Half of the playoff field is set. Bacon at Mile 11, High Cheese, Warning Track Power and the Lower Haighters all qualified for the playoffs last week. Four spots remain.
Buster Hugs leads Land Shark by 2.5 games in the East Division as both teams fight for a playoff berth while the JetSetters, Marin Menehunes, and Bulls are also in the hunt. Good luck to everyone fighting for those final postseason berths!
The Bulls vs Hapamon
The Bulls have the most difficult road into the playoffs. They trail the Menehunes by seven games entering the final series and are ninth in the league standings with a 118-121-13 record. They are also stumbling down the stretch. They have just one series win over the last five weeks. The did, however, manage to tie Bacon at Mile 11, 6-6, last week. Hapamon is 14th in the overall standings with a 98-132-22 record but they do get pitcher Clayton Kershaw back this week. They lost last week’s series 7-4-1 to Home Run 101 and have lost eight of their last nine.
Pitching: Jeurys Familia was the top relief pitcher in fantasy baseball last week. Familia didn’t give up a run in five appearances for Hapamon, earning three net saves/holds while allowing just one baserunner in 4.1 innings. Veteran reliever Sergio Romo has struggled this year but his slider was sliding for the Bulls last week. He tossed 3.1 scoreless innings and earned three holds in five appearances.
Hitting: Bulls second baseman Rougned Odor went 12-for-27 with 15 RBI to finish Week 21 as the league’s highest-rated player. Odor finished the week with a 1.522 OPS. Outfielder Christian Yelich hit .308 with a 1.112 OPS last week for Hapamon. He drove in nine runs and scored five while stealing a base.
Stadium Mustard vs Land Shark
Land Shark has won three of its last four series and trails Buster Hugs by just 2.5 games in the East Division. They defeated the Monkeys 6-5-1 last week to improve to 128-112-2 and move to seventh in the league standings. Land Shark faces a Stadium Mustard team that is playing the role of spoiler. They defeated Land Shark, 7-5, two weeks ago and thumped Buster Hugs, 9-1-2, last week. Stadium Mustard is 11th in the league standings with a 113-124-15 record but they are a dangerous team.
Pitching: Julio Teheran earned a pair of quality starts for Stadium Mustard last week. Teheran allowed just two runs over 13 innings, finishing the week with a 1.38 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 10.4 K/9. Ricky Nolasco tossed a complete game shutout for Land Shark last week. Nolasco allowed just four baserunners while striking out seven batters.
Hitting: Veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre was hot for Land Shark last week. He went 9-for-24 with seven RBI and 11 runs scored and finished with a 1.256 OPS. Outfielder Ender Inciarte went 11-for-26 over six games for Stadium Mustard last week. Inciarte was also strong on the base paths, finishing with two net stolen bases.
Buster Hugs vs Eephus Monkeys
Buster Hugs was derailed by Stadium Mustard last week on their way to the East Division title. The surprising 9-1-2 loss leaves Buster Hugs with a 131-110-11 record and just 2.5 games ahead of Land Shark in the division race. Buster Hugs has yet to lose to the Monkeys in three meetings this year and defeated their division rival 9-2-1 in Week 20. The Monkeys have lost four straight series following last week’s 6-5-1 loss to Land Shark. They are 110-127-15 and 10th in the league standings.
Pitching: Carlos Martinez had a pair of quality starts for the Monkeys in Week 21. Martinez struck out 19 batters over 12 innings while finishing the week with a 2.25 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. Reliever Kenley Jansen had two saves in three appearances for Buster Hugs last week. Jansen struck out seven batters over three scoreless innings.
Hitting: Second baseman Brian Dozier his .367 with a 1.341 OPS in seven games for the Monkeys last week. Dozier drove in nine runs and scored six more. Infielder Jean Segura hit .421 for Buster Hugs in 20 plate appearances last week. He finished the week with three net stolen bases and a .976 OPS.
Marin Menehunes vs Warning Track Power
The Menehunes snapped a two-game losing streak with an impressive 9-2-1 victory over the Lower Haighters that drastically improved their playoff chances. They are currently eighth in the league standings with a 124-114-14 record. They have a seven game lead over the Bulls for the final playoff berth. Warning Track grabbed the West Division lead with last week’s 7-5 victory the Mirrors. They’ve lost just one series over the last nine weeks and are one of the hottest teams in the league. Warning Track Power has a four game lead over the Lower Haighters in the West and is third in the league with a 139-105-8 record. The Menehunes did defeat Warning Track Power 7-3-2 in Week 18 so this could be an interesting series.
Pitching: Carlos Carrasco tossed a 7.1 inning shutout for Warning Track Power last week. He allowed just seven baserunners while striking out 11. Max Scherzer struck out 11 over eight innings for the Menehunes in his lone start last week. He allowed two runs but just four base runners.
