Shortstop Manny Machado and veteran pitcher Justin Verlander have made A-Rod’s Mirrors the hottest team in the league over the last month.
The Mirrors haven’t lost a series in five weeks, including an impressive 8-4 victory last week against the league-leading Lower Haighters. Machado has 42 hits over his last 129 plate appearances with a 1.021 OPS, 22 runs scored and 32 RBI. Verlander has five quality starts in his last six games with a 2.14 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 10.1 K/9.
Machado’s hitting and Verlander’s pitching have moved the Mirrors to within 10.5 games of the Lower Haighters in the West Division and sixth in the overall standings with just two weeks remaining in the regular season.
The race for the best regular season is coming down to the wire. With last week’s 9-3 series victory over High Cheese, the Jetsetters have regained the league’s best record at 139-90-11. The Lower Haighters, powered by the red-hot bat of Giancarlo Stanton, are 139-92-9. Stanton has been the league’s top hitter over the past month, hitting .380 with a 1.435 OPS in his last 118 plate appearances.
Everybody Hurts has won six of their last seven series and have the league’s third best record at 133-99-8. Luis Castillo and Madison Bumgarner have combined to post 10 quality starts in their last 12 outings for the team. Everybody Hurts has a big series with Stadium Mustard this week that will likely decide the outcome of the East Division pennant race.
Bacon at Mile 11 is another team that has turned it on late in the year to become a legitimate title contender. They’ve won seven of their last eight series to build an 18-game lead in the North Division. At 131-100-9, Bacon now has the fourth best record in the league. Chris Archer has been solid on the mound, earning four quality starts in his last six attempts, while Mike Trout has returned and is hitting .302 with a 1.016 OPS in his last 125 plate appearances.
While the championship race heats up, High Cheese and Las Estellas Rojas face off this week in what is likely to be the Wooden Spoon Derby. High Cheese enters this week’s series with a 96-134-10 record while Rojas is last in the league at 96-136-8. High Cheese is hoping recently added Kolten Wong, who is hitting .361 in his last 112 plate appearances, can power the team by Rojas.