True Franchise Playoffs Preview

The final standings are set and the 2 week playoff periods begin Monday.  For the first time in league history commissioner Mick Ortwein did not make the playoffs, despite ranking 6th in scoring. The Head to Head format can be a cruel mistress. However, one owner’s bitter disappointment is another’s reward. One of the most successful teams this year is Mike Moretti’s BIGBOYS who just clinched their first American League pennant behind Miguel Cabrera, Bryce Harper and fantasy ace Johnny Cueto.

The other three representatives in the AL are Chris, Kevin and Hart. Kevin’s Time Travelers are going to sneak into second place and face Chris’ Springfield Homers in a matchup that will feature rookie sensation Mike Trout against the Travelers’ Ryan Braun. Chris would seem to have the advantage here with a more formidable lineup. Kevin’s team finished dead last in regular season points, suggesting that good fortune played a part in his second place finish.

The BIGBOYS will face Hart’s Dream Team that boasts a Yankee heavy lineup and Clayton Kershaw on the mound. It won’t be a cakewalk to beat the fourth place team, but Mike has been red hot the past few weeks and enters the playoffs riding a 9 game winning streak. Our prediction is the BIGBOYS versus the Homers for the right to play for the title. Chris has been the only representative from the American League for both True Diamonds World Series, despite losing twice to Robert. He has a chance to return for a third try.

Felix and Cain Bring Pitching Back

Craig has been here before. Winning the National League regular season title is a fine victory, but if he gets knocked out in the first round again this year it will be a hard pill to swallow. Felix Hernandez delivered the third no-hitter for the Binghamton Mets and joins Cain and Santana as part of Craig’s formidable staff. If Christa is going to pull off a miracle she’s going to need Halladay, Hanson and Josh Johnson to match the Mets start for start. Neither team has a particularly impressive offense, so the best performance between the two pitching staffs and choices on starts are going to be the difference. Will the Wesley Crushers crush?

It’s playoff time so that means Robert is ready to rock. Every time we count him out based on regular season statistics, he defies the odds and emerges from the NL to win the World Series. If he’s going to three-peat he’ll have to get by a very talented Storm County Thunder rotation. Mark has been leaning on Verlander and Weaver for the last couple of years, but it might be newcomer Chris Sale who pushes him over the top. This is the tightest matchup in the first round and could go down to the final Sunday.

All four teams are capable of getting hot for a month and advancing to the World Series, but Christa seems like the most obvious underdog since she hasn’t received dominating performances from any of her pricey pitchers and is losing the arms race. Much like in MLB, the National League is heavy on pitching and the AL is heavy on hitting. Craig is a slight favorite to unseat Robert, however it is shaping up to be a very competitive battle.

Trout For MVP

The fantasy regular season MVP votes are pretty easy to tally. It has to be Mike Trout. The guy is averaging 5.0 points a game, exceeding even Pujols’ lofty standard, which using falls in the mid-4s. His combination of speed and power produces the kind of stats our system rewards and he has shown no signs of slowing down. We could be witnessing the emergence of the best fantasy player of our generation and, at his price, Springfield’s cornerstone for years to come.

Memorial Day Standings

It’s the end of the first quarter of the season and a great time to see who jumped out of the gate with a hot Spring. As expected, all of our feature leagues have some intriguing battles raging even before the summer kicks into full gear. The early fantasy MVP race looks to go to Josh Hamilton. Click the links under the Leagues menu for more detailed summaries and standings for each league. Keep an eye on our snapshots in the right side column.

Franchise League 2012 Schedule

The 2012 head-to-head schedule for the Franchise League has been released. Each team plays 12 games in the division and 6 games outside of the division. The top 4 teams from each league play in their own the playoffs before meeting in the World Series. Each playoff round is 2 weeks long and the GS limit is doubled to 18 games.

