3 Stars Real Deal Dynasty Baseball Week# 7

Mike (No Longer Napping) Napoli made it know to reporters as he declared, “This guy will no longer be napping, I'm ready to produce.” He led the league with 54.325pts in Week# 7.
Mike (No Longer Napping) Napoli made it know to reporters as he declared, “This guy will no longer be napping, I’m ready to produce.” He led the league with 54.325pts in Week# 7.

 

Week #7 now has some new teams with the league’s best record. In the AL East, the Tampa Bay Rays are sitting atop the division with a 25-6 record. 3 games behind them are the Boston Red Sox at 22-9. The NL Central has the Milwaukee Brewers also holding the league’s best record at 25-6. 2 game behind them are the Chicago Cubs at 23-8. The NL East still has the New York Mets as the division leaders. Even though they had a rough week, they still have a 23-8 record and hold a 6 game lead over the Miami Marlins at 17-4. It is also the largest division lead in the Real Deal League. The Houston Astros are still atop the AL West and have a record of 23-8. The Texas Rangers are in 2nd place at 20-11 and are 3 games back. The next division leaders have 22-9 records and those teams have company too. In the NL West, both the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodger are at 22-9. Not far behind those two are the San Diego Padres at 20-11. The AL Central is even closer. The Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers are sitting at 22-9 and only 1 game back are the Minnesota Twins with a 21-9 record. So after 7 weeks, no 1 team has run away from everybody else in the league. The top league leader only has a 3 game lead from the league leader with the worst record. Look like the Real Deal is in for a season long battle for a claim at the top of the hill.

1B had the top scoring player of the week. Mike Napoli(MIA) led the league in Week #7 with 54.325pts. He more than doubled his season point total as he only had 52pts coming into the week and had only scored 11.88pts in the last 3 weeks before breaking out this past week. Prince Fielder(PIT) had the 4th highest scoring total of all Real Deal players with 46.738pts and giving him back to back 40pt weeks.

2B had the night clubs jumping as D.J. LeMahieu(BAL) was the top dog with a 36.179pt week, and he was only 1 of 2 middle infielders over 30pts. His highest weekly total of the season pushed him over the 100pt mark for the season. Not a bad turnaround after only scoring 1.66pts in the past 2 weeks. Jason Kipnis(SDP) is still making his weekly appearance in the Top 3 with the 2nd highest week of 29.602pts. He is also now the top scoring 2B in the league with 196.5pts as he surpassed Jose Altuve.

3B didn’t have a monster scoring week as nobody hit the 30pt mark. It was the first time this season that there wasn’t a 3B with at least 30pts. However, Nolan Arenado(SDP) did lead the way with 29.034pts. That pushed him over 150pts on the season and he is currently ranked 7th in points at the 3B position. A new face to 3 Stars is Maikel Franco(PHI). In only his 2nd game of the season, he scored 27.997pts. He made his season debut with the Phillies last week and scored 16pts. With 44pts in 2 weeks, he already has more season points than guys like Mark Reynolds & Casey McGehee just to name a few.

SS had a suprise visit to 3 Stars. Jose Ramirez(LAD) made only his 3rd start with the Dodgers but was the other middle infielder that broke 30pts with a 30.931pt week. His last appearance was in Week #3 but he didn’t show any rust as he led all SS this week. After having his best week last week, Erick Aybar(MIN) bested that, with another personal top week as he scored 29.447pts. He’s got a 2 week total of 54.6pts and that pushed his season total up to 98pts and that has him ranked 11th for SS.

OF was the most productive position of the week for the 3 Stars with a 50 pointer and 2 players over 45pts. Ryan Braun(KCR) led the way with 51.940pts and the 2nd highest point total of the week in Real Deal. His high scoring output moved him up to 5th in scoring for outfielders with 176pts. Right behind him was A.J. Pollock(ARI) with 49.123pts. It was his highest point total of the season for Pollock. That moved him up to 10th for outfielders with 157.8pts on the season.

C was led by bare-handed, lumber-jack looking slugger, Evan Gattis(TBR) with 40.325pts. It was only the 3rd time this year that a catcher scored over 40pts. Salvador Perez did it in Week 1, & Russell Martin in Week 5. Gattis has been up and down this season but has now pushed his season total over 100pts and is the 7th catcher to do so. Buster Posey(SFG) is the highest scoring catcher with 163.3pts on the season and was the 2nd highest scoring catcher this week with 33.966pts.

