High Cheese vs Buster Hugs
High Cheese has taken over the league’s top spot again with a 106-79-7 record. They hold a slim 1.5 game lead over the JetSetters in the South Division. Their 7-5 victory over Stadium Mustard was their sixth series victory in the last two months. Buster Hugs trails Land Shark by one game in the East Division. Andrew’s team is now 97-87-8 and seventh in the league standings. Their 6-6 tie with the JetSetters last week was the their second consecutive draw but the team has lost just one series over the last five weeks.
Pitching: Buster Hugs led the league with nine net saves/holds in Week 16. They won five of the six categories and are now 20-8-2 on the mound over the last five weeks. High Cheese had the best K/9 rate in the league last week at 10.06. High Cheese won four categories in Week 16 and have now gone 12-6 over the past three weeks.
Hitting: No team scored fewer runs in Week 16 than High Cheese but the team also led the league in RBI. They split the hitting stats against Stadium Mustard last week but are just 8-16 at the plate over the past four weeks. Buster Hugs won just a single hitting category last week, their worst performance at the plate since they were swept by Warning Track Power in Week 13.
Los Coches Bomba vs Warning Track Power
Los Coches Bomba is scrambling to make the playoffs while Warning Track Power has an opportunity to finish the regular season as the best team in the league. Bomba is 95-85-12 and eighth in the league standings. They are 8.5 games behind High Cheese in the South Division. They are coming off a 6-6 tie with Home Run 101 and have won just one series over the last five weeks. With their 6-5 victory over Bacon at Mile 11 last week, Warning Track Power is on a roll. Mark’s team has won five of its last six series and are 108-81-3. That’s good enough for second in the league and a five game lead over the Lower Haighters in the West Division.
Pitching: Los Coches Bomba pitched more innings (73.1) than any team in the league in Week 16 but it’s been an inconsistent month on the mound for Jenni’s team. They won three categories against Home Run 101 last week but are 14-10 over the month. Warning Track power finished with the league’s lowest ERA (2.39) and most quality starts (7). This staff hasn’t had an ERA over 4.00 for the past month. During that stretch they’ve gone 17-5-2 on the mound including going 6-0-1 against Bacon at Mile 11 last week.
Hitting: Warning Track Power finished Week 16 with -2 net stolen bases, the worst mark in the league. The team had been hot at the plate for the past three weeks but that fell apart against Bacon at Mile 11 last week as they won just a single hitting category. The team’s .686 OPS was the lowest since Week 5. Despite the poor performance, the team is 17-7 at the plate over the last month. Los Coches Bomba won three hitting categories last week against Home Run 101 but are just 10-14 at the plate over the past month.
A-Rod’s Mirrors vs Hapamon
These are two teams stuck in reverse. Following last week’s 6-5-1 loss to the Bulls, the Mirrors have lost six straight series. Hapamon lost 7-3-2 to Let’s Play 2 in Week 16 and have lost five of their last six. They are 75-101-16 and 14th in the overall standings while the Mirrors are 86-99-7 and 13th in the league.
Pitching: Week 16 was a disaster for Hapamon. The team finished with the league’s highest ERA (5.25), WHIP (1.56) and fewest quality starts (1). They are now 12-10-2 on the mound over the last four weeks. The Mirrors have gone 8-4 on the mound the past two weeks. They won four categories against the Bulls last week. This is a big turnaround for a team that went 3-20-1 on the mound in Weeks 11-14.
Hitting: Despite leading the league with 279 plate appearances last week, it was a tough week at the dish for the Mirrors. They finished the week with a league-low .597 OPS and a league-high 72 strikeouts. It was the second consecutive week the Mirrors posted a sub-.600 OPS. They are now 4-18-2 at the plate the last four weeks. No team had fewer plate appearances in Week 16 than Hapamon (195) or RBI (14). It’s been a tough month at the plate for the team. They’ve won just two categories over the last four series.
JetSetters vs Land Shark
Land Shark is fighting for the East Division pennant while the JetSetters are doing the same in the South. Land Shark has defeated High Cheese and the Lower Haighters the last two weeks and are now 99-87-6, one game ahead of Buster Hugs in the East and sixth in the league. The JetSetters haven’t lost a series since Week 6. They are coming off a 6-6 tie with Buster Hugs and are 103-79-10, fourth in the league and just 1.5 games behind High Cheese in the South Division.
Pitching: Land Shark had the lowest WHIP in the league (0.79) in Week 16. The team had its lowest WHIP and ERA (2.68) of the season, winning three pitching categories against the Lower Haighters. Land Shark is now 7-16-1 on the mound over the last month. The JetSetters entered Week 16 having won 16 pitching categories over the previous three weeks but that ended with a thud. They won just a single category against Buster Hugs and posted their worst ERA (4.79) since Week 8.
Hitting: Land Shark had the league’s fewest runs last week with 21 but also had the fewest strikeouts with 33. They won three of the six hitting categories against the Lower Haighters and are now 15-9 at the plate over the last month. The JetSetters have been winning hitting categories the last month, going 17-5-2. They won five categories against Buster Hugs last week despite a .720 OPS, the team’s lowest mark since Week 10.
