2016 Real Deal Dynasty baseball season retrospective and awards

With the 2016 Real Deal baseball season in the rear view, let’s take a look back at the year, which was dominated early and often by just a handful of teams.

2016 culminated in Red Sox vs. Cubs, with the Cubs emerging

First, congratulations to all of those who won money this year, led by the championship-winning Chicago Cubs and runner-up Boston Red Sox. And well done to the division winners, the Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, Arizona Diamondbacks, and Miami Marlins, as well as the Cubs and Red Sox. Lastly, a tip of the cap to the wild card teams, the Washington Nationals, Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, and Kansas City Royals.

Real Deal World Series MVP Asdrubal Cabrera

Finish Reading: 2016 Real Deal Dynasty baseball season retrospective and awards

To start, I’ll discuss the divisional races a bit. As a result of team building strategy, patience, luck, and whatever else you’d consider in terms of what makes a fantasy team successful; most divisions were not that close. In fact, four out of the six division winners won by double digit wins: Miami Marlins, Arizona Diamondbacks, Boston Red Sox, and Houston Astros. In addition, the Cubs won their division by 9, though noting this may not be all that fair, since the runner up Milwaukee had the fifth most wins in the league, and the third most points.

That leaves just the AL Central, which was an interesting to follow in terms of the battle between Kansas City and Detroit. Interestingly enough, the Tigers won the division on the last day of the year despite having scored less points (20,780 vs 21,294) oveall. This was a fun division to watch and should be next year as well, with Cleveland stacking up, a new owner in Minnesota, and a White Sox team that is also making moves in an effort to improve upon 2015’s last place finish.

Despite not being all that close in terms of wins, the NL East was still competitive, as the second place Nationals—a wildcard playoff team—still had 31 wins in the division compared to Miami’s 39, while also scoring more than 23,000 points, a number that I will touch on later in this article. Despite a vast improvement in Philadephia, going from 17 wins to 45, that seems to still be a team that is in the process of rebuilding. The Mets, on the other hand, had a tough go of it, as they went down in wins from 67 (A 1st place finish in 2015), to 45 in 2016. Much like the real-life counterpart, these Mets were bit with injuries to a number of key players.

Unlike last year in the NL West, where the top three teams were within 7 games and less than 1,000 points of one another, this year was not as close. The Arizona Diamondbacks (My team, if anyone is wondering), led the pack with 20 more wins than the second place Dodgers, as well as nearly 4,500 points. Still, things can change quickly, and as I work to get under budget for 2017, nothing is taken for granted.

Next we go over to the juggernaut-led NL Central, which had the highest scoring team, the Cubs, and the third-highest scoring team, the Brewers. While the Brewers were once again a dominant force, the Cubs were something else this year. At 83-10, the best record in the league, the Cubs were also tied for second with Houston (Behind Boston) for division record, at 44-4, while also scoring the most points in the league by 1,365 points. More on the Cubs later, but the two-headed monster at the top of the division didn’t leave much room for the Cardinals, Reds, or Pirates, all of which fell under the .500 mark while failing to reach 19,000 points for the year. Looking torward the future though, let’s not count any of these teams out. If you take a look at the jump that Cincinatti made from 2015-2016 (more on this later), there is room for optimism going into 2017.

Shifting back over to the AL, where the AL East was among the least competitive division in 2015. To put it into perspective, the second-place Rays sold off major MLB-level talent and a slew of prospects all for one top 5 prospect (more on this deal later), and yet still somehow almost made the playoffs. But it’s not really the Rays we should be talking about here, in terms of 2015, as the Boston Red Sox once again had a dominant season, running through the competition all the way until he fell to the Cubs—the second year in a row in which Boston had made the finals, only to fall short. Will 2017 be his year?

Lastly, we had the AL West, which had one of the league’s two 80-game winners in Houston, leading the pack. Behind them was the Texas Rangers, also a 2015 playoff team, who despite having 16 less wins that the division leader, was not a team to be taken lightly. In fact, Texas made it into the playoffs and managed to beat KC in the opening round, then upset rival Houston by less than 4 points in the second round, only to fall to Boston Round 3. Still, an impressive season by both teams. The other teams in the division, Oakland, Los Angeles, and Seattle, will look to improve upon disappointing seasons in 2015.

At this point, I’d like to give out a few different awards from the season. I took a look back at the season from a high level and reached these conclusions, so do try your best to not get mad at me for them!

Let’s get started.

Best trade:

Jonathan Villar likes this

Oakland Athletics send:

Jonathan Villar
Travis Blankenhorn

Kansis City Royals send:

Jorge Bonifacio
Tyler Mahle
Preston Tucker
Mark Canha

For my money, the best trade of the year, and one that helped Kansas City make it into the playoffs. At $1.2 and having scored more than 552 points on the year, Villar may be one of the top value-output players in the league, this side of Mookie Betts.

I should be clear in stating that I think this trade was a win for KC. From the Oakland side, I don’t really understand it is as much, as he received 0 prospects from the top 100. Jorge Bonifacio looks like a decent prospect and is ranked #2 in the KC system, whild Tyler Mahle is likely the second best player coming back in the deal, and he is #7 ranked in the Astros system. Villar, on the other hand, was the 25th ranked overall player last year.

That said, prospect rankings are not necessarily gospel, so who knows, maybe this trade looks nice for both teams this year or soon. But in looking right now, it’s a clear win for the Royals.

Biggest /most controversial trade:

I hate to involve myself in any of these superlative mentions, but I would say that this was most likely, in fact, the biggest and perhaps most controversial trade, given the amount of players.

Dansby Swanson

In the deal, I sent Dansby Swanson over to Tampa Bay, who set back:

  • Zack Greinke
  • Chris Davis
  • Shawn Kelley
  • Christian Bethancourt
  • Johnny Giavotella

As well as the following prospects:

  • German Marquez
  • Andrew Velazquez
  • Jomar Reyes
  • Jake Fraley
  • Dustin Fowler
  • Chris Betts

Now, to put this deal into perspective, Malcolm and I were engaged in trade talks for a while before it got to this. I basically told him I wasn’t going to trade Swanson to him, but he countered with a deal that I just could not refuse.

If you boil this down, I’ve already dropped Bethancourt and Giavotella, and I traded Chris Davis last year for Todd Frazier, who I traded this year for catching prospect Austin Hedges and Jedd Gyorko. I also plan to keep Greinke. But in return, Malcolm has (what we both believe to be) a young, cheap, cornerstone player at a premium position. Yes, it looked big on the surface, and it was, but ultimately, we both though it to be more than fair.

Least active trader:

This award goes to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who made 0 in-season trades, and only one offseason trade that involved the swapping of draft picks. Still, this is a team that won 55 games last year, so maybe with a few strategic moves, they will be right back in the thick of things in 2017.

Most active trader:

This goes to the New York Yankees. Christian Tobler, who took over in 2015, made a whopping 59 trades. This includes activations of players from the minors to majors, but upon closer look, a vast majority of these moves are actual trades. In 2015, the team was 8-85, and this year, 37-56. A 29-game improvement is a big one, and these moves played a big role in that.

How many more games can the Yankees win this year?

Biggest turnaround:

Speaking of big turnarounds, nobody had a bigger one than the Cincinnati Reds, who went from 3-90 in 2015 to 37-56 in 2016.

This was also a team that made a good deal of trades last year. Again, can the rebuild project continue, and gain momentum into 2017? Time will tell.

23,000 club

Lastly, I wanted to recognize the teams that scored 23,000 or more. I chose this number because all teams reaching this mark won money, and were right at the top of the standings throughout basically the entire season. Whether or not this number will be a similar benchmark for 2017 is yet to be seen, but there is no denying that the following teams, which all scored 23,000 or more, had success this year: Cubs, Astros, Brewers, Marlins, Diamondbacks, Red Sox, Nationals.

Closing

In terms of making predictions for next year, that will come in a separate article later in the offseason. This article was meant to provide a year-in-review type of retrospective, and to hopefully motivate teams who are either looking to repeat upon past success, or to achieve it for the first time.

Regardless of which category you fall into, the 2016 season is now over, and we are looking into 2017 with new hope and optimism. Good luck to everyone in their offseason preparations, and thanks for a great year.

We’re onto 2017.

Jimmy Carroll (Arizona Diamondbacks)

Real Deal Divisional Championship Series

Even Prince Fielder was scratching his head when he found out he was the top Real Deal scorer in the Divisional Series with 42.833pts.
Even Prince Fielder was left scratching his head when he found out he was the top Real Deal scorer in the Divisional Series with 42.833pts.

Last week was the League Championship Series and it featured a little bit of everything. From a blowout win for the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Championship to a back & forth battle that finished by less than 10pts with the Houston Astros beating the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL Championship.

The Brewers ended up beating the Colorado Rockies by a score of 282.762 – 164.028 Milwaukee used both offense and pitching to secure the Divisional Championship. They even used a one-two punch at first base. Prince Fielder led all players in this playoff week with 42.833pts and Edwin Encarnacion jumped in with another 32.265pts. The Brewers seemed to have the whole infield covered with offensive stars. Dee Gordon led all 2B with 39.474pts, and Matt Carpenter had the hot corner covered with 41.373pts. The two games had 3 players score over 40pts and two of them were Brewers. On the mound, it was Josh Tomlin leading all pitchers with 29pts. For the Rockies, it was tough to write up the highlights when they were the only team to not break 200pts. Brandon Phillips did lead all Rockies with 24.260pts. On the mound, Jorge De La Rosa did what was asked of him as he scored 15pts in his only start. However, the Rockies needed more than a 2 man show to advance to the Real Deal World Series.