AL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Blouses Ham Drm Far Big Hmr Chm Trv Ham Bea
BIGBOYS Hmr Ham Thu Bls Trv Far Drm Hmr Chm
Travelers Drm Hmr Ath Ham Big Thu Bls Drm Far
Ham Bls Big Cru Trv Drm Ath Hmr Bls Thu
Homers Big Trv Bea Drm Bls Cru Ham Big Ath
Dream Trv Bls Chm Hmr Ham Bea Big Trv Cru
NL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Fargo Bea Thu Bls Ath Chm Big Cru Bea Trv
Thunder Ath Far Big Chm Cru Trv Bea Ath Ham
Athletics Thu Cru Trv Far Bea Ham Chm Thu Hmr
Crushers Chm Ath Ham Bea Thu Hmr Far Chm Drm
Bears Far Chm Hmr Cru Ath Drm Thu Far Bls
Champions Cru Bea Drm Thu Far Bls Ath Cru Big

AL 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Blouses Big Drm Cru Hmr Ath Trv Thu Big Ham
BIGBOYS Bls Ham Bea Trv Cru Drm Ath Bls Hmr
Travelers Ham Hmr Chm Big Bea Bls Cru Ham Drm
Ham Trv Big Far Drm Chm Hmr Bea Trv Bls
Homers Drm Trv Thu Bls Far Ham Chm Drm Big
Dream Hmr Bls Ath Ham Thu Big Far Hmr Trv
NL 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
Fargo Thu Ath Ham Cru Hmr Bea Drm Thu Chm
Thunder Far Chm Hmr Bea Drm Ath Bls Far Cru
Athletics Cru Far Drm Chm Bls Thu Big Cru Bea
Crushers Ath Bea Bls Far Big Chm Trv Ath Thu
Bears Chm Cru Big Thu Trv Far Ham Chm Ath
Champions Bea Thu Trv Ath Ham Cru Hmr Bea Far

Power League 2012 Schedule

The 2012 head-to-head schedule for the Power League has been released. Each team plays 12 games in the division and 8 games outside of the division. The top 4 teams from each league play in their own the playoffs before meeting in the World Series.

AL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Texas Bal Cal Atl Bos Sfo TB Min Oak Az Bal
Baltimore Tex Min Bos Cal Atl Az Oak TB Chi Tex
Boston Oak TB Bal Tex Cin Cal Col Min Sfo TB
Oakland Bos Sfo Cal TB Mia Min Bal Tex Col Cal
Minnesota Cal Bal TB Mia Col Oak Tex Bos Atl Chi
California Min Tex Oak Bal Chi Bos TB Cin Mia Oak
Tampa Bay Chi Bos Min Oak Az Tex Cal Bal Cin Bos
NL 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Atlanta Az Chi Tex Cin Bal Mia Sfo Col Min Az
Arizona Atl Cin Chi Col TB Bal Mia Sfo Tex Atl
Colorado Sfo Mia Cin Az Min Chi Bos Atl Oak Cin
San Francisco Col Oak Mia Chi Tex Cin Atl Az Bos Mia
Miami Cin Col Sfo Min Oak Atl Az Chi Cal Sfo
Cincinnati Mia Az Col Atl Bos Sfo Chi Cal TB Col
Chicago TB Atl Az Sfo Cal Col Cin Mia Bal Min

AL 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Texas Cal Mia Cin TB Chi Min Atl Bos Col Oak
Baltimore Min Cin Mia Cal Col Bos Cin TB Oak Sfo
Boston Oak Chi Az Atl Mia Bal Sfo Tex Min Cal
Oakland Bos Az Atl Min Az TB Chi Cin Bal Tex
Minnesota Bal Sfo Col Oak Cin Tex Az Cal Bos TB
California Tex Atl Chi Bal Sfo Az Col Min TB Bos
Tampa Bay Mia Col Sfo Tex Atl Oak Mia Bal Cal Min
NL 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Atlanta Chi Cal Oak Bos TB Cin Tex Mia Sfo Col
Arizona Col Oak Bos Chi Oak Cal Min Sfo Cin Mia
Colorado Az TB Min Sfo Bal Mia Cal Chi Tex Atl
San Francisco Cin Min TB Col Cal Chi Bos Az Atl Bal
Miami TB Tex Bal Cin Bos Col TB Atl Chi Az
Cincinnati Sfo Bal Tex Mia Min Atl Bal Oak Az Chi
Chicago Atl Bos Cal Az Tex Sfo Oak Col Mia Cin

2012 Rookie Draft

The 2012 four round Prospect Draft in our Franchise League is over and 13 picks were made the first day. The owners kept a spirited pace and we finished the entire draft in one weekend. Starting pitcher Yu Darvish was the clear #1 selection, and Casey wasted no time making the Rangers’ prize acquisition the top fantasy pick. Four catchers were selected by the end of round two, foreshadowing an exciting generation of future backstops. When the dust settled the farm system consisted of 21 pitchers and 27 hitters to start the season. Players can be taxied to and from the minors during the year, as each owner sees fit.

