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

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