In the AL Championship, the Houston Astros defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 223.606 – 215.356 In this tug of war battle, it ended up matching the Rays offense versus the Astros pitching. For the Astros, they got a pair of 23pt games from 2B Jose Altuve & 3B Todd Frazier. Todd is the hottest non-Brewer in the Playoffs with 64.379pts in two weeks. On the mound, Julio Teheran led all Astros with 22.5pts. The Astros also had 4 SP’s score in double digits. The Rays used the bats to keep pace. Shin-Soo Choo was the top scoring OF of the week and the only outfielder to score over 30pts as he had 40.004pts. Evan Gattis more than tripled any other catchers score as he had 33.395pts. 3B Carlos Santana also had a solid week as he scored 29.481pts. The Rays biggest problem was the pitching staff as it struggled all week. Chris Archer was their only SP in double digits as he scored 10.5pts.

The Real Deal Championship Series is now set with the Houston Astros taking on the Milwaukee Brewers. Not really sure how the Real Deal execs are handling this series with no real big market team in the series. We’ll have to wait and see how the tv ratings pan out.

 

Here are the Real Deal 3 Stars for the Divisional Championship Series:

 

FIRST BASE:

Prince Fielder…………….Brewers……………..42.833

Edwin Encarnacion…….Brewers……………..32.265

Chris Davis……………….Rays…………………..22.639

SECOND BASE:

Dee Gordon……………….Brewers………………39.474

Brandon Phillips…………Rockies………………24.260

Jose Altuve………………..Astros…………………23.563

THIRD BASE:

Matt Carpenter……………Brewers………………41.373

Carlos Santana……………Rays……………………29.481

Todd Frazier……………….Astros…………………23.159

SHORTSTOP:

Carlos Correa……………..Astros………………..19.469

Jose Reyes………………….Rays…………………..8.404

Josh Rutledge……………..Brewers………………1.333

OUTFIELDER:

Shin-Soo Choo…………….Rays…………………..40.004

Jose Bautista………………..Brewers………………24.214

George Springer…………..Astros…………………21.278

CATCHER:

Evan Gattis………………….Rays…………………..33.395

Chris Iannetta………………Astros…………………10.390

A.J. Pierzynski…………….Astros………………….7.000

STARTING PITCHER:

Josh Tomlin………………….Brewers………………29.000

Julio Teheran………………..Astros…………………22.500

James Shields……………….Brewers………………17.250

RELIEF PITCHER:

Ryan Webb………………….. Rockies………………11.250

Will Smith…………………….Brewers………………10.500

Sergio Romo…………………Brewers………………..7.250

Real Deal Baseball Playoffs / Week #1

Todd Frazier points to the Twins bench and tells them the Astros will win, even if I have to fight all of you.
Todd Frazier points to the Twins bench and tells them the Astros will win, even if I have to fight all of you.  He then went on to score 41.22pts.

 

The first week of the Real Deal Baseball League Playoffs was a two part series. It included the Wild-Card matchups that were on Monday & Tuesday. Then the next series ran from Wednesday thru Sunday. As for the stats, I really only tracked the teams that were making a run for the Championship. Sure, there’s a Consolation Bracket. I’m not one for tracking those stats. It feels like a bracket to where every team gets to participate and then gets a nice ribbon as they get called up to the podium. League officials will say it’s more than that. The winner of the Consolation Bracket get a $50 or it pays for next season’s entry. I guess that’s more than a ribbon, but it’s still not enough for me to track the numbers. It’s all about the Championship, so that’s where this number’s guy/reporter is going to spend his time.

There were 2 Wild-Card games and they had the AL matchup with the Boston Red Sox pummeling the Texas Rangers 103 – 42.4. For the Red Sox, they got help from both the offense and defense. 3B Evan Longoria led all players with 19.848pts in just 2 days. On the mound, Francisco Liriano led the way with a 17.5pt start. Patrick Corbin had a solid start as well as he scored 12.5pts. For the Rangers, their lone bright spot was 1B Adam Lind as he scored 8.608pts.

In the NL matchup, it was the Milwaukee Brewers beating the Arizona DiamondBacks 91.4 – 71.4. For the Brewers, it was the offense that led the way with 2B Dee Gordon scoring 14.741pts and C J.P. Arencibia scoring 12.333pts. The D-Backs tried to keep pace on the mound as they were led by Dan Haren and his 13.25pts.

Then on Wednesday, it was onto the 5 day series from Wednesday thru Sunday. That pitted the Boston Red Sox -vs- Tampa Bay Rays / Minnesota Twins -vs- Houston Astros / Colorado Rockies -vs- New York Mets / Milwaukee Brewers -vs- Chicago Cubs.

The Tampa Bay Rays led all teams with 251pts as they beat the Red Sox 251-173. It was the OF’s that led the way for both teams. For the Rays, it was Mookie Betts with 35.751pts and the Red Sox led with Lorenzo Cain and his 33.52pts. Chris Davis also chipped in with 33.304pts for the Rays. The SP combo of Felix Hernandez & Zack Greinke led the Rays and all SP’s with 17pts each.

In a closer game, the Houston Astros defeated the Minnesota Twins 170-137. The difference had to be 3B Todd Frazier for Houston. He led all Real Deal players in these series matchups with 41.22pts. That’s nearly 10pts a day. You wouldn’t expect the catching position as an offensive position but the Twins relied on C.J. Cron as he led all catchers with 29.278pts. OF Yoenis Cespedes also helped the Astros with 28.752pts. The top SP performace was led by the Twins and Kyle Gibson’s 15.75pts.

In a matchup of NL Central rivals, the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the division champ, Chicago Cubs 214-184. A pair of offensive stars led the Brewers as 1B Edwin Encaracion scored 31.31pts and OF Jose Bautista scored 30.023pts. For the Cubs, they were led by SS Ben Zobrist with 27.056pts and OF Josh Reddick with 24.668pts. Another catcher with a big series was Kyle Schwarber as he scored 23.712pts for Chicago. OF Carlos Gomez also chipped in for the Brewers with 22.821pts.

The final series was the Colorado Rockies beating the New York Mets 158-127, in the lowest scoring series. Another catcher was the offensive star as Travis D’Arnaud led all Met players with 15.5pts. From the pen, Jeurys Familia came in with 14.25pts and that was the identical score for their top SP, Noah Syndergaard. The Rockies bullpen was top notch as the top scoring RP of this series was John Axford with his 21.25pts. Chad Bettis also chipped in with 14.25pts. The offensive star for Colorado was OF Nelson Cruz as he scored 17.25pts.

It’s now onto the NL & AL Championship series with the Milwaukee Brewers -vs- Colorado Rockes and the Tampa Bay Rays -vs- Houston Astros.

 

 

3 Stars Real Deal Dynasty Baseball Week #21

Nolan Arenado(SDP) is all smiles as he finished the 2015 Real Deal season with a league best 72.25pts in Week #21
Nolan Arenado(SDP) is all smiles as he finished the 2015 Real Deal season with a league best 72.25pts in Week #21

 

Week #21 Recap: Week #21 was the final week of the Real Deal Regular Season. Man, how summer has just flown by! The season ended with the Tampa Bay Rays winning the AL East and have the best record in the league with a 76-17 record. The Boston Red Sox finished 5 games back but still made the playoffs with a 71-22 record. In the NL Central, the Chicago Cubs came in with the 2nd best record in the league with a 75-18 record. They needed every single win as they outlasted the Milwaukee Brewers by a single game as the Brewers finished 74-19. The Houston Astros of the AL West also finished with 70+ wins at 71-22. It wasn’t a cake walk season for them as they took the division by 5 games over the Texas Rangers at 66-27. The New York Mets had the biggest cushion in all of the divisional races. They won the division by 9 games as they finished at 67-26. The Miami Marlins finished their regular season at 58-35. The Washington Nationals also finished above .500 in the division with a 51-42 record. The NL West season has been like the Great Dust Bowl of the Midwest. However, the Dust has finally settled! Now that the dust has settled, you can once again see the Rockies on the horizon. The Colorado Rockies, that is. They won the division with a 63-30 record and took the division by 4 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks finished second at 59-34 and took one of the Wild-Card slots by 1 game over the Marlins. The San Francisco Giants also finished with better than a .600 winning percentage, at 56-37. The AL Central had the lowest winning percentage divisional winner as the Minnesota Twins took the crown with a 61-32 record. The Kansas City Royals did finish above .600 too with a 56-37 record.

Here’s a look at some of the top players for the week:

1B It wasn’t the high-powered scoring from the position that 1B is known for, but there were still some big games. Joey Votto(BOS) led the way with 46.393pts. Votto has to be the hottest 1B in the last month with just over 160pts. He’s also been over 30pts in 6 of the last 7 weeks of the season. He finished with 614.805pts and moved all the way up to 2nd at the 1B position. Chris Davis(TBR) came in with 43.438pts. He had slumped the last 2 weeks with only 9.8pts. Before that, he had scored 128pts the previous 3 weeks. He has 462.258pts and finished 10th for 1B.

