James Paxton has propelled Stadium Mustard’s pitching staff to the top of the SFRRC Fantasy Baseball stats board. Paxton has been on fire in his first three starts. Can he continue his hot stretch?
Here’s the Week 3 preview.
Stadium Mustard vs Let’s Play 2
Stadium Mustard: Stadium Mustard leads the league with a 2.42 team ERA and is third with a 1.08 WHIP. James Paxton hasn’t given up a run in his three starts, pitching 21 scoreless innings while striking out 22 batters. He’s allowed just 12 baserunners during that stretch. Julio Teheran has given up just two runs over his first 19 innings while striking out 15 batters. Projected Game Scores: Julio Teheran (55 vs WSH), James Paxton (54 @OAK), Matt Shoemaker (50 @HOU), Adam Conley (53 @SD), Jaime Garcia (52 vs SD, 51 @PHI), Mike Fiers (50 vs LAA, 55 @TB).
Let’s Play 2: It’s been a tough start on the mound for Let’s Play 2. The team ERA stands at 5.00, second worst in the league, while the 1.30 WHIP is tied for 13th. The team’s two aces, Corey Kluber and Jose Quintana, have combined for just two quality starts in their first six attempts. Kluber has a 6.38 ERA while Quintana’s is 6.75. Projected Game Scores: Corey Kluber (58 @MIN), Jose Quintana (53 vs CLE), Kyle Hendricks (62 vs MIL), Sean Manaea (54 vs SEA), Jake Odorizzi (52 vs DET), Robbie Ray (55 @LAD, 52 vs LAD), Shelby Miller (51 @SD, 48 vs LAD).
Stadium Mustard: The offense has lacked punch through the first two weeks of the season. They are last in the league with 33 RBI and they are second to last with a .638 OPS. Catcher Yan Gomes has started the season 2-for-30 with 10 strikeouts while first baseman Edwin Encarnacion is 9-for-44 with 18 strikeouts. Shortstop Aledmys Diaz has been the team’s top hitter, striking out just five times in his 49 plate appearances.
Let’s Play 2: This is another team looking for some big hits. Let’s Play 2 has a .653 OPS, which ranks 14th in the league. That lack of a big hit has resulted in just 38 RBI, where the team ranks 15th. Outfielder Dexter Fowler is hitting .143 with 16 strikeouts in his first 54 plate appearances. Outfielders Jarrod Dyson and Brett Gardner have nine net stolen bases and the team leads the league with 12 net stolen bases.
Las Estellas Rojas vs The Bulls
Las Estellas Rojas: GM Jen Valdivia has to hold her breath every time Noah Syndergaard leaves a start early. Last week, Syndergaard had a broken fingernail that caused an early exit. Overall, the team’s pitching has been average. While Syndergaard has been spectacular, Dan Straily and Matt Moore have been shelled. They’ve combined to earn just one quality start in their six attempts. Projected Game Scores: Noah Syndergaard (65 vs PHI), Francisco Liriano (51 vs BOS), Matt Moore (48 @COL), Eduardo Rodriguez (53 @TOR, 53@BAL), Dan Straily (51 @SD).
The Bulls: The bullpen has been a disaster to start the season. The Bulls are the only team without a net save or hold in the season’s first two weeks. They enter Week 3 with -1 in that column. The team ERA and WHIP are average. Gio Gonzalez is a perfect 3-for-3 in quality starts with a 1.33 ERA over 20.1 innings. The addition of Amir Garrett to the staff and the veteran presence of Stephen Strasburg gives the rotation a strong top three. Projected Game Scores: Stephen Strasburg (61 @ATL), Kenta Maeda (56 @ARI), Alex Cobb (50 vs HOU), Gio Gonzalez (53 @NYM), Andrew Triggs (51 @TEX, 53 vs SEA), Jason Hammel (50 vs SF, 51 @TEX), Amir Garrett (53 vs BAL, 51 vs CHC)
Las Estellas Rojas: It looks like Miguel Sano is reaching his potential. Sano leads Rojas in Runs (11), RBI (12) and OPS (1.037). Outfielder Billy Hamilton is hitting just .216 but he already has four net stolen bases. Hamilton, Robinson Cano, and Ben Revere are all off to a slow start but nothing compared to veteran catcher Russell Martin. Martin is hitting just .097 after going 3-for-31 with 13 strikeouts to open the season.