SP Corey Kluber(MIN) didn’t exactly start off the season the way he expected to (or some of the Real Deal teams that were trading for him in the off-season). He only scored about 38pts in the first 5 weeks, but scored 27pts last week and another 33.75pts to lead the SP’s this week. He is now 1pt shy of 100 and is now ranked 8th among SP’s in season points. No Sale! At one time, he probably couldn’t be given away at a garage sale, but now Chris Sale(CHW) seems to be back on track. Thru 5 weeks, he only had 10 lousy points. Last week, he scored 16pts and now came in with the 2nd highest SP total with 27pts. Maybe now that he’s seen the light, or seen the stars (3 Stars), things will be on the up-tick for him.

RP Drew Storen(COL) has been a model of consistency for the Rockies. He’s scored double digit points in 6 of the 7 weeks this season. A pretty solid performance for the RP position. He scored 22pts this week and was the only RP over 20pts. He is also ranked 3rd for RP’s with 91.5pts on the season. The #2 guy on the RP leaderboard was also the #2 scoring RP this week. Glen Perkins(MIN) came in with 19.25pts. He also has scored 94.25pts this season and is just over 1pt behind RP league leader, Andrew Miller. Shawn Tolleson(BOS) tied Perkins with a 19.25pt week. That’s 3 straight double-digit point weeks with Shawn as he’s scored 41.75pts in the last 3 weeks. At that rate, he’ll be climbing up the RP ranks very quickly.

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

FIRST BASE:

Mike Napoli………………….Marlins……………..54.325

Prince Fielder………………..Pirates……………….46.738

Edwin Encarnacion………..Brewers……………..39.837

SECOND BASE:

D.J. LeMahieu……………….Orioles………………36.179

Jason Kipnis………………….Padres……………….29.602

Joe Panik………………………Giants………………..28.853

THIRD BASE:

Nolan Arenado………………Padres……………….29.034

Maikel Franco……………….Phillies……………..27.997

David Freese…………………Mets………………….27.384

SHORTSTOP:

Jose Ramirez…………………Dodgers…………….30.931

Erick Aybar……………………Twins………………..29.447

Xander Bogaerts…………….Red Sox…………….29.260

OUTFIELDER:

Ryan Braun…………………..Royals………………..51.940

A.J. Pollock…………………..D-Backs…………….49.123

Andrew McCutchen……….Rays…………………..45.761

CATCHER:

Evan Gattis……………………Rays…………………..40.325

Buster Posey…………………Giants………………….33.966

Salvador Perez………………Nationals……………..15.797

STARTING PITCHER:

Corey Kluber………………..Twins…………………..33.750

Chris Sale…………………….White Sox…………….27.000

Cole Hamels…………………Phillies…………………25.500

RELIEF PITCHER:

Drew Storen…………………Rockies………………..22.000

Glen Perkins…………………Twins…………………..19.250

Shawn Tolleson…………….Red Sox……………….19.250

A Trip Down Memory Lane

Elfrid Payton was surprised to look up at the list and see his name right at the top!
Elfrid Payton was surprised to look up at the list and see his name right at the top!

 

TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE

C’mon, admit it, we all do it. Whether it’s the comment “Back when I was a kid…”, a high-school reunion, that first kiss, or talking about old times with you parents. We all take that trip down memory lane. So, why not do it for fantasy sports too. The first ever Real Deal Dynasty Basketball Rookie Draft was conducted last Fall. 28 picks were made (2 teams lost picks) and those teams were hoping those NBA Rookies would make an impact on their upcoming season. Right after that important draft, there was even a Real Deal Rookie Draft Report Card that was issued based on the teams and the potential of their picks. Going down memory lane, the Detroit Pistons got a “C”. Had I still been in high-school, I would have accepted that “C”. Now that I’m older & wiser, I’m still stinging and angry at that teacher for giving my team that “C”. However, this article is not based on my sour grapes with that article writer, it is going to be based on the production & stats of the rookies that were drafted. As a disclaimer, I want to say up front that I am going only on the points scored this past season while players were in the team’s active lineups. I know some players were drafted on hopes of their future years, some players got hurt, and not all drafted players remained with their original teams (either NBA or Real Deal). I just thought it would be fun to go down memory lane and see how the rookies performed. Here it goes:

The #1 overall pick was Jabari Parker by the Pacers. Unfortunately, his season ended early with an injury and he finished with 758.301pts. He did rank with the 7th most points scored for all rookies. The #2 draft pick was also the 2nd highest scoring player so I guess you could say that was pretty close to the perfect pick. Andrew Wiggins was taken by the Bulls and scored 1318.005pts. The top scorer was the only rookie to score over 1500pts and he was taken 6th overall in our draft. The Spurs selected Elfrid Payton at #6 and he finished the season as the #1 rookie with 2066.018pts. A solid value pick there going from the 6th pick to the top scorer. A look towards the future was taken at #3 as the Pelican went with Joel Embiid. He missed the entire season due to injury and didn’t score any Real Deal points. The #3 rookie scorer in the league has to be considered a value pick as he went #11 in the draft. K.J. McDaniels was taken 11th by the Pistons. Even though the franchise was ridiculed for taking McDaniels that early, he ended the season with 1268.122. He would have even scored more points but the NBA trade that sent him to the Rockets doomed the rest of the season as he was stuck on the end of the bench. Because of that, who knows what his future value holds. His stock for next season may not be too valuable. Therefore, I would have to say these next 2 guys were even better valued picks as they should continue to see playing time in the NBA. Zach LaVine was drafted #14 in the Real Deal by they Pacers and he was the 5th highest scoring Rookie with 1144.741pts this past season. Right behind him as the 6th highest scorer was Shabazz Napier, drafted by the Wizards at #18. He scored 812.415 last season. Even though these two guys scored less than McDaniels, I would have to say they were better value picks as their future seems to be a bit clearer than K.J. Marcus Smart came in as the 7th pick of our draft and he was the 4th highest scoring among the Rookies with 1166.487pts. A very solid selection there. Finishing out the Top 5 picks in the Real Deal Draft, the 4th player taken was Dante Exum by the Pacers. He finished the season 8th in scoring with 635.974pts. There were only 8 player that scored over 500pts and 5 of them were selected within the first 7 picks. I’d have to say that was pretty solid drafting by those teams. Julius Randle was taken 5th overall by the Wizards and they were hit with a season-ending injury on the first game of the season. He had scored 3.196pts prior to going down.

The best “Bottom of the Draft” picks has to go to the Trail Blazers. With the 26th overall pick, they selected Bogdan Bogdanovic. He ended up scoring 400.943pts and that ranked him 10th in Rookie scoring. To be selecting 26th and get a scorer that cracked the Top 10 among the Rookies, is not too shabby of a drafting job.

Some of the possible early picks busts: It hurts me to have to write this section and I thought about skipping it, but I have learned a valuable lesson from Fox News. You have to be fair & balanced. Since they do such a great job of being Fair & Balanced, I should do the same. The Report Card Writer had questioned the pick of Doug McDermott at #8 by the Pistons. Something along the lines of it being a stretch or reach. I don’t want to go back and re-hash those scathing words that were used. Anyway, McDermott only managed to score 97.977pts last season & that ranked him 15th in scoring. T.J. Warren was taken 9th by the Hornets and he finished 16th in scoring with 89.249pts. So those 2 guys stayed side by side all season long. They were taken 8/9 and they finished scoring 15/16. There were also 6 players drafted that didn’t even score any Real Deal points in their first season.

From a personal view for the Detroit Pistons (I can do this since I’m the one writing the article), and based solely on this last season and not future seasons, I would have to give myself an “A” for taking McDaniels at #11 and being the 3rd highest scorer. Then I would have to give myself an “F” for taking McDermott at #8 and he only became the 15th scorer with less than 100pts. So I guess an “A” and an “F” would have to average out to a solid “C”. Ok, Mr. Report Card Writer, with the fact being laid out, I will have to accept my “C” grade. I guess that means I better start working on some homework this Summer to better prepare myself for the Fall Draft. For the rest of you, here is the list of the entire 28 players that were selected and where they ended up based on points scored. You can decide for yourself if you should be doing summer homework too. The list is in order of points scored. The first number is where they were taken in the draft:

 