2B Brandon Phillips(COL) was the only 2B to finish above 40pts as he scored 41.578pts. It was his second solid week in a row as he scored 34pts last week. It was sort of a De-Ja-Vu performance for Brandon as it was similar to his Week #16 & 17 showings, with 46 & 30pts. He has 416.35pts and is ranked 7th for 2B. Yangervis Solarte(ARI) came in with a 37.130pt showing. It was his 2nd best week of the season after he scored 40pts 2 weeks ago. He didn’t really start seeing any Real Deal playing time until Week #10 and he finished with 262.401pts.

3B Nolan Arenado(SDP) had a monster week as he led all Real Deal players with 72.25pts. He also had a big week with 69pts in Week #12, but hadn’t broke 30pts since then. He only had 4.8pts last week but finished the Regular season with a bang. He finished with 562.947pts and was the #2 ranked 3B in the league. Ryan Zimmerman(WAS) didn’t have a spectacular but has been playing solid lately. He had over 25pts in Week’s 18&19 and finished the season with a huge 65.43pts. It was the 3rd highest output in the Real Deal this week. Ryan ended up with 273.49pts on the season.

SS Jed Lowrie(PHI) only appeared in 9 weeks this season. That didn’t stop him from having the only 40pt+ week from a SS. After scoring less than 1pt in the last 2 weeks, he scored 48.495pts to finish the season. That gave him 158.035pts on the season. Veteran, Jose Reyes(TBR) also had a solid week with 36.52pts. Age has not slowed Jose down as he scored 95pts in the last 3 weeks of the season and looks to keep the streak going in the Playoffs. He finished the regular season with 369.075pts. He is ranked 5th among SS.

OF Bryce Harper(WAS) was the top OF early in the season, then he relinquished that to Mike Trout. Bryce took back over at the end of the season as he finished with a 65.792pts. It was the 2nd highest point total of the week. That gave Bryce 618.88pts and he was the only OF to finish over the 600pt mark. Carlos Gonzalez(COL) was the only other OF with more than 50pts as he scored 57.721pts. A nice turnaround after scoring less than 8pts last week. He finished with 465.426pts and was ranked 13th for OF’s.

C The #1 catcher in the Real Deal finished the season as the top catcher in Week #21. Buster Posey(SFG) scored 34.812pts as he led all catchers. That’s more points than the 32pts he scored in the last 3 weeks combined. He was the only catcher to finish above 500pts as he has 504.242pts. Pretty impressive considering that his teammate Brian McCann(SFG) finished the season as the #2 catcher with 401.139pts, over 100pts behind Buster. Travis D’Arnaud(NYM) was the only other catcher over 30pts this week as he scored 32.106pts. He finished the season with back to back 30pt weeks. He has 187.028pts on the season and is ranked 16th for catchers.

SP What about this old geyser? Instead of being worried about getting his colon checked, he’s more worried about throwing strikes. Bartolo(my)Colon(is fine) led all SP’s with 39.75pts as he even surprised his team, the Tampa Bay Rays with his resurgence. He was the only SP over 30pts and he finished the season with 327.5pts. With a nearly 60pt finish in the last 2 weeks, is he going to be having a off-season colonoscopy (necessary for somebody his age)? Or is he going to be working on getting back into shape(round) for the 2016 season? Dallas Keuchel(SFG) came in with 29.25pts. It’s his first 20pt game since Week #15. Dallas has 327.5pts on the season and is ranked 4th for SP’s.

RP Three weeks ago, Tom Wilhelmsen(NYM) only had 49pts in the 2015 season. Last week, he scored 17.5pts and this week, he led all RP’s with 25pts. That pushed his season point total up to 91.75pts. Andrew Miller(BOS) has been way more consistent as he scored 21.75pts. He was the only other RP over 20pts and he finished the season with 218.5pts. That ranked him 5th among all RP’s.

To see all the players listed as the 3 Stars, check them out below:

FIRST BASE:

Joey Votto………………….Red Sox………………46.393

Chris Davis………………..Rays…………………..43.438

Kendry Morales………….Pirates………………..40.880

SECOND BASE:

Brandon Phillips…………Rockies………………41.578

Yangervis Solarte………..D-Backs……………..37.130

Asdrubal Cabrera………..Rays…………………..36.202

THIRD BASE:

Nolan Arenado…………….Padres……………….72.250

Ryan Zimmerman………..Nationals……………65.430

Kyle Seager…………………Giants……………….43.675

SHORTSTOP:

Jed Lowrie………………….Phillies………………48.495

Jose Reyes………………….Rays………………….36.520

Alexei Ramirez……………Cardinals…………..34.564

OUTFIELDER:

Bryce Harper……………….Nationals……………65.792

Carlos Gonzalez…………..Rockies……………..57.721

Yoenis Cespedes………….Astros………………..49.437

CATCHER:

Buster Posey………………..Giants…………………34.812

Travis D’Arnaud…………..Mets…………………..32.106

Brian McCann……………..Giants…………………29.222

STARTING PITCHER:

Bartolo Colon……………….Rays…………………..39.750

Dallas Keuchel……………..Giants…………………29.250

Clayton Kershaw…………..Dodgers………………27.750

RELIEF PITCHER:

Tom Wilhelmsen……………Mets………………….25.000

Andrew Miller……………….Red Sox……………..21.750

Aroldis Chapman…………..Mariners…………….19.750

3 Stars Real Deal Dynasty Baseball Week #20

Edwin Encarnacion(MIL) was flexing his muscle when he was the #1 Star at 1B in back to back weeks.
Edwin Encarnacion(MIL) was flexing his muscle when he was the #1 Star at 1B in back to back weeks.

 

Week #20 Recap: We are down to the final 4 regular season games of the 2015 season. Is it just me, or has the season flown by? I still remember the month of December and the Winter trading frenzy like it was yesterday. Wasn’t Corey Kluber traded to every team but the Astros & Blue Jays? Being my first season in the league, it was fun and flew by fast. Even though we have played 89 of the 93 regular season games, some of the Divisions still haven’t been decided. For example, the Chicaco Cubs are tied with the best record in the league at 72-17, yet they still haven’t clinched and hold a slim 2 game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers at 70-19. However, being the last week is all divisional games and no other team in the NL Central is above .500, I don’t see the Cubs losing grasp of their lead. In the AL East, the Tampa Bay Rays is the other 72-17 team in the league and they have a 4 game lead over the Boston Red Sox at 68-21. I don’t see the Rays going 0-4, so they can safely raise the Divisional Championship Banner. The Toronto Blue Jays are sitting at 47-42 and will finish the season above .500. In the AL West, the Houston Astros have clinched the division with a 68-21 record and a 6 game lead over the Texas Rangers at 62-27. The NL East has also been clinched as the New York Mets took the division with a 64-25 record. They currently hold an 8 game lead over the Miami Marlins, who are sitting at 56-33. Another .500 team in the division are the Washington Nationals with a 47-42 record. With the way the team have battled each other in the NL West, it is still too close to call. Currently, the Colorado Rockies are atop the division with a 59-30 record. They hold a slim 2 game lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks and their 57-32 record. The San Francisco Giants are still above .500 with a 53-36 record and are looking to play the Spoiler role. Here’s an interesting stat I noticed. A lot of times I look at teams points scored and see if how it compares to where they are in the standings. After over 20,000pts scored, the Rockies & Diamondbacks are only separated by about 500pts. Then sometimes I think a team is only of another team because they played weaker opponents and allowed a lot less points. Now I know all teams in a division play the same teams every week, but still, check this out. After allowing over 18,000pts, the Rockies have only allowed 18 more points than the Diamondbacks. We’re talking a mere 18pts when you’re talking about over 18,000 total points. Am I the only one that finds that truly staggering? I highly doubt it. Now, back to the divisional races. In the AL Central, the Minnesota Twins have clinched with a 58-31 record. They lead the Kansas City Royals and their 52-37 record by 6 games. The Detroit Tigers will finish above .500 with a current record of 50-39.

There are going to be 4 Wild Card teams and I’m assuming it will be two in each league (NL & AL). If that’s the case, the Milwaukee Brewers have clinched one spot at 70-19. The second spot is a 1 game battle between the Arizona Diamondbacks at 57-32 and the Miami Marlins at 56-33. In the AL, the Wild Card teams are set with the Boston Red Sox at 68-21 and the Texas Rangers at 62-27. Good Luck to all the teams with Post Season aspirations!

Here’s a look at some of the top players for the week:

1B Edwin Encarnacion(MIL) is no stranger to the 3 Stars listing. After a big 42pt last week and the #1 Star, he came in as the top scorer this week in the Real Deal 69.335pts. It was his biggest week of the season and it was the 3rd time in the last 4 weeks where he scored over 40pts. He now has 479.311pts on the season and is the 4th ranked 1B in the league. Kendry Morales(PIT) had his best week of the season as he scored 36.73pts. It was his 3rd time scoring over 30pts this season and he did it all within the last 7 weeks. He has 307.491pts and is ranked 18th among 1B.

2B Brandon Phillips(COL) led all 2B with 34.092pts. He scored 29pts in the previous 2 weeks after scoring 76pts in weeks 16 & 17. He has 375.057 season points and is ranked 7th for 2B. Daniel Murphy(BOS) came in with 32.182pts and it was only the second time this season over 30pts. His first time was just 3 weeks earlier. He has 338.138pts and is ranked 13th among 2B.

