I want to start this week’s column by talking about Fantasy Football and trust me, when talking about my teams, that won’t take very long.
I’m involved in two separate leagues, but that doesn’t seem to be helping me very much when it comes to the law of averages.
In one league, I’m sitting at a dismal 3-7, two spots back in the playoff hunt, while in the other league I’m not much better off at 4-6.
The good news there is I’m clinging to one of the last playoff spots.
This comes as a shock to me as I have never been this far down in the standings at this point of the season. I’m usually the guy that runs amuck during the regular season before a massive meltdown to get beat out of the playoffs.
As an eternal optimist, all is not lost and I still feel like I have a shot to sneak in on the playoffs and maybe make a run.
When you look back at things, I’ve been the guy teams have snuck up on, coming up with some kind of crazy week point-wise to send me packing in the first or second round.
My problem in the past is that my team has usually suffered from some untimely injuries.
The good news is there’s no harm in that this year, but fear not. I feel like I’m going to be the guy who sneaks into the playoffs and surprises a few teams.
I’ll keep you posted.
• With Major League Baseball announcing its Rookie of the Year winners this week, I have to say I was not surprised at all.
The Angels’ Mike Trout (.326 avg., 30 home runs, 83 RBI, 129 runs scored and 49 stolen bases) was not only a no-brainer for the award in the American League, if not for the Triple Crown winning season of Miguel Cabrera, I feel like Trout would have been a candidate for MVP as well. Even though that award is yet to be announced, Cabrera has to be the winner considering the rarity of what he accomplished.
I’ll admit that Texas’ Yu Darvish and Oakland’s Yoenis Cespedes were quality challengers to the award, but Trout was just too good too often.
Add to the fact that Trout is only 21 as of Aug. 7 and you’re looking at a huge star for years to come if he’s able to stay healthy.
Like I said, Trout is probably the best challenger to Cabrera, but as I see it you have to give the Tigers’ slugger bonus points for what he did.
As for the NL, Bryce Harper came away with the award and I’m not so sure it was the right call.
I’ll compare him to a player who finished third and I was able to see a little bit more of in the Reds’ Todd Frazier.
Harper finished the season with this line; .270 avg, 22 home runs and 59 RBI. Meanwhile, Frazier posted this line; .273 avg., 19 home runs and 67 RBI.
So, though not by much, Frazier beat Harper out in average and RBI, while Harper got the edge in the long ball category. But when you think about it, Harper’s line was expected to be as good as it was if not better, while Frazier was a pleasant surprise to the Reds.