A pair of Western Division rivals face off in a winner-take-all week’s worth of fantasy baseball to crown the 2016 SFRRC Fantasy Baseball League champion.
General Manager Elizabeth Gravely defied odds and guided the No. 8-seeded Menehunes to the championship series in her first playoff appearance. It was quite a turnaround season for the Menehunes, who finished 15th in the league standings last season with a 99-151-14 record.
This will be the fourth appearance for the Lower Haighters in the championship series. They played in 2010, 2011 and 2013, winning the championship in 2011 with the best record in league history. This year’s team struggled with inconsistency and injuries. The Haighters finished 142-118-8, the league’s fourth best record, but were lucky to advance past the first round as they tied Buster Hugs (the Haighters owned the tiebreaker). The team entered the postseason having used all of its 40 free agent moves.
Now it all comes down to seven days of baseball.
Lower Haighters vs Marin Menehunes
The season series couldn’t have been much closer. The Lower Haighters won two of the three meetings but the teams finished 17-17-2 against each other. The Menehunes beat the Haighters 9-2-1 in Week 21 as Rick Porcello tossed a pair of quality starts, Wil Meyers knocked in eight runs, and Adam Eaton scored nine times. The Haighters finished that series with a 6.41 ERA and a .640 OPS.
Pitching: Porcello killed the Lower Heighters when they last met and he’s been hot in the playoffs. He has three quality starts over the last two weeks, striking out 22 batters over 23.2 innings. Porcello has a 2.31 ERA and 0.73 WHIP in that stretch. James Paxton has two quality starts in the playoffs for the Lower Haighters. Paxton has allowed just three runs over his 14 postseason innings, striking out 16 batters.
Hitting: The Menehunes have two of the hottest bats in the playoffs entering this series, outfielder Odubel Herrera and third baseman Todd Frazier. Herrera is hitting .435 with a 1.176 OPS during the postseason. He’s scored 13 runs and has five net stolen bases. Frazier has knocked in 10 runs, scored 12, and has a 1.080 OPS in the postseason. Veteran first baseman Carlos Santana is hitting .367 during the playoffs for the Haighters.
Land Shark vs Warning Track Power
Warning Track Power was favored to beat the Menehunes and advance to this year’s title series but were upset and will now face Land Shark for third place. The two teams played each other in Week 4 when Land Shark defeated Warning Track Power 7-5. Jeremy Hellickson and Felix Hernandez combined to pitch 14.2 scoreless innings and earn quality starts while second baseman Logan Forsythe had a 1.310 OPS.
Pitching: Veteran pitcher Dan Straily has earned three quality starts for Land Shark in the postseason. He’s allowed just six earned runs over 20.2 innings while striking out 18 batters. In the postseason, Straily has a 2.61 ERA and 0.97 WHIP. Kyle Hendricks has continued his magical season for Warning Track Power in the postseason. Hendricks has tossed a pair of quality starts with a 1.93 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, with 16 strikeouts over 14 innings.
Hitting: First baseman Paul Goldschmidt and outfielder Nelson Cruz have combined to knock in 20 runs during the fantasy playoffs for Land Shark. Cruz is hitting .302 with a 1.178 OPS while Goldschmidt has a .994 OPS and has added four net stolen bases. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera is hitting .319 with a 1.046 OPS during the postseason for Warning Track Power. He has 11 RBI, seven runs scored, and three net stolen bases over the past two weeks.
JetSetters vs High Cheese
A pair of South Division foes face off in this year’s Fifth Place series. The JetSetters and High Cheese know each other well. High Cheese defeated the JetSetters 7-4-1 to open the season and just continued to beat them through the season. They swept the season series 4-0 with a combined score of 30-16-2. Cole Hamels had six quality starts for High Cheese this season against the JetSetters.
Pitching: Jon Lester has been the best player in the fantasy postseason. Period. The High Cheese starter has three quality starts, allowing just one earned run over 21.2 innings. He’s struck out 20 over that stretch. Reliever Andrew Miller hasn’t given up a run in five postseason appearances for the JetSetters. During that stretch, he’s allowed just two baserunners while striking out 10.
Hitting: First baseman Freddie Freeman is hitting .475 with a 1.367 OPS during the playoffs for High Cheese. Freeman has knocked in 13 runs over 11 games while scoring nine times. Second baseman D.J. LeMahieu is 20-for-48 with nine RBI and 10 runs scored for the JetSetters during the postseason. He has just three strikeouts in 54 postseason plate appearances.
Bacon at Mile 11 vs Buster Hugs
After finishing the season with the league’s best record, Bacon at Mile 11 is now playing in the Seventh Place series against Buster Hugs. It wasn’t supposed to go this way. Pitching is the main culprit. Luke Weaver, Tony Cingrani, Ryan Madson and Seth Lugo have all struggled. They’ll try to right the ship as they face Buster Hugs for just the second time this yer. In the first meeting, David Ortiz knocked in nine runs and Kenley Jansen had a pair of saves to lead Buster Hugs to a 7-4-1 victory in Week 8.
Pitching: One guy who has pitched well for Bacon in the postseason is Jon Gray. Over 13 innings, Gray has a quality start with a 2.77 ERA and 0.77 WHIP. He’s struck out 26 batters during that stretch. Jansen has been the consistent force at the back of the bullpen for Buster Hugs this season. It’s been no difference in the postseason, where Jansen has four saves in six appearances with a 3.00 ERA and 0.50 WHIP. He’s struck out 11 hitters over six innings.
Hitting: Outfielder Mike Trout has been Bacon’s hottest hitter in the postseason. He’s scored 10 runs over 13 games, hitting .256 with a .857 OPS and 13 walks in his last 57 plate appearances. Middle infielder Jean Segura has led Buster Hugs in the postseason, hitting .373 with a 1.174 OPS over 12 games. Segura has scored nine runs and knocked in nine more during that stretch.
Half of the playoff field is set. Bacon at Mile 11, High Cheese, Warning Track Power and the Lower Haighters all qualified for the playoffs last week. Four spots remain.
Buster Hugs leads Land Shark by 2.5 games in the East Division as both teams fight for a playoff berth while the JetSetters, Marin Menehunes, and Bulls are also in the hunt. Good luck to everyone fighting for those final postseason berths!
The Bulls vs Hapamon
The Bulls have the most difficult road into the playoffs. They trail the Menehunes by seven games entering the final series and are ninth in the league standings with a 118-121-13 record. They are also stumbling down the stretch. They have just one series win over the last five weeks. The did, however, manage to tie Bacon at Mile 11, 6-6, last week. Hapamon is 14th in the overall standings with a 98-132-22 record but they do get pitcher Clayton Kershaw back this week. They lost last week’s series 7-4-1 to Home Run 101 and have lost eight of their last nine.
Pitching: Jeurys Familia was the top relief pitcher in fantasy baseball last week. Familia didn’t give up a run in five appearances for Hapamon, earning three net saves/holds while allowing just one baserunner in 4.1 innings. Veteran reliever Sergio Romo has struggled this year but his slider was sliding for the Bulls last week. He tossed 3.1 scoreless innings and earned three holds in five appearances.
Hitting: Bulls second baseman Rougned Odor went 12-for-27 with 15 RBI to finish Week 21 as the league’s highest-rated player. Odor finished the week with a 1.522 OPS. Outfielder Christian Yelich hit .308 with a 1.112 OPS last week for Hapamon. He drove in nine runs and scored five while stealing a base.
Stadium Mustard vs Land Shark
Land Shark has won three of its last four series and trails Buster Hugs by just 2.5 games in the East Division. They defeated the Monkeys 6-5-1 last week to improve to 128-112-2 and move to seventh in the league standings. Land Shark faces a Stadium Mustard team that is playing the role of spoiler. They defeated Land Shark, 7-5, two weeks ago and thumped Buster Hugs, 9-1-2, last week. Stadium Mustard is 11th in the league standings with a 113-124-15 record but they are a dangerous team.
Pitching: Julio Teheran earned a pair of quality starts for Stadium Mustard last week. Teheran allowed just two runs over 13 innings, finishing the week with a 1.38 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, and 10.4 K/9. Ricky Nolasco tossed a complete game shutout for Land Shark last week. Nolasco allowed just four baserunners while striking out seven batters.
Hitting: Veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre was hot for Land Shark last week. He went 9-for-24 with seven RBI and 11 runs scored and finished with a 1.256 OPS. Outfielder Ender Inciarte went 11-for-26 over six games for Stadium Mustard last week. Inciarte was also strong on the base paths, finishing with two net stolen bases.
Buster Hugs vs Eephus Monkeys
Buster Hugs was derailed by Stadium Mustard last week on their way to the East Division title. The surprising 9-1-2 loss leaves Buster Hugs with a 131-110-11 record and just 2.5 games ahead of Land Shark in the division race. Buster Hugs has yet to lose to the Monkeys in three meetings this year and defeated their division rival 9-2-1 in Week 20. The Monkeys have lost four straight series following last week’s 6-5-1 loss to Land Shark. They are 110-127-15 and 10th in the league standings.
Pitching: Carlos Martinez had a pair of quality starts for the Monkeys in Week 21. Martinez struck out 19 batters over 12 innings while finishing the week with a 2.25 ERA and 1.50 WHIP. Reliever Kenley Jansen had two saves in three appearances for Buster Hugs last week. Jansen struck out seven batters over three scoreless innings.
Hitting: Second baseman Brian Dozier his .367 with a 1.341 OPS in seven games for the Monkeys last week. Dozier drove in nine runs and scored six more. Infielder Jean Segura hit .421 for Buster Hugs in 20 plate appearances last week. He finished the week with three net stolen bases and a .976 OPS.
