Week 4 was crazy. It saw Bacon at Mile 11 and the Marin Menehunes emerge as the only teams still undefeated in the league. You’ll find the details below.
Bacon at Mile 11
Bacon has the league’s best record at 34-12-2 thanks to a hot-hitting offense. They lead the league in Runs with 44, OPS with .842 and they are second with 138 RBI. Last week, third baseman Nolan Arenado, went 10-for-22 with a 1.524 OPS and eight RBI. Bacon won five of the six hitting categories in their 10-2 rout of Let’s Play 2. This is a balanced team. They are third in the league in both ERA and WHIP. Chris Archer and Vincent Velasquez both earned a pair of quality starts last week while Aaron Nola struck out seven over seven scoreless innings in his only start.
Home Run 101
Home Run 101 is now last in the league with an 11-35-2 record following last week’s disappointing 7-4-1 series loss to Stadium Mustard. It starts with pitching. The team is last in the league with just nine quality starts this season. They are last with a 4.70 ERA and they rank 15th in the league with a 1.35 WHIP. Jake Peavy lasted just two innings in last week’s start, giving up six earned runs. And the starters shouldn’t shoulder all of the blame. The bullpen is ranked 14th in Net Saves/Holds with just 15 this season but they look like they might have turned the corner last week with five Net Saves/Holds and
This team is plucky. They scratched out a 6-4-2 series victory over the Eephus Monkeys last week and improved to 20-21-7. If they continue to hang around .500 they’ll be in the playoff mix. To do that, they’ll need to find some hitters. Hapamon is last in the league with 97 RBI and they are second to last in plate appearances with 915. First baseman Brandon Belt provided some power last week, going 5-for-15 with a 1.160 OPS and seven RBI. Clayton Kershaw was brilliant, striking out 24 batters over 16 innings in two starts. Hapamon GM Robert Kirkbride may need to find a replacement for starter Matt Cain. He gave up another six runs in his lone Week 4 start.
It was a tough luck 6-5-1 series loss to the JetSetters last week as the difference between the two teams was mere percentage points in the ERA category. Zack Greinke gave up nine runs over 13.2 innings and cost the team dearly. The Bulls are now 18-26-4 and are desperately looking for some hitters to step up. They are tied for last with 102 runs scored, they are the only team without a net stolen base for the season, and they are last in the league with just 836 plate appearances. Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez failed to drive in a run last week in 25 plate appearances.
The strength of this team is its pitching staff. They lead the league in ERA (2.57) and WHIP (1.06). They defeated the Lower Haighters last week, 6-5-1, winning the WHIP category by mere percentage points, and improved to 30-16-2. High Cheese is also tied for second in the league with 21 quality starts. Tanner Roark and Nate Karns both threw seven inning shutouts last week while Marcus Stroman had a pair of quality starts with a 3.07 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. The High Cheese offense has yet to get untracked. They lead the league in strikeouts with 246 and they have just 954 plate appearances, 14th overall. Third baseman David Wright was 4-for-17 last week with six strikeouts and just two RBI.
Strong performances from starting pitchers Juan Nicasio and Matt Moore and reliever Hector Neris helped the JetSetters edge the Bulls 6-5-1 to snap a three-week losing streak and deliver the season’s first series win. The team is now 17-27-4 but remains last in the South Division. The bullpen has been the strength of the team. They lead the league with 28 Net Saves/Holds. Neris earned three in four appearances in Week 4. The problem is the starting pitching and hitting. The JetSetters have just 103 runs (14th in the league) and the team OPS is .691 (15th). When they do get on base, they are a threat, leading the league with 12 net stolen bases. The starters have contributed to the team’s bloated 4.68 ERA (15th overall) and they have just 13 quality starts (tied for 15th).
Los Coches Bomba
It’s been a bizarre year for Bomba. Traditionally, this is a team that hits well and pitches poorly. But so far, they are second in the league with 256.2 innings pitched and they lead the league with 23 quality starts. At the plate, they have a league-worst .711 OPS. Ironically, they failed to win a pitching category in last week’s 7-4-1 series loss to the Mirrors as Noah Syndergaard gave up seven runs over two starts while Hisashi Iwakuma and Hector Santiago both had meltdowns. Ironically, Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera, and Andrew McCutchen had their best weeks of the season, combining to drive in 21 runs. Bomba is now 25-20-3 and certainly looks like a playoff team, even if they don’t look anything like their past.
Let’s Play 2
The bats, which have been so consistent for Let’s Play 2 this season, fell silent last week. They lost five of the six hitting categories in their series with Bacon at Mile 11 and were routed, 10-2. It dropped Let’s Play 2 to 20-27-1. Russell Martin went 1-for-11, Yasiel Puig 2-for-24 and Colby Rasmus 3-for-21. This was the worst offensive output of the season for a team that is second in the league with 138 runs scored and leads the league with 139 RBI. They are also third with a .792 OPS and tied for second with 11 net stolen bases. The issue has been the backend of the bullpen. They had one net save/hold last week which was just the team’s fifth this year. Let’s Play 2 is dead last in that category.