The Bulls: The Bulls have two primary issues with the offense. First, they have just 431 plate appearances. Second, 119 of those opportunities have ended in strikeouts. That’s the third highest number of strikeouts in the league and the 14th fewest plate appearances. Infielder Jonathan Villar is hitting just .160 with 21 strikeouts in his first 55 plate appearances.
Land Shark vs A-Rod’s Mirrors
Land Shark: Chase Anderson has two straight quality starts and has given up just one run over his first 13 innings. Jerad Eickhoff and Felix Hernandez have combined to earn five quality starts in six attempts but Tyler Glasnow and Tyler Anderson have zero quality starts in five attempts. Projected Game Scores: Felix Hernandez (55 vs MIA), Jerad Eickhoff (54 vs ATL), Tyler Glasnow (45 vs NYY), Jeremy Hellickson (50 @NYM), Tyler Anderson (47 vs SF).
A-Rod’s Mirrors: The Mirrors lead the league in WHIP and are second in ERA after two weeks. They’ve earned 10 quality starts and 11 net saves/holds. This is a very good pitching staff from front to back. Dallas Keuchel is the team ace, earning three quality starts with a 0.86 ERA and 0.62 WHIP in 21 innings pitched. Closer Craig Kimbrel has five saves and has a 13.5 K/9 ratio. Projected Game Scores: Justin Verlander (59 @MIN), Carlos Carrasco (61 @CWS), Dallas Keuchel (56 vs LAA), Tanner Roark (52 @ATL), Edinson Volquez (50 @SEA), Ricky Nolasco (48 @HOU, 52 vs TOR), CC Sabathia (52 @PIT).
Land Shark: The offense is doing a good job of avoiding the strikeout which has boosted the team OPS. Land Shark has just 77 K’s on the season, second fewest in the league, and has a .855 OPS, second highest. Third baseman Eugenio Suarez and shortstop Francisco Lindor are off to hot starts. Suarez is second on the team with a 1.145 OPS, leads the team with 10 RBI, and has just eight strikeouts in his first 50 plate appearances. Lindor is hitting .362 and is tied for the team lead with 11 runs scored.
A-Rod’s Mirrors: The Mirrors have driven in 70 runs, third most in the league, and outfielder Bryce Harper is responsible for a team-high 13 of them. Harper has been on fire. He leads the team with a 1.099 OPS, is hitting .333, and has drawn more walks (10) than he has strikeouts (9). He ranks seventh in the league’s player rankings. Shortstop Addison Russell has shown a good eye at the plate, striking out just seven times in his first 53 plate appearances.
High Cheese vs Warning Track Power
High Cheese: The pitching staff has logged 130.2 innings, the second most in the league to open the season. The 2.82 ERA is the third lowest in the league while the 1.06 WHIP is second lowest. The team is tied for the league lead in quality starts with 12. Brandon Finnegan earned an 83 game score with his April 5 win over the Pirates. It is the highest game score this year. Projected Game Scores: Jon Lester (58 @CIN), Gerrit Cole (53 @STL), Aaron Sanchez (53 vs BOS), Marcus Stroman (52 vs BOS, 56 @LAA), Bartolo Colon (48 @PHI), Brandon Finnegan (50 vs CHC), Kendal Graveman (49 vs TEX).
Warning Track Power: No bullpen has been better to start the season. Warning Track Power has earned 17 net saves/holds over the season’s first two weeks, tops in the league. Greg Holland, Justin Wilson, and Luis Avilan have combined to earn 13 net saves/holds without giving up a run over 18.1 combined innings. Chris Sale remains the team ace, earning three quality starts in his first three attempts. Projected Game Scores: Chris Sale (58 @TOR), Michael Fulmer (58 @TOR, 52 @MIN), Marco Estrada (53 @LAA), Tyler Chatwood (45 vs SF), Hisashi Iwakuma (52 @OAK), Wei-Yen Chen (53 @SEA).
High Cheese: Normally a team’s total runs scored and RBI tend to mirror each other. That’s not the case for High Cheese through the first two weeks. The team is third with 63 runs scored but has driven in just 48. That should normalize over the next few weeks. Freddie Freeman has scored nine runs but knocked in just three. Mark Reynolds is the surprise RBI leader for High Cheese with 11. The team leads the league in strikeouts with 132. Shortstop Trevor Story has 20 in his first 53 plate appearances.