Marin Menehunes vs Warning Track Power
The Menehunes snapped a two-game losing streak with an impressive 9-2-1 victory over the Lower Haighters that drastically improved their playoff chances. They are currently eighth in the league standings with a 124-114-14 record. They have a seven game lead over the Bulls for the final playoff berth. Warning Track grabbed the West Division lead with last week’s 7-5 victory the Mirrors. They’ve lost just one series over the last nine weeks and are one of the hottest teams in the league. Warning Track Power has a four game lead over the Lower Haighters in the West and is third in the league with a 139-105-8 record. The Menehunes did defeat Warning Track Power 7-3-2 in Week 18 so this could be an interesting series.
Pitching: Carlos Carrasco tossed a 7.1 inning shutout for Warning Track Power last week. He allowed just seven baserunners while striking out 11. Max Scherzer struck out 11 over eight innings for the Menehunes in his lone start last week. He allowed two runs but just four base runners.
Hitting: Outfielder Adam Eaton was on fire for the Menehunes at the plate in Week 21. He went 10-for-31 with give RBI and nine runs scored. Eaton finished the week with a .901 OPS. In seven games for Warning Track Power, veteran outfielder Curtis Granderson hit .286 with a 1.169 OPS last week. He drove in eight runs and scored six more, striking out just three times in 27 plate appearances.
JetSetters vs High Cheese
These teams have met three teams and High Cheese has won all three meetings. It’s one reason High Cheese leads the South Division and is second in the league standings with a 142-101-9 record while the JetSetters are 129-111-12 and sixth overall. High Cheese is a coming off a 6-6 tie with Los Coches Bomba but has just one series loss over the last six weeks. The JetSetters snapped a three-week losing streak with a 7-5 win over Let’s Play 2 last week.
Pitching: Luke Gregerson was strong in relief for the JetSetters in Week 21. He earned three net saves/holds, pitching 2.2 scoreless innings while striking out two hitters. Aroldis Chapman had a pair of saves for High Cheese, giving up just one run over five innings while striking out nine hitters.
Hitting: Freddie Freeman went 8-for-20 with seven RBI and seven runs scored last week for High Cheese. Freeman hit .400 with a 1.450 OPS over 30 plate appearances. Infielder Alex Bregman was swinging a hot bat for the JetSetters last week. Bregman went 9-for-26 with just three strikeouts in 27 plate appearances. He finished with a .947 OPS.
Let’s Play 2 vs Los Coches Bomba
It would take a miracle for Los Coches Bomba to qualify for the playoffs and for Let’s Play 2 to dig themselves out of the league cellar. Bomba is 115-120-17 and 10th in the league standings following last week’s 6-6 tie with High Cheese. Their last win was a 6-4-2 victory over Let’s Play 2 a month ago. Let’s Play 2 saw their modest two-week winning streak snapped with a 7-5 loss to the JetSetters last week but the team has been much more competitive since a 12-0 loss to the Menehunes in Week 17. They have the league’s worst record at 87-155-10.
Pitching: Trevor Bauer earned a pair of quality starts for Let’s Play 2 last week. Bauer gave up just three runs over 14.1 innings while striking out eight batters. In his lone start for Los Coches Bomba last week, Gio Gonzalez pitched six strong innings, allowing just one run and three baserunners while striking out four hitters.
Hitting: Will Let’s Play 2 General Manager Louie Bottaro give outfielder Byron Buxton a chance in the starting lineup this week? He was red-hot last week, going 9-for-16 with a 1.875 OPS. Veteran first baseman Hanley Ramirez went 9-for-23 with 10 RBI and eight runs scored last week for Bomba. Ramirez finished the week with a 1.331 OPS.
Bacon at Mile 11 vs Home Run 101
Bacon at Mile 11 has the league’s best record at 142-98-12. They hold a 23.5 game lead in the North Division, the league’s largest division lead. They’ve won three of their past four series but did tie The Bulls last week, 6-6. The question for Bacon at Mile 11 remains: Can they handle the playoffs after a weak regular season schedule? They face Home Run 101 this week, a team they haven’t lost to this year. In fact, they’ve gone 27-8-1 against their North Division rival. Home Run 101 is 15th in the league standings with a 94-144-14 record but they have won two of their past three series, beating Hapamon both times.
Pitching: Reliever Ken Giles had three saves in three attempts for Home Run 101 last week. Giles allowed just one run over three innings while striking out five batters. Eduardo Rodriguez nearly pitched a perfect game for Bacon in Week 21. He allowed just one hit over eight scoreless innings.
Hitting: In five games last week, outfielder Mike Trout went 10-for-18 with six RBI and eight runs scored for Bacon. He had just one strikeout in 23 plate appearances and ended the week with a 1.986 OPS. First baseman Jose Abreu knocked in 13 RBI for Home Run 101 last week. Abreu went 14-for-34 with a 1.206 OPS.
Lower Haighters vs A-Rod’s Mirrors
The Lower Haighters likely lost the West Division pennant with last week’s 9-2-1 loss to the Menehunes but they are one of four teams that have qualified for this year’s playoffs. Despite the loss, they’ve won six of their past eight series and are 135-109-8 and fourth in the league standings. After winning last year’s championship, the Mirrors have collapsed this season. They are 111-133-8 and 13th in the league. The Mirrors have just one series win over the last 11 weeks and have lost all three series with the Haighters.
Pitching: In his lone start last week, veteran Rich Hill earned a quality start for the Mirrors by tossing six scoreless innings with eight strikeouts. He allowed just three baserunners in the outing. Reliever Will Harris was the one bright spot in a poor pitching effort for the Lower Haighters last week. Harris earned a pair of holds in three appearances without giving up a run.
Hitting: It must be 2010, because first baseman Albert Pujols is on a tear for the Lower Haighters. In five games last week, Pujols went 9-for-21 with a 1.429 OPS, seven RBI, and five runs scored. In six games last week, outfielder Matt Kemp went 10-for-28 with eight RBI and five runs scored. He finished the week with a .974 OPS.
The league’s top two teams face off this week in a premier fantasy league matchup. Bacon at Mile 11 and Warning Track Power square-off for the only time this season. It could determine which team earns the league’s best regular season record.
The top eight teams are separated by just 10 games in the win column. I can’t remember the league being this close so late in the season. The margin between the top team and the ninth place team is just 14 games.
You’ll notice the Ziguana Projections are missing. The site’s projections have everyone in a tie. I think Matt Patchell and High Cheese broke the algorithm.
Here’s a preview of each series this week and, at this point, they’re all big.
High Cheese vs Stadium Mustard
Following last week’s 7-5 loss to Land Shark, High Cheese dropped to third in the league standings with a 99-74-7 record. They’ve lost two of their last three series and lead the JetSetters by just a half-game in the South Division pennant race. Stadium Mustard defeated A-Rod’s Mirrors 7-5 last week and have now won four of their last five series. They are 12th in the league standings with a 80-90-10 record.
Pitching: Reliever Dellin Betances has five net saves/holds in his last six appearances for High Cheese. He’s allowed just one earned run and four base runners during that stretch while striking out 10. Zach Davies has two quality starts to begin the second half for Stadium Mustard. He’s tossed 13.1 innings, allowing just one run while striking out nine. Stadium Mustard had a league-high 12 net saves/holds in Week 15.
Hitting: Rookie shortstop Trevor Story has driven in 12 runs over his past 11 games for High Cheese. He’s hitting .382 with a 1.428 OPS in 42 plate appearances since the All-Star break. Outfielder Ender Inciarte is hitting .353 with a .837 OPS over his first 41 plate appearances in the second half for Stadium Mustard. Inciarte also has three net stolen bases.
Marin Menehunes vs Eephus Monkeys
The Menehunes have dropped to .500 following last week’s 10-2 trouncing by Bacon at Mile 11. They’ve lost two straight series and four of their last six and now sit 10th in the league with a 85-85-10 record. The Monkeys are a dangerous team. They have lost just one series over the past two months and defeated Let’s Play 2 9-3 last week. After a slow start, Jordan’s team is now 11th in the standings with a 81-89-10 record.
Pitching: Max Scherzer has a pair of quality starts since the All Star break with a 1.93 ERA and 0.79 WHIP for the Menehunes. Scherzer has struck out 17 over 14 innings while allowing just 11 baserunners. The Menehunes had the league’s worst ERA last week at 4.64. Adam Wainwright has allowed just two runs over his last 15 innings for the Monkeys, earning a pair of quality starts. He’s struck out 13 during that stretch.
Hitting: Ian Kinsler is hitting .304 with a .942 OPS in his last 11 games. He’s scored nine runs in his last 48 plate appearances and has a net stolen base for the Menehunes. The Menehunes led the league with 14 stolen bases in Week 15. Billy Hamilton hasn’t been the difference maker many believed he would be this season but over his last 10 games he has nine net stolen bases while hitting .340 for the Monkeys. Hamilton has also scored 10 runs. No team had fewer strikeouts last week than the Monkeys.
A-Rod’s Mirrors vs The Bulls
The defending league champion Mirrors are in a free fall that could cost them a return trip to the postseason. Last week they were defeated 7-5 by Stadium Mustard and have now lost five straight series. Sean’s team is last in the West Division and 13th in the overall standings with a 81-93-6 record. The Bulls are fighting for a playoff spot with a 85-85-10 record. They are ninth in the league standings. Carolyn’s team saw its two-week winning streak snapped by Warning Track Power last week but the Bulls have won four of its last six.
Pitching: Justin Verlander has been holding the pitching staff together for the Mirrors. He’s allowed just three earned runs in his last 21 IP while recording three quality starts. His 10.2 K/9 is evidence Verlander’s stuff remains solid. The Mirrors led the league with a 2.14 ERA last week. Boone Logan has been a reliable arm in the bullpen for the Bulls. In his first seven appearances since the All-Star game, Logan has pitched six scoreless innings and earned three net saves/holds. The Bulls need more out of their starters. They finished last week with just two quality starts.
