Category: Projections

Menehunes Earn First SFRRC Fantasy Baseball Championship

Ian Kinsler

Veteran infielder Ian Kinsler helped lift the Menehunes to their first championship.

After squeezing into the 2016 playoffs as the league’s No. 8 seed, the Menehunes went on to shock the league establishment, defeating top-seeded Bacon at Mile 11 in the opening round and earning their first championship with an easy finals victory over the Lower Haighters.

General Manager Elizabeth Gravely won her first championship in her first appearance in the postseason. She joined the league in 2012.

Philadelphia outfielder Odubel Herrera led the postseason charge. Herrera hit .371 with a .970 OPS and five net stolen bases during the playoffs. Herrera also scored 15 runs.

Veteran third baseman Todd Frazier hit .308 during the playoffs, driving in 12 runs, scoring 15 more and stealing a pair of bases. Ian Kinsler posted a 1.041 OPS during the championship run and also scored 15 runs for the Menehunes.

On the mound, Rick Porcello posted four quality starts with a 2.76 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. Porcello struck out 28 batters over 29.1 innings.

The final league standings looked like this.

  1. Marin Menehunes
  2. Lower Haighters
  3. Land Shark
  4. Warning Track Power
  5. JetSetters
  6. High Cheese
  7. Buster Hugs
  8. Bacon at Mile 11
  9. The Bulls
  10. Los Coches Bomba
  11. Stadium Mustard
  12. Eephus Monkeys
  13. A-Rod’s Mirrors
  14. Hapamon
  15. Home Run 101
  16. Let’s Play 2

Let’s Play 2 earned the Wooden Spoon, awarded annually to the worst team in the league, despite having the league’s top-rated player. Outfielder Mookie Betts (1.77 player value) edged Max Scherzer (Menehunes, 1.72 value) and Clayton Kershaw (Hapamon, 1.70 value) to win MVP honors.

Three different West Division teams have now won league championships. Los Coches Bomba (South Division) and Buster Hugs (East Division) are the only teams to win two championships.

Over the next few months, I’ll look back at the 2016 season by focusing on each team in the league. I’ll review draft successes/mistakes and possible keepers for the 2017 season.

Thanks to everyone for putting in the time to manage your teams and I look forward to next season.

Menehunes, Haighters: Western Division Foes Fight For Championship

MLB: Philadelphia Phillies at Milwaukee Brewers

Can Odubel Herrera lead the Menehunes to their first fantasy baseball championship? The Menehunes are the first No. 8 seed to advance to the championship series. 

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.

CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

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.

CONSOLATION FINALS

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.

 

The League’s Best Teams Go Head-to-Head

Justin Turner

This hairy fella, Justin Turner, is the top-rated fantasy baseball player since the All-Star break.

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.

When it Comes to the Playoffs, No Team is Safe

Brewers Spring Baseball

Pitcher Junior Guerra is the league’s top-rated player over the past two weeks.

With just nine weeks remaining in the regular season, it’s a mad scramble to qualify for the postseason. No team is safe at this point. Here is a preview of a crucial Week 14.

Eephus Monkeys vs Land Shark

The Eephus Monkeys dropped a 6-5-1 decision to the Bulls last week and have just one series victory over the past five weeks. They are 14th in the league standings with a 64-82-10 record. Land Shark leads the East Division by six games and are fourth in the league standings at 82-69-5. They saw their five-week winning streak snapped with a 7-5 loss to Los Coches Bomba last week.

Pitching: Land Shark finished Week 13 with the league’s worst ERA at 5.64 and failed to win a pitching category for the first time since Week 7. They are 5-12-1 on the mound in their last three series. Ricky Nolasco has given up 14 earned runs in his last three starts, posting a 6.87 ERA with just one quality starts. Over the last five weeks, the Monkeys have been strong on the mound, going 23-7.They’ve posted a 3.40 ERA or less in six of the last seven weeks. Jacob deGrom has given up just one earned run over his last 13 innings.