Warning Track Power: This team is struggling to score runs. They rank 15th with 47 runs scored and 13th in RBI with 47. How bad has it been? David Freese is the team’s top-ranked hitter and he’s ranked 161st overall. Young shortstop Tim Anderson has struggled. He’s hitting .163 and has struck out 12 times in 44 plate appearances. Stephen Piscotty leads the team with eight RBI while Nick Castellanos is tops in runs with eight.
Hapamon vs Marin Menehunes
Hapamon: Hapamon is tied for the league lead with 12 quality starts and its reflected in their total innings pitched, which is 127.2, third highest in the league. Clayton Kershaw, Mike Leake, Jameson Taillon and Yu Darvish are a combined 9-for-11 in quality start attempts. Leake has been sensational, giving up just one earned run over his first 15 innings. Projected Game Scores: Clayton Kershaw (70 vs COL), Yu Darvish (61 @OAK, 63 vs KC), Jameson Taillon (52 vs NYY), Adam Wainwright (52 @MIL), Matt Boyd (47 @MIN), Mike Leake (52 vs PIT, 53 @MIL), Matt Andriese (50 vs DET, 50 vs HOU).
Marin Menehunes: It’s been a rough start for the Menehunes on the mound. The team ERA is a league-worst 6.00 and the WHIP has followed, sitting at 1.46. Part of the problem is the staff hasn’t logged enough innings. They are dead last in the league with just 84 IP. Trevor Bauer has an 8.44 ERA and 1.59 WHIP after two starts that saw him give up 10 earned runs over 10.2 innings. Projected Game Scores: Max Scherzer (65 @ATL, 66 @NYM), Rick Porcello (54 @TOR), Jordan Zimmermann (52 @TB), Ivan Nova (54 @STL, 50 vs NYY), Trevor Bauer (51 @MIN), Josh Tomlin (48 @MIN, 50 @CWS).
Hapamon: Through the first two weeks of the season, Hapamon is last in the league with a .633 OPS. They have also struck out 121 times, second most in the league. Brad Miller has struck out 18 times in 51 plate appearances and is hitting .227. Tim Beckham has struck out 15 times in 37 plate appearances. Outfielder Christian Yelich leads the team with 13 runs scored but has also struck out 14 times and is hitting just .231.
Marin Menehunes: Outfielder Marcel Ozuna is swinging a hot bat. He’s driven in 18 runs in his first 12 games and has a 1.198 OPS. The Menehunes are third in the league with an .810 team OPS. First baseman Wil Myers has a team-high 10 runs scored and a 1.093 OPS. Eduardo Nunez and Lorenzo Cain have totaled a combined nine net stolen bases and the Menehunes are currently third in the league in that stat.
Buster Hugs vs Home Run 101
Buster Hugs: It hasn’t been a good start for the team’s pitching staff. Their 4.45 ERA ranks 14th overall. Their 1.30 WHIP is tied for 13th Masahiro Tanaka has given up 13 earned runs in his 14 innings and he has just one quality start in three attempts. Arodys Vizcaino hasn’t given up a run over six innings and has earned three of the team’s 14 net saves/holds, which is second best in the league. Projected Game Scores: Madison Bumgarner (66 @KC), Masahiro Tanaka (55 vs CWS), J.A. Happ (53 @LAA), Jharel Cotton (55 vs SEA), Michael Wacha (53 vs PIT), Dylan Bundy (49 vs BOS).
Home Run 101: The team 1.39 WHIP ranks 15th, the bullpen has just two net saves/olds and the starters have combined for just five quality starts in two weeks. It hasn’t been a good start for the pitching staff. Zach Davies has given up 14 runs in 14.1 innings pitched while David Phelps has blown three saves, giving up five earned runs over eight innings. Cam Bedrosian has been the most consistent reliever while John Lackey is 2-for-2 in quality starts. Projected Game Scores: Johnny Cueto (54 @COL), Jon Lackey (60 vs MIL, 53 @CIN), Tyler Skaggs (53 vs TOR), Zach Davies (50 vs STL).
Buster Hugs: Injuries ravaged the lineup in Week 2 and the team finished last in the league with just 186 plate appearances. The team’s three catchers – Buster Posey, Gary Sanchez and Geovany Soto – are all on the DL. Second baseman Cesar Hernandez leads Buster Hugs with 18 hits, runs scored (13) and is tied for the team lead in RBI (8).
Home Run 101: Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes leads the team with 10 RBI and is the team’s top ranked player (27th overall). The offense has been solid thanks to 538 plate appearances, third most in the league over the first two weeks. Home Run 101 is also second in runs scored with 68 as Cespedes and third baseman Mike Moustakas lead the team with nine each. Last week, they topped the league with 44 runs scored.