6 Spurs Elfrid Payton 2066.018
2 Bulls Andrew Wiggins 1318.005
11 Pistons K.J. McDaniels 1268.122
7 Nuggets Marcus Smart 1166.487
14 Pacers Zach LaVine 1144.741
18 Wizards Shabazz Napier 812.415
1 Pacers Jabari Parker 758.301
4 Pacers Dante Exum 635.974
12 Nets P.J. Hairston 450.402
26 Trail Blazers Bogdan Bogdanovic 400.943
15 Pacers Gary Harris 365.65
25 Clippers Cleanthony Early 246.221
23 Bulls James Young 184.647
27 Heat Kyle Anderson 99.409
8 Pistons Doug McDermott 97.977
9 Hornets T.J. Warren 89.249
17 Bulls Adrian Payne 68.988
10 Warriors Rodney Hood 63.197
20 Hawks Jordan Adams 26.409
13 Nets Noah Vonleh 9.731
5 Wizards Julius Randle 3.196
22 Bucks Bruno Caboclo 2.465
3 Pelicans Joel Embiid 0
16 Pacers Dario Saric 0
19 76ers Mitch McGary 0
21 Kings Russ Smith 0
24 Celtics Josuf Nurkic 0
28 Nets Tyler Ennis 0

3 Stars Real Deal Dynasty Baseball Week #6

 

TMZ snapped this photo of Harper pointing at Rizzo, Adrian Gonzalez, & Goldschmidt and yelling: "I'm gunning after you 3."
TMZ snapped this photo of Harper pointing at Rizzo, Adrian Gonzalez, & Goldschmidt and yelling: “I’m gunning for you 3.”

 

Week #6 is now complete. The Mets continue to cruise in the NL East as they have a league best record of 23-3. They hold a 9 game lead in their division over the Marlins & Nats. The Mets did lose a game this week to their division rival Marlins 228.7 – 221.9. The NL Central is the closest race with the Cubs & Brewers having identical records of 21-5. You don’t need to check the standings to know these 2 teams are battling each other. Just read the message boards. The back & forth name calling has been rampant. Ok, maybe not rampant, but they do seem to realize they are in battle for the division lead. The AL East has the Rays sitting at 20-6 and holding a 2 game lead over the Red Sox. The final 20 win team in the league is the Houston Astros at 20-6 with a 4 game lead over the Rangers. The NL West has the Dodgers at 18-8 and holding a 1 game lead over the D-Backs. Another 18-8 division leader is in the AL Central and they hold a 1 game lead over both the Twins & Royals. Enough of this boring team news, how about some exiciting player news that makes the teams run?

1B was the only position of the week where all 3 players scored over 40pts. Miguel Cabrera(DET) led the way with 47.042pts. It was his best week since he scored 57pts in Week #1. The big week also pushed him up to 5th in the league with 187pts on the season. Anthony Rizzo(CHC) had back 2 back 45pt weeks as he scored 45.4pts. Those 90pts in 2 weeks also vaulted Rizzo to being the league’s top scorer. He surpassed Adrian Gonzalez and now has 209.5pts.

2B must have been a DeJaVu type of week for Jason Kipnis(SDP). 2 weeks ago, he scored 52.48pts. He must have liked it so much, he decided to do it again as he scored 52.2pts. With those 100pts in 2 weeks, it pushed him up to 166.9pts on the season and made him the 2nd highest scoring 2B in the league. He trails Jose Altuve(HOU) by 10pts. Logan Forsythe(CIN) made his first appearance on the 3 Stars list with 39.6pts.

3B had a rookie sighting. Kris Bryant(CHC) is making it look easy in the Big Leagues. He scored 51.529pts and was only 1 of 3 players to score over 50pts this week. Josh Harrison(SFG) finally broke out with 43.69pts. He’s been struggling this season as he only had 45pts coming into the week. The Orange & Black are hoping this is a sign of things to come.

SS had some asking, where did Brandon Crawford’s(LAA) offensive prowess come from? He led all SS with 46.635pts and was the only SS to hit 40pts this week. He’s now pushed his season total to 106.7pts. That also has him ranked 4th in season points for the shortstop position.

OF is now getting a familiar face in the top spot. Bryce Harper(WAS) was at it again this week, but with a bigger and better performance. This week he scored 78.342pts and now has over 145pts in the past two weeks. He’s quickly knocking on the door of the league leaders as he now sits in 4th behind Rizzo, Adrian Gonzalez, & Paul Goldschmidt. Shin-Soo Choo(BAL) was the only other outfielder over 40pts as he scored 43.373pts. It was a breakout week for him as he only had 53pts coming into the week.

