Due to my aspiration to be Brian Wilson, I have encompassed the word delicious as a synonym to awesome, great, etc, to my vocabulary.

The Beard v. Hokie Haven

Mine and Matt’s fantasy teams are both currently 7-1.  As we head down the road, the big question that arises is who will win it all.  Right now, though, our teams are somehow even.

In this next section of the articel I will give you a head to head positional update on our two teams.  The Beard will come first, then those Hokies

C:  Victor Martinez v.  Alex Avila   Both Detroit Tigers, both with C eligibilty

1B:  Joey Votto v.  Gaby Sanchez   Both very good, young first basemen

2B:  Robinson Cano v. Dustin Pedroia   Pedroia originally was mine, but I traded him for Crawford whom I traded for Josh Hamilton

3B:  Ryan Roberts v. Placido Polanco   Two different kinds of players.  Polanco will give you runs and avg while Roberts is more of a slugger. 

SS:  Stephen Dres v.  Darwin Barney  Braney’s been a pleasnt surprise coming through for the Cubbies while Drew has had his ups and downs.

OF1:  Matt Holliday v.  Carlos Quentin
OF2:  Ryan Braun  v.  Jason Kubel
OF3:  Chris Young  v.  Brennan Boesch

My outfielders (plus the one UTIL guy who is an OF) I have deemed the heart of my team.  They stand for HR, RBI, Runs, SLG% etc.  I disregard SB and avg to an extent.  I don’t know what is up with Matt’s OF.  All three have great upside and are good players, but can not compare with the Fabulous, bearded four.

UTIL:  Josh Hamilton  v.  Andrew McCutchen   Hamilton gives you more avg, whhile McCutchen gives you more speed.  Also the fact that Hamilton is the AL MVP and not playing in Pittsburg helps me here too.

Our pitching is a whole nother adventure.

Matt likes to brag about his RP, while I clearly, easily have the best starters in our league. 

My Starters, Felix Hernandez, James Shields, Mat Latos, Jaime Garcia, Cliff Lee, Anibal Sanchez, and Yovani Gallardo.  All very good pitchers.  Once Latos gets his act together, I’ll have all potential aces.  I only have two relievers.  Brian THE BEARD!!!! Wilson  and Neftali Feliz.

His starters are:  Doc Halladay, Clayton Kershaw, Jorge De La Rosa, and Jhoulys Chacin.  His relievers are better than mine though.  Mariano, Kimbrel, Valverde, and Nunez. 

He also has Pablo Sandoval and Evan Longoria.  Sandoval’s on the DL.  My DL spot is, and has been for a while, Ryan Zimmerman

Team Overview: The Team That Won’t Lose

C-Victor Martinez
1B-Joey Votto
2B-Robinson Cano
3B-Ryan Zimmerman
SS-Stephen Drew
OF-Ryan Braun
OF-Matt Holliday
OF-Chris Young
UT-Dustin Pedroia

P-Felix Hernandez
P-Brian Wilson
P-Joakim Soria
P-Neftali Feliz
P-John Axford

B-Shaun Marcum
B-Daniel Hudson
B-Jamie Garcia
B-Clay Bucholz

The New and improved version of the Humongous Melonheads.  Owned by yours truly this team has the potential to live up to its name.  The Team That Won’t Lose.  Abbreviation is 22-0  That’s going to be a heck of name to live up to, but I, as well as everyone else has a shot.

Weakest Category: Stolen Bases.  My team is loaded with power guys no one who’s going to swipe bases.  Chris Young should lead my team. 

Weakest Link: John Axford/ Stephen Drew 

Joey Votto Joey Votto #19 of the Cincinnati Redshits a three run home run against the New York Mets during the first inning at Great American Ballpark on April 8, 2009 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Mark Lyons/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Joey Votto