Hitting: Infielder Jonathan Villar has four net stolen bases since the All-Star break and is hitting .282 with seven runs scored for the Bulls. He also has a surprisingly strong .890 OPS. Matt Kemp is hitting .317 with a 1.163 OPS in his last 10 games for the Mirrors. He has nine RBI and seven runs scored during that stretch. The Mirrors had the league’s lowest OPS last week with a .591.
JetSetters vs Buster Hugs
The JetSetters are the hottest team in the league. David’s team has won eight of its last nine series and hasn’t lost since Week 6. They are 28-5-3 over the past three weeks and now trail High Cheese by just a half game in the South Division pennant race. Buster Hugs trails Land Shark by a half game in the East Division pennant race and sit seventh in the league with a 91-81-8 record. Andrew’s team tied Los Coches Bomba last week with both teams battling for the league’s final playoff spots.
Pitching: Brandon McCarthy has a pair of quality starts since the All-Star break, allowing just one earned run over 12.1 innings for the JetSetters. He has 12 strikeouts in those two games. The JetSetters led the league with nine quality starts in Week 15. Michael Pineda has two quality starts in his first three appearances since the break for Buster Hugs. Pineda has a 3.00 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in that stretch. Buster Hugs led the league in innings pitched with 101.2 in Week 15.
Hitting: The JetSetters led the league with 57 runs and a .827 OPS last week. First baseman Joey Votto is raking over his last 10 games for the JetSettters. He’s hitting .484 with a 1.440 OPS and has scored 13 runs in 45 plate appearances. Veteran hitter David Ortiz has nine RBI in his first nine games after the All-Star break for Buster Hugs. No team had more RBI last week than the 50 recorded by Buster Hugs. Ortiz is hitting .314 with a .889 OPS in 40 plate appearances.
Home Run 101 vs Los Coches Bomba
Home Run 101 is coming off its worst week of the season, losing 8-1-3 to the JetSetters last week. It was the team’s eighth loss in the last nine weeks. They are 15th in the standings with a 64-105-11 record and the team’s role now through the end of the season is that of spoiler. Los Coches Bomba can’t afford a series loss to Bailey’s team as they scratch and claw toward a playoff berth. Jenni’s team is clinging to the league’s final post season berth with a 89-79-12 record. Bomba has just one series win over the last month.
Pitching: Jake Odorizzi has a pair of quality starts to open the second half for Home Run 101. He’s given up just two earned runs over 14 innings while striking out 12 batters. Hisashi Iwakuma has a pair of quality starts to start the second half for Bomba. Iwakuma has a 1.38 ERA and 0.77 WHIP over his last 13 innings. Bomba led the league with a 1.04 WHIP in Week 15 but was last in net saves/holds with -1.
Hitting: Justin Turner is the top-rated player in fantasy baseball since the All-Star break. He’s hitting .390 in his last nine games with a 1.297 OPS and 14 RBI for Home Run 101. Hanley Ramirez has 12 RBI with a .941 OPS over his last 10 games for Bomba. He’s swinging a hot bat.
Let’s Play 2 vs Hapamon
The wheels have officially fallen off the wagon for Let’s Play 2 and Louie’s team is in for a bumpy ride to end the season. They hold the league’s worst record at 58-117-5 and have lost nine of their last 10 series. Hapamon has lost six of its last eight and are 14th in the league standings with a 72-94-14 record.
Pitching: There’s a reason Andrew Cashner’s name keeps coming up as a trade target in MLB. In his last two starts, Cashner has posted a 1.54 ERA, 0.60 WHIP and 13.1 K/9 for Let’s Play 2. No team had fewer innings pitched or a higher WHIP than Let’s Play 2 last week. Matt Shoemaker has posted a pair of quality starts with a 1.14 ERA and 0.76 WHIP since the All-Star break for Hapamon. He has 18 strikeouts over his last 15.2 innings. Still, Robert Kirkbride’s team misses ace Clayton Kershaw.
Hitting: Outfielder Mookie Betts is hitting .316 with a .955 OPS in his first nine games since the All-Star break for Let’s Play 2. Betts has just three strikeouts in his last 40 plate appearances. Let’s Play 2 had the league’s fewest Runs, RBI, and Plate Appearances in Week 15. Outfielder Christian Yelich has scored 10 runs and driven in nine more in his 11 games since the All-Star break for Hapamon. He’s hitting .355 with a 1.022 OPS in his last 50 plate appearances.
Bacon at Mile 11 vs Warning Track Power
Last week’s 10-2 series win over the Menehunes pushed Bacon at Mile 11 back into the top spot in the league with a 99-71-10 record. However, it was just the team’s second series win in the last 10 weeks. Eric’s team faces a formidable foe this week. Warning Track Power leads the West Division and is second in the overall standings with a 102-76-2 record. Mark’s team is coming off a 9-3 victory over the Bulls and has just two series losses over the last two months.
Pitching: In five appearances since the All-Star break, reliever Zach Britton has five net saves/holds without giving up a run for Warning Track Power. He’s allowed just two base runners and has struck out seven of the 17 batters he’s faced. No team struck out fewer batters last week than Warning Track Power with 6.65 per nine innings. Jonathan Gray has struck out 16 batters over 14 innings to earn a pair of quality starts since the All-Star break for Bacon. Gray has a 0.64 ERA and 1.00 WHIP with a 10.3 K/9 in those starts. The bullpen was strong for Bacon last week, earning a league-high 12 net saves/holds.
Hitting: Second baseman Jason Kipnis is hitting .375 with a 1.019 OPS over his last 44 plate appearances for Warning Track Power. He also has two net stolen bases since the All-Star break. No team had more plate appearances in the league than Warning Track Power last week. Third baseman Nolan Arenado is hitting .315 with a .981 OPS in his last 40 plate appearances for Bacon. He’s scored eight runs and driven home eight more in his last eight games.
Lower Haighters vs Land Shark
The Lower Haighters have won three of their past four series following last week’s 7-4-1 victory over Hapamon. The team is 96-78-6 and second in the West Division, four games behind Warning Track Power. Land Shark is clinging to a half-game lead over Buster Hugs in the East Division pennant race. They are sixth in the overall standings with a 93-82-5 record. Meredith’s team is coming off an impressive 7-5 series win over High Cheese. It was the team’s sixth series win in the last eight weeks.
Pitching: Masahiro Tanaka has started the second half hot. He has a pair of quality starts with a 0.75 ERA and 0.83 WHIP. The Lower Haighters led the league with a 10.5 K/9 last week. Reliever Raisel Iglesias has three net saves/holds in his last four games for Land Shark. He’s allowed just five base runners over eight innings while striking out nine.
Hitting: Outfielder Ryan Braun is healthy again (for the time being), for the Lower Haighters. In his last 10 games, Braun is hitting .405 with a 1.055 OPS with five stolen bases and 12 runs scored. The Haighters led the league with 50 RBI last week but also had the highest strikeout total with 87. Veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre is driving in runs for Land Shark. He has eight RBI in his last 10 games and has a .984 OPS in 44 plate appearances. He’s struck out just four times during that stretch.
High Cheese is sitting atop the league standings and they are coming off a huge 11-1 victory over A-Rod’s Mirrors last week. The’ve won four straight series for several reasons.
Outfielder Adam Jones and pitcher Jon Lester are big reason for the team’s surge. Jones is hitting .313 with a .959 OPS with 27 RBI and 25 runs over the last four weeks. Lester has five straight quality starts in that period with a 1.46 ERA and 0.84 WHIP.
Can they keep it going and does Ziguana believe in the Cheese this week?
Lower Haighters vs JetSetters
The Lower Haighters have lost just one series over the past six weeks and are coming off an important 8-4 victory over Bacon at Mile 11. The Lower Haighters are 81-59-4 and are second in the league standings The JetSetters are one of the hottest teams in the league. They saw their five-week winning streak snapped last week but they were able to forge a tie with the Eephus Monkeys. The JetSetters are 69-68-7 and 11th overall.
Pitching: The JetSetters led the league in Week 12 with a 10.54 K/9. After going 15-2-1 on the mound the previous three weeks, the JetSetters were stymied by the Monkeys last week, losing four of the six pitching categories. Jose Fernandez was brilliant, earning a pair of quality starts while finishing the week with a 0.64 ERA and 0.71 WHIP. The Lower Haighters won four pitching categories last week and are now 16-7-1 on the mound over the last four weeks. Drew Pomeranz pitched seven scoreless innings with a 0.57 ERA to lead the Haighters in Week 12.
Hitting: The JetSetters were tied for the league lead with 46 RBI last week but also were tied for the most strikeouts with 59. They won four of the six hitting categories against the Monkeys in Week 12. Third baseman Jake Lamb drove in eight runs while Wilson Contreras and Jay Bruce each had seven. The Lower Haighters won four of the six hitting categories against Bacon at Mile 11 last week and won the runs scored and RBI categories for the first time in four weeks. Shortstop Carlos Correa led the team with a 1.282 OPS in 27 plate appearances while driving in nine runs and scoring six times.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: The Lower Haighters opened the week as a 77.8 percent favorite. Ziguana predicts the JetSetters have just a 11.4 percent chance to win the series.
Bacon at Mile 11 vs A-Rod’s Mirrors
It’s unbelievable to think Bacon at Mile 11 hasn’t won a series in seven weeks and have lost four of their last five. They are licking their wounds following a 8-4 loss to the Lower Haighters that dropped them to fourth in the league standings with a 75-62-7 record. After winning seven straight, the Mirrors have now lost two in a row and a coming off a 11-1 butt-whipping at the hands of High Cheese. The Mirrors are 73-67-4 and are now seventh in the overall standings.