Bacon at Mile 11 vs JetSetters
Bacon at Mile 11: Michael Pineda had a dominating start on April 10 against the Rays when he went 7.2 innings, allowed just one run, and struck out 11 batters. It earned Pineda a game score of 82, the second highest by a pitcher this season. Bacon leads the league with a 10.03 K/9 but the team ERA and WHIP are pedestrian at best. Zack Wheeler has given up eight earned runs over 9.2 innings and doesn’t have a quality start in two attempts. Projected Game Scores: Chris Archer (61 vs DET), Danny Salazar (57 @MIN, 60 @CWS), Aaron Nola (55 @NYM), Michael Pineda (56 @PIT), Zack Wheeler (50 vs PHI, 47 vs WSH), Taijuan Walker (50 vs LAD).
JetSetters: The JetSetters have 11 quality starts and 12 net saves/holds in the last two weeks. No team has pitched more innings than the 137.2 logged by this staff. Ervin Santana has pitched 22 innings in his three starts, giving up just one run. Adam Ottavino has earned five net saves/holds, allowing one run over 6.1 innings while striking out 10 batters. Projected Game Scores: Danny Duffy (53 @TEX), Cole Hamels (59 vs KC), Zack Greinke (58 @SD), Ian Kennedy (52 @TEX), Ervin Santana (43 vs CLE), Hyun-jin Ryu (50 vs COL), Robert Gsellman (54 vs PHI).
Bacon at Mile 11: Bacon leads the league with an .888 OPS and the team is tied for the league lead with 72 RBI. Predictably, Mike Trout and Nolan Arenado have been good, but its outfielder Nomar Mazara who’s stealing the show. Mazara is the team’s highest ranked player, 10th overall, and is hitting .340 with 13 RBI in his first 12 games. He also leads Bacon with 11 runs scored.
JetSetters: Third baseman Jose Ramirez has sparked a hot JetSetters offense during the league’s first two weeks. He leads the team with 13 RBI and is hitting .349 in his first 12 games. The team is tied for fourth in runs scored and is fourth in RBI and is second in plate appearances. What the offense hasn’t done well is steal bases. They are sitting at zero net stolen bases.
Lower Haighters vs Midtown Marsupials
Lower Haighters: This has been a below average pitching staff. Closer Seung Hwan Oh has given up five runs over 4.2 innings and has blown a save in four opportunities. Joe Musgrove has a 4.35 ERA, Kevin Gausman has a 3.94 while reliever Shawn Kelley has given up four runs over 5.1 innings. This has not been a good start. Projected Game Scores: Kevin Gausman (51 @CIN), Jake Arrieta (58 @CIN), Lance McCullers (57 vs LAA), Drew Pomeranz (58 @BAL) Charlie Morton (52 @TB), Luis Severino (52 vs CWS).
Midtown Marsupials: No pitching staff in the league strikes out more batters per nine innings than the Marsupials. Reliever Chris Devenski has been nasty, striking out 17 batters over nine innings. Starter Jacob deGrom is the top-ranked player on the team. He’s 3-for-3 in quality start opportunities, giving up just four runs over 19 innings while striking out 22. Projected Game Scores: Jacob deGrom (58 vs WSH), Carlos Martinez (59 @MIL), Matt Harvey (54 vs WSH), Vincent Velasquez (53 @NYM, 54 vs ATL), Jeff Samardzija (49 @COL), Mike Foltynewicz (47 vs WSH, 49 @PHI).
Lower Haighters: The Lower Haighters lead the league in runs scored and are tied for the league lead in RBI. Outfielders Eric Thames and Mitch Haniger have powered the offense. Thames is 14-for-38 with 11 RBI while Haniger is 15-for-51 with another 11 RBI. Third baseman Jake Lamb has also driven home 14 runs.
Midtown Marsupials: The Marsupials are last in runs scored and 14th in RBI but it all starts with a lack of opportunities. The team is last in plate appearances with 409. Second baseman Jason Kipnis has been in the team’s starting lineup for the first two weeks of the season despite the fact that he’s on the DL. Daniel Murphy has put up big numbers, he’s rated 17th in the overall player rankings after two weeks, but he’s yet to be inserted into the starting lineup. The team’s biggest threat at the plate is outfielder Yasiel Puig. He’s hitting .326 with 11 RBI over his first 13 games.