Friday, July 17, 2015

MLB power rankings for mid-July


By Rick Morris

 

NOTE: Rankings from start of season are in parentheses.

 

TOP TIER

1 St. Louis (1-1)

2 Kansas City (3-2)

3 Pittsburgh (5-5)

SECOND TIER

4 Los Angeles Dodgers (2-3)

5 Washington (15-6)

6 Minnesota (10-12)

7 Los Angeles Angels (16-16)

8 New York Yankees (7-10)

9 New York Mets (13-15)

10 Chicago Cubs (12-14)

11 Houston (4-4)

12 San Francisco (9-7)

13 Tampa Bay (8-11)

14 Detroit (11-13)

15 Toronto (6-9)

16 Baltimore (17-8)

17 Arizona (21-19)

18 Boston (27-22)

19 Cleveland (19-23)

20 Chicago White Sox (25-27)

21 Seattle (23-24)

22 Atlanta (20-20)

23 Texas (14-17)

24 Oakland (28-25)

25 Cincinnati (22-21)

26 San Diego (18-18)

27 Milwaukee (29-28)

28 Colorado (24-26)

29 Miami (26-29)

THIRD TIER

30 Philadelphia (30-30)

 

BIGGEST RISERS: Los Angeles Angels (9 spots), Chicago White Sox (7 spots), Minnesota and New York Mets (6 spots), Boston, Chicago Cubs and Cleveland (4 spots), Seattle (3 spots)

 

BIGGEST FALLERS: Baltimore and San Diego (8 spots), Houston (7 spots), Texas and Toronto (6 spots), San Francisco (5 spots), Cincinnati (4 spots)

 

RANKINGS BY DIVISION – 1 POINT PER RANKING SPOT FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TEAM, LOWEST SCORE IS BEST

 

1 AL CENTRAL 61

2 NL CENTRAL 65

3 AL EAST 70

4 AL WEST 86

5 NL WEST 87

6 NL EAST 95

 

AL 217

NL 247

Sunday, July 12, 2015

2015 FDH MLB All-Stars


By Rick Morris

 

As is tradition, we bring you our picks for the 2014 MLB All-Star rosters.  First, here’s the actual rosters, courtesy of CBS Sports:

 

AL Starters (fan vote)

C Salvador Perez, Royals

1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers (injured, will not play)

2B Jose Altuve, Astros

SS Alcides Escobar, Royals

3B Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays (leading vote-getter overall)

OF Mike Trout, Angels

OF Lorenzo Cain, Royals

OF Alex Gordon, Royals (injured, will not play)

DH Nelson Cruz, Mariners

 

AL Reserves

C Russell Martin, Blue Jays

C Stephen Vogt, Athletics

1B Albert Pujols, Angels (will start in place of the injured Cabrera)

1B Prince Fielder, Rangers

1B Mark Teixeira, Yankees (replaces injured Cabrera on roster)

2B Jason Kipnis, Indians

SS Jose Iglesias, Tigers

3B Manny Machado, Orioles

3B Mike Moustakas, Royals (Final Vote winner)

OF J.D. Martinez, Tigers

OF Jose Bautista, Blue Jays

OF Adam Jones, Orioles (expected to start in place of the injured Gordon)

UTIL Brock Holt, Red Sox

OF Brett Gardner (injured placement for Gordon, had been on Final Vote ballot)

 

AL Pitchers

RHP Sonny Gray, Athletics

RHP Felix Hernandez, Mariners

RHP Chris Archer, Rays

LHP David Price, Tigers

LHP Dallas Keuchel, Astros

LHP Chris Sale, White Sox

RHP Dellin Betances, Yankees

RHP Brad Boxberger, Rays

RHP Kelvin Herrera, Royals

RHP Wade Davis, Royals

RHP Darren O'Day, Orioles

LHP Glen Perkins, Twins

LHP Zach Britton, Orioles

 

NL Starters (fan vote)

C Buster Posey, Giants

1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks

2B Dee Gordon, Marlins NOTE: Gordon had a late injury and should be replaced by teammate Carter Capps)

SS Jhonny Peralta, Cardinals

3B Todd Frazier, Reds

OF Bryce Harper, Nationals (leading vote-getter in NL)

OF Matt Holliday, Cardinals (injured, participation questionable)

OF Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins (injured, will not play)

 

NL Reserves

C Yadier Molina, Cardinals

C Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers

1B Anthony Rizzo, Cubs

1B Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers

2B DJ LeMahieu, Rockies

2B Joe Panik, Giants

SS Brandon Crawford, Giants

3B Nolan Arenado, Rockies

3B Kris Bryant, Cubs (replaces injured Stanton on roster)

OF Andrew McCutchen, Pirates (will start in place of the injured Stanton)

OF Joc Pederson, Dodgers

OF Justin Upton, Padres

OF A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks

 

NL Pitchers

RHP Max Scherzer, Nationals

RHP Zack Greinke, Dodgers

RHP Gerrit Cole, Pirates

RHP Michael Wacha, Cardinals

RHP Jacob deGrom, Mets

RHP Shelby Miller, Braves

RHP A.J. Burnett, Pirates

LHP Madison Bumgarner, Giants

RHP Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals

RHP Mark Melancon, Pirates

RHP Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies

RHP Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers

LHP Aroldis Chapman, Reds

RHP Carlos Martinez, Cardinals (Final Vote winner)

 

OK, now here’s the changes we would make for the AL, first if we did not have to account for every team being represented.