Home Run 101 vs Eephus Monkeys
Home Run 101 is fighting to avoid the Wooden Spoon, the annual award given to the worst team in the league while the Eephus Monkeys have moved back into the playoff race and have an outside chance to win the East Division. The Monkeys defeated the Menehunes 9-3 last week and have now gone 5-1-3 over the last nine weeks. They are 90-92-10, tenth in the league, and just seven games behind Land Shark in the East Division. Home Run 101 is 1-8-1 over the last 10 weeks and are now 70-111-11, 15th in the league.
Pitching: Home Run 101 won three pitching categories against Los Coches Bomba last week and are now 9-14-1 on the mound over the last month. The team has posted an ERA under 4.00 each of the last two weeks. Since Week 5, the Monkeys have had one of the league’s best pitching staffs. They won four categories against the Menehunes last week and have gone 17-7 on the mound over the last month.
Hitting: Home Run 101 won three hitting categories against Los Coches Bomba last week and have now gone 14-7-3 at the plate over the last month. The Monkeys have been red-hot at the plate the last two weeks, going 10-2. This, despite not posting an OPS over .700. The Monkeys are now 14-9-1 at the plate the last four weeks.
Let’s Play 2 vs Marin Menehunes
Let’s Play 2 is trying to avoid the Wooden Spoon while the Marin Menehunes are trying to stop a slide that has seen them fall out of the playoff race. The Menehunes are 3-9 over the last three months following last week’s 3-9 loss to the Eephus Monkeys. They’ve now fallen to 88-94-10 and are 11th in the standings. Let’s Play 2 defeated Hapamon 7-3-2 last week, their second series win over the last month. It hasn’t pulled the team out of the league cellar. They are 65-120-7 but they have a chance to pass Home Run 101 down the stretch.
Pitching: The Menehunes had the lowest K/9 rate in the league in Week 16 with 6.31 and have now won just two pitching categories over the past two weeks. They’ve picked a bad time to slump. They are now 10-14 on the mound over the last month. Let’s Play 2 pitched fewer innings (38.2) than any team in the league last week but they did win three categories. Let’s be clear, though, Let’s Play 2 isn’t pitching well. Over the last month, they haven’t finished with an ERA lower than 4.00. They are 10-13-1 on the mound over the last month.
Hitting: Let’s Play 2 had their best week at the plate since Week 9 against the Lower Haighters. The team won five categories against Hapamon. It was a big turnaround for a team that had won just four hitting categories the prior six weeks. The Menehunes led the league in stolen bases last week with seven but they are in a horrible hitting slump. They’ve won just four categories over the last three weeks and went 1-5 against the Eephus Monkeys last week. The team’s .634 OPS in Week 16 was the lowest of the season for the Menehunes.
Bacon at Mile 11 vs Stadium Mustard
Stadium Mustard is 85-97-10, 12th overall and last in the East Division, 12 games behind Land Shark. Despite last week’s 7-5 loss to High Cheese, the team is now 4-2 over the past six weeks. Bacon lost 6-5-1 to Warning Track Power in Week 16 and are now 2-6-3 over the last 11 weeks. Despite the slump, Eric’s team is 104-77-11 and third in the league with a 13 game lead over the Bulls in the North Division.
Pitching: Stadium Mustard finished Week 16 without a net save/hold. They won just two categories against High Cheese last week and are now 5-17-2 on the mound over the last month. After sweeping the pitching categories against the Menehunes in Week 15, Bacon failed to win a category against Warning Track Power last week. The staff didn’t pitch poorly, they just faced a red-hot pitching staff. They are now 12-10-2 on the mound over the last month.
Hitting: Bacon at Mile 11 led the league in runs with 36 in Week 16. It’s been a good run for the team at the plate over the last month. They won five hitting categories last week against a hot-hitting Warning Track Power and are now 17-5-2 at the plate over the last four weeks. Stadium Mustard won three categories against High Cheese last week and are now 15-9 at the plate over the last month.
Lower Haighters vs The Bulls
The Lower Haighters are coming off a 6-5-1 loss to Land Shark last week and are now 2-2 over the last month. They are 101-84-7 and fifth in the league. They trail Warning Track Power by five games in the West Division. The Bulls are 91-90-11 and ninth in the league standings, 13 games behind Bacon at Mile 11 in the North Division. They are coming off a 6-5-1 victory over A-Rod’s Mirrors and have won five of their last seven series. Carolyn’s team is making a serious push for a playoff berth.
Pitching: It’s been a tough month on the mound for the Lower Haighters. With a decimated starting staff, the team has turned to its bullpen and they haven’t responded. They are now 8-15-1 on the mound over the last four weeks and have recorded an ERA of less than 4.00 just once during that stretch. The Bulls won just two pitching categories last week against the Mirrors and are now 11-13 on the mound over the past month.
Hitting: The Bulls led the league with a .910 OPS in Week 16. It was their highest OPS since Week 2. They won four hitting categories against the Mirrors last week and improved to 10-11-3 over the last month. The Lower Haighters won three of the six hitting categories against Land Shark last week but posted their lowest OPS since Week 11. They are now 12-10-2 at the plate over the last month.