Pitching: Bacon has won just seven pitching categories over the past six weeks. The team is 7-27-2 on the mound during that dismal stretch. Young pitcher Aaron Nola finished Week 12 with a 17.05 ERA and 3.16 WHIP while John Gray lasted just four innings in his start. The Mirrors have their own pitching problems, losing five of the six categories in each of the last two weeks. In the last month, the Mirrors are just 8-16 on the mound. Starters Nathan Eovaldi and Justin Verlander each finished Week 12 with a 7.00+ ERA.
Hitting: The Mirrors finished Week 12 with 59 strikeouts, tied for the most in the league. Outfielder Matt Kemp struck out eight times in 24 plat appearances. For the first time in 2016, they were swept in the hitting categories and are now 6-12 at the plate over the past three weeks. Bacon at Mile 11 led the league last week with a .969 OPS, their second highest mark this season. Despite the high OPS, the team lost four of six hitting categories. Anthony Rizzo had a 1.036 OPS in 19 plate appearances but failed to score a run and drove in just one.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: Bacon at Mile 11 is a heavy favorite to win this series. Ziguana predicts Bacon has a 66.2 percent chance of victory compared to A-Rod’s Mirrors, who have just a 20.2 percent chance to win.
Let’s Play 2 vs Home Run 101
This series features two teams trying to avoid finishing last in the league and earn the Wooden Spoon. Let’s Play 2 is 47-93-4 and currently in last place. They’ve lost seven straight series and are coming off a 12-0 drubbing by Buster Hugs. They are the first team this year to get skunked in a series. Home Run 101 has lost six straight, lost 9-2 last week to Land Shark, and are 47-90-7 and 15th in the overall standings.
Pitching: Let’s Play had just 44.0 innings pitched in Week 12, tied for the league’s fewest. Jeff Samardzija lasted just three innings in his lone start, finishing with a 18.00 ERA and 2.67 WHIP. No team had fewer strikeouts per nine innings than Home Run 101 last week (4.85) or net saves/holds (1). Home Run 101 is 5-17-2 on the mound over the past four weeks and has won just one pitching category in three of those series. Erasmo Ramirez was terrible in relief last week, posting a 22.50 ERA and 3.50 WHIP in two innings while blowing a save.
Hitting: Home Run 101 tied the Eephus Monkeys for the lowest number of runs scored last week with 22 as the team lost five of six hitting categories against Land Shark. Ben Revere didn’t score or drive in a run in 20 plate appearances last week while posting a .311 OPS. Let’s Play 2 was one of three teams that finished with -1 net stolen bases in Week 12 and had the fewest plate appearances with 193. It can’t get much worse for Louie’s team at the plate as they haven’t won a single hitting category the last two weeks. Brock Holt and Dexter Fowler are both on the DL while Michael Conforto has been optioned to the minors.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: It might be fitting if these teams played to a tie but Ziguana has installed Let’s Play 2 as the early favorite, with Louie Bottaro’s team a 60.1 percent chance to win. Home Run 101 has just a 24.3 percent chance to take the series.
Marin Menehunes vs High Cheese
High Cheese dismantled the Mirrors 11-1 last week, winning their fourth straight series. They have the best record in the league at 84-53-7. The Menehunes are 69-66-9 and 10th in the overall standings. They snapped a two-week losing streak with a 7-4-1 victory over Los Coches Bomba last week but they’ve lost six of their last eight.
Pitching: No team allowed more walks or hits than the Menehunes in Week 12. They finished with a league-high 1.68 WHIP. The last three weeks has been rough on the pitching staff as the team has gone 4-12-2 on the mound. Jordan Zimmermann lasted just 3.2 innings in his lone start last week while finishing with a 17.18 ERA and 2.45 WHIP. High Cheese won five of the six pitching categories against A-Rod’s Mirrors last week and has now gone 12-6 on the mound over the last three weeks. Tyler Roark had a pair of quality starts last week while Aroldis Chapman and Roberto Osuna combined for four saves/holds.
Hitting: High Cheese led the league in runs scored (48), RBI (46) and plate appearances (275) last week. They swept the hitting categories against the Mirrors and have now gone 14-3-1 at the plate over the last three weeks. Chris Davis and Angel Pagan combined to drive in 18 runs last week while Ian Desmond led the team with a 1.495 OPS in 22 plate appearances. The Menehunes won five hitting categories against Los Coches Bomba last week and are now 10-7-1 at the plate over the last three weeks. Adam Eaton scored nine runs in 33 plate appearances in Week 12 while Marcus Semien knocked in seven runs and finished with a team-high 1.223 OPS in 25 plate appearances.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: High Cheese is on a serious roll and Ziguana doesn’t see Matt Patchell’s team slowing down this week. They have a 66.5 percent chance of defeating the Menehunes. Elizabeth’s team has just a 19.3 percent chance to win.
Buster Hugs vs Warning Track Power
Every category win is important for Buster Hugs at this point in the season. They are 73-65-6 and sixth in the league standings but have a host of teams bearing down in the race for the final playoff berths. Buster Hugs is coming off a huge 12-0 victory over Let’s Play 2, ending a three-week losing streak. Warning Track Power has just one series win over the last five weeks but at 74-69-1 they are holding onto the league’s final playoff spot.
Pitching: Warning Track Power led the league with 67.0 innings pitched in Week 12 but finished tied for last in net saves/holds with one. David Price lasted just 2.1 innings in his start while posting a 23.14 ERA. It’s been a tough month for the team’s staff, going 9-15 during that stretch. Buster Hugs had the most quality starts in Week 12 with seven and for the first time this season won all six pitching categories. Sonny Gray and Madison Bumgarner each had two quality starts while Santiago Casilla had three saves without giving up a run and recording a 16.88 K/9.
Hitting: No team had fewer strikeouts in Week 12 than Buster Hugs with 21, or more stolen bases, with 5. They swept the hitting categories against Let’s Play 2 last week, the first time this year they’ve won all six categories in a series. Shortstop Jean Segura posted a 1.029 OPS and scored 11 runs in 34 plate appearances. Buster Hugs hasn’t lost the plate appearances category since Week 5. Warning Tack Power won just two hitting categories last week, their worst performance at the plate since Week 8. Curtis Granderson had a team-low .597 OPS in 24 plate appearances in Week 12.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: Ziguana expects Warning Track Power to defeat Buster Hugs. Mark Peterson’s team has a 60.1 percent chance to win while Andrew’s team has just a 23.7 percent chance of victory.
Stadium Mustard vs Hapamon
Stadium Mustard defeated the Bulls 7-5 last week and have now won two straight and three of their last five. They are 65-71-8 and 13th in the league standings. Hapamon defeated Warning Track Power 8-4 and has won two of their last three series. They are 63-69-12 and 12th in the league standings.
Pitching: After losing 10 of 12 pitching categories combined in Weeks 9-10, the Stadium Mustard staff seems to have found its bearings over the last two weeks. They won five of six categories against the Bulls last week and are 9-1-2 on the mound over the last two weeks. The bullpen was especially strong last week as Neftali Feliz, Brad Brach, and A.J. Ramos combined for six saves/holds without giving up a run. Hapamon’s pitching staff enters this series on a nice roll, going 12-6 over the last three weeks. They won four of six against Warning Track Power last week.Closer Jeurys Familia earned four saves without giving up a run in Week 12.
Hitting: No team had a lower OPS in Week 12 than Stadium Mustard at .655 or fewer net stolen bases (-1). The team won just two hitting categories, their worst showing at the plate since Week 3. Outfielder Trayce Thompson failed to reach base in 15 plate appearances, striking out eight times, while veteran catcher Yadier Molina posted a .255 OPS in 20 plate appearances. Hapamon also finished with -1 net stolen bases but won four hitting categories against Warning Track Power. It was their best hitting performance since Week 9. It was keyed by Matt Carpenter and Charlie Blackmon, who combined to score 16 runs and drive in 14 more.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: Stadium Mustard opens the week as a slight favorite, with Ziguana projecting they have a 51.6 percent chance to win. Hapamon has a 31.2 percent chance of victory.
Los Coches Bomba vs Land Shark
Land Shark is one of the hottest teams in the league. They are coming off a 9-2 victory over Home Run 101, their fifth straight series win. Their record is now 77-62-5 and they sit third in the overall standings. Los Coches Bomba lost 7-4-1 to the Marin Menehunes last week and have now lost three of their last five. They are 71-61-12 and are fifth in the league standings.
Pitching: Los Coches Bomba finished Week 12 with a 6.58 ERA, the league’s highest but also led the league with nine net saves/holds. The team won four of the six categories against the Menehunes but it wasn’t a thing of beauty. In fact, Edinson Volquez’s start was so hideous he finished just one inning while posting a 99.00 ERA and 11.00 WHIP. The team’s 1.64 WHIP was a season-high and they still won the category. Land Shark lost just one pitching category last week and is now 13-9-2 on the mound over the last four weeks. Jeremy Hellickson had a pari of quality starts while Seung-hwan Oh inherited the closing role in St. Louis and earned two saves.
Hitting: Land Shark has lost just three hitting categories combined over the past three weeks and scored a season-high 42 runs last week. Three players (Paul Goldschmidt, Jonathan Schoop, and Francisco Lindor) all posted +1.000 OPS while Schoop scored eight times in 31 plate appearances. Los Coches Bomba failed to win a hitting category last week, the first time this season they didn’t win at least one category at the plate. Catcher Kurt Suzuki was the only payer on the team with a +1.000 OPS in Week 12 while Robinson Cano failed to drive in a run in 32 plate appearances last week.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: Meredith’s team enters this series as a big underdog. Ziguana has Land Shark with just an 8 percent chance to defeat Los Coches Bomba. Jenni Kirk’s team has a 83 percent chance to win.
Eephus Monkeys vs The Bulls
The Monkeys haven’t lost a series in the last five weeks and are coming off a 6-6 tie with the JetSetters. They are 59-76-9 and 14th in the league standings. The Bulls have won four of their last six series but did lose 5-7 last week to Stadium Mustard. The Bulls are now 70-66-8 and 9th in the overall standings.