Catcher was led by Buster Posey(SFG) as he busted out (sorry, couldn’t resist the pun) with 30.869pts. It was the 2nd time this season that he scored over 30pts in a week.  Derek Norris(SDP) isn’t a stranger to 3 Stars and he came in at #2 this week with 19.212pts.  There are 4 catchers with over 100pts this season & Norris sits at #4.

SP Shelby Miller(STL) was the top pitcher with a 38pt week. He’s had two solid weeks in a row as he’s scored 65.75pts. That’s a huge upgrade as he only had 40pts in the first 4 weeks of the season. It has also bolted him up to 2nd in scoring for SP’s with 105.5pts. There are only 2 pitchers with over 100pts. Who’s the other 100pt scorer? Max Scherzer(DET) leads all pitchers with 107.5pts and he had the 2nd highest SP score this week with 31.5pts.

RP was led by Jonathan Papelbon(BAL) as he scored 18.75pts. It was the 3rd time this season that he scored double digits in a week. His previous best was 12.5pts back in Week #1. Jim Johnson(TEX) also had a solid week as he scored 17pts, and it was also his 3rd double digit point week of the season.

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

FIRST BASE:

Miguel Cabrera……………..Tigers……………….47.042

Anthony Rizzo………………Cubs…………………45.400

Prince Fielder………………..Pirates………………43.648

SECOND BASE:

Jason Kipnis………………….Padres……………….52.200

Logan Forsythe……………..Reds………………….39.622

Ian Kinsler…………………….Rangers…………….38.885

THIRD BASE:

Kris Bryant……………………Cubs………………….51.529

Josh Harrison………………..Giants…………………43.690

Todd Frazier………………….Astros…………………37.645

SHORTSTOP:

Brandon Crawford…………Angels………………..46.635

Wilmer Flores……………….Mets…………………..32.427

Alcides Escobar…………….White Sox…………..31.254

OUTFIELDER:

Bryce Harper…………………Nationals…………….78.342

Shin Soo-Choo………………Orioles………………..43.373

Denard Span………………….Cubs…………………..39.913

CATCHER:

Buster Posey…………………Giants………………….78.342

Derek Norris…………………Padres…………………19.212

Stephen Vogt………………..Mets……………………18.589

STARTING PITCHER:

Shelby Miller………………..Cardinals……………..38.000

Max Scherzer………………..Tigers………………….31.500

Jake Arrieta…………………..Padres…………………30.250

RELIEF PITCHER:

Jonathan Papelbon……….Orioles………………..18.750

Jim Johnson………………..Rangers……………….17.000

Koji Uehara………………..Mariners………………16.750

3 Stars Real Deal Dynasty Baseball Week #5

 

You'd be kissing your bat too if he homered in nearly every AB in Week #5. He blasted 6 HR's on the week.
You’d be kissing your bat too if you homered in nearly every AB in Week #5. He blasted 6 HR’s for the week.

 

We are 5 weeks into the season and the New York Mets continue to roll with a 20-2 record. They have an 8 game lead in the NL East. The Milwaukee Brewers have the 2nd best record and are sitting at 18-4 but hold only a 1 game lead over the Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

5 weeks into the season and the 3 Stars subscription inbox was piling up with complaints. “It’s Tuesday and there’s no new article at my front door!” “Wednesday has passed, and still no article.” “You’re late!” That’s just a few of the Nasty Grams I received. However, I think those complaints have no legal basis to stand on. Last week, we were going over some of the fine print of the newsletter, but we didn’t go over all of them. Since this leagues scores and results are updated weekly, that means a new article comes out every week. However, it’s only officially considered late if the Week 5 article doesn’t come out before the Week 6 results are in. Therefore, I am still on time with my article submission. I really have until Saturday to post. Now for those of you that still consider this late, I have an excuse (I mean reason). Here’s a glimpse to how the well-oiled 3 Stars machine runs: Sunday night baseball is the last game of the week and usually ends around 8pm. By about 9pm Sundays, I begin my manual stat/data entry into the spreadsheet and get done around 11pm. Monday mornings have been slow around work, so I gather up the 3 Stars for each position and start forming a rough-draft article in my mind. Throughout the day and into Monday night, I carefully start crafting a reading-worthy article. By Tuesday morning, it magically appears at your front door. That’s how it’s been unfolding the first four weeks. That was until disaster struck this past Sunday. Disaster, in the form of a 104 minute rain delay in the Sunday Night Game Of The Week. So the game doesn’t finish until 10pm and the stats end up not getting entered. Some of you will blame me for not burning the midnight oil to get the stats in anyway. I thought I had it figured out and I was expecting to take advantage of another slow working Monday to catch up. But that didn’t pan out either. Of course Monday was busy and Tuesday didn’t slow down much either. Hump Day is now here, and I only knew that because my Geico bill came in the mail. So that told me it’s time to get cracking on the Real Deal Dynasty Baseball League 3 Stars Of The Week and here they are:

1B was led by Freddie Freeman(WAS) with his first appearance on 3 Stars with 46.214pts. He was starting to show signs of heating up as he scored 32pts last week. Anthony Rizzo(CHC) was a close 2nd, less than half point behind Freddie. A normal face took the 3rd slot as Adrian Gonzalez(LAD) came in with just over 40pts and those were the only first basemen over 40pts this past week.

At 2B, Kolten Wong(STL) was the second highest scorer of the week as he busted out with 48.188pts. Wong was in the 20’s each of the past 2 weeks but doubled his production this week. Aaron Hill(PHI) was a distant second, 10pts back. However, Hill came into the week with only 15pts in 4 weeks, and busted out with 38.648pts.

3B had only 1 player in the 40’s and that was Evan Longoria(BOS). He scored 45.915pts and it was the 5th highest total of the week. Strangely, on the odd game weeks (1,3,5), Longoria has averaged about 33pts a game. On the even game weeks (2, 4), he’s only averaged 7.5pts. Here’s an insider tip for the Red Sox, we are playing in Week #6, so you may as well go ahead and bench Longoria this week. The trend is predicting a single digit week. You don’t believe in trends & stats? You think it’s some sort of voodoo magic? I dare all you Negative-Nellies to check out the Red Sox box score Thursday morning and see how many points Longoria has scored so far this week. Your comments and apologies are welcome.

SS points were not as high as weeks past, but Andrelton Simmons(HOU) was the top scorer with 34.077pts. Next up was Alexei Ramirez(STL) with 31.434pts. He finally broke out with a big week as he nearly doubled his season point total. He came into Week 5 with 34pts scored.

OF is the scariest position to write about this week. The outfielders were led by Bryce Harper(WAS). Some have said he’s the bad boy of baseball, that his attitude needs some adjusting. Others have gone as far as saying that he’s the devil in disguise. I always thought those accusations were a bit harsh and that he just had a passion for the game. But being the Stat Man, I had to investigate further, and I was shocked with the findings. You can believe me or not, but Harper may very well be Satin himself. The numbers don’t lie and my hands are trembling as I type this next sentence. Have you guys not noticed how many points Harper scored in Week 5? His whole number point total was 69pts. Nothing wrong with that number. But have you seen his decimal score for the week? In week 5, he scored 69………….666 points. That’s frickin scary! So the next time you see him blast one of those upper deck HR’s and he’s at the plate just standing there and staring up at the sky, ask yourself, is he admiring where the ball is going to land? Or is he looking up at sky and daring the man himself to do something? Remember, the numbers never lie and in Week 5, Harper scored 69.666 points.

Catcher. I thought that was supposed to be all about defense and maybe a little scoring? I thought playing behind the dish was a young man’s game? Somebody forgot to tell Russell Martin(DET) about that. Last week, he scored 38pts and this week he followed that with a 40.824 point game. At 32 years old, you have to wonder if his bats are corked? Or maybe the air pressure in his bat has 2 pounds of extra air pressure added? I guess that mean the NFL now knows where their lost 2 pounds went.

SP was led by Michael Pineda(ATL). Pineda was kind of a lost name the last couple of years, but leave it to Atlanta to resurrect another pitcher. Coming into the week, Pineda had only scored 35pts. This week, he broke out with 37.25pts and bumped his season total to 72.75pts. He vaulted up to 5th in season point totals for SP’s. That even put him ahead of names like Greinke, Cueto, Cashner, & even Kershaw.

RP numbers were down slightly this week as not one reliever reached 20pts. Neftali Feliz(SFG) did lead the way with 19.25pts. A strong week as he only had 14pts scored in 4 weeks. Trevor Rosenthal(STL) came in second with a 17.25pt week. Rosenthal is 3rd in season points for RP’s with 70.75pts.

