Week 8 Power Poll: Bulls Get No Respect

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Mookie Betts remains the top-rated player in the league

The Bulls get no love from FantasyPros. Despite forging the league’s best record over the season’s first seven weeks, the site’s power poll has the team ranked ninth overall and 12th in pitching. Why the disconnect?

Strength of schedule is a good place to begin. The combined record of the team’s first seven opponents is 259-304-25. Now, the Bulls can only play the teams on their schedule and the argument can be made that they’ve beaten the teams they should. But FantasyPros views the team’s Week 5 loss to the Lower Haighters, the only team the Bulls have played that currently has a winning record, and projects a rocky road in Weeks 11-14 when three of the four teams they face have a winning record.

You can’t blame Bulls owner Carolyn Greene for doubting the validity of the Power Poll.

The Bulls rank 11th in runs scored; 8th in RBI; 11th in strikeouts; fifth in OPS; eighth in net stolen bases; and 11th in plate appearances. Yet hitting is considered the team’s strength by FantasyPros.

The Bulls rank fifth in innings pitched; fifth in ERA; third in WHIP; ninth in K/9; first in quality starts and 13th in net saves/holds. Despite solid numbers, pitching is considered the team’s weakness.

It’s interesting to note, however, that the Power Poll ranks the JetSetters and High Cheese highly in hitting and they lead the league in most of the hitting categories.

This debate will play out over the rest of the season.

Week 8 Power Poll

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Hitting Stats

Let’s Play 2 outfielder Mookie Betts remains the top-rated hitter in the league. Over the last month, Betts is hitting .354 with a 1.172 OPS with 18 RBI, 25 runs scored and eight net stolen bases…JetSetters infielder Jose Ramirez is also swinging a hot bat. Over his last 27 games, Ramirez is hitting .358 with an 1.160 OPS. He has 23 RBI, 22 runs scored, and two net stolen bases during that period…Mike Trout has quietly pieced together a great start to the season for Bacon at Mile 11. Trout is hitting .302 with a 1.136 OPS, with 22 runs scored, 14 RBI and eight net stolen bases over the past month….Several players have struggled lately, including catcher Alex Avila for the Brooklyn Bombers. In his last 21 games, Avila is hitting .146 with a .490 OPS with just two RBI and four runs scored…Outfielder Kole Calhoun is also scuffling at the plate for Home Run 101. Calhoun is hitting .123 with a .310 OPS in his last 70 plate appearances. He has just two RBI and two runs scored in that period.

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Pitching Stats

Justin Verlander continues to roll for A-Rod’s Mirrors. In his last five starts, Verlander has posted a 1.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 11.3 K/9. All five have been quality…Max Scherzer has anchored the staff for the Menehunes. He’s allowed just eight runs over his last 32.2 innings. His K/9 rate is an absurd 15.7….While Verlander and Scherzer have been excellent, Danny Duffy is dragging down the Warning Track Power staff like an anchor. In his last six starts, Duffy has a 9.00 ERA, 2.03 WHIP, and measly 6.6 K/9. He hasn’t had a quality start in that period. Chris Stratton has struggled for High Cheese but he has an excuse, he’s a new daddy. His only quality starts since the newborn arrived were road starts. In his last six starts, Stratton owns a 7.22 ERA and 1.92 WHIP. Get some sleep, kid.

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Pittsburgh Xplosion Climbs Power Poll

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Francisco Lindor is powering the Pittsburgh Xplosion.

Following last week’s 11-1 victory over Bacon at Mile 11, the Pittsburgh Xplosion is this week’s big mover in the league power poll.

Francisco Lindor, Brett Gardner, Michael Brantley and Trey Mancini keyed the Xplosion’s offense in Week 6 while Dallas Keuchel and Sean Newcomb each earned a pair of quality starts. In 39 games this season, Lindor is hitting .321 with a 1.012 OPS. He’s scored 34 runs while driving in 25 more.

The Xplosion has won four consecutive series and sports the best record in the league at 44-26-2. They face Warning Track Power in Week 7 before returning to East Division play the next three weeks.

Despite last week’s 10-2 drubbing of Warning Track Power, the Bulls fell three spots in this week’s power poll. The Bulls have won four of their first six series, have the second best record in the league at 40-26-6, and are a whopping 11 games ahead in the North Division, the largest division lead in the league.