Pitching: The Bulls were tied for the lowest number of innings pitched in Week 12 with 44.0 and had the fewest quality starts with one. That led to the team losing five of the six categories against Stadium Mustard and it only gets worse as Stephen Strasburg hit the DL this week. The Eephus Monkeys finished Week 12 with the league’s lowest ERA at 2.32 and the lowest WHIP at 1.10. This pitching staff is on a roll, going 19-5 over the last four weeks on the mound. Jacob deGrom tossed eight scoreless innings in Week 12 while reliever Sam Dyson had a pair of saves without giving up a run.
Hitting: The Monkeys tied Home Run 101 with the fewest number of runs scored last week with 22 and they’ve won just six hitting categories combined over the past month. Outfielder Jason Heyward had a .513 OPS with just one run scored and one RBI in 31 plate appearances in Week 12. The Bulls won four hitting categories last week and have now gone 7-4-1 at the plate over the last two weeks. Carlos Gonzalez is in a nice groove, posting a 1.007 OPS over his last 30 plate appearances while driving in six runs.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: Ziguana expects the Eephus Monkey’s to win this series. Jordan’s team has a 53.7 percent chance of victory compared to the Bulls, who have just a 28.8 percent chance.
Ziguana is now 8-8 on the season after going 3-5 last week. It ended up being a tough week to predict as three series ended tied. Remember, the projected outcome was made before the first pitch yesterday.
Bacon at Mile 11 vs Buster Hugs
Bacon at Mile 11 leads the league with a 53-28-3 record and has the league’s largest division lead at 14.5 games over Hapamon in the North. They are the only team in the league that hasn’t lost a series in 2016. Buster Hugs has just one series win over the past month and have dropped to eighth in the overall standings at 42-38-4. Despite the struggles, they still lead a weak East Division by four games over Land Shark.
Pitching: Two staffs that struggled last week look for more success when they meet in this series. For the first time in 2016, Bacon was swept in the pitching categories in Week 7. They finished with a season-high 5.40 ERA and 1.64 WHIP (the worst WHIP in the league last week) in 63.1 innings pitched as Jon Gray lasted just 3.1 innings in his start and finished with a 24.30 ERA. The team is 5-12-1 on the mound over the last three weeks. Buster Hugs won just one pitching category last week and the team ERA the last four weeks is 3.06, 5.74, 5.30, and 3.96. They had just one Net Save/Hold, which was tied for the worst mark in the league in Week 7 as Kenley Jansen blew two.
Hitting: Bacon had a season-low 21 RBI but a season-high five net stolen bases to sweep the hitting categories last week. They also scored a league-high 41 runs in Week 7, including a combined 16 by Mike Trout and Gregory Polanco. Buster Hugs has gone 10-2 in hitting categories the past two weeks and has a .800+ OPS in four of the first seven weeks. Catcher Cameron Rupp led the team with a 1.492 OPS last week.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: Bacon at Mile 11 opens Week 8 as the second biggest favorite this week. Ziguana projects the team has an 86.3 percent chance of victory while Buster Hugs has just a 6.9 percent chance to win the series. There is a 6.8 percent chance the teams will tie.
Home Run 101 vs Lower Haighters
The Lower Haighters hold a slim 1.5-game lead over the Marin Menehunes in the West Division. They have just one series win over the past month and now sit fourth in the league standings with a 48-33-3 record. Home Run 101 is 15th in the league standings at 28-53-3. They’ve won two of their past three series but are 25 games behind Bacon at Mile 11 in the North Division.
Pitching: Home Run 101 won just one pitching category in Week 7 against the Mirrors and they’ve had five series in the first seven weeks where they’ve won one or fewer pitching categories. Jake Peavy lasted just 1.2 innings in his lone start, finishing with a 27.00 ERA. The Lower Haighters salvaged four pitching categories in last week’s series with Stadium Mustard to earn a 6-6 draw. The team has now lost the Net Saves/Holds category the last two weeks despite earning six each week. Nick Vincent and Will Harris combined for four Net Saves/Holds in Week 7.
Hitting: Home Run 101 had a .667 OPS last week, their second lowest mark this season, but still managed to win three hitting categories against the Mirrors. Outfielder Mitch Moreland struck out six times in 16 plate appearances and had a .321 OPS in Week 7. The Lower Haighters are struggling at the plate, going 3-9 the last two weeks. They finished Week 7 with a season-low 24 RBI and 48 Strikeouts, the team’s second highest total of the season. Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton had 17 strikeouts in 25 plate appearances.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: The Lower Haighters have a 78.9 percent chance to win this series while Home Run 101 is a big underdog with a 10.9 percent winning chance. There is a 10.2 percent chance the teams will tie.
Warning Track Power vs JetSetters
All four West Division teams would qualify for the playoffs today, including Warning Track Power, which is last in the division. However, the team is seventh overall with a 47-37-0 record and have won their last two series. The JetSetters are coming off a rare series win, just their second this year, and are now 32-47-5, 13th overall. They are 17.5 games behind High Cheese in the South Division.
Pitching: For the first time in 2016, the JetSetters won five of the six pitching categories in a series. The staff finished with a season-low 1.01 WHIP and a season-high 11.12 K/9 (which led the league last week). The bullpen has been impressive, totaling seven or more net saves/holds in five of the season’s first seven weeks including a league-high eight in Week 7. Alex Colome had three Net Saves/Holds last week with a 19.29 K/9. Warning Track Power has lost just one pitching category over the past two weeks and swept Let’s Play 2 last week. The team posted a season-low 2.19 ERA on 70 innings with six quality starts, as Jon Niese pitched 13 innings with a pair of quality starts and a 2.08 ERA.
Hitting: Warning Track Power won three of the six hitting categories against Let’s Play 2 last week as the team had just 45 strikeouts, its second lowest total of the season. Amazingly, they were able to win the Net Stolen Bases category with -1. Second baseman Jason Kipnis led the team with nine RBI. It’s beginning to look like the bats aren’t going to come around for the JetSetters. They are 14-28 at the plate this season and they have yet to win the Strikeouts or OPS categories. Last week, they tied High Cheese for the league-high with 64 Strikeouts as Eugenio Suarez finished with 17 strikeouts in 30 plate appearances.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: Ziguana is projecting this series will be the most lopsided of Week 8. Warning Track Power opens the week with a 92.7 percent chance to win the series while the JetSetters have just a 2.6 percent chance for victory. There is a 4.7 percent chance they’ll tie.
The Bulls vs Marin Menehunes
The Bulls snapped a four-week losing streak with a 7-5 series victory over Land Shark last week. They are now 35-44-5 and 11th in the overall standings. The Bulls are 17 games behind Bacon in the North Division. The Menehunes are 46-34-4 and just 1.5 games behind the Lower Haighters in the West Division. They have the league’s fifth best record but are in the midst of a three-week losing streak.
Pitching: The Bulls are coming off their first sweep of the pitching categories this season. Zack Greinke earned a pair of quality starts with a .240 ERA and 0.73 WHIP. Over the past three weeks, they’ve gone 14-4 on the mound. The Menehunes are going in the opposite direction. They are 2-16 over the past three weeks and they haven’t finished with a sub-4.00 ERA during that stretch. They led the league in Innings Pitched with 73.2 last week but they were last in Quality Starts with two. Jordan Zimmermann failed to earn a quality start in two tries.
Hitting: The Bulls have won just three hitting categories over the past three weeks. In five of the season’s first seven weeks, Carolyn Greene’s team has a sub-.700 OPS and it has yet to win the Plate Appearances category. Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez finished last week with a .059 OPS in 17 Plate Appearances. The Menehunes won four of the six hitting categories against the JetSetters last week and have been competitive at the plate all season. Veteran second baseman Ian Kinsler scored eight runs and drove in six more. They are 28-12-2 at the plate and haven’t lost the runs scored category in 2016. They finished last week with league-low 32 Strikeouts but also had a league-low 206 Plate Appearances.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: The Menehunes open Week 8 as a slight favorite to defeat the Bulls. GM Elizabeth Gravely’s team is a 50.7 percent favorite while Carolyn Greene’s Bulls have a 32.4 percent chance of victory. There is a 16.9 percent chance the teams will tie.
Land Shark vs Hapamon
After winning three straight series, Land Shark has now lost two following last week’s 7-5 loss to the Bulls. They are 39-43-2 and 10th in the overall standings, four games behind Buster Hugs in the East Division. Hapamon is 36-40-8, ninth in the league, and 14.5 games behind Bacon at Mile 11 in the North. Hapamon has lost just once over the past month.
Pitching: Hapamon won five of the six pitching categories against Buster Hugs in Week 7 and finished the series with a season-low 1.86 ERA and 1.03 WHIP. Jerad Eickhoff earned a pair of quality starts, finishing with a 2.08 ERA in 13 innings pitched. The team’s ERA was the lowest in the league last week and they also led the league with seven Quality Starts. Hapamon has won the WHIP category four straight weeks. For the second time in 2016, Land Shark was swept on the mound in Week 7. The team finished with a season-low 4.98 ERA and it was the fourth time in the past six weeks that Land Shark’s ERA was above 4.40. Ubaldo Jimenez had a 10.80 ERA in two starts.
Hitting: Hapamon struggled at the plate in Week 7. The team had a season-low .639 OPS, a season-low 16 RBI (which was the lowest mark in the league in Week 7), and tied a season-low with just 24 runs scored. Hapamon lost five of the six hitting categories as Brett Lawrie struck out nine times in 21 Plate Appearances. Land Shark had one of their best week’s at the plate in Week 7. They took five of six categories against the Bulls and had a season-high 37 RBI, which lead the league last week. Khris Davis and Nelson Cruz combined to drive in 16 runs. The .884 OPS was the second-highest this season for Land Shark.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: Hapamon has played well lately and they’ll begin Week 8 as a 52.6 percent favorite. Land Shark has a 30.8 percent chance to win the series. There is a 16.6 percent chance the teams will tie. The team’s .884 OPS was their second highest this season and that led to a season-high 37 RBI. Land Shark also had a season-high six net stolen bases.
