The Bulls get no love from FantasyPros. Despite forging the league’s best record over the season’s first seven weeks, the site’s power poll has the team ranked ninth overall and 12th in pitching. Why the disconnect?
Strength of schedule is a good place to begin. The combined record of the team’s first seven opponents is 259-304-25. Now, the Bulls can only play the teams on their schedule and the argument can be made that they’ve beaten the teams they should. But FantasyPros views the team’s Week 5 loss to the Lower Haighters, the only team the Bulls have played that currently has a winning record, and projects a rocky road in Weeks 11-14 when three of the four teams they face have a winning record.
You can’t blame Bulls owner Carolyn Greene for doubting the validity of the Power Poll.
The Bulls rank 11th in runs scored; 8th in RBI; 11th in strikeouts; fifth in OPS; eighth in net stolen bases; and 11th in plate appearances. Yet hitting is considered the team’s strength by FantasyPros.
The Bulls rank fifth in innings pitched; fifth in ERA; third in WHIP; ninth in K/9; first in quality starts and 13th in net saves/holds. Despite solid numbers, pitching is considered the team’s weakness.
It’s interesting to note, however, that the Power Poll ranks the JetSetters and High Cheese highly in hitting and they lead the league in most of the hitting categories.
This debate will play out over the rest of the season.
Week 8 Power Poll
Let’s Play 2 outfielder Mookie Betts remains the top-rated hitter in the league. Over the last month, Betts is hitting .354 with a 1.172 OPS with 18 RBI, 25 runs scored and eight net stolen bases…JetSetters infielder Jose Ramirez is also swinging a hot bat. Over his last 27 games, Ramirez is hitting .358 with an 1.160 OPS. He has 23 RBI, 22 runs scored, and two net stolen bases during that period…Mike Trout has quietly pieced together a great start to the season for Bacon at Mile 11. Trout is hitting .302 with a 1.136 OPS, with 22 runs scored, 14 RBI and eight net stolen bases over the past month….Several players have struggled lately, including catcher Alex Avila for the Brooklyn Bombers. In his last 21 games, Avila is hitting .146 with a .490 OPS with just two RBI and four runs scored…Outfielder Kole Calhoun is also scuffling at the plate for Home Run 101. Calhoun is hitting .123 with a .310 OPS in his last 70 plate appearances. He has just two RBI and two runs scored in that period.
Justin Verlander continues to roll for A-Rod’s Mirrors. In his last five starts, Verlander has posted a 1.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 11.3 K/9. All five have been quality…Max Scherzer has anchored the staff for the Menehunes. He’s allowed just eight runs over his last 32.2 innings. His K/9 rate is an absurd 15.7….While Verlander and Scherzer have been excellent, Danny Duffy is dragging down the Warning Track Power staff like an anchor. In his last six starts, Duffy has a 9.00 ERA, 2.03 WHIP, and measly 6.6 K/9. He hasn’t had a quality start in that period. Chris Stratton has struggled for High Cheese but he has an excuse, he’s a new daddy. His only quality starts since the newborn arrived were road starts. In his last six starts, Stratton owns a 7.22 ERA and 1.92 WHIP. Get some sleep, kid.