Week 7 Power Poll

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HITTING STATS

Outfielders Mookie Betts (Let’s Play 2) and Mike Trout (Bacon at Mile 11) are in a heated race to be the league’s top-rated hitter. Betts is hitting .360 with a 1.212 OPS in 36 games with 42 runs scored, 27 RBI, and six net stolen bases. Trout is hitting .315 with a 1.100 OPS in 40 games with 33 runs scored, 25 RBI and eight net stolen bases.

The Lower Haighters and Let’s Play 2 have yet to lose the strikeout category. They are both a perfect 6-0. Bacon at Mile 11 is 5-0-1 in the net stolen bases category.

There are still several teams that have yet to win certain hitting categories. Home Run 101 is 0-5-1 in runs scored; My Name is Judge and Bacon at Mile 11 are 0-6 in strikeouts; while Warning Track Power is 0-4-2 and A-Rod’s Mirrors are 0-5-1 in net stolen bases.

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PITCHING STATS

Justin Verlander has eight quality starts in nine attempts for A-Rod’s Mirrors and the Mirrors are the only team unbeaten in quality starts, going 5-0-1. The Mirrors and Bulls are tied atop the league with 29 quality starts.

High Cheese is 5-0-1 in net saves/holds and lead the league with 39. Edwin Diaz leads High Cheese with 12.

The Midtown Marsupials and Brooklyn Bombers are both 0-6 in the innings pitched category; My Name is Judge is 0-6 in K/9; while the Marsupials are 0-6 in net saves/holds.

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Mirrors, JetSetters Play Pivotal Week 6 Series

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Gerrit Cole remains the league’s top-rated player through five weeks.

Over the last five years, A-Rod’s Mirrors and General Manager Sean McKenna have owned the JetSetters. They are 3-1-1 head-to-head against David Kahn’s team in the regular season (the two teams have never played each other in the postseason).

But this season might be different. The JetSetters are ranked second in this week’s Power Poll while the Mirrors are ranked third. Kahn’s team has the best set of hitters in the league and the fourth-ranked pitching staff while the Mirrors are fourth-ranked in hitting and second-ranked in pitching.

The JetSetters have five players (Rick Porcello, Jose Ramirez, Jean Segura, Eddie Rosario and Johnny Cueto) ranked in the league’s Top 50. The team will be without Cueto for this series, who will miss the next six weeks with an elbow injury. Five of Kahn’s hitters have a decisive advantage, playing seven games this week That includes All-Star first baseman Joey Votto.

The Mirrors also have five players ranked inside the Top 50. In fact, all five (Justin Verlander, Bryce Harper, Patrick Corbin, Manny Machado and Adam Ottavino) rank in the Top 20. Harper will benefit from playing seven games this week while Verlander faces Texas at home and Corbin starts against the Dodgers in LA.

The Mirrors need a series win to pad their lead in the West Division while the JetSetters need a victory to possibly leapfrog High Cheese into first in the South Division and possibly the top spot in the league.

Week 6 Power Poll

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HITTING STATS

Several teams have perfect records in the hitting categories entering Week 6. Let’s Play 2, the Midtown Marsupials, and the Lower Haighters are all a 5-0 in the strikeout category while the Mirrors are 5-0 in OPS. Bacon at Mile 11 and the Lower Haighters are both 4-0-1 in the net stolen bases category.

On the flip side, several teams have failed to win hitting categories. Home Run 101 is 0-4-1 in runs scored. Bacon at Mile 11 and My Name is Judge are both 0-5 in strikeouts while the Mirrors are 0-4-1 in net stolen bases and Warning Track Power is 0-3-2.

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PITCHING STATS

Warning Track Power and My Name is Judge have yet to lose the innings pitched category (a perfect 5-0) while the Midtown Marsupials haven’t lost ERA or WHIP (both 5-0). The Lower Haighters are 5-0 in K/9, the Mirrors are 5-0 in Quality Starts, and High Cheese is 5-0 in Net Saves/Holds (Bacon at Mile 11 is also 4-0-1).

The Marsupials, Brooklyn Bombers and Home Run 101 have yet to win the Innings Pitched category, going 0-5. My Name is Judge has laid a goose egg in the K/9 category, while Home Run 101 is 0-4-1 in Quality Starts and the Marsupials have yet to record a win in Net Saves/Holds.