Stadium Mustard vs Los Coches Bomba
Stadium Mustard earned a 6-6 tie with the Lower Haighters last week and are now 35-45-4 and 12th in the league standings. They are just seven games behind Buster Hugs in the East Division. Los Coches Bomba is now third in the league with a 48-31-5 record. They’ve won three straight series and four of their last five and trail High Cheese by just a 1.5 games in the South Division.
Pitching: Stadium Mustard lost four of the six pitching categories to the Lower Haighters last week, costing the team a series win. The 5.95 ERA was the team’s highest this season (and highest in the league last week) and the 1.54 WHIP was second highest. Michael Wacha finished with a 13.50 ERA with just four innings pitched in his lone start last week. The 5.79 K/9 was the lowest in the league in Week 7. WHIP is often a leading indicator for the health of a team’s pitching staff and Stadium Mustard has won the category just once in 2016. Bomba split the pitching categories against the Monkeys in Week 7 thanks to a pair of quality starts from Noah Syndegaard. They are now 11-6-1 over the last three weeks on the mound. They have lost the Quality Starts and Innings Pitched categories just once this season but did finish with a league-low 1 Net Save/Hold in week 7.
Hitting: Stadium Mustard won four of the six hitting categories against the Lower Haighters in Week 7 to salvage a series tie. They led the league in Week 7 with nine Net Stolen Bases as outfielder Billy Burns swiped three .They also led the league with 296 Plate Appearances, their second highest number of Plate Appearances this season. After a slow start this season, Bomba’s bats have come alive the last three weeks. They’ve gone 12-6 during that stretch including taking five of six hitting categories from the Monkeys last week. Veteran first baseman Miguel Cabrera was last week’s star, driving in a team-high six runs with a 1.538 OPS. Bomba is coming off a season-high .898 OPS, which led the league in Week 7.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: Ziguana expects this to be the closes series of the week. Stadium Mustard is a slight favorite at 47.6 percent chance of victory while Los Coches Bomba has a 36.7 percent chance to win. There is a 15.7 percent chance these teams tie.
High Cheese vs Eephus Monkeys
High Cheese has moved into second place in the overall standings following last week’s 6-6 tie with Bacon at Mile 11. They have a 50-30-4 record and lead the South Division by 1.5 games. The Monkeys remain last in the league with a 25-53-6 record. They’ve lost six of their seven series.
Pitching: The Monkeys posted their first sub-3.50 ERA of the season and won three pitching categories against Los Coches Bomba in Week 17 as Adam Wainwright pitched 6.2 shutout innings to earn a quality start. In Weeks 3-5, this team won just two categories on the mound, so the fact that they’ve won six in the past two weeks indicates progress. High Cheese swept Bacon at Mile 11 off the mound last week and laid claim to having the league’s best pitching staff. It was their fourth sweep on the mound this season and they haven’t lost the Quality Start category or had an ERA over 4.00 this season. Chris Tillman has five quality starts with a 1.62 ERA and 1.11 WHIP over the last month.
Hitting: The Monkeys had a season-low -4 net stolen bases last week as outfielder Stephen Piscotty was caught twice. It was the lowest NSB of any team in the league in Week 7 and the Monkeys failed to win a hitting category. The team hasn’t won the Strikeouts category yet this season. High Cheese was swept at the plate by Bacon at Mile 11 last week and finished the series with a season-low .587 OPS and just 18 Runs. The team had the league’s lowest Runs and OPS and highest number of Strikeouts in Week 7, as outfielder Adam Jones posted a .212 OPS in 24 plate appearances. Over the last three weeks, they are 5-12-1 at the plate.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: Could this series be the week’s biggest upset? The Monkeys open Week 8 with a 51.7 percent chance to beat High Cheese. That’s a bold prediction given the strength of the High Cheese pitching staff. Matt Patchell’s team has just a 26.4 percent chance of victory. There is a 21.8 percent chance these teams will tie.
Let’s Play 2 vs A-Rod’s Mirrors
The Mirrors are in hot pursuit of the Lower Haighters in the West Division, trailing their rivals by two games. They have the league’s sixth best record at 46-35-3 and are coming off a 8-4 victory over Home Run 101. Let’s Play 2 has lost three of their past four series and have fallen to 14th in the league standings. They have a 31-50-3 record.
Pitching: For the second consecutive week and the third time this season, Let’s Play 2 was swept on the mound. They lost every pitching category to Warning Track Power in Week 7, despite posting decent ratios. The bullpen has struggled all season, failing to win the Net Saves/Holds category and posting one or fewer NS/H’s in four of the first seven weeks. Relievers Zach Duke and Steve Geltz both have 10.00+ ERAs over the past two weeks. Let’s Play 2 was tied for the league-low with one Net Save/Hold last week. The Mirrors are on a serious roll on the mound. Over the past month, they’ve gone 22-2 and Rich Hill has five quality starts during that stretch. They took five of the six pitching categories in their Week 7 series against Home Run 101. The team had a league-high eight Net Saves/Holds last week along with a league-low 0.76 WHIP. They also had the lowest number of Innings Pitched with 44.2.
Hitting: Let’s Play 2 split the hitting categories against Warning Track Power last week but has gone 4-7-1 at the plate over the last two series. It’s surprising given the play of Mookie Betts, who has scored 19 runs and driven in 16 more over his last 19 games. Let’s Play 2 is a free-swinging team, winning the Strikeout category just once in 2016. The Mirrors have struggled at the plate this season, going 14-20-2. They did split the categories with Home Run 101 last week, winning the Runs category for the first time since Week 2 despite scoring a season-low 25 runs. Outfielder Jackie Bradley has been the team’s best hitter the past three weeks, hitting .426 with a 1.288 OPS with 20 RBI.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: The Mirrors have a 58.2 percent chance to defeat Louie Bottaro’s struggling team. There is a 26 percent chance that Let’s Play 2 can pull the upset. Ziguana predicts a 15.8 percent chance the teams will tie.
Ziguana has introduced a new feature called “Matchup Breakdown” where the site projects the final score of each series in our league. These projections are updated on a daily basis.
Below are series previews with Monday’s Ziguana projections for each series. I’ll send out an update on the projections later this week as the stats begin rolling in.
Bacon at Mile 11 vs Hapamon
Bacon at Mile 11 is now the league’s only undefeated team after beating Hapamon 7-4-1 last week. They have the league’s best record at 41-16-3. Despite the loss, Hapamon is hovering around .500 at 24-28-8 and 10th in the league standings.
Pitching: Bacon has gone 19-9-2 on the mound, losing the ERA, WHIP and K/9 categories just once this season. Danny Salazar, Aaron Nola, and Vincent Velasquez lead the starting staff with a combined 13 quality starts. All three have WHIPs under 1.00 this season. Despite the presence of Clayton Kershaw, the league’s second-rated player, Hapamon is just 12-13-5 on the mound. They’ve lost the K/9 category in four of the first five weeks. Closer Steve Cishek has been a pleasant surprise and is the team’s second-rated player behind Kershaw.
Hitting: Bacon is 22-7-1 at the plate and they haven’t lost the RBI category yet this season. Bacon has lost the Runs, OPS, and Strikeouts categories just once. Third baseman Nolan Arenado is the leagues third-rated player, first baseman Anthony Rizzo is fifth and the surprising Aledmys Diaz has a 1.113 OPS through his first 29 games. Hapamon would appear overmatched, going 12-15-3 at the plate this season. The team hasn’t won the Plate Appearances category and has won the Runs category just once. Outfielders Christian Yelich and Gerardo Parra are the team’s highest-rated hitters.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: Bacon at Mile 11 has an 86.8 percent chance of winning this series compared to a 6.5 percent chance for Hapamon. There is a 6.7 percent chance of a tie. The predicted final score is a 8-4 victory for Bacon at Mile 11.
Home Run 101 vs The Bulls
Home Run 101 earned its first series victory over the season with a 7-5 win over the Bulls last week. They’ve dug an early hole with an 18-40-2 record, but there is plenty of time to make a run. The Bulls are the only team in the league without a series win. After tying their first two series, they’ve lost three straight and are 23-33-4 and 13th in the league standings.
Pitching: Through the first three weeks of the season, Home Run 101’s pitching staff earned just one pitching category victory. It was a little better in Week 4, when they won ERA, WHIP, and K/9, but they are now 5-25-0 and haven’t had a category win in Innings Pitched or Quality Starts. Johnny Cueto is the team’s lone starter ranked in the league’s Top 150 players. The Bulls are 13-16-1 on the mound. The claimed five of the six pitching categories against Home Run 101 when they met last week. Stephen Strasburg, Drew Smyly and Kenta Maeda are the strength of the rotation.
Hitting: Home Run 101 swept the Bulls at the plate last week, their best performance since winning three categories against Bacon at Mile 11 to open the season. They are 13-15-2 at the plate. Jose Altuve is the league’s top-rated player and has 12 net stolen bases. Home Run 101 has lost the category just once this year. The Bulls are 10-17-3 at the plate and are still looking to win the Net Stolen Bases and Plate Appearances categories for the first time this season. Second baseman Rougned Odor is the team’s top-rated player, ranking 10th in the league.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: Home Run 101 is a slight favorite in this series. Ziguana projects a 54.9 percent chance of victory for Bailey’s team. Carolyn Green and the Bulls have a 28 percent chance to win the series while there is a 17.1 percent chance these two teams tie. The predicted final score is a 6-6 tie.