Hitting: The Monkeys were tied for the fewest plate appearances in the league last week with 210 and won just a single hitting category. They are now 3-12-3 at the plate in the last three weeks. First baseman Byung-ho Park doesn’t have a hit in his last 16 at-bats, striking out 10 times. Land Shark has one of the hottest hitting teams in the league over the last month. They’ve gone 20-4 during that stretch and have won five or more categories in three of the last four series. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop is 20-for-49 over his last 12 games with 15 runs scored and a 1.065 OPS.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: Ziguana believes the Monkeys are poised to upset Land Shark. Jordan’s team has a 71.9 percent chance to win while Meredith’s team has just a 15 percent chance to take the series.

Los Coches Bomba vs High Cheese

Los Coches Bomba defeated Land Shark 7-5 last week and have now won two of their last three and three of their last five series. They trail High Cheese by 6.5 games in the South Division pennant race and are sixth in the league standings with a 78-66-12 record. High Cheese saw their four-week winning streak snapped with a 9-3 loss to the Menehunes last week. They maintain the league’s best record at 87-62-7.

Pitching: Bomba had five quality starts in Week 13, tied for the league high and swept the pitching categories for the first time since Week 1. They’ve now gone 10-2 on the mound over the last two weeks. Reliever David Robertson has been lights out, giving up just one run over his last 7.1 innings while saving six games. High Cheese finished last week with a 5.07 ERA, their second worst pitching performance of the season. They won just two categories, their lowest total since Week 8. Chris Tillman has given up 10 runs in his last two starts, posting a 9.31 ERA.

Hitting: High Cheese had the fewest stolen bases in Week 14 with just one and won just a single hitting category last week. It was the worst hitting performance for the team since they slumped in Weeks 7-8 and failed to win a category. Veteran infielder Jhonny Peralta has struck out 11 times in his last 47 plate appearances and is hitting .205 over his last 11 games. Bomba had the league’s fewest RBI with 21 last week and the team has won just one hitting category over the past two weeks. Outfielder Justin Upton has scuffled all season and is hitting just .196 over his last 12 games. He’s scored just three runs over 50 plate appearances during that stretch.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: Los Coches Bomba opens the week favored to win this series. Ziguana gives Jenni’s team a 82.2 percent chance for victory while the Patchell Express has just a 8.5 percent chance to win.

Buster Hugs vs Stadium Mustard

Buster Hugs lost to Warning Track Power 9-2-1 last week and have now lost four of their last five series. They trail Land Shark by six games in the East Division pennant race and are 10th in the league standings with a 75-74-7 record. Stadium Mustard defeated Hapamon 7-4-1 in Week 13 and have now won three straight series. They are just eight games behind Land Shark in the East Division and are 12th in the league standings with a 72-75-9 record.

Pitching: Buster Hugs finished Week 13 with six net saves/holds, tied for the league high but won just two pitching categories. They are now 11-12-1 on the mound over the last month. They do have the league’s hottest pitcher, Junior Guerra, who has three quality starts over the past two weeks with a 0.81 ERA and 0.58 WHIP. Stadium Mustard won just one category last week, the third time in the last five weeks they’ve had just one category win. They finished the last week with a 5.03 ERA, their third worst ERA this season. C.C. Sabathia has struggled in his last three starts for Stadium Mustard, posting an 8.31 ERA and failing to earn a quality start.

Hitting: Buster Hugs had the league’s lowest OPS in Week 13 at .697 and failed to win a hitting category for the first time since Week 5. The team is really scuffling at the plate, failing to post a OPS higher than .700 in four of the past five weeks. First baseman A.J. Reed finds himself on the bench after going 2-for-22 with 11 strikeouts in his last seven games. No team had fewer strikeouts last week than Stadium Mustard with 36 as the team swept the hitting categories for the first time this season. They are 12-6 at the plate over the last three weeks. Edwin Encarnacion is dangerous at the plate, hitting .310 with a 1.137 OPS in his last 12 games. He’s driven in 15 runs during that stretch.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: Andrew’s team has a 56.3 percent chance to win this series while Chris’ team has a 27.3 percent chance according to Ziguana.

