Three Week Playoff Push Starts Now!

Mookie Betts

Mookie Betts is the top-rated player over the last six weeks but he hasn’t been good enough to push last year’s champions, Let’s Play 2, back into the playoffs.

The time is now for teams trying to earn a berth in this year’s SFRRC Fantasy Baseball League postseason with all eyes on the East Division entering the final three weeks of the season.

Three East Division Teams – My Name is Judge, the Midtown Marsupials, and Stadium Mustard – hold the eighth, tenth and 11th spot in the standings literally separated by one game. Hapamon is ninth, just percentage points behind My Name is Judge.

The playoff race is on and it will be decided within each division as teams face only division rivals over the final three weeks.

Below is a quick synopsis of each team over the past six weeks, including their record and highlights (or lowlights) during that period. Hopefully it gives you a sense of what your team faces as we come to the end of the regular season. Good luck!

North Division

Bacon at Mile 11 (4-2) – Eric’s team seized control of the division over the last six weeks and is poised for a playoff run. Six of Trevor Bauer’s last seven starts have been quality and he’s struck out 58 batters in 44.2 innings over that period. Bauer has a 1.81 ERA in those seven games. Shortstop Trea Turner continues to give Eric an advantage in the stolen base category. Turner has seven net stolen bases in his last 29 games to go along with 19 runs scored.

The Bulls (2-3-1) – The Bulls haven’t clinched a playoff berth yet. They have a 6.5-game lead over Hapamon but with Home Run 101 resurgent, it looks like the final three regular season series will be a dogfight. Carolyn might consider putting the suddenly red-hot Rougned Odor in the lineup. In his last 28 games, Odor is hitting .352 with a 1.131 OPS and 29 runs scored. Outfielder Khris Davis gives this team legit power. He has a 1.060 OPS with 35 RBI in his last 28 games.

Hapamon (1-2-2) – Robert Kirkbride’s team chose a bad time to slump. They’ve won just one series over the past six weeks and have fallen behind My Name is Judge in the race for the eighth and final playoff spot. You can’t blame outfielder Christian Yelich for the slump. He’s hitting .368 with a 1.063 OPS over his last 31 games. He’s also scored 27 runs and driven in 24 more. Reliever Blake Parker has a 4.66 ERA and 1.34 OPS over his last 10 games and has zero net saves/holds. Pitching will be key for Hapamon.

Home Run 101 (2-3-1) – Bailey’s team is going to play spoiler over the next three weeks thanks to the hot hitting of Kole Calhoun and Elvis Andrus. Calhoun is the league’s sixth-rated hitter over the past six weeks. In his last 119 plate appearances, Calhoun has posted a .311 average with a 1.113 OPS. He’s driven in 27 runs and scored 26 more over his last 27 games. Andrus has a healthy .810 OPS and .309 average over his last 28 games and has four net stolen bases during that period along with 21 runs scored.

South Division

JetSetters (3-3) – It’s been a rough six weeks for David’s team but they are still firmly in control of their playoff destiny and the starting pitching has been solid. Carlos Rodon has given up just four earned runs over his last 36.2 innings while recording five consecutive quality starts. Jonathan Gray has four quality starts in his last five outings while posting a 2.29 ERA and 0.85 WHIP. Getting some production from catcher Willson Contreras would help the offense. Over his last 24 games, Contreras is hitting .225 with a .651 OPS.

High Cheese (2-2-2) – Matt and Zach Patchell trail the JetSetters by 6.5 games with three weeks to play. The South Division pennant is certainly within their reach. Outfielder Mallex Smith is hitting .364 with a 1.057 OPS over his last 11 games. When on base, Smith has displayed his wheels, recording seven net stolen bases during that stretch. Edwin Diaz may be the most dominant closer in the game right now. In his last six appearances, he has allowed just one run while earning six saves.