High Cheese vs Let’s Play 2
High Cheese fell out of the ranks of the undefeated in Week 5 with a 7-4-1 series loss to Let’s Play 2. As a result, High Cheese fell to fourth in the overall standings with a 34-23-3 record. Let’s Play 2 has just one series loss over the past month and is gaining ground in the early-season race for the final eight. They are ninth overall with a 27-31-2 record.
Pitching: After sweeping the pitching categories against Home Run 101 and Warning Track Power in Weeks 2-3, High Cheese has built a 22-6-2 record on the mound. High Cheese hasn’t lost the Quality Starts category and has just one loss in Innings Pitched, ERA, WHIP, and Net Saves/Holds. Jon Lester is the team’s highest rated player, earning five quality starts in six attempts. Let’s Play 2 hasn’t won the Net Saves/Holds category this season and has just one win in Quality Starts. They are 8-21-1 overall. The team needs Andrew Cashner and Trevor Bauer to turn their seasons around.
Hitting: As good as High Cheese has been on the mound, they’ve struggled at the plate. Twice this season they’ve posted just one category victory at the plate in a series. They are 12-17-1 overall. Shortstop Trevor Story is the leading hitter for High Cheese, driving in 27 runs in his first 31 games. Let’s Play 2 is 19-10-1 at the plate, including a sweep against Stadium Mustard in Week 3. They have yet to lose the Net Stolen Bases category and have lost Runs and Plate Appearances just once. Outfielders Dexter Fowler and Mookie Betts are the top-rated players on the team.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: Ziguana is predicting High Cheese has a 46.4 percent chance to win this series while Let’s Play 2 is the underdog at 34.5 percent. There is a 19.1 percent chance these teams tie. The predicted final score is a 6-6 tie.
JetSetters vs Los Coches Bomba
The JetSetters couldn’t sustain their Week 4 momentum after defeating the Bulls. They lost 7-4-1 to Los Coches Bomba in Week 5, their fourth series loss this season. The JetSetters are 21-34-5 and 14th in the overall standings. Bomba has alternated wins and losses each week and sit fifth in the overall standings at 32-24-4.
Pitching: The JetSetters won just one pitching category in Week 1 against High Cheese and last week against Los Coches Bomba. They are 11-14-5 overall and have just one win in the ERA category. Starter Steven Wright is the team’s top-rated pitcher. He’s 6-for-6 in quality starts in 2016. Los Coches Bomba has been a juggernaut on the mound, going 19-10-1 and that includes a Week 4 debacle against the Mirrors that saw Bomba fail to win a pitching category. Noah Syndergaard is the staff ace while David Robertson and Fernando Rodney are the top closers.
Hitting: The JettSetters are 10-20-0 at the plate and have yet to win the Strikeouts or OPS categories in 2016. They earned just one category win against Hapamon in Week 2 and Bacon at Mile 11 in Week 3. Outfielder Starling Marte is the team’s top-rated player, ranking 23rd in the league. Veteran second baseman Robinson Cano is the top-rated player for Los Coches Bomba, ranking sixth overall in the league. They started the season by winning just two hitting categories over the first two weeks but they are now 13-14-3.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: Los Coches Bomba has a 56.3 percent chance to win this series while the JetSetters are the underdog at 28 percent. There is a 15.7 percent chance this series ends tied. The predicted final score is Los Coches Bomba 7-5.
Buster Hugs for Land Shark
With last week’s 7-4-1 victory over Buster Hugs, Land Shark has three straight quality wins and four victories in the first five weeks. They are 30-28-2 and quietly becoming a playoff-caliber team. Buster Hugs is going in the opposite direction. They’ve lost three of their last four series and are now 28-28-4 and eighth in the overall standings.
Pitching: Buster Hugs is 15-13-2 on the mound but have just one category win in Net Saves/Holds. It was the only pitching category they lost against the Eephus Monkeys in Week 1 and Home Run 101 in Week 3. Surprisingly, relievers Kenley Jansen and Hector Rondon are the team’s top-rated pitchers and both rank in the Top 50. Land Shark is 14-15-1 on the mound but have lost the WHIP category just once this season. The problem has been Innings Pitched, a category they’ve won only once. Despite making just three starts, Kevin Gausman is the team’s top-rated pitcher.
Hitting: Buster Hugs is 13-15-2 at the plate but have two series where they haven’t won a hitting category and two others where they’ve won five. It’s been all or nothing. Veteran slugger David Ortiz is the team’s top-rated player, ranking 10th overall. Land Shark won five of the six hitting categories last week against Buster Hugs and is 16-13-1 overall. They’ve lost the Net Stolen Bases category just once in 2016. Veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre and young shortstop Francisco Lindor are the team’s top-rated players.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: Land Shark opens as the early favorite with a 49.6 percent chance of victory. Buster Hugs has a 31.7 percent chance to win the series. There is an 18.7 percent chance this series ends tied. The predicted final score is a 6-6 tie.
Stadium Mustard vs Eephus Monkeys
After losing three straight series to open the season, Stadium Mustard has won its last two, including last week’s 7-4-1 victory over the Monkeys. Stadium Mustard is 25-32-3 and 12th on the league ladder. The Monkeys remain mired in the league cellar with a 15-41-4 record and have yet to earn a series victory.
Pitching: Stadium Mustard lost just one pitching category to the Monkeys last week and are 7-4-1 over the past two weeks. Relievers Wade Davis and A.J. Ramos are the team’s top-rated players and have helped Stadium Mustard to a 13-15-2 record on the mound. The Monkeys have just two pitching category victories over the past three weeks. They are 6-20-4 overall and still looking for their first category victory in Innings Pitched and K/9. Marco Estrada and Carlos Martinez are the only pitchers on the team ranked in the league’s Top 100.
Hitting: Stadium Mustard has struggled to find consistency at the plate. They won just one hitting category over a two week period in Weeks 2-3. They are now 12-17-1 overall. Third baseman Kyle Seager is the team’s top-rated hitter but he ranks 109th overall. The Monkeys are 9-21-0 at the plate and won just a single hitting category in each of their first three weeks. They are looking for their first category wins this season in Strikeouts and OPS. Young shortstop Xander Bogaerts is the team’s top-rated player, ranking 12th in the league.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: The Eephus Monkeys open as a huge favorite in this series. They have a 78.6 percent chance of winning according to Ziguana. Stadium Mustard has an 11 percent chance of victory while there is a 10.4 percent chance the series ends in a tie. The predicted final score is 8-4 Eephus Monkeys.
A-Rod’s Mirrors vs. Marin Menehunes
The Mirrors have won three of their past four series to improve to 31-27-2. They are sixth on the league ladder. The team’s 8-4 series win over the Menehunes last week was the highlight of the early season for the Mirrors. It was the first series loss this season for the Menehunes and dropped them to 37-20-3. They are now third in the standings.
Pitching: The Mirrors are 19-10-1 on the mound and have lost just one pitching category combined in their last two series. They haven’t lost the K/9 category this season and have lost Innings Pitched just once. Veteran Rich Hill is the team’s top-rated pitcher, ranking 54th overall. Despite winning just one pitching category last week, the Menehunes are 17-11-2 on the mound this season. They didn’t lose a pitching category against Land Shark in Week 2 and Buster Hugs in Week 4. Rick Porcello and Jordan Zimmermann have emerged as the team’s leaders on the mound.
Hitting: Despite having two of the league’s top-rated hitters in Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, the Mirrors are just 12-17-1 at the plate. They’ve won the Runs and Net Stolen Bases categories just once and earned just one hitting category victory against both the Land Sharks in Week 3 and Los Coches Bomba in Week 4. The Menehunes are 20-9-1 at the plate and lost just three hitting categories over the first three weeks of the season. Veteran middle infielders Daniel Murphy and Ian Kinsler are the team’s top-rated players followed by Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: The Mirrors open as a slight favorite with a 51.6 percent chance for victory. The Menehunes are the underdog at 32.8 percent. There is a 15.6 percent chance this series ends tied. The predicted final score is a 6-6 tie.
Lower Haighters vs Warning Track Power
The Lower Haighters are 40-17-3 and ranked second overall. They’ve lost just one series this season. Warning Track Power has lost four of its first five series and are 28-32-0.
Pitching: The Lower Haighters are 19-10-1 on the mound including a sweep of the pitching categories against the Eephus Monkeys in Week 3. They haven’t lost the Net Saves/Holds category this season. Jake Arrieta is the team’s top-rated player and he ranks sixth overall. Warning Track Power is 13-17-0 on the mound but have won just four pitching categories over the last three weeks. They’ve lost Innings Pitched just once but they’ve won ERA and WHIP just once. Chris Sale ranks fifth overall in the league and is WTP’s top-rated player.
Hitting: After winning five of the six hitting categories last week against Warning Track Power, the Lower Haighters are now 21-7-2 at the plate. They haven’t lost the Strikeout or Runs categories this season. Veteran outfielder Ryan Braun is the team’s offensive leader, ranked 16th overall. Warning Track Power is 15-15-0 and have two series where they won just one offensive category and two where they’ve won five of six. Third basemen Josh Donaldson and Nick Castellanos are WTP’s top-rated hitters.
Ziguana Projected Outcome: This series is a dead heat. The Lower Haighters open a very slight favorite with a 44.8 percent chance of victory while Warning Track Power is 37.3 percent. There is a 17.9 percent chance this series ends tied.
Week 4 was crazy. It saw Bacon at Mile 11 and the Marin Menehunes emerge as the only teams still undefeated in the league. You’ll find the details below.