A-Rod’s Mirrors vs Warning Track Power

The Mirrors have now lost three straight series and have just two category wins over the last two weeks. The defending league champions have fallen to 11th in the league standings with a 74-76-6 record and are last in the West Division. Warning Track Power defeated Buster Hugs 9-2-1 last week and have lost just one series over the last five weeks. They’ve moved to fifth in the overall standings with a 83-71-2 record and they are just one game behind the Lower Haighters in the West Division pennant race.

Pitching: The Mirrors had the league’s worst WHIP (1.61) in Week 13 and had the lowest strikeout rate (7.67). The last three weeks have been a disaster for Sean’s pitching staff as they’ve gone 2-15-1 and haven’t posted an ERA less than 4.67 or a WHIP of less than 1.55 during that stretch. Reliever Jake Diekman has been bombed in his last six outings, giving up six earned runs. Warning Track Power has gone 9-8-1 during that same time and has had a team ERA of less than 4.00 in two of the past three weeks. Carlos Carrasco has given up just one run in his last 16.2 innings while striking out 21 batters.

Hitting: The Mirrors led the league last week with 290 plate appearances but it was their only hitting category victory over the last two weeks. The Mirrors are 1-10-1 during that stretch. Outfielder Kevin Pillar has scored just two runs in his last 48 plate appearances, posting a .548 OPS. Warning Track Power had the league’s most RBI (54) and the highest OPS (1.080) last week and swept the hitting categories for the first time this season. The team set season-highs in Runs, RBI, Stolen Bases and OPS in Week 13. Outfielder Josh Donaldson has 10 RBI in his last 12 games, hitting .408 with a 1.198 OPS.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: Ziguana is predicting Warning Track Power will tighten the pennant race in the West Division this week. Mark’s team has a 63.1 percent chance to win the series while Sean’s team has just a 20.3 percent chance of victory.

Home Run 101 vs Hapamon

Home Run 101 lost to the league’s last place team in Week 13, a 6-5-1 defeat to Let’s Play 2. It was the team’s seventh consecutive series loss. Bailey’s team is now 52-96-8 and 15th in the league standings. Hapamon lost 7-4-1 to Stadium Mustard last week and have now lost four of their last six series. They are 13th in the league standings with a 67-76-13 record.

Pitching: No team pitched fewer innings in Week 13 than Home Run 101 (35.1). The team also had the fewest quality starts (1) and net saves/holds (0). This team has been bad on the mound for the past five weeks, winning more than one pitching category just once during that stretch. They are 6-22-2 on the mound in the last five series. Veteran Chris Young has posted a 11.37 ERA and 2.84 WHIP in his last two starts. Hapamon has been strong on the mound over the last month, finishing with an ERA of 3.43 or less in each of the last four weeks. The team is 16-7-1 on the mound during that period. Closer Jeurys Familia hasn’t been scored on over his last 6.1 innings and he’s earned six straight saves.

Hitting: Home Run 101 led the league in net stolen bases last week with six and has been competitive at the plate during the last month. They’ve gone 12-11-1 during that period. Second baseman Jose Altuve keeps the offense competitive. He’s hitting .408 with a 1.128 OPS and nine RBI over his last 12 games. Hapamon scored the fewest runs in the league in Week 13 with 26 and failed to win a hitting category for the first time since Week 8. The team is now 5-12-1 at the plate over the last three weeks. Catcher Jason Castro is hitting just .214 with 11 strikeouts in his last 31 plate appearances.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: It’s been a while since Bailey’s team has been favored in a series but Ziguana doesn’t like a Clayton Kershaw-less Hapamon. Home Run 101 opens the week as a 76.6 percent chance to win while Robert Kirkbride’s team has just a 12.8 percent chance of victory.

Let’s Play 2 vs The JetSetters

Let’s Play 2 snapped a seven-week winless streak with a 6-5-1 victory over Home Run 101 last week. They remain in last place with a 53-98-5 record. The JetSetters are undefeated over the last seven weeks and are coming off an impressive 10-2 victory over the Lower Haighters. It was their largest margin of victory this season and moves the team to seventh in the league standings with a 79-70-7 record.

