High Cheese and the JetSetters just went toe-to-toe in a Week 10 series that ended in a 6-6 draw. And while neither team holds the league’s best record – that belongs to the Pittsburgh Xplosion – it’s High Cheese which tops this week’s Power Poll.
While the JetSetters and Pittsburgh Xplosion are separated by percentage points at the top of the standings, High Cheese trails by 6.5 games. The Power Poll, however, believes High Cheese has the league’s best pitching staff and the second best group of hitters.
Gerrit Cole is the top starter for High Cheese while Edwin Diaz and Aroldis Chapman anchor the bullpen. Cole is tied for second in the league with 12 quality starts while Diaz is tied for the league lead with 20 net saves/holds.
The surprising player on offense for High Cheese has been outfielder Andrew Benentendi. The young Boston outfielder is the league’s seventh-ranked player with a .293 average, .920 OPS, 45 RBI and 47 runs scored. Benentendi also has nine net stolen bases.
High Cheese will be challenged over the next three weeks as they make a tour of the West Division, facing A-Rod’s Mirrors, Warning Track Power, and the Lower Haighters. If they can win two of those series, High Cheese will be perfectly positioned for the final seven weeks of the regular season.
WEEK 11 POWER POLL
No team is whiffing at a more prodigious rate in 2018 than My Name is Judge. Andy Berlind’s team has struck out a league-high 700 times and is 0-9-1 in the category. Second baseman Yoan Moncada and outfielder Aaron Judge are two of the biggest offenders.
Moncada has 85 strikeouts in 246 plate appearances. When Moncada walks to the plate, he strikes out 34 percent of the time. Judge is striking out in 30 percent of his plate appearances. He’s tallied 84 strikeouts.
My Name is Judge is the only team winless in any hitting category at this stage of the season.
The only team without a victory in any single pitching category is the Midtown Marsupials, who have yet to win the net/saves holds category. Allen Bush’s team is 0-9-1.
The Marsupials have just 11 net saves/holds on the season and they have all been tallied by Juan Nicasio, who is currently injured. Put this in perspective. Free agent Chaz Roe has 14 net saves/holds, so with one move, the Marsupials can claim a reliever with more net saves/holds than the team has earned over the first two-and-a-half months of the season.