Bacon at Mile 11
Bacon has the league’s best record at 34-12-2 thanks to a hot-hitting offense. They lead the league in Runs with 44, OPS with .842 and they are second with 138 RBI. Last week, third baseman Nolan Arenado, went 10-for-22 with a 1.524 OPS and eight RBI. Bacon won five of the six hitting categories in their 10-2 rout of Let’s Play 2. This is a balanced team. They are third in the league in both ERA and WHIP. Chris Archer and Vincent Velasquez both earned a pair of quality starts last week while Aaron Nola struck out seven over seven scoreless innings in his only start.
Home Run 101
Home Run 101 is now last in the league with an 11-35-2 record following last week’s disappointing 7-4-1 series loss to Stadium Mustard. It starts with pitching. The team is last in the league with just nine quality starts this season. They are last with a 4.70 ERA and they rank 15th in the league with a 1.35 WHIP. Jake Peavy lasted just two innings in last week’s start, giving up six earned runs. And the starters shouldn’t shoulder all of the blame. The bullpen is ranked 14th in Net Saves/Holds with just 15 this season but they look like they might have turned the corner last week with five Net Saves/Holds and
This team is plucky. They scratched out a 6-4-2 series victory over the Eephus Monkeys last week and improved to 20-21-7. If they continue to hang around .500 they’ll be in the playoff mix. To do that, they’ll need to find some hitters. Hapamon is last in the league with 97 RBI and they are second to last in plate appearances with 915. First baseman Brandon Belt provided some power last week, going 5-for-15 with a 1.160 OPS and seven RBI. Clayton Kershaw was brilliant, striking out 24 batters over 16 innings in two starts. Hapamon GM Robert Kirkbride may need to find a replacement for starter Matt Cain. He gave up another six runs in his lone Week 4 start.
It was a tough luck 6-5-1 series loss to the JetSetters last week as the difference between the two teams was mere percentage points in the ERA category. Zack Greinke gave up nine runs over 13.2 innings and cost the team dearly. The Bulls are now 18-26-4 and are desperately looking for some hitters to step up. They are tied for last with 102 runs scored, they are the only team without a net stolen base for the season, and they are last in the league with just 836 plate appearances. Outfielder Carlos Gonzalez failed to drive in a run last week in 25 plate appearances.
The strength of this team is its pitching staff. They lead the league in ERA (2.57) and WHIP (1.06). They defeated the Lower Haighters last week, 6-5-1, winning the WHIP category by mere percentage points, and improved to 30-16-2. High Cheese is also tied for second in the league with 21 quality starts. Tanner Roark and Nate Karns both threw seven inning shutouts last week while Marcus Stroman had a pair of quality starts with a 3.07 ERA and 0.89 WHIP. The High Cheese offense has yet to get untracked. They lead the league in strikeouts with 246 and they have just 954 plate appearances, 14th overall. Third baseman David Wright was 4-for-17 last week with six strikeouts and just two RBI.
Strong performances from starting pitchers Juan Nicasio and Matt Moore and reliever Hector Neris helped the JetSetters edge the Bulls 6-5-1 to snap a three-week losing streak and deliver the season’s first series win. The team is now 17-27-4 but remains last in the South Division. The bullpen has been the strength of the team. They lead the league with 28 Net Saves/Holds. Neris earned three in four appearances in Week 4. The problem is the starting pitching and hitting. The JetSetters have just 103 runs (14th in the league) and the team OPS is .691 (15th). When they do get on base, they are a threat, leading the league with 12 net stolen bases. The starters have contributed to the team’s bloated 4.68 ERA (15th overall) and they have just 13 quality starts (tied for 15th).
Los Coches Bomba
It’s been a bizarre year for Bomba. Traditionally, this is a team that hits well and pitches poorly. But so far, they are second in the league with 256.2 innings pitched and they lead the league with 23 quality starts. At the plate, they have a league-worst .711 OPS. Ironically, they failed to win a pitching category in last week’s 7-4-1 series loss to the Mirrors as Noah Syndergaard gave up seven runs over two starts while Hisashi Iwakuma and Hector Santiago both had meltdowns. Ironically, Robinson Cano, Miguel Cabrera, and Andrew McCutchen had their best weeks of the season, combining to drive in 21 runs. Bomba is now 25-20-3 and certainly looks like a playoff team, even if they don’t look anything like their past.
Let’s Play 2
The bats, which have been so consistent for Let’s Play 2 this season, fell silent last week. They lost five of the six hitting categories in their series with Bacon at Mile 11 and were routed, 10-2. It dropped Let’s Play 2 to 20-27-1. Russell Martin went 1-for-11, Yasiel Puig 2-for-24 and Colby Rasmus 3-for-21. This was the worst offensive output of the season for a team that is second in the league with 138 runs scored and leads the league with 139 RBI. They are also third with a .792 OPS and tied for second with 11 net stolen bases. The issue has been the backend of the bullpen. They had one net save/hold last week which was just the team’s fifth this year. Let’s Play 2 is dead last in that category.
A starting pitching staff that has struggled this season rose to the occasion last week and delivered a 7-5 series victory over Warning Track Power. Felix Hernandez and Jeremy Hellickson combined to throw 14.2 scoreless innings and each earned a quality start. The team earned five quality starts against Warning Track Power. It’s amazing when you consider Land Shark has just 13 on the season. They are also last in the league with a 1.37 WHIP. At the plate, Logan Forsythe went 9-for-20 with a 1.310 OPS but, more importantly, he stole a base that helped Land Shark steal the series. The team is now 23-24-1 and continues to hang around that eighth and final playoff spot.
Edwin Encarnacion and Nick Markakis combined to drive in 11 of the team’s 25 RBI while A.J. Ramos had four net saves/holds as Stadium Mustard snapped their three-week losing streak with a 7-4-1 series victory over Home Run 101 last week. The victory came as the team finally generated some runs. Stadium Mustard is tied for last in the league with 102 runs scored and they are 14th in runs driven in with 98. The offense has generated a league-worst .686 OPS. But Joe Panik, Billy Burns, Kyle Seager and Francisco Cervelli all scored three or more runs in Week 4 and led Stadium Mustard to four category wins on offense. With the win, Stadium Mustard improves to 18-28-2.
Matt Shoemaker’s start in Week 4 sums up the problems the Monkeys are having on the mound this season. Shoemaker gave up nine hits and seven runs over 2.1 innings to finish with a 27.00 ERA and 3.86 WHIP. He was promptly demoted to the minors by the Angels. No team has thrown fewer innings in the league than the Monkeys’ 192.0. They have a 4.36 ERA (14th overall) and a 1.33 WHIP (14th overall). They are last in the league with a 6.98 K/9. The Monkeys actually won the quality start category but it was the only pitching category they won in a 6-4-2 series loss to Hapamon. They are 11-34-3 on the season despite having a competitive offense. They are tied for third with 122 runs scored, are third in plate appearances with 1,031, and are tied for second in net stolen bases with 11.
Buster Hugs ran into a buzzsaw in Week 4. They failed to win a pitching category in their 8-3-1 series loss to the Marin Menehunes despite posting the following numbers: 61.2 innings pitched, 3.06 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 7.44 K/9, 5 quality starts and seven net saves/holds. Buster Hugs is a team that pitches well. They are tied for second in the league with 21 quality starts. Madison Bumgarner and Wei-Yin Chin each had two last week. Veteran slugger David Ortiz continues to deliver the offense. He went 8-for-21 last week with a 1.244 OPS and five RBI. The team leads the league with 1,046 plate appearances but is also 15th with a whopping 228 strikeouts. They’ll take a 24-21-2 record into Week 5 and hope they don’t run into another red-hot opponent.
Warning Track Power
It was surprising to see Warning Track Power lose its series with Land Shark last night, but that happens when you win just one pitching category. Warning Track Power has pitched well this season. They lead the league with 259.1 innings pitched and they are second with 22 net saves/holds. But Shelby Miller continued his struggles while Kyle Hendricks and Jon Niese couldn’t get out of the fifth inning in their starts. At the plate, Jason Kipnis, Nick Castellanos and J.D. Martinez combined for 20 of the team’s 37 RBI. Warning Track Power is now tied for third in the league with 127 RBI. Warning Track Power takes a 25-23-0 record into a pivotal Week 5 series with their West Division rivals, the Lower Haighters.
The Menehunes had season-highs in innings pitched (67.0), quality starts (6), net saves/holds (7) and a season-low 2.42 ERA in Week 4. They didn’t lose a pitching category and defeated Buster Hugs 8-3-1 to improve to 33-12-3. Max Scherzer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Rick Porcello each had two quality starts. Porcello didn’t allow a run over 13.1 innings. The team came into the series tied for 15th in the league with just 194 innings pitched. Todd Frazier led the offense, going 7-for-27 with eight RBI and a .862 OPS. The Menehunes are now second in the league with a .798 OPS. They join Bacon at Mile 11 as the only teams in the league that have yet to lose a series.
After a disappointing loss to Land Shark in Week 3, the Mirrors bounced back with a much-needed 7-4-1 victory over Los Coches Bomba in Week 4. The pitching staff led the way, winning all six categories in the series to help the Mirrors improve to 23-23-2. Rich Hill earned a pair of quality starts, giving up just six hits and two runs over 13 innings. Aaron Sanchez also pitched seven scoreless innings to earn a quality start The Mirrors are now third in the league with 252.2 innings pitched and lead the league with 9.58 K/9. Jackie Bradley was the team’s top offensive player, going 9-for-25 with a 1.298 OPS, seven RBI and five runs scored.
The Lower Haighters lost their first series of the season in Week 4, falling to High Cheese, 6-5-1. It was a hard-fought series that saw the teams separated by mere percentage points in WHIP to decide the series. Veteran Victor Martinez is a valuable commodity on the bench. He was the league’s second-rated player last week, finishing with a 1.560 OPS and seven RBI. The team is tied for third with 127 RBI and are second with 1,034 plate appearances. The Lower Haighters are second in the league in ERA (2.75) and WHIP (1.09). They’ll take a 31-14-3 record into Week 5.