Let’s Play 2 (1-5) – The defending league champions have wilted in the summer heat. Louie is now preparing for his fantasy football draft. It’s been sad to watch Felix Hernandez collapse late in his career. In his last two starts, King Felix has allowed nine earned runs over 11 innings. Another veteran, Andrew Cashner, has been worse, giving up 11 earned runs over 8.2 innings while striking out just three batters.

Brooklyn Bombers (2-2-2) – Dwight’s team has been solid over the past month and could play a key role in the South Division pennant race. Infielder Alex Bregman is hitting .277 with a .888 OPS and 16 RBI over his past 27 games. Travis Shaw is also swinging a hot bat, posting a .875 OPS with 18 RBI.

East Division

Pittsburgh Xplosion (5-1) – Early in the season there was some doubt whether Mike’s team was a true championship contender. Those doubts have been erased over the past six weeks. This is the best team in the league. Joey Gallo recently emerged as a power source for the Xplosion. In his last 45 plate appearances, Gallo is hitting .350 with a 1.222 OPS while driving in 12 runs. Fernando Rodney was traded to Oakland and is thriving with a contender. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in his last six appearances while earning three net saves/holds.

My Name is Judge (2-2-2) – Andy’s team is scratching and clawing for the league’s final playoff berth. They have a one game lead over the Midtown Marsupials and Stadium Mustard and their head-to-head series with both teams over the final three weeks will likely determine the postseason fate of all three. Third baseman Matt Chapman needs to keep swinging a hot bat if My Name is Judge is going to return to the playoffs. Chapman has posted a 1.007 OPS over his last 28 games with 16 RBI and an eye-popping 25 runs scored. Third baseman Miguel Andujar is also hot, hitting .336 in his last 118 plate appearances while scoring 21 runs.

Midtown Marsupials (3-3) – Jacob deGrom has kept Allen’s team in position to fight for a playoff berth over the final three weeks of the season. In his last two starts, deGrom has struck out 19 batters over 14 innings while allowing just two earned runs. Outfielder Jackie Bradley is also hitting with power, posting a .968 OPS over his last 42 plate appearances while scoring 11 runs and driving in seven more.

Stadium Mustard (3-1-2) – This team needed to hit the gas in mid-July and they did just that, losing just one series over the last six weeks. They have clawed their way back into playoff contention thanks to strong pitching from Lance Lynn and Brad Brach. Brach hasn’t given up a run in relief over his last five appearances while striking out six batters in five innings. He’s earned three net saves/holds during that time. Lynn has allowed just one run over his last 16.2 innings while striking out 22 batters.

West Division

Lower Haighters (5-1) – Over the past six weeks the Lower Haighters have cemented their place atop the West Division thanks to veteran sluggers Matt Carpenter and Giancarlo Stanton. In his last 135 plate appearances, Carpenter has posted a 1.259 OPS and .330 batting average. He’s also scored 26 runs and driven in 24 more. Stanton has a .959 OPS in his last 134 plate appearances with a .322 average. He’s scored 24 runs with 25 RBI.

A-Rod’s Mirrors (3-3) – Carlos Carrasco has helped the Mirrors maintain a playoff berth with his last seven starts. During that stretch, Carrasco has had five quality starts with a 1.82 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. He’s struck out 52 batters over 39.2 innings and pushed the Mirrors to seventh in the overall standings.

Warning Track Power (1-2-3) – The bullpen blew a socket for Warning Track Power over the past six weeks. In his last 15 appearances, Zach Duke has allowed 11 earned runs over 9.2 innings while posting a 1024 ERA, 2.17 WHIP, and recording just one net save/hold. Closer Cody Allen has given up 10 earned runs over 13 innings with a 6.92 ERA and 1.69 WHIP.

Marin Menehunes (1-4-1) – The Menehunes are running out of gas down the stretch. Starting pitcher Dylan Bundy has just two quality starts in five tries over the past six weeks. He has a 7.00 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in those starts. Catcher Evan Gattis is also swinging a cold bat, hitting just .143 with a 0.369 OPS in his last 23 plate appearances.

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