K – keeper from 2011     @ – acquired through trade     3.2 – third round, second pick

Fargo Fireballers (Casey)
K Jacob Turner, SP, Tigers #18
1.1 Yu Darvish, SP, Rangers #4
2.1 Yonder Alonso, 1B/OF, Padres #28
3.1 Danny Hultzen, SP, Seattle #25

Time Travelers (Kevin)
1.2 Jesus Montero, C, Mariners #9
2.2 Anthony Rendon, 3B, Nationals #20
K@ Jameson Taillon, SP, Pirates #16
4.2 Brett Jackson, OF, Cubs #27

Bad News Bears (Dave)
1.3 Devin Mesoraco, C, Cincinnati #12
2.3 Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox #30
3.3 Drew Pomeranz, SP, Rockies #21
4.3 Starling Marte, OF, Pirates #64

Rum Ham (Gage)
K Shelby Miller, SP, Cardinals #6
1.4 Yoenis Cespedes, OF, Athletics #17
2.4 Jarrod Parker, SP, Athletics #22
3.4 Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians #46

Dream Team (Euhart)
K Kyle Gibson, SP, Twins
1.5 Tyler Skaggs, SP, Diamondbacks #23
2.5 Manny Banuelos, SP, Yankees #45
3.5 Carlos Martinez, SP, Cardinals #33

Game…Blouses (Mick)
K Matt Moore, SP, Rays #2
K Randall Delgado, SP, Braves #41
1.6 Jurickson Profar, SS, Rangers #5
2.6 Archie Bradley, SP, Diamondbacks #24

Storm County Thunder (Mark)
K Miguel Sano, 3B, Twins #31
K Julio Teheran, SP, Braves #10
1.7 Trevor Bauer, SP, Diamondbacks #7
2.7 Addison Reed, RP, White Sox #44

Chatham A’s (Craig)
1.8 Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies #13
2.8 Dylan Bundy, SP, Orioles #19
3.2@ Zach Wheeler, SP, Mets #36
3.8 Matt Harvey, SP, Mets #35

Duh Winning! (Christa)
1.9 Arodys Vizcaino, SP, Braves #32
2.9 Christian Yelich, OF, Marlins #34
3.9 Taijuan Walker, SP, Mariners #15
4.9 Zack Cozart, SS, Reds

Sicilian Bigboys (Mike)
K Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals #1
K Manny Machado, SS, Orioles #8
K J Singleton, 1B, Astros #47
1.10 Anthony Gose, OF Blue Jays #51

Springfield Homers (Chris)
K Wil Myers, C, Royals #14
K Mike Trout OF, Angels #3
1.11 Bubba Starling, OF, Royals #38
2.11 Gerrit Cole, SP, Pirates #11

Damascus Medias Rojas (Robert)
K Anthony Rizzo, 1B, Cubs #37
1.12 Travis d’Arnaud, C, Blue Jays #26
2.12 Jake Odorizzi, SP, Royals #60
3.12 Mike Montgomery, SP, Royals #101

Refer to Top 120 Prospects for rankings.

Two More Prize Leagues

Hi Sports Fans and True Diamonds Fanatics!  I hope you had a good off season. Stephen Strasburg did. He tops the list of comeback candidates for 2012.

Strasburg Leads Comeback Candidates
We are running three money leagues this year, the True Diamond Franchise, Power, and Roto Leagues. The rules are provided at the links below:

The Franchise league is in its third year and all 12 owners are returning. If you would like to get on a waiting list, then email and I will add you. This league is an elaborate auction league with 8 keepers, FAAB and minor league draft. If I get enough interest then I will run a second Franchise league next year. You must be insanely committed to be awarded a Franchise. These are very coveted properties.

The Power league is converting to a money league this year. I expect many returning owners, but there are still a few open spots. The premise here is that you have 9 generic batters and a single SP slot. The points are concentrated on homers and strikeouts. It was our most popular league last year.

The Roto league brings back the category fun that started Fantasy Baseball in the first place. It’s a 6×6 league with QS and BB added to the standard categories.  There is a strict 162 GP limit on each batter and 162 soft cap on GS.   We use CF, LF, RF and a deep bench. This league will have 12 to 14 teams. There is a fresh auction each year.