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Top Two Teams Face Off in Week 5

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Ender Inciarte had six stolen bases last week for Stadium Mustard.

High Cheese (27-19-2) and the Midtown Marsupials (26-17-5), the teams with the two best win-loss records in the SFRRC Fantasy Baseball League, will square off this week in their only head-to-head series.

While their records are similar, this week’s FantasyPros Power Poll illustrates the true gap between these teams. High Cheese tops the Power Poll while the Marsupials are 14th.  A quick glance at the starting lineups shows why.

The Marsupials have five injured pitchers in the starting lineup that won’t throw a pitch in this series. Third baseman Anthony Rendon is on the DL but could return for the Marsupials this week while second baseman D.J. LeMahieu is nursing a sore hamstring is  listed as day-to-day.

Despite the injuries, there is a chance the Marsupials could win the series because of our league’s weekly lineup structure. If Jacob deGrom, Carlos Martinez, and Masahiro Tanaka all record quality starts for the Marsupials, they have a chance.

This brings up a larger question about our league that I’ve discussed with several owners this week. Have we outgrown the weekly format? Should we move to a daily format in 2019? Daily format leagues give owners the opportunity to react to injuries and play matchups by allowing lineup changes daily.

Ponder that question. I’ll post a poll on the league’s Facebook page where you can register you opinion. If  you aren’t a Facebook user, simply email me your thoughts.

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HITTING TOTALS THROUGH APRIL 29

The hottest hitter in the league through April 29 is shortstop Didi Gregorius of the Bulls. In 117 plate appearances, Gregorius is hitting .340 with a 1.202 OPS, 30 RBIs and 24 runs scored. He’s only struck out 13 times. Thanks to Gregorius, the Bulls are third in OPS.

The top-rated hitters in the league are Gregorius, Ozzie Albies (High Cheese), Bryce Harper (A-Rod’s Mirrors), Manny Machado (A-Rod’s Mirrors), Mike Trout (Bacon at Mile 11), and Jean Segura (JetSetters).

Mookie Betts (Let’s Play 2) and Albies lead the league in runs scored with 29 apiece. Gregorius is tops in RBI with 30 followed by Jed Lowrie (Marin Menehunes) and Mitch Haniger (Bacon at Mile 11) with 27 each.

Trea Turner (Bacon at Mile 11) leads the league with 12 stolen bases followed closely by Ender Inciarte (Stadium Mustard) with 11.

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PITCHING TOTALS THROUGH APRIL 29

Nine of the league’s top 16 ranked players though April 29 are pitchers. Seven are starters and two are relievers. Gerrit Cole (High Cheese) remains the top-rated player in the league.

Cole, Max Scherzer (Marin Menehunes), Justin Verlander (A-Rod’s Mirrors), Sean Manea (High Cheese), Patrick Corbin (A-Rod’s Mirrors), Corey Kluber (Let’s Play 2), Edwin Diaz (High Cheese), Josh Hader (Lower Haighters), and Johnny Cueto (JetSetters) are all first round values through the season’s first month.

Kluber leads the league with 45.1 innings pitched while Cole is tops in strikeouts with 61. Kluber and Cole are the only two pitchers with six straight quality starts to start the season.

Manea has a 1.03 ERA, which leads the league for pitchers with at least 32 innings pitched and Manea’s 0.62 WHIP leads the league for pitchers with at least 15 innings pitched.

Diaz leads the league with 11 net saves/holds followed by Juan Nicasio (Warning Track Power) and Archie Bradley (Bacon at Mile 11) with 10 apiece. Hader tops the league in K/9 at 18.2 for pitchers with a minimum of 15 innings pitched.

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High Cheese Tops Week 4 Power Poll

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Sean Manea became the first major league pitcher to toss a no-hitter in 2018.

Gerrit Cole, Sean Manea and Jose Berrios have led Matt & Zach Patchell and High Cheese back to the top of the SFRRC Fantasy Baseball League power poll entering Week 4.

But it’s more than the starting rotation. The bullpen has also been very good, led by Edwin Diaz, Aroldis Chapman and . Let’s dig into the numbers to get a better perspective for just how good this pitching staff has been over the first three weeks of the season.

