This could have been another horrible week, but it wasn’t. I was playing for third place in the Stopa Law Firm league, and I had hedged with finalist Scott Pianowski, who had the most points. The rule in that league is if you win it and also have the most points, you get everything. If the owner with the most points does not win, then payouts go four places deep, i.e, to all the semi-finalists.
This was a bottom-five all-time week for me. I went 2-10-3 ATS, pending Monday night and got bounced from my two remaining playoffs. When you’re losing like that, the little things begin to annoy you more. Like Red Zone Channel host Scott Hanson’s relentless, pointless, inane enthusiasm and the cutting back to highlights of earlier games in which you had no interest the first time you saw them, let alone the 10th.
It was a pointless game between two bad teams, but I enjoyed seeing the deservedly maligned Brock Osweiler play well and appear to enjoy himself in the process. It was as though he finally realized he had nothing to lose and might as well let it fly. I also had the Colts plus two and a half, so that part wasn’t good.
Naturally, most people only talk about the headliners of the offseason trades (and with good reason). Giancarlo Stanton pairing up with Aaron Judge could threaten Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle for the greatest slugging duo in Yankees history. Dee Gordon adds a whole new dimension to an already potent Mariners lineup. However, the prospects who round out these deals are frequently just as intriguing. With that in mind, it’s time to investigate how the prospects traded to the Marlins in the past week will be affected by their change in scenery.