3B Only two 3B scored over 40pts in Week #20 and they were led by a Moose. Mike Moustakas(KCR) scored 45.14pts. It was the second time he scored over 40pts as he had 45.699pts in Week #15. He has been hot lately as he’s scored 104pts in the last 3 weeks. That has raised his season total to 415.754pts and have moved up to 7th overall for 3B.

SS Only one SS scored over 40pts. Didi Gregorius(SFG) scored 41.25pts. Did he? Yes, Didi did. He’s only scored over 30pts twice this season and both times it was over 40pts as he scored 47.624pts in Week #16. He has 289.078pts and is ranked 16th as that puts him right in the middle of the SS pack. Francisco Lindor(CLE) didn’t make his Real Deal debut until Week #11. It took him a few weeks to get into the fantasy groove, but once he figured it out, he took off. Since Week #14, he’s scored over 20pts every week. That a streak of 7 straight weeks. Because of that explosion, he has 218.25pts and is already ranked 23rd even though he’s only played half the season.

OF There were only 2 OF’s that scored over 40pts and there was only 1 OF over 50pts. That was Michael Brantley(MIN) as he scored 52.55pts. It was this week’s third highest score in the league. It was also his best week of the season and his first time over 50pts. He has 477.708pts and cracked the Top 10 for OF’s as he is now ranked 10th. The only other OF over 40pts was Andrew McCutchen(TBR) as he scored 41.065pts. It was the third time this season that he broke 40pts. He did that after a pair of 17pt performances in the last 2 weeks. He does have 500.563pts and is ranked 6th overall for OF’s. He’s also ranked 11th overall among all Real Deal players. That also means there are only 11 players with over 500pts this season.

C Behind the Dish, there was one player that scored over 40pts. Jonathan Lucroy(BOS) led the way with 40.160pts. It was his second time over 30pts and his highest score of the season. He only scored 14pts in the first 3 weeks and then missed the next 5 weeks of the season. Still, he has 243.471pts and has now cracked the Top 10 for catchers as he’s ranked 9th. Travis D’Arnaud(NYM) had a solid week with 39.255pts. It was also his best week of the season. He has played sporadically this season. He played the first 2 weeks, missed the next 7, played 2 more, and then missed 4. He has now played the last 5 weeks. He has 154.922pts and is ranked 20th for catchers.

SP Jake Arrieta(TEX) threw a masterful no-hitter and scored 57.25pts as he had the second highest score in the Real Deal this week. By far his best week of the season and he climbed all the way up to the #2 SP with 345.25pts. Derek Holland(TEX) completed the Rangers 1,2 ranking in 3 Stars this week with 30.25pts. He just came back last week with his first game since Week #1. He now has 38.75pts.

RP Kenley Jansen(ATL) was the only RP to score 20pts as he was 20pts on the nose. A nice turnaround after scoring negative points last week. He did have over 20pts the week before that. He has 176.5pts this season and is ranked 22nd for RP’s. Jeurys Familia(NYM) had a 18.25pts for the week. It was his third best week of the season and he raised his season point total over 200pts. He has 204pts and is ranked 6th for RP’s and there are only 6 RP’s over 200pts.

To see all the players listed as the 3 Stars, check them out below:

FIRST BASE:

Edwin Encarnacion……..Brewers……………..69.335

Kendry Morales………….Pirates………………..36.730

Joey Votto…………………..Red Sox……………..36.636

SECOND BASE:

Brandon Phillips…………Rockies………………34.092

Daniel Murphy……………Red Sox……………..32.182

Jose Altuve…………………Astros………………..31.911

THIRD BASE:

Mike Moustakas………….Royals……………….41.140

Eduardo Escobar………….Rockies……………..43.325

Kyle Seager…………………Giants……………….36.141

SHORTSTOP:

Didi Gregorius……………Giants………………..41.250

Francisco Lindor…………Indians……………….37.970

Ketel Marte………………..Yankees……………..29.234

OUTFIELDER:

Michael Brantley………..Twins………………….52.550

Andrew McCutchen……Rays……………………41.065

Jose Bautista………………Brewers……………….39.247

CATCHER:

Jonathan Lucroy…………..Red Sox……………..40.160

Travis D’Arnaud…………..Mets…………………..39.255

Evan Gattis………………….Rays…………………..37.249

STARTING PITCHER:

Jake Arrieta………………….Rangers………………57.250

Derek Holland………………Rangers………………30.250

Justin Verlander…………….Tigers…………………28.750

RELIEF PITCHER:

Kenley Jansen……………….Braves……………….20.000

Jeurys Familia……………….Mets………………….18.250

Tom Wilhelmsen……………Mets………………….17.500

3 Stars Real Deal Dynasty Baseball Week #19

Josh Donaldson(TOR) unloaded on this pitch & unloaded on the Real Deal with another league leading week with 65.011pts.
Josh Donaldson(TOR) unloaded on this pitch & unloaded on the Real Deal with another league leading week of 65.011pts.

 

Week #19 Recap: In the NL Central, the Chicago Cubs now sit atop the division and the Real Deal league with the best record in baseball. At 69-16, they have finally surpassed the Tampa Bay Rays. Even with all the excitement, they can’t quite shake the Milwaukee Brewers. In 2nd place, the Brewers are still only 3 games back with a 66-19 record. The Tampa Bay Rays do have the second best record in the league with a 68-17 tally. They are still in 1st place in the AL East. But, they too are not running away with the division. There, the Boston Red Sox continue to hunt down(or do I dare say, fish down?) the Rays(do you even fish for Rays?). Anyway, the Red Sox remain 3 games back. The AL West is still led by the Houston Astros with a 65-20 record. The 2nd place foes are currently 7 games back with a 58-27 record. Honorable Mention goes out to the Los Angeles Angels as they are still above .500 with a 43-42 record. The NL East also has a 60 win team with the New York Mets in 1st place with a 60-25 record. In second place are the Miami Marlins at 54-31 and they are 6 games back. It has been the same two teams at the top for quite a while. The Washington National remain above .500 with a 44-41 record but they are 10 games out of 2nd place. And we have a tie! That’s what the NL West is currenlty looking like. Both the Colorado Rockies & the Arizona Diamondbacks are tied for 1st place with identical 55-30 records. Another 50 win team, the San Francisco Giants are currently in 3rd place in the division and sitting 5 games back at 50-35. The AL Central still has the Minnesota Twins in 1st place with a record of 54-31. The Detroit Tigers are in 2nd place and are only 4 games back with a 50-35 record. Still within striking distance are the Kansas City Royals. Even though they are currently in 3rd place with a 49-36 record, they are only 1 game behind the Tigers and only 5 games out of 1st place. This division still has plenty of time to shake things up.

Here’s a look at some of the top players for the week:

1B Only two 1B broke the 40pt mark this past week and they were led by Edwin Encarnacion(MIL) as he scored 42.112pts. He’s back on track after only scoring 8pts last week. This is the 5th time this season that he has scored over 30pts and the 2nd time over 40pts. He has 409.976pts and he’s just outside the TOP 10 for 1B as he is ranked 12th. Miguel Cabrera(DET) is ranked in the Top 10, right at the 10 slot with 419.394pts. He had a solid week as he scored 41.853pts. His Top 10 ranking is pretty impressive considering he missed 4 weeks of the season (Weeks 14-17). This is the 4th time he scored over 40pts and he’s averaged a solid 27.95pts per week for the 15 weeks he’s appeared in.

2B A pretty solid offensive week for 2B as three guys scored over 40pts. They were led by Dee Gordon(MIL) as he scored 48.274pts. It was his biggest week of the season and the first time he went over the 40pt mark. That pushed his season point total over 400pts as he has 401.197pts. That ranks him 5th for 2B on the season. Ian Kinsler(TEX) came in with 47.273pts. He’s no stranger to big scores as he’s the #2 ranked 2B in the Real Deal behind only Jose Altuve(HOU) as he has 440.43pts on the season. This is the 4th time this season Kinsler has scored over 40pts but it’s the 3rd time in the last 5 weeks, as he’s been on a hot streak of late.

3B There were three players to score over 50pts this past week and two of them played 3B. Leading the way, was none other than Josh Donaldson(TOR). He scored a league best 65.011pts and is also the top scoring 3B on the season with 592.803pts. This is the 2nd time in 3 weeks that he scored over 50pts. Rookie, Kris Bryant(CHC) isn’t fazed by the dog days of August as he piled up another 52.72pts. It was the 2nd time this year that he reached the 50pt mark. He also has 404.94pts on the season and is ranked an impressive 5th among 3B.

SS Speaking of Rookies, how about Jung Ho Kang(MIL)? He led all SS with 37.727pts on the week. He didn’t really start getting Real Deal playing time until Week #10. Taking advantage of being in the lineup, he has scored over 30pts in 3 of the last 5 weeks. He now has 189.291pts on the season. From a Rookie to a Vet, Jose Reyes(TBR) was the only other SS to break 30pts as he scored 34.504pts. He was in a bit of a funk recently as he had only scored 19.2pts in the previous 3 weeks. He did break 300 season points as he now has 307.213pts. That has him ranked 8th for SS. This Vet appears to still have gas in the tank.

