High Cheese (27-19-2) and the Midtown Marsupials (26-17-5), the teams with the two best win-loss records in the SFRRC Fantasy Baseball League, will square off this week in their only head-to-head series.
While their records are similar, this week’s FantasyPros Power Poll illustrates the true gap between these teams. High Cheese tops the Power Poll while the Marsupials are 14th. A quick glance at the starting lineups shows why.
The Marsupials have five injured pitchers in the starting lineup that won’t throw a pitch in this series. Third baseman Anthony Rendon is on the DL but could return for the Marsupials this week while second baseman D.J. LeMahieu is nursing a sore hamstring is listed as day-to-day.
Despite the injuries, there is a chance the Marsupials could win the series because of our league’s weekly lineup structure. If Jacob deGrom, Carlos Martinez, and Masahiro Tanaka all record quality starts for the Marsupials, they have a chance.
This brings up a larger question about our league that I’ve discussed with several owners this week. Have we outgrown the weekly format? Should we move to a daily format in 2019? Daily format leagues give owners the opportunity to react to injuries and play matchups by allowing lineup changes daily.
Ponder that question. I’ll post a poll on the league’s Facebook page where you can register you opinion. If you aren’t a Facebook user, simply email me your thoughts.
HITTING TOTALS THROUGH APRIL 29
The hottest hitter in the league through April 29 is shortstop Didi Gregorius of the Bulls. In 117 plate appearances, Gregorius is hitting .340 with a 1.202 OPS, 30 RBIs and 24 runs scored. He’s only struck out 13 times. Thanks to Gregorius, the Bulls are third in OPS.
The top-rated hitters in the league are Gregorius, Ozzie Albies (High Cheese), Bryce Harper (A-Rod’s Mirrors), Manny Machado (A-Rod’s Mirrors), Mike Trout (Bacon at Mile 11), and Jean Segura (JetSetters).
Mookie Betts (Let’s Play 2) and Albies lead the league in runs scored with 29 apiece. Gregorius is tops in RBI with 30 followed by Jed Lowrie (Marin Menehunes) and Mitch Haniger (Bacon at Mile 11) with 27 each.
Trea Turner (Bacon at Mile 11) leads the league with 12 stolen bases followed closely by Ender Inciarte (Stadium Mustard) with 11.
PITCHING TOTALS THROUGH APRIL 29
Nine of the league’s top 16 ranked players though April 29 are pitchers. Seven are starters and two are relievers. Gerrit Cole (High Cheese) remains the top-rated player in the league.
Cole, Max Scherzer (Marin Menehunes), Justin Verlander (A-Rod’s Mirrors), Sean Manea (High Cheese), Patrick Corbin (A-Rod’s Mirrors), Corey Kluber (Let’s Play 2), Edwin Diaz (High Cheese), Josh Hader (Lower Haighters), and Johnny Cueto (JetSetters) are all first round values through the season’s first month.
Kluber leads the league with 45.1 innings pitched while Cole is tops in strikeouts with 61. Kluber and Cole are the only two pitchers with six straight quality starts to start the season.
Manea has a 1.03 ERA, which leads the league for pitchers with at least 32 innings pitched and Manea’s 0.62 WHIP leads the league for pitchers with at least 15 innings pitched.
Diaz leads the league with 11 net saves/holds followed by Juan Nicasio (Warning Track Power) and Archie Bradley (Bacon at Mile 11) with 10 apiece. Hader tops the league in K/9 at 18.2 for pitchers with a minimum of 15 innings pitched.