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

FIRST BASE:

Freddie Freeman……………Nationals…………..46.214

Anthony Rizzo………………Cubs…………………45.762

Adrian Gonzalez……………Dodgers…………….40.456

SECOND BASE:

Kolten Wong………………….Cardinals…………..48.188

Aaron Hill……………………..Phillies……………..38.648

Jason Kipnis………………….Padres……………….34.472

THIRD BASE:

Evan Longoria……………….Red Sox…………….45.915

Marcus Semien………………Reds………………….37.929

Todd Frazier………………….Astros………………..34.592

SHORTSTOP:

Andrelton Simmons……….Astros………………..34.077

Alexei Ramirez……………..Cardinals……………31.434

Jhonny Peralta………………Orioles……………….28.547

OUTFIELDER:

Bryce Harper…………………Nationals…………….69.666

Ryan Braun……………………Royals……………….46.365

Mookie Betts………………….Rays………………….39.958

CATCHER:

Russell Martin………………Tigers………………….40.824

Yasmani Grandal……………Cubs…………………..36.527

Yadir Molina…………………Rockies……………….26.445

STARTING PITCHER:

Michael Pineda……………..Braves…………………37.250

Shelby Miller………………..Cardinals……………..27.750

Garrett Richards…………….Angels…………………27.250

RELIEF PITCHER:

Neftali Feliz………………….Giants………………….19.250

Trevor Rosenthal…………..Cardinals……………..17.250

Andrew Miller………………Red Sox……………….16.750

Jenrry Mejia………………….Mets…………………….16.750

3 Stars Real Deal Dynasty Baseball Week #4

 

Jose Altuve(HOU) asks for time, as he admires his 54.8pt league leading week.
Jose Altuve(HOU) asks for time, as he admires his 54.8pt league leading week.

 

We are already 1 month into the season. Hard to believe 4 weeks have already passed in the Real Deal Dynasty League. Here’s a riddle for ya: What do you call a team with a 17-1 record after 4 weeks? Answer: The New York Mets. Now that I re-read the delivery of that riddle, it looks worse than a Knock Knock joke. But after only 18 games, they already have a 8 game lead over the 9-9 Miami Marlins in the NL East. The 2nd best record in the league belongs to the 16-2 Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central. They hold a 3 game lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates & Chicago Cubs. In the NL West, the Los Angeles Dodgers are sitting at 15-3 and have a 3 game lead over the Colorado Rockies & San Diego Padres. The AL East has a first place tie at 13-5 between the Boston Red Sox and the Tampa Bay Rays. The AL West is led by the Houston Astros at 12-6. Hmmm, isn’t the same team leading the AL West in MLB action too? In the Real Deal, they hold a 2 game lead over the Texas Rangers. The AL Central is the tightest race at the top of the division. There are 3 teams locked in at 12-6 (Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, & Minnesota Twins).

As for the 3 Stars of the Week, here’s a few of the highlights. At first base, the price of gold is on the rise as Paul Goldschmidt(ARI) led his position with a 48.516pts. With his 48pt week, he’s ranked 3rd in the league with 136pts on the season. He was also the only first baseman to crack 45pts as both Miguel Cabrera(DET) & Eric Hosmer(NYM) were in the 35pt range.

I think the second base position was getting sick & tired of 1B & OF getting all the publicity of having the top scorers each and every week. Even though it was only 3 week of previous action, 2B said, “Enough is enough”. Therefore, Jose Altuve(HOU) blasted his way to the top of the weekly leader board with 54.825pts. However, he wasn’t the only 2B making noise this past week. Jason Kipnis(SDP) was right behind Jose with 52.480pts.

At 3B, Trevor Plouffe(MIN) came into the week with 41pts on the season. Liking the number 41, Plouffe scored 41.883pts this week alone. Being only 1 of 2 Twins to crack the 3 Stars, he helped his team to a 4-1 week. Matt Carpenter(MIL) was the only other third baseman to crack 40pts as he scored 40.917pts.

I’ll have to admit, the shortstop scoring leader actually had me re-check my stats today. Known for his defense, I wasn’t sure I had his score correct this week. Then again, I shouldn’t have to double check my stats as this “Stat Man” doesn’t make any mistakes (fingers crossed, knocks on wood, & does the sign of the cross). Brandon Crawford(LAA) led the position with 31.585pts and was the only SS over 30pts. Why did I do a double-take? How about 6.93pts in Week#1, didn’t play in Week#2, and 10.506pts last week? That double-take nearly snapped my neck, but upon further review, the call stands (sorry, wrong sport). So correctly, Brandon Crawford was the top offensive SS last week.