OF A.J. Pollock(ARI) was the only non-3B to score over 50pts as he had 58.246pts. He may have been flying under the radar, but no more! After back to back 50pt weeks, that should get the attention of MVP voters. If not that, what about the fact that he’s the top scoring OF in the Real Deal League? Yep, no need to talk about Trout or Harper, he’s surpassed both of them as he has 533.27pts on the season. Well, I better not get too overboard. He’s only got about a 4pt lead over the both of them, but he is currently the King of the OF’er Hill. Close to 50pts was Yoenis Cespedes(HOU). He scored 49.951pts as he enjoyed his best week of the season. He has been rolling lately as he has scored over 20pts for 6 weeks in a row. This is also the 3rd time in 6 weeks where he scored over 30pts. He climbed his season point total up to 455.152pts. Good enough to rank him 9th overall for OF’ers.

C Miguel Montero(ARI) was the top scoring catcher with 39.454pts. It was his first time in double-digits since he scored 37pts in Week #10. He had struggled in between as he had only scored 26pts. He did push his season point total up to 203.522 and that pushed him back into the Top 10 in the #10 slot. Yadir Molina(COL) was in the #2 slot this week with 28.260pts. That’s back to back 20+pt weeks. That’s the fifth time he scored over 20pts and he now has 287.971pts. He is ranked 7th among all Real Deal catchers.

SP The top SP of the week has to be an obvious choice as he threw a no-hitter. Mike(they can’t put out all the)Fiers (MIN) led all SP’s with 39.75pts. It was easily his best week of the season. He’d only broken 20pts once this season and that was in Week #12. He now has 193.25pts and he is ranked 26th among all SP’s. He is quietly have a solid season and has more points than the big names of Jon Lester, Jordan Zimmermann, & Clay Buchholz just to name a few. Chris Archer(TBR) also had a big week as he scored 30.75pts. A nice turn around after scoring -6pts last week. He’s not under anybodys radar as he is ranked 5th for SP’s with 283.5pts on the season.

RP There was only 1 RP over 20pts this week and it was by a large margin. Carlos Rodon(CHW) scored 29.25pts. It was his biggest week of the season and the first time he scored over 20pts. He has now scored 48.5pts in the last 2 weeks and has climbed his season point total up to 114pts. Ken Giles(SEA) came in with 18pts this week. Since taking over the Phillies closer role, he’s scored in double-digits in 4 of the last 5 weeks as he has 168.5pts this season. That already has him in the Top 20 for RP’s as he’s ranked 19th

To see all the players listed as the 3 Stars, check them out below:

FIRST BASE:

Edwin Encarnacion……..Brewers……………..42.112

Miguel Cabrera…………..Tigers…………………41.853

Joey Votto…………………..Red Sox……………..33.699

SECOND BASE:

Dee Gordon………………..Brweers……………..48.274

Ian Kinsler………………….Rangers………………47.273

Yangervis Solarte………..D-Backs……………..40.868

THIRD BASE:

Josh Donaldson…………..Blue Jays…………….65.011

Kris Bryant…………………Cubs…………………..52.720

Nick Castellanos…………Tigers………………….42.929

SHORTSTOP:

Jung Ho Kang……………..Brewers………………37.727

Jose Reyes………………….Rays……………………34.504

Yunel Escobar……………..Cubs……………………29.553

OUTFIELDER:

A.J. Pollock………………..D-Backs…………….58.246

Yoenis Cespedes………….Astros………………..49.591

Curtis Granderson……….Tigers…………………45.687

CATCHER:

Miguel Montero………….D-Backs……………..39.454

Yadir Molina………………Rockies………………28.260

Kyle Schwarber…………..Cubs………………….26.346

STARTING PITCHER:

Mike Fiers…………………..Twins…………………39.750

Chris Archer………………..Rays…………………..30.750

Raisel Iglesias……………..Orioles………………..30.500

RELIEF PITCHER:

Carlos Rodon………………..White Sox………….29.250

Ken Giles……………………..Mariners…………….18.000

Addison Reed……………….White Sox…………..17.750

3 Stars Real Deal Dynasty Baseball Week #18

Even Madison Bumgarner(SFG) was surprised to find out he was the league's leading scorer. Even over the guys holding bats.
Even Madison Bumgarner(SFG) was surprised to find out he was the league’s leading scorer with 58.5pts. Even over the guys holding bats.

 

Week #18: There are 2 teams atop the Real Deal Dynasty League with the best overall record. In the NL Central, the Chicago Cubs are sitting in first place with a 64-16 record as they enjoyed an undefeated week. Still hanging tough are the Milwaukee Brewers at 61-19 and 3 games back. A slightly tighter race is the AL East with the Tampa Bay Rays on top at 64-16. It’s slightly tighter because the Boston Red Sox are only 2 games back at 62-18. The Red Sox are tied with the 2nd best record in the lead with division leading Houston Astros in the AL West. At 62-18, the Astros hold a 7 game lead over the Texas Rangers. The Rangers are currently 30 games over .500 at 55-25. The 7 game lead is the largest division lead in the Real Deal. In the NL East, the New York Mets are still in first place with a 56-24 record. There’s only 1 other team above .500 in the division and that is the Miami Marlins at 50-30. They are still within reach of the Mets as they are 6 games back. How about the NL West? All teams are still above .500, but there appears to be some separation starting to form. The Colorado Rockies are still in first place at 53-27. 3 games behind Colorado are the Arizona Diamondbacks and their 50-30 record. The San Francisco Giants are also hanging tough in 3rd place and 4 games back at 49-31. The AL Central also has a tight 3 team race. The Minnesota Twins are in 1st at 50-30 and only 2 games back are the Kansas City Royals with their 48-32 record. Still within striking distance are the Detroit Tigers and their 45-35 record. They are 5 games out of 1st and only 3 game out of 2nd place.

Here’s a look at some of the top players for the week:

1B There was only one 1B to hit 50pts this week and that was Eric Hosmer(NYM). He scored 52.01pts and hit 50pts for the 2nd time in 3 weeks. He raised his season point total up to 426.861 and has moved up to 7th among 1B. For back to back weeks, Chris Davis(TBR) was the 2nd Star at 1B. This week, he scored 49.543pts after scoring 41pts last week. He has also scored 160pts in the last 4 weeks. He now has 408.892pts and is ranked 9th for 1B. He is also 1 of 10 1B that have over 400pts.

2B There were only three 2B to break 30pts and they were led by Robinson Cano(KCR). He scored 33.153pts. It was the 3rd time in the last 4 weeks that he scored over 30pts. He now has 330.801pts and his recent surge has him ranked 10th among 2B. Higher up the ladder and ranked 5th is D.J. LeMahieu(BAL). He too has three 30pt+ weeks out of the last four. This week, he scored 32.897pts. His season point total is now up to 381.026. He’s only behind the big names of Altuve, Dozier, Kipnis, & Kinsler.

3B In Week #11, Brock Holt(BAL) scored 53.131pts. In the six weeks following, he only managed 40pts. This week, he exploded for 42.487pts. He was the only 3B to break 40pts this week. He has 261.227pts and has broken into the Top 20 for 3B. He is now ranked 18th. Pedro Alvarez(PIT) seems to be mainly a 1B, but with his eligibility still for 3B too this season, this is where he falls. He scored 33pts this past week and this was the best week of his season and the first time over 30pts. He has been a middle of the pack 3B in the league as he ranked 16th at the position with 275.595pts.

SS Only 2 SS were able to break the 30pt mark and they were led by Ian Desmon(ARI) and his 39.647pts. In unlucky Week #13, he got hit with -7pts. Since then, he’s scored 100pts and has raised his season point total up to 261.703pts. That makes his SS ranking 13th(hope that doesn’t make it unlucky). Another guy that has position eligibility all over the place is Ben Zobrist(CHC). With his SS listing, he had the 2nd highest score of the week with 37.725pts. He’s had 3 of the last 4 week over 30pts. Zobrist now has 316.316pts and is ranked 5th overall for SS.

OF Coming into the week, Jackie Bradley Jr.(OAK) had only appeared four times and scored 47pts. This week, he exploded for 54.070pts and had the second highest score in the league. He’s also starting to get some consistent playing time with the Oakland A’s and it’s starting to show with the bat as he scored 31.333pts last week too. He has 101.89pts on the season with 84 of them coming in the last 2 weeks. A.J. Pollock(ARI) was right behind Bradley with a 51.648pt week. That marks his 4th week in which he scored over 40pts and he now has 475.024pts. That ranks him near the top of the OF leader board as he is ranked 5th overall.

C For the 4th time this season, J.T. Realmuto(MIA) scored over 20pts as he led all catchers with 25.25pts. He did miss the first 2 weeks of the season but is still in the Top 10 for catchers as he has 215.167pts. That ranks him 9th. Probably the hottest catcher in the league right now is Kyle Schwarber(CHC). He’s a 3 Star member in back to back weeks and the 3rd time in the last 4 weeks. This week, he scored 24.816pts. That helped him break the 100pt season mark as he now has 119.113pts and he basically done it all in just the last month. He is just outside the Top 20 for catchers as he’s ranked 21st.

SP In what has to be the best pitching week of the season, Madison Bumgarner(SFG) led all Real Deal player with 58.5pts scored. He had a 2 start week and managed nearly a 30pt average. Easily his best week of the season, his previous best was in Week #12 when he score 31.25pts. He now has 241.5pts and he vaulted into the Top 10 for SP’s with this week’s performance. He is now ranked 8th. Johnny Cueto(ARI) had the next best score with 38.75pts. He also scored over 30pts in Week #14 but had only scored 34.75pts in the following 3 weeks. He has 241.5 season points and is ranked 13th among all SP’s.