 

In the AL, make the following changes to the starting lineup:

C: Stephen Vogt (he is a reserve, but should have been voted in)

2B: Brian Dozier (bump Jose Altuve to the bench, taking Mark Teixeira’s spot on the roster) – NOTE: he is a last-minute replacement in place of Jose Bautista

OF: JD Martinez (he is a reserve, but should have been voted in and while Alex Gordon won’t play due to injury, he shouldn’t have been voted to the team)

 

Here’s the changes to the AL bench:

1B: Jose Abreu for Jose Bautista

SS: Xander Bogaerts for Jose Iglesias

3B: Alex Rodriguez for Mike Moustakas

OF: Yoenis Cespedes for Jason Kipnis

 

Here’s the changes to the AL pitching crew:

Hector Santiago for Brad Boxberger

Andrew Miller for Zach Britton

 

With the scenario of every team having to be accounted for, then leave Jason Kipnis on the roster and drop Alex Rodriguez.

 

OK, now here’s the changes we would make for the NL, first if we did not have to account for every team being represented.

 

In the NL, make the following changes to the starting lineup:

OF: A.J. Pollock for Matt Holliday (Sterling Marte should be on the roster for Holliday, who is injured and won’t play in the game regardless)

 

Here’s the changes to the NL bench:

1B: Joey Votto for Kris Bryant

1B: Adam Lind for Joc Pederson

 

Here’s the changes to the NL pitching crew:

Clayton Kershaw for Shelby Miller

Johnny Cueto for Madison Bumgarner

Jake Arrieta for Carlos Martinez

Michael Wacha for Aroldis Chapman

Francisco Liriano for Mark Melancon

 

With the scenario of every team having to be accounted for, then leave Shelby Miller on the roster and drop Michael Wacha.

Lounge on YouTube: Justified Finale review


By Rick Morris

Here is Mini-Episode #578 of THE FDH LOUNGE, presenting a review of the series finale of Justified.


       


       


       


       

Lounge on YouTube: Royal Rumble History – Part 2C - 1995


By Rick Morris

Here is Mini-Episode #577 of THE FDH LOUNGE, the 1995 chapter in our Royal Rumble Anthology with FDH Lounge Dignitary Kyle Ross.


       


       


       


       

Lounge on YouTube: Fantasy Football Season Overview


By Rick Morris

THE FANTASYDRAFTHELP.COM INSIDER is Mini-Episode #576 of THE FDH LOUNGE, providing the 2015 fantasy football season overview.


       


       


       


       


 

Lounge on YouTube: Mini-Episode #575 – Lex Luger and Nikita Koloff


By Rick Morris                                          

As we referenced previously, our pals at Sportsology are hooking us up for live segments that we’re doing with guests and remote FDH Lounge Dignitaries these days.  We’re happy to report that we’ve been able to produce many segments on our own, but we’re thrilled for the help on some of these with guests and the thanks all go to our great friend Russ Cohen.

Mini-Episode #575 features a conversation with two pro wrestling legends, Lex Luger and Nikita Koloff.


       


       


       


       


 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

MLB power rankings for start of July


By Rick Morris


NOTE: Rankings from start of season are in parentheses.


TOP TIER

1 St. Louis (1)

SECOND TIER

2 Kansas City (3)

3 Los Angeles Dodgers (2)

4 Houston (4)

5 Pittsburgh (5)

6 Washington (15)

7 San Francisco (9)

8 Baltimore (17)

9 Toronto (6)

10 New York Yankees (7)

11 Tampa Bay (8)

12 Minnesota (10)

13 Detroit (11)

14 Chicago Cubs (12)

15 New York Mets (13)

16 Los Angeles Angels (16)

17 Texas (14)

18 San Diego (18)

19 Arizona (21)

20 Atlanta (20)

21 Cincinnati (22)

22 Boston (27)

23 Cleveland (19)

24 Seattle (23)

25 Oakland (28)

26 Colorado (24)

27 Chicago White Sox (25)

THIRD TIER

28 Milwaukee (29)

29 Miami (26)

30 Philadelphia (30)

 

BIGGEST RISERS: Baltimore and Washington (9 spots), Boston (5 spots), Oakland (3 spots)

 

BIGGEST FALLERS: Cleveland (4 spots), Miami, New York Yankees, Tampa Bay, Texas and Toronto (3 spots)

 

RANKINGS BY DIVISION – 1 POINT PER RANKING SPOT FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TEAM, LOWEST SCORE IS BEST

 

1 AL EAST 60

2 NL CENTRAL 69

3 NL WEST 73

4 AL CENTRAL 77

5 AL WEST 86

6 NL EAST 100

 

AL 223

NL 242

 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Lounge on YouTube: Mad Men Series Finale review


By Rick Morris

Here is Mini-Episode #574 of THE FDH LOUNGE, presenting a review of the series finale of Mad Men.


       


       


       


       


 

Lounge on YouTube: Fantasy Baseball Buy Low, Sell High


By Rick Morris

THE FANTASYDRAFTHELP.COM INSIDER is Mini-Episode #573 of THE FDH LOUNGE, examining the Buy Low, Sell High candidates for fantasy baseball at midseason, 2015.


       


       


       


       


 

Lounge on YouTube: Royal Rumble History – Part 2B - 1994


By Rick Morris

Here is Mini-Episode #572 of THE FDH LOUNGE, the 1994 chapter in our Royal Rumble Anthology with FDH Lounge Dignitary Kyle Ross.