Diaz is tied for second in the league with eight net saves/holds. Cole has for quality starts in four attempts while Manea has four quality starts in five attempts. High Cheese has yet to lose the Net Saves/Holds or WHIP categories over the first three weeks. The staff is fourth in innings pitched, second in team ERA, second in WHIP, fifth in K/9, tied for second in quality starts and they lead the league with 24 Net Saves/Holds.

That’s some dominating pitching.

Week 4 Power Poll

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The Menehunes have five hitters ranked in the league’s Top 50 players though the first three weeks, led by second baseman Jed Lowrie. In 102 plate appearances, Lowrie has a 1.008 OPS with 23 RBI and 12 runs scored. He’s tied for the league lead in RBI and is tied for fifth in plate appearances.

Infielder Asdrubal Cabrera has a .998 OPS in his first 87 plate appearances while third baseman Christian Villanueva has a 1.219 OPS in 72 plate appearances.

The Menehunes are getting it done with volume. They are third in the league with 899 plate appearances, tied for third in runs scored with 109 and they are second with 109 RBI. They are doing all of this with a .737 OPS, which ranks 10th overall.

Hitting Stats

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The one team that can challenge High Cheese on the mound is A-Rod’s Mirrors. Patrick Corbin has struck out 48 batters in 33.1 innings and is currently the league’s second-ranked player.

Justin Verlander has four quality starts in five attempts for the Mirrors with a 1.10 ERA and 0.77 WHIP. Verlander is ranked seventh overall in the player rankings.

The Mirrors are ranked second in innings pitched, first in team ERA, first in WHIP, and first in quality starts. The team’s pitching is a big reason they are ranked second behind High Cheese in the current league Power Poll and second in team pitching.

Pitching Stats

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News & Notes From Around the League

Johnny Cueto (JetSetters) was the top-rated pitcher in Week 3 while Manny Machado (A-Rod’s Mirrors) was the top-rated hitter. Cueto pitched 13 scoreless innings on the week, earning a pair of quality starts while allowing just six base runners. In 25 plate appearances, Machado hit .500 with a 1.833 OPS, eight RBI and seven runs scored….Thirteen different starting pitchers earned a pair of quality starts last week….Outfielder George Springer (JetSetters) led the league with 10 runs scored while Yasmani Grandal (Bacon at Mile 11) was tops with 11 RBI…Yoan Moncada (My Name is Judge) led the league with four net stolen bases last week…Patrick Corbin (A-Rod’s Mirrors) pitched a league-high 15 innings while Jacob deGrom (Midtown Marsupials) led the league with 22 strikeouts…Four relievers Tony Cingrani (Lower Haighters), Jose Alvarado (A-Rod’s Mirrors), Brandon Kintzler (Home Run 101) and Jeremy Jeffress (Hapamon) finished the week with four net saves/holds.

Warning Track Power Tops Week 2 Power Poll

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Chris Sale leads Warning Track Power to the top of this week’s Power Poll.

With four players currently ranked in the league’s Top 20, Warning Track Power and Manager Mark Peterson have taken over the top spot in this week’s Power Poll.

Starting pitcher Chris Sale, veteran first baseman Hanley Ramirez, outfielder Corey Dickerson and reliever Jeurys Familia lead the way for Warning Track Power. Ramirez is the league’s top-rated first baseman. He’s hitting .333 with a .955 OPS, 15 RBI, 10 runs scored and three net stolen bases. In 22 innings, Sale has 31 strikeouts with a 1.23 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and two quality starts.

Warning Track Power opened the season with an 8-4 series win over the Marin Menehunes but suffered a 7-5 upset last week by the Lower Haighters. Warning Track Power faces A-Rod’s Mirrors and the Midtown Marsupials over the next two weeks.

April 16 Power Rankings

HITTING STATS THROUGH WEEK 2

The JetSetters are tied for second in the league with 10 stolen bases but the team doesn’t rely on one prolific base stealer. Instead, players from up and down the lineup contribute. Jose Pirela, Jose Peraza and Eddie Rosario, Carlos Gonzalez and Jose Ramirez have all stolen a pair.

The JetSetters are also tied with Las Estellas Rojas for the league lead in plate appearances with 652. Pirella leads the majors with 77 plate appearances while outfielder George Springer has 74.