RP Only 1 RP scored over 20pts this past week. That RP was Kenley Jansen(NYY) as he led everybody at the position with 24.25pts. It was his best week of the season and only the 2nd time over 20pts for Jansen. He scored 20.25pts in Week #14. Carlos Rodon(CHW) was lucky to still be in the lineup as he had negative points in each of the last 2 weeks with a combined -11.25pts. He turned things around and had his best week of the season as he scored 19.25pts. Rodon now has 84.75pts on the season.

To see all the players listed as the 3 Stars, check them out below:

FIRST BASE:

Eric Hosmer………………..Mets…………………52.010

Chris Davis…………………Rays…………………49.543

David Ortiz…………………Braves………………46.984

SECOND BASE:

Robinson Cano……………Royals……………….33.153

D.J. LeMahieu…………….Orioles………………32.897

Matt Duffy………………….Mets………………….30.012

THIRD BASE:

Brock Holt…………………Orioles……………….42.487

Pedro Alvarez……………..Pirates……………….33.000

Todd Frazier……………….Astros………………..32.003

SHORTSTOP:

Ian Desmond………………D-Backs…………….39.647

Ben Zobrist………………..Cubs………………….37.725

Xander Bogaerts…………Red Sox……………..29.068

OUTFIELDER:

Jackie Bradley Jr…………Athletics…………….54.070

A.J. Pollock………………..D-Backs…………….51.648

Gregor Blanco……………White Sox…………..50.335

CATCHER:

J.T. Realmuto………………Marlins……………..25.250

Kyle Schwarber…………..Cubs………………….24.816

Yadir Molina……………….Rockies……………..23.520

STARTING PITCHER:

Madison Bumgarner……..Giants………………..58.500

Johnny Cueto……………….D-Backs…………….38.750

Hisashi Iwakuma………….Astros………………..36.750

RELIEF PITCHER:

Kenley Jansen………………Yankees……………..24.250

Carlos Rodon………………..White Sox………….19.250

Pedro Strop…………………..Dodgers……………..17.250

3 Stars Real Deal Dynasty Baseball Week #17

Josh Donaldson(TOR) may have tossed his bat, but he scooped up some points as he scored 56.458pts in Week #17
Josh Donaldson(TOR) may have tossed his bat, but he scooped up some points as he scored 56.458pts in Week #17

 

A little mid-week reprieve as I throw in a Hump Day 3 Stars article.  The weekend edition has been a bit sluggish lately, so I thought I’d mix things up and throw the readers a curve ball (did you all catch the Pun of the Week?) with an early article.  Being the Dog Days of August, I thought a Wednesday surprise would alleviate the summer time blues.  Never mind the fact that I’ll be out of town this weekend and I’m not sure if I’ll be around to post a new article.  It has nothing to do with me.  It’s all about the subscribers!

Week #17: The AL East still holds the team with the best Real Deal record with the Tampa Bay Rays at the top. They went a perfect 4-0 this past week and improved their record to 62-14. The Boston Red Sox are still sitting in 2nd place with a 58-18 record. Even though they are in 2nd place, they have the third best record and one of those other teams is a division leader. The second best record is in the NL Central and belongs to the mighty Chicaco Cubs. They are sitting at 60-16, but only have a slim 2 game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers and their 58-18 record. In the AL West, the Houston Astros remain supreme with a 58-18 record. Their lead is slightly larger as they have a 6 game lead over the Texas Rangers at 52-24. In the NL East, the New York Mets are still atop the division with a 52-24 record. The Miami Marlins are in 2nd place with a 47-29 record and are 5 games back. The Washington Nationals are at .500 with a 38-38. The NL West has the Colorado Rockies in 1st place with a 52-24 record. Tied for 2nd place are the San Francisco Giants & Arizona Diamondbacks at 46-30 as they are 6 games back. The AL Central is in a dead-heat tie with the Kansas City Royals & Minnesota Twins. Both teams have identical 47-29 records. Only 4 games back are the 3rd place Detroit Tigers at 43-33.

Here’s a look at some of the top players for the week:

1B There were only two 1B to crack 40pts this week and they were led by Edwin Encarnacion(MIL) as he scored 42.190pts. It was the first time this season he broke the 40pt mark as his previous best was 39.837pts in Week #7. He has 359.854pts on the season and is ranked 10th for 1B. Chris Davis(TBR) has been hot lately as he has scored over 30pts three weeks in a row. This week, he scored 41.06pts. It was the second time over 40pts for Davis as he did it in Week #8 also, and it raised his season point total to 359.349pts. He is ranked just outside the Top 10 as he’s 11th among 1B.

2B Ian Kinsler(TEX) was the only 2B to break 40pts as he scored 41.551pts. That was his third 40pt week of the season and he has scored over 122pts in the last three weeks. He now has 385.042pts and he has vaulted up to #4 among all 2B. Asdrubal Cabrera(TBR) had the next highest score at the position with 36.116pts. Things have been a little rough for him, but he has scored over 67pts in the last 2 weeks. Before that, he only had 49pts the 6 weeks before. He now has 205.067pts on the season and is ranked 24th among 2B.

3B Josh Donaldson(TOR) had his best week of the season and his first 50pt week as he scored 56.458pts. This is his 5th week in a row over 20pts and his 3rd in a row over 30pts. He became the 2nd player in the Real Deal Dynasty League to reach 500pts as he has 515.361pts. Ryan Zimmermann(WAS) is back in the lineup for only the second in the past 7 weeks as he missed Weeks 11-15. He scored 47.863pts and had the second highest score for 3B. It was the first time he scored over 30pts this season and only the third time over 20pts. He has 159.8pts this season.

SS Carlos Correa(HOU) didn’t make his Real Deal debut until Week #10. Since then, he’s rattled off five weeks of 30 plus points out of eight weeks played. This week, he was the only SS to break 30pts as he scored 36.129pts. He already had 242.626pts on the season and is ranked 13 among SS. Ian Desmond(ARI) has been up & down recently with less than a point last week. 44Pts in Week #15. -7pts in Week #13. But this week was a positive one as he scored 29.091pts. He now has 222.056pts and is ranked 21st among all SS.

OF There were only 2 OF’s that broke the 50pt mark this week. The leader was Nelson Cruz(COL) as he scored 53.055pts. He had the 2nd highest output this week. He’s no stranger to 50pts as it’s the third time this season and the second time in the last three weeks. He’s also scored over 150pts in the last three weeks. He now has 462.09pts and is ranked 3rd among OF’s, behind only Trout & Harper. Andrew McCutchen(TBR) was the other OF to reach 50pts as he scored 50.273pts. It was his first 50pt week of the season. He has been on a hot streak lately scoring over 20pts for the last 6 weeks in a row. He has 424.372pts and is ranked 6th for OF’s.

C Kyle Schwarber(CHC) has really only been around the Real Deal for three weeks (he made a brief .6pts appearance in Week #11), but he’s made quite a splash. That includes his second 30+pt week in 3 weeks as he scored 36.403pts. He was the only catcher to score over 30pts. With 94.297pts on the season, he’s already climbed up to 24th among catchers. It appears offensive catchers are a premium in the Real Deal League. A.J. Pierzynski(HOU) had the 2nd best score with 29.047pts. It was only the 6th appearance of the season for Pierzynski and the best week of the season for him. He has 57.199pts on the season.

SP David Price(BOS) had a rough week last week as he scored -1.5pts. Like a true Ace, he rebounded nicely with a 33.25pt week. It was his best week of the season and the second time in three weeks he scored over 30pts. He has 256.75pts and is ranked 8th for SP’s. Chris Bassitt(TEX) made his Real Deal debut in Week #13. He’s been in single digits every week until now. He broke out with 31.25pts and was the only other SP over 30pts. He only had 26pts in the previous four weeks.

RP Ken Giles(SEA) was just given the closer duties with the Phillies, and it didn’t take him long to find his place on the 3 Stars board. He only had double-digits twice coming into this week but he led all RP’s with 27.25pts. He has 143.5pts and is ranked 26th for RP’s. Look for him to start climbing the ladder now. Hector Rondon(ARI) has made back to back 3 Star appearances as he had another 20pt week. This was his 2nd 20pt week of the season as he scored 20.75pts. He has 166.25pts and is just outside the Top 10 for RP’s. He is currently ranked 11th.

To see all the players listed as the 3 Stars, check them out below:

FIRST BASE:

Edwin Encarnacion……..Brewers…………….42.190

Chris Davis…………………Rays…………………41.060

David Ortiz…………………Braves………………39.673

SECOND BASE:

Ian Kinsler………………….Rangers…………….41.551

Asdrubal Cabrera………..Rays………………….36.116

Matt Duffy………………….Mets………………….32.851

THIRD BASE:

Josh Donaldson…………..Blue Jays…………..56.458

Ryan Zimmermann………Nationals…………..47.863

Matt Carpenter……………Brewers……………..42.890

SHORTSTOP:

Carlos Correa……………..Astros………………..36.129

Ian Desmond………………D-Backs…………….29.091

Brandon Crawford……….Angels………………28.980

OUTFIELDER:

Nelson Cruz………………..Rockies………………53.055

Andrew McCutchen……..Rays…………………..50.273

Hunter Pence……………….Giants………………..41.163

CATCHER:

Kyle Schwarber……………Cubs…………………..36.403

A.J. Pierzynski…………….Astros…………………29.047

Buster Posey……………….Giants………………….28.040

STARTING PITCHER:

David Price………………….Red Sox……………..33.250

Chris Bassitt…………………Rangers……………..31.250

Jake Arrieta………………….Rangers………………28.000

RELIEF PITCHER:

Ken Giles…………………….Mariners……………..27.250

Hector Rondon…………….D-Backs………………20.750

Carson Smith……………….Cubs……………………19.750

3 Stars Real Deal Dynasty Baseball Week #16

Lucas Duda(LAD) has been receiving & giving cheers to all Real Deal players as he led the league with 71.020pts in Week #16.
Lucas Duda(LAD) has been receiving & giving cheers as he led the Real Deal League with 71.020pts in Week #16.

