Let’s Play 2 looks like a dangerous team entering the SFRRC Fantasy Baseball League playoff semifinals.
Starting pitchers Corey Kluber and Robbie Ray have gone 6-for-6 in quality start attempts over the past two weeks. Kluber has pitched 23 innings, allowing just two runs with a 0.52 WHIP while Ray has tossed 20.1 innings with a 1.31 ERA and 0.73 WHIP.
Outfielder Mookie Betts is also swinging a hot bat for Louie Bottaro’s team. In his last 12 games, Betts has a 1.015 OPS with 10 runs scored, 12 RBI, and just seven strikeouts in 57 plate appearances.
Does Let’s Play 2 have enough to upset the Jetsetters, the league’s best team? Ervin Santana and Patrick Corbin will each start twice in the series for David Kahn’s team. Corbin has struggled in his last two outings, giving up nine earned runs over 11 innings.
Zack Greinke has been the team’s ace recently, allowing just three runs over his last 22 innings while earning three quality starts.
Everybody Hurts faces the Lower Haighters in the second semifinal and five hot hitters will pace Andy Berlind’s team. Aaron Judge and Rhys Hoskins have combined to drive home 23 runs over the last two weeks for Everybody Hurts while Jean Segura and Yoan Moncada have combined to score 21 runs during that same stretch.
Swinging the hottest bat is Oakland outfielder Matt Olson. Over his last 13 games, Olson is hitting .313 with a 1.307 OPS, 14 RBI and 12 runs scored.
The Lower Haighters will ride three veteran hitters – Ryan Braun, Carlos Santana, and DJ LeMahieu – and young starting pitcher Luis Severino.
Severino has struck out 17 batters over his last 15 innings while allowing just three earned runs. He has two straight quality starts with a 1.80 ERA and 0.53 WHIP.
Braun has three net stolen bases and has scored 10 runs over his last 11 games while Santana is hitting .391 with a 1.169 OPS over the past two weeks. LeMahieu is quietly putting the finishing touches on a strong season. In his last 14 games, the veteran second baseman is hitting .327 with a .921 OPS.
Good luck to the final four teams!
League Changes on the Horizon for 2018
After eight years, it’s time to shake things up for 2018. Next year, the league will be divided into two divisions, rather than four. Each team will play their division opponents twice and their non-division opponents once.
The divisions will be divided equally based on this year’s regular season standings. The first division will have teams that finished 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 11th, 13th, & 15th. The second division will include teams that finished 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 14th, and 16th.
This will help equalize the strength of schedule for every team in the league.
If you have additional ideas for changes to the league, please let me know. Also, if you aren’t going to rejoin next season, please let me know so that I can find a replacement owner as soon as possible.