Despite the large number of plate appearances, David Kahn’s team has the fifth fewest number of strikeouts.

Hitting Stats Through Week 2

PITCHING STATS THROUGH WEEK 2

Five of the top six ranked players in the league after two weeks are starting pitchers. Max Scherzer, Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Corey Kluber, and Clayton Kershaw have been dominant.

High Cheese and managers Matt and Zach Patchell have the league’s top-rated pitching staff. The team ranks third with 153 innings pitched, first in ERA (2.06), WHIP (0.92) and Net Saves/Holds (19). Cole ranks second in both the overall player rankings and starting pitching rankings (behind Scherzer) while closer Edwin Diaz ranks second in the relief pitcher rankings (behind Josh Hader).

Pitching has propelled High Cheese to the league’s third best record at 15-8-1 and the team has a 3.5-game lead over Let’s Play 2 in the South Division standings.

Pitching Stats Through Week 2

High Cheese Tops Week 1 Power Rankings

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Bryce Harper ended the first week of the SFRRC Fantasy Baseball League as the top-rated player.

Behind the pitching of Gerrit Cole and Sean Manea and the hitting of Freddie Freeman, High Cheese won eight categories to defeat Las Estellas Rojas in Week 1 and earn the top spot in the season’s first Power Rankings.

High Cheese is the league’s top-ranked team in pitching after pitching 95.1 innings with seven quality starts, eight net saves/holds, a 2.08 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. The team leads the league in ERA and WHIP.

David Price pitched a pair of quality start shutouts to lift Warning Track Power to the No. 2 spot in this week’s Power Rankings. Price pitched 14 scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts while allowing just 10 baserunners.

Here is a look at this week’s complete FantasyPros Power Rankings.

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High Cheese leads the league standings with a 8-3-1 record after the first week of the season. Hapamon, the Midtown Marsupials, and Warning Track Power are all 8-4.

The defending league champions, Let’s Play 2, Stadium Mustard, and A-Rod’s Mirrors all stand at 7-5.

It’s a slow start for Las Estellas Rojas, who sits in last place at 3-8-1 while the Pittsburgh Xplosion and Marin Menhunes are both 4-8.

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Hapamon didn’t dominate any one statistical category but was solid across the board in the season’s first week. Outfielder Charlie Blackmon led the way, hitting .278 with a 1.033 OPS over his first nine games. He finished Week 1 with six RBI and five runs scored.

The Marsupials were equally strong at the plate and rank second in hitting after Week 1. In seven games, Brian Dozier hit .290 with a 1.063 OPS with eight runs scored and four RBI. The team finished opening week second in runs scored, third in RBI and second in OPS.

The Mirrors finished with the league’s top hitter in Week 1. Outfielder Bryce Harper went 10-for-28 with a 1.535 OPS, a net stolen base, 12 RBI and 10 runs scored. He was also the league’s top-rated player for the week.

Here are the first week’s offensive statistics courtesy of Yahoo!

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PITCHING

While Cole was the league’s top-rated pitcher in Week 1, Jameson Taillon and Patrick Corbin weren’t far behind. In a pair of quality starts, Taillon struck out 16 batters over 14.1 innings while allowing just two earned runs. Taillon was the top-rated player for Pittsburgh Xplosion. Corbin also earned a pair of quality starts for the Mirrors while striking out 20 batters over 13 innings and finishing the week with a 1.38 ERA and 0.77 WHIP.

Archie Bradley was Fireman of the Week to start the season, tallying five net saves/holds in six appearances for Bacon at Mile 11. Bradley, the league’s highest-rated reliever, struck out eight and allowed four hits over 6.2 innings while giving up just one run.

Edwin Diaz was nearly perfect in relief for High Cheese. Diaz struck out eight of the nine batters he faced without giving up a walk or a hit as he earned three saves.

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SLOW STARTERS

Several players struggled to open the season and left their teams digging out of a hole. First baseman Chris Davis went 3-for-30 with seven strikeouts and a .450 OPS for Las Estellas Rojas…Second baseman Jason Kipnis was 4-for-34 with seven strikeouts and a .358 OPS for Stadium Mustard…Reliever Blake Parker gave up four earned runs in 4.2 innings for Hapamon while walking three batters.

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Good luck in Week 2!