 

So, I’m sitting here in my lush & palatial penthouse office when I start getting notifications for new articles being written on the RealDealDynasty.com web site. I pop over there to check them out and there are 2 new articles written by Malcolm Herbert & Eric Duncan. Let me tell you, these are finely written, and well thought out articles that also have several pictures throughout the writings. Not only are they easy to read, they are also eye-catching with photos mixed throughout. These writings are almost Pulitzer Prize worthy. Then I scroll down to what I have been writing, and all of my posts are hum-drum, stat-laden, number after number, almost text book like articles.

Then I got to thinking, “You know what? Sure there is Pulitzer Prize winning literature out there, but there is the National Enquirer too.” Don’t tell me that you’ve never been standing in the checkout line at your local grocery store and glanced over at the headlines in the Enquirer? Or if there’s nobody around, actually pulled the copy off the rack and did a quick page turn to see a particular article? If you’re lucky, you can convince your significant other to actually purchase the Enquirer and make it look like it’s for her and then you’ve got a weeks worth of bathroom reading material.

So you see, there is plenty of room in this world for Pulitzer Prize written articles that everybody will gush & drool over, and for the weekly written stat seminar that you can’t help but glance at. So whether you read it all, or scroll down to the bottom to just see the Positional 3 Stars, I am going to continue to write my weekly summaries, cash my royalty checks from RealDealDynasty.com and enjoy the view from my penthouse. In the meantime, Week #16 is in the books, both literally(because the week is over) and figuratively(because the written word has been posted).

Week #16: The Tampa Bay Rays are holding onto the best record in the Real Deal Dynasty League as they are sitting at 58-14 in the AL East. Just because they have the best record, it doesn’t mean that their division is a cake walk. The Boston Red Sox remain hot on their heels as they are only 3 games back with a 55-17 record. The Toronto Blue Jays are the only other team in the AL East above .500 with a 40-32 record. The Chicago Cubs seem to be the new team in the league that is not losing any games. They went undefeated this past week and raised their record to 57-15 in the NL Central. The Milwaukee Brewers are hanging tough as they remain 3 games back with a 54-18 record. There is a new team at .500 in the NL Central as the St. Louis Cardinals have climbed back to the .500 mark at 36-36. The Houston Astros are still atop the AL West with a 56-16 record. They also hold the largest lead of any division with a 8 game lead over the Texas Rangers and their 48-24 record. This division also has 3 teams at .500 or better with the Los Angeles Angels at 37-35. The New York Mets are still in first place in the NL East at 48-24, but their division lead is shrinking. The 2nd place Miami Marlins are right on their heals, 1 game back with a 47-25 record. They are the only 2 teams in the division that are above the .500 mark. Then, you have the NL West. As usual, all 5 teams are above .500 and this week’s “Flavor Of The Month” is the Colorado Rockies at 48-24. The actually hold a 4 game lead in the division over the Arizona Diamondbacks with their 44-28 record. The one team that seems to be slumping are the San Diego Padres. They lost all their games last week and slipped to 41-31. Last but no least (or is it?), you have the AL Central. The Minnesota Twins are atop the division with a 46-26 record. Right behind them are the Kansas City Royals. They are 2 games back and have a 44-28 record. The Detroit Tigers are also above .500 and are 7 games back at 39-33.

Here’s a look at some of the top players for the week:

1B Lucas Duda(LAD) led all Real Deal players in Week #16 with 71.020pts. He led it by a wide margin with only one other player scoring over 60pts. He had been struggling coming into the week as he had only scored 30pts in the last 4 weeks. I guess you can say that in the last month, there has been less DO and more DUH with his offensive performances (Does that count as the Pun of the Week?). His season point total jumped up to 326.626pts and he has climbed up to 11th overall for first basemen. Mark Teixeira(COL) is another NL West 1B that had a big week as he scored 56.698pts. That makes back to back strong weeks for Mark as he scored over 47pts last week. He now has 427.039pts on the season and is ranked 4th overall for 1B. He’s behind only Goldschmidt, Rizzo, & Votto.

2B Another top player comes from the NL West (Surprise!). Brandon Phillips(COL) led all 2B with 46.307pts. He’s had four other weeks in which he scored over 25pts but this was his first 40pt week. He now has 280.731pts on the year and is ranked 11th among all 2B. D.J. LeMahieu(BAL) has been hot lately as he scored 41.239pts this past week. That gives him over 100pts in the last 3 weeks. His season point total has now reached 338.427pts and he’s ranked 6th overall for 2B.

3B Only one 3B scored over 40pts in Week #16 and that was Matt Carpenter(MIL), as he scored 48.040pts. It was the third time this season over 40pts for Matt but the first time since Week #4. He has scored 340.669pts this year and is ranked 5th among 3B. The #1 scoring 3B in the Real Deal League is Josh Donaldson(TOR). He also had the 2nd highest 3B score this past week with 39.075pts. That’s the sixth time this season he has scored over 30pts. His season total is up to 458.903pts. He has a 12pt lead over Manny Machado(LAD).

SS Didi Gregorius(SFG) hasn’t made too many headlines this season as he’s only scored over 20pts in a week twice this season. He blew that out of the water this week with a 47.624pt performance. He has been somewhat steady since a negative point week back in Week #10. Since then, he’s hit double-digits every week and now has 224.311pts on the season. That does rank him 16th among Real Deal shortstops, so I guess he’s right in the middle of the league’s pack. Jung Ho Kang(OAK) was the only other SS over 40pts as he scored 40.256pts. He got off to a slow start this season. How slow was it? It was so slow, he was going slower than erosion. Anyway, he only played twice in the first 9 weeks and scored only 1pt. Now in the last 3 weeks, he has scored 98pts and has upped his season total to 132.457pts.

OF Only one OF scored over 50pts and he even managed to get over 60pts. Scoring the 2nd highest point total of the week in the league, Adam Eaton(ARI) led all OF’s with 60.728pts. He scored negative points a month ago, but has scored 124pts in the last 3 weeks. He now has 307.245pts on the season. Melky Cabrera(MIN) had the second highest score with 48.343pts. He’s been having a rough season and missed Week’s 11-13, but since his return, he has scored 111pts in the last 3 weeks. That pushed his season total up to 194.56pts.

C Who’s the usual suspect of names when you’re talking about the top scoring catchers? Posey, Martin, McCann? Well, not this week. This week, it was a guy named Wellington. The last time I heard that name was in a steak house. Anybody ever heard of Wellington Castillo(OAK)? Well, you have now. He was the only catcher to break 40pts this week as he scored 46.220pts. He only played 4 times in the first 9 weeks and had only scored 12pts. However, since Week #10, he’s found his groove and has scored over 120pts. With his recent success, he’s also moved up to 16th in the catcher ranking for season points. Maybe this next catcher is more of a household name. Curt Casail(TBR) ranked 2nd this week with 34.5pts. He’s even played more sparingly than Wellington as he didn’t even make his Real Deal debut until last week. I can’t say it was a memorable performance as he ended the week with 0pts. Zip, nada, zilch! Not exactly the wow factor that he was looking for. He definitely made up for it with his sophomore week’s performance.

SP Some days, the skies are sunny. Some days, the skies are gray. But when you’re Sonny Gray(CHC), there’s no confusing (unless you’re a meteorologist) that you’re a top Real Deal pitcher. He proved it this week as he scored 42pts and was the only SP over 40pts. It’s the second time in three weeks he has scored over 30pts. He now has 244.5pts on the season and he is ranked #5 for SP’s. Youngster(I think Sonny’s pretty young too), Noah Syndergaard was the only other SP over 30pts as he scored 32pts in Week #16. After a couple of negative point weeks, he’s been scoring in double-digits in the last 6 weeks. He also has 141pts scored this season.

RP Hector Rondon(ARI) was the top and only RP to score over 20pts as he had 24.75pts this past week. He also had a double-digit week last week with 17.25pts. Those were the first two double-digit weeks since Week #6 as he had 8 straight weeks in single-digits. He has 145.5pts on the season and is ranked 16th among all RP’s. Pedro Strop(LAD) had his best week of the season as he scored 18pts. His previous season best was back in Week #7 when he scored 13.75pts. He broke the 100pt mark as he now has 116.25pts on the season.