As for the Outfielders, they took a back seat to 2B. But we’re not talking like a 16 passenger van with 4 rows of seats. No, more like a Kia Soul where the back seat is nearly on top of the front seat. That’s because the point totals were only about 3pts off. Josh Reddick(SDP) led the way with 51.064pts. Reddick was in the 20’s each of the last 2 weeks, but broke out this past week. The only other 50pt outfielder was Nelson Cruz(COL) as he scored 50.250pts. Nelson’s 50pt week landed him as the 2nd highest scorer in the league with 137pts. That only puts him 3pts behind Adrian Gonzalez.

The catchers definitely improved their performance over last week. Russell Martin(DET) led the way with 38.132pts. That moved him to 3rd overall in catcher points with over 87pts. 1 point behind him is Evan Gattis(TB). Even though he hasn’t caught a game this season, he’s still listed as a catcher and scored 37.133pts. He was the only Ray on the 3 Stars list and helped his team to a 4-1 week. Gotta mention the 3rd Star catcher too as it was Stephen Vogt(NYM). He scored 36.086pts and has the 2nd highest catcher total this season with 92.153pts. That puts him a mere .018pts behind season leader Derek Norris, who has 92.171pts.

On the mound, SP Sonny Gray(CHC) led the way with 29pts. He vaulted up to 3rd overall in season points for SP’s with 66.25pts. That puts him in pretty solid company as the points leader is Max Scherzer and 2nd is Felix Hernandez. Not only is the company not bad to be a part of, it’s quite a bargain for the Cubs too. Scherzer has a contract over $10 million and Hernandez sits at over $18 million, while Sonny Gray is at the bargain price of $1.8 million. Right now, Scherzer is costing $142,000 per point. King Felix costs $257,000 per points, and Gray comes in at $27,000 per point. Dang! Who needs to shop at Macy’s when there’s bargains to be had at Wal-Mart?

The bullpen had a couple of 20pt scorers this week that were led by Dellin Betances(TOR). He scored 23.250pts. That moved him all the way up to 2nd in season points for RP’s with 58. He’s second to only Andrew Miller(BOS). He didn’t even gain much ground on him as Miller came in second this week with 22.750pts. He also leads all RP’s in the league with 73pts on the season. Even though the top 2 RP’s are both in the AL East, both their teams struggled to a 2-3 week.

So there’s a glimpse of some of the 3 Stars for Week #4. Since most of you guys are probably already sound asleep, as it’s 11pm(PST) as I finish typing this, I guess you can read this article with your morning cup of coffee. Besides, doesn’t any reliable subscription land on your front door early in the morning and be close enough to the front door that you don’t even need to put your slippers on to retrieve it? Consider this your Tuesday morning edition, sitting right next to your coffee pot in the kitchen.

By the way, you can check out all the 3 Stars for each position below:

 

FIRST BASE:

Paul Goldschmidt………….D-Backs……………48.516

Miguel Cabrera……………..Tigers……………….35.770

Eric Hosmer………………….Mets…………………33.760

SECOND BASE:

Jose Altuve……………………Astros……………….54.825

Jason Kipnis………………….Padres……………….52.480

Dee Gordon…………………..Brewers…………….38.862

THIRD BASE:

Trevor Plouffe………………Twins…………………41.883

Matt Carpenter………………Brewers……………..40.917

Josh Donaldson…………….Blue Jays…………….33.914

SHORTSTOP:

Brandon Crawford………..Angels………………..31.585

Andrelton Simmons………Astros…………………26.694

Jean Segura………………….Nationals……………..24.564

OUTFIELDER:

Josh Reddick………………..Padres………………….51.064

Nelson Cruz…………………Rockies………………..50.250

Michael Brantley…………..Twins…………………..49.530

CATCHER:

Russell Martin………………Tigers………………….38.132

Evan Gattis…………………..Rays……………………37.133

Stephen Vogt…………………Mets…………………..36.086

STARTING PITCHER:

Sonny Gray…………………..Cubs…………………..29.000

David Price…………………..Marlins……………….24.500

Jason Hammel……………….Cubs…………………..21.500

RELIEF PITCHER:

Dellin Betances…………….Blue Jays……………..23.250

Andrew Miller………………Red Sox……………….22.750

Fernando Rodney………….Blue Jays………………18.250