Hitting: Outfielder Adam Eaton was on fire for the Menehunes at the plate in Week 21. He went 10-for-31 with give RBI and nine runs scored. Eaton finished the week with a .901 OPS. In seven games for Warning Track Power, veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson hit .286 with a 1.169 OPS last week. He drove in eight runs and scored six more, striking out just three times in 27 plate appearances.
JetSetters vs High Cheese
These teams have met three teams and High Cheese has won all three meetings. It’s one reason High Cheese leads the South Division and is second in the league standings with a 142-101-9 record while the JetSetters are 129-111-12 and sixth overall. High Cheese is a coming off a 6-6 tie with Los Coches Bomba but has just one series loss over the last six weeks. The JetSetters snapped a three-week losing streak with a 7-5 win over Let’s Play 2 last week.
Pitching: Luke Gregerson was strong in relief for the JetSetters in Week 21. He earned three net saves/holds, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings while striking out two hitters. Aroldis Chapman had a pair of saves for High Cheese, giving up just one run over five innings while striking out nine hitters.
Hitting: Freddie Freeman went 8-for-20 with seven RBI and seven runs scored last week for High Cheese. Freeman hit .400 with a 1.450 OPS over 30 plate appearances. Infielder Alex Bregman was swinging a hot bat for the JetSetters last week. Bregman went 9-for-26 with just three strikeouts in 27 plate appearances. He finished with a .947 OPS.
Let’s Play 2 vs Los Coches Bomba
It would take a miracle for Los Coches Bomba to qualify for the playoffs and for Let’s Play 2 to dig themselves out of the league cellar. Bomba is 115-120-17 and 10th in the league standings following last week’s 6-6 tie with High Cheese. Their last win was a 6-4-2 victory over Let’s Play 2 a month ago. Let’s Play 2 saw their modest two-week winning streak snapped with a 7-5 loss to the JetSetters last week but the team has been much more competitive since a 12-0 loss to the Menehunes in Week 17. They have the league’s worst record at 87-155-10.
Pitching: Trevor Bauer earned a pair of quality starts for Let’s Play 2 last week. Bauer gave up just three runs over 14.1 innings while striking out eight batters. In his lone start for Los Coches Bomba last week, Gio Gonzalez pitched six strong innings, allowing just one run and three baserunners while striking out four hitters.
Hitting: Will Let’s Play 2 General Manager Louie Bottaro give outfielder Byron Buxton a chance in the starting lineup this week? He was red-hot last week, going 9-for-16 with a 1.875 OPS. Veteran first baseman Hanley Ramirez went 9-for-23 with 10 RBI and eight runs scored last week for Bomba. Ramirez finished the week with a 1.331 OPS.
Bacon at Mile 11 vs Home Run 101
Bacon at Mile 11 has the league’s best record at 142-98-12. They hold a 23.5 game lead in the North Division, the league’s largest division lead. They’ve won three of their past four series but did tie The Bulls last week, 6-6. The question for Bacon at Mile 11 remains: Can they handle the playoffs after a weak regular season schedule? They face Home Run 101 this week, a team they haven’t lost to this year. In fact, they’ve gone 27-8-1 against their North Division rival. Home Run 101 is 15th in the league standings with a 94-144-14 record but they have won two of their past three series, beating Hapamon both times.
Pitching: Reliever Ken Giles had three saves in three attempts for Home Run 101 last week. Giles allowed just one run over three innings while striking out five batters. Eduardo Rodriguez nearly pitched a perfect game for Bacon in Week 21. He allowed just one hit over eight scoreless innings.
Hitting: In five games last week, outfielder Mike Trout went 10-for-18 with six RBI and eight runs scored for Bacon. He had just one strikeout in 23 plate appearances and ended the week with a 1.986 OPS. First baseman Jose Abreu knocked in 13 RBI for Home Run 101 last week. Abreu went 14-for-34 with a 1.206 OPS.
Lower Haighters vs A-Rod’s Mirrors
The Lower Haighters likely lost the West Division pennant with last week’s 9-2-1 loss to the Menehunes but they are one of four teams that have qualified for this year’s playoffs. Despite the loss, they’ve won six of their past eight series and are 135-109-8 and fourth in the league standings. After winning last year’s championship, the Mirrors have collapsed this season. They are 111-133-8 and 13th in the league. The Mirrors have just one series win over the last 11 weeks and have lost all three series with the Haighters.
Pitching: In his lone start last week, veteran Rich Hill earned a quality start for the Mirrors by tossing six scoreless innings with eight strikeouts. He allowed just three baserunners in the outing. Reliever Will Harris was the one bright spot in a poor pitching effort for the Lower Haighters last week. Harris earned a pair of holds in three appearances without giving up a run.
Hitting: It must be 2010, because first baseman Albert Pujols is on a tear for the Lower Haighters. In five games last week, Pujols went 9-for-21 with a 1.429 OPS, seven RBI, and five runs scored. In six games last week, outfielder Matt Kemp went 10-for-28 with eight RBI and five runs scored. He finished the week with a .974 OPS.