To see all the players listed as the 3 Stars, check them out below:

FIRST BASE:

Lucas Duda……………….Dodgers……………..71.020

Mark Teixeira…………….Rockies……………..56.698

Eric Hosmer………………Mets………………….51.706

SECOND BASE:

Brandon Phillips………….Rockies……………..46.307

D.J. LeMahieu…………….Orioles………………41.239

Eddie Rosario……………..Nationals……………34.410

THIRD BASE:

Matt Carpenter……………Brewers…………….48.040

Josh Donaldson…………..Blue Jays…………..39.075

Manny Machado…………Dodgers…………….33.446

SHORTSTOP:

Didi Gregorius……………Giants………………..47.624

Jung Ho Kang…………….Athletics…………….40.256

Xander Bogaerts…………Red Sox……………..37.122

OUTFIELDER:

Adam Eaton………………..D-Backs……………..60.728

Melky Cabrera…………….Twins…………………48.343

Nelson Cruz………………..Rockies………………44.430

CATCHER:

Wellington Castillo………Athletics……………..46.220

Curt Casali………………….Rays……………………34.500

Derek Norris……………….Padres…………………32.106

STARTING PITCHER:

Sonny Gray…………………Cubs……………………42.000

Noah Syndergaard……….Mets…………………….32.000

Trevor Bauer……………….White Sox…………….28.750

RELIEF PITCHER:

Hector Rondon…………….D-Backs………………24.750

Pedro Strop…………………Dodgers……………….18.000

Brad Boxberger……………Rays…………………….16.250

Justin Grimm……………….Cubs……………………16.250

3 Stars Real Deal Dynasty Baseball Week #14

Mike Trout(MIA) can't help but smile after a 62pt week in the Real Deal Dynasty League.
Mike Trout(MIA) can’t help but smile after a 62pt week in the Real Deal Dynasty League.

 

Week #14: The Tampa Bay Rays are still on a roll as they went undefeated again this week. That keeps them firmly atop the AL East with a 53-9 record and a nice 8 game lead over the Boston Red Sox and their 45-17 record. There is one other 50 win team and that is the Houston Astros of the AL West. At 50-12, they also have an 8 game lead in their division. The Texas Rangers are in second place with a 42-20 record. In the NL Central, the Chicago Cubs went undefeated in Week #14 and improved to 49-13. The Milwaukee Brewers are trying to keep the Cubs in sight as they sit at 47-15 and are 2 games back. That takes care of all the .700 winning percentage teams. We head to the NL East and the New York Mets are still in first place with a 43-19 record. The Miami Marlins are sitting in second place with a 38-24 record and are 5 games behind the Mets. The AL Central is the closest 1-2 race with a division tie between the Kansas City Royals and the Minnesota Twins. Both teams have identical 40-22 records. Also, if you look at their overall points scored, we’re talking about 13,000pts and a difference of only about 120pts. Then, there’s the ever popular NL West. The Colorado Rockies are on top with a 39-23 record. The San Francisco Giants went undefeated and climbed into second place with a 38-24 mark and are only 1 game back. The San Diego Padres and Arizona Diamondbacks are both at 37-25 and are still only 2 games back.

Here’s a look at some of the top players for the week:

1B Victor Martinez(DET) had the 3rd highest point total of the week as he scored 42.578pts. That’s his third straight week over 20pts and the first time he even surpassed the 30pt mark in a week. Kendry Morales(PIT) was the only other 1B to get past the 30pts as he scored 30.24pts. He was in double digits every week in the first 6 weeks of the season. From there, he slumped to single digit for the next 7 weeks. Now that he was traded to the Pirates, the change of scenery must have done him good as he broke out with his best week of the season. With Fielder being traded, the Prince is gone from Pittsburgh but Morales has quickly become the King of the Town.

2B Brian (Bull) Dozier(LAA) was the only 2B to break 30pts this week as he led the position with 40.754pts. He has been consistently solid all season long as he has been in double digits every single week and has scored over 30pts in 6 weeks. This is his best week of the season and he is ranked 2nd for 2B in season points with 354.112pts. That puts him only 8pts behind Jason Kipnis(SDP). Joe (Nobody) Panik(SFG) is also becoming one of the more consistent 2B as he scored 27.421pts. That put him over the 300pt mark on the season and he’s ranked 5th at his position. There are also only five 2B with over 300pts on the seasson.

3B There were only two 3B to break 30pts in Week #14 and the position was led by Carlos Santana(TBR) as he scored 37.798pts. It was only the 2nd time this season that he broke 30pts as he scored 34.998pts back in Week #8. He now has 264.864pts on the season. As he nears 300pts, he’s ranked 8th among all 3B in season points. Nick Castellanos(DET) had only broken 20pts once this year and that was in Week #7. This week, he had his best performance as he scored 33.66pts and was the only other 3B over 30pts. He pushed his season point total up to 161.252pts.

SS The weekly SS race was a tight one as 4 players reached 30pts. However, they were led by Jose Reyes(TBR) as he scored 38.317pts. He had a rough start to the season as he only scored about 40pts in the first 4 weeks than missed the next 3 weeks of the season. But since his return in Week #8, he’s found his offensive groove scoring over 20pts in 5 of the last 7 weeks. His season point total has climbed up to 230.172pts and he is ranked 6th at the SS position. Johnny Peralta(BAL) had the second best score with 35.907pts. He’s been in a slight slump the last couple of weeks as he only scored 15pts. Still, he is the top scoring SS in the Real Deal League with 293.789pts on the season. That has him 20pts ahead of Hanley Ramirez(MIL) & 40pts ahead of Troy Tulowitzki(COL).

OF When you’re the MLB All-Star MVP, you will probably get some Real Deal recognition as well. Mike Trout(MIA) was the leading scorer in the league this past week as he was the only player over 50pts and he did it easily as he scored 61.987pts. He must be comfortable playing in Miami, but how could he not be? When you’re playing for the Marlins and you have a last name of Trout, how could the two fish not get along? Even with potential trade rumors from the Marlins, Mike managed to score over 30pts for the 6th time this season and this was his best week of the year too. With the big week, he took over the #1 slot as the top scoring OF with 412.667pts. Bryce Harper(WAS) slipped into the second slot with 394.527pts. Charlie Blackmon(COL) was the only other OF to score over 40pts as he had 42.822pts. Even though he has scored over 30pts five other times, this was his first time over 40pts as it was his best week of the season. He’s making a name for himself in the Real Deal as he’s ranked 4th in the league with 347.348pts.

C Another productive week at the catcher position and this time it was led by Yasmani Grandal(CHC). He scored 33.012pts and that gave him back to back 30pt weeks. Those 2 weeks broke him into the Top 10 in season points for catchers as he has 167.271pts and is ranked 9th overall. A new face appeared in the 3 Stars catcher position in the name of John Jaso(SEA). He scored 31.367pts and was the only other catcher over 30pts. It’s also only the second time this season that Jaso has appeared in a Real Deal game. His first appearance was back in Week #1 when he only scored 1.26pts. After a 12 week hiatus, he came back with this big week.

SP Some weeks the SP position doesn’t even break 30pts. This week 4 players were able to achieve that feat. The top score of 33pts was hit by two players as both Chris Sale(CHW) & Sonny Gray(CHC) scored 33pts. Sale has been a strikeout machine lately and for the 6th time in 8 weeks, he scored over 20pts. Pretty impressive considering he only did it once in the first 6 weeks of the season. He also got over the 200pt season mark as he has 212pts. That has jumped him up to 5th for SP’s. As for Gray, he has struggled a bit lately with only 5pts in the last 3 weeks. Needing this result, he now has 196.75pts on the season and that ranks him 7th for SP’s.

RP Two closers broke the 20pt mark in Week #14 and the top scorer was Jeurys Familia(NYM). He scored 24.5pts as that was the 2nd time this season he scored over 20pts. He had a season best 26.75pts back in Week #2. He now has 143pts on the season and is ranked 7th among all RP’s. Kenley Jansen(ATL) scored 20.25pts and that was the 3rd week in a row he scored in double digits. He has 105.5pts on the season but has only been playing since Week #6, so he has been averaging double digits since his season started.

To see all the players listed as the 3 Stars, check them out below:

FIRST BASE:

Victor Martinez……………Tigers…………………42.578

Kendry Morales……………Pirates………………..30.240

Anthony Rizzo……………..Cubs………………….29.446

SECOND BASE:

Brian Dozier………………..Angels………………..40.754

Joe Panik…………………….Giants…………………27.421

Ian Kinsler…………………..Rangers………………24.006

THIRD BASE:

Carlos Santana…………….Rays…………………..37.798

Nick Castellanos………….Tigers…………………33.660

Kyle Seager…………………Giants…………………29.450

SHORTSTOP:

Jose Reyes………………….Rays……………………38.317

Jhonny Peralta…………….Orioles………………..35.907

Alcides Escobar…………..White Sox……………35.212

OUTFIELDER:

Mike Trout………………….Marlins……………….61.987

Charlie Blackmon………..Rockies……………….42.822

Yoenis Cespedes………….Astros………………….38.300

CATCHER:

Yasmani Grandal………….Cubs……………………33.012

John Jaso…………………….Mariners………………31.367

Nick Hundley………………Padres………………….24.630

STARTING PITCHER:

Sonny Gray………………….Cubs……………………33.000

Chris Sale……………………White Sox…………….33.000

Clayton Kershaw………….Dodgers……………….32.750

RELIEF PITCHER:

Jeurys Familia……………..Mets…………………….24.500

Kenley Jansen……………..Braves………………….20.250

Greg Holland………………Yankees………………..19.750