A starting pitching staff that has struggled this season rose to the occasion last week and delivered a 7-5 series victory over Warning Track Power. Felix Hernandez and Jeremy Hellickson combined to throw 14.2 scoreless innings and each earned a quality start. The team earned five quality starts against Warning Track Power. It’s amazing when you consider Land Shark has just 13 on the season. They are also last in the league with a 1.37 WHIP. At the plate, Logan Forsythe went 9-for-20 with a 1.310 OPS but, more importantly, he stole a base that helped Land Shark steal the series. The team is now 23-24-1 and continues to hang around that eighth and final playoff spot.
Edwin Encarnacion and Nick Markakis combined to drive in 11 of the team’s 25 RBI while A.J. Ramos had four net saves/holds as Stadium Mustard snapped their three-week losing streak with a 7-4-1 series victory over Home Run 101 last week. The victory came as the team finally generated some runs. Stadium Mustard is tied for last in the league with 102 runs scored and they are 14th in runs driven in with 98. The offense has generated a league-worst .686 OPS. But Joe Panik, Billy Burns, Kyle Seager and Francisco Cervelli all scored three or more runs in Week 4 and led Stadium Mustard to four category wins on offense. With the win, Stadium Mustard improves to 18-28-2.
Matt Shoemaker’s start in Week 4 sums up the problems the Monkeys are having on the mound this season. Shoemaker gave up nine hits and seven runs over 2.1 innings to finish with a 27.00 ERA and 3.86 WHIP. He was promptly demoted to the minors by the Angels. No team has thrown fewer innings in the league than the Monkeys’ 192.0. They have a 4.36 ERA (14th overall) and a 1.33 WHIP (14th overall). They are last in the league with a 6.98 K/9. The Monkeys actually won the quality start category but it was the only pitching category they won in a 6-4-2 series loss to Hapamon. They are 11-34-3 on the season despite having a competitive offense. They are tied for third with 122 runs scored, are third in plate appearances with 1,031, and are tied for second in net stolen bases with 11.
Buster Hugs ran into a buzzsaw in Week 4. They failed to win a pitching category in their 8-3-1 series loss to the Marin Menehunes despite posting the following numbers: 61.2 innings pitched, 3.06 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 7.44 K/9, 5 quality starts and seven net saves/holds. Buster Hugs is a team that pitches well. They are tied for second in the league with 21 quality starts. Madison Bumgarner and Wei-Yin Chin each had two last week. Veteran slugger David Ortiz continues to deliver the offense. He went 8-for-21 last week with a 1.244 OPS and five RBI. The team leads the league with 1,046 plate appearances but is also 15th with a whopping 228 strikeouts. They’ll take a 24-21-2 record into Week 5 and hope they don’t run into another red-hot opponent.
Warning Track Power
It was surprising to see Warning Track Power lose its series with Land Shark last night, but that happens when you win just one pitching category. Warning Track Power has pitched well this season. They lead the league with 259.1 innings pitched and they are second with 22 net saves/holds. But Shelby Miller continued his struggles while Kyle Hendricks and Jon Niese couldn’t get out of the fifth inning in their starts. At the plate, Jason Kipnis, Nick Castellanos and J.D. Martinez combined for 20 of the team’s 37 RBI. Warning Track Power is now tied for third in the league with 127 RBI. Warning Track Power takes a 25-23-0 record into a pivotal Week 5 series with their West Division rivals, the Lower Haighters.
The Menehunes had season-highs in innings pitched (67.0), quality starts (6), net saves/holds (7) and a season-low 2.42 ERA in Week 4. They didn’t lose a pitching category and defeated Buster Hugs 8-3-1 to improve to 33-12-3. Max Scherzer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Rick Porcello each had two quality starts. Porcello didn’t allow a run over 13.1 innings. The team came into the series tied for 15th in the league with just 194 innings pitched. Todd Frazier led the offense, going 7-for-27 with eight RBI and a .862 OPS. The Menehunes are now second in the league with a .798 OPS. They join Bacon at Mile 11 as the only teams in the league that have yet to lose a series.
After a disappointing loss to Land Shark in Week 3, the Mirrors bounced back with a much-needed 7-4-1 victory over Los Coches Bomba in Week 4. The pitching staff led the way, winning all six categories in the series to help the Mirrors improve to 23-23-2. Rich Hill earned a pair of quality starts, giving up just six hits and two runs over 13 innings. Aaron Sanchez also pitched seven scoreless innings to earn a quality start The Mirrors are now third in the league with 252.2 innings pitched and lead the league with 9.58 K/9. Jackie Bradley was the team’s top offensive player, going 9-for-25 with a 1.298 OPS, seven RBI and five runs scored.
The Lower Haighters lost their first series of the season in Week 4, falling to High Cheese, 6-5-1. It was a hard-fought series that saw the teams separated by mere percentage points in WHIP to decide the series. Veteran Victor Martinez is a valuable commodity on the bench. He was the league’s second-rated player last week, finishing with a 1.560 OPS and seven RBI. The team is tied for third with 127 RBI and are second with 1,034 plate appearances. The Lower Haighters are second in the league in ERA (2.75) and WHIP (1.09). They’ll take a 31-14-3 record into Week 5.