Pitching: The JetSetters finished Week 13 with six net saves/holds, tied for the league lead and have been one of the league’s best pitching teams the last seven weeks. They are 30-10-2 during that stretch. Jose Fernandez has a 3.20 ERA and 0.92 WHIP with two quality starts in his last three appearances. After failing to win a pitching category in Week 12, Let’s Play 2 bounced back last week, winning five of six. It was the second time in three weeks they’ve won five pitching categories. Trevor Bauer has given up just three runs over his last 20 innings and has two quality starts in his last three appearances.

Hitting: Let’s Play 2 had just 210 plate appearances in Week 13, tied for the fewest in the league. It’s been a bad month at the plate for Louie’s team. They are just 3-20-1 during that period and have won just a single hitting category the last three weeks. Veteran first baseman Ryan Zimmerman is hitting .159 over his last 50 plate appearances with a .513 OPS. The JetSetters set season-highs with 51 runs and RBI last week. They led the league in runs scored but also had the highest number of strikeouts with 68. They are 9-3 at the plate over the last two weeks. Utility Danny Espinosa has been on five, driving in 21 runs over his last 13 games. He’s hitting .400 with a 1.425 OPS in his last 51 plate appearances.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: Ziguana believes this will be the week Louie’s team scores a series win. Let’s Play 2 has a 67.8 percent chance of victory while David’s team has just a 18.9 percent chance to win the series.

Bacon at Mile 11 vs The Bulls

Bacon at Mile 11 posted their first series win since Week 5 with a 9-1-2 victory over A-Rod’s Mirrors. The team is now second in the overall standings with an 84-63-9 record. The Bulls have won three of their past four series after defeating the Eephus Monkeys 6-5-1 last week. They trail Bacon at Mile 11 by eight games in the North Division pennant race and are ninth in the overall standings with a 76-71-9 record.

Pitching: No team pitched more innings in Week 13 than Bacon at Mile 11 with 79.2. The team also led the league in strikeouts per nine innings at 9.94. Bacon won five pitching categories last week, the first time the team has done that since Week 4, and posted a sub-4.00 ERA for the first time since Week 6. Adam Conley has two quality starts in his last three outings, posting a 2.45 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. The Bulls were sharp on the mound as well, leading the league with a 2.47 ERA and 1.03 WHIP but the team is just 3-9 on the mound over the last two weeks. Reliever Mark Melancon hasn’t given up a run in his last five appearances, earning four saves with a 0.60 WHIP.

Hitting: Bacon has been a good hitting team the last three weeks. They are 10-5-3 during that stretch. Outfielder Mike Trout is the hottest hitter in the league. He’s 23-of-51 with a 1.306 OPS in his last 13 games. The Bulls have their own hot hitter in outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. He’s 17-of-44 with a 1.142 OPS and 14 RBI over his last 12 games. The Bulls lost just one hitting category last week and are 11-5-2 over the last three weeks. They’ve had a .800+ OPS five of the last six weeks.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: Ziguana is predicting Eric’s team will continue to rebound from it’s midseason funk. Bacon opens the week with a 76.6 percent chance to defeat Carolyn’s team while the Bulls have just a 13.5 percent chance to win.

 
Lower Haighters vs Marin Menehunes

The Lower Haighters have just one series victory over the last month and are coming off a 10-2 loss to the JetSetters, matching their worst loss of the season. They have fallen to third in the overall standings with a 83-69-4 record. The Menehunes have won two straight and are coming off a 9-3 victory over High Cheese, the league’s top team. It was their largest margin of victory since an 11-1 win over Land Shark in Week 2. They are clinging to the league’s final playoff berth with a 78-69-9 record.

Pitching: The Menehunes finished Week 13 tied for the league lead in quality starts with five and went 4-2 on the mound. They’ve posted a sub 4.00 ERA in four of the past five weeks. Bud Norris has been sensational in his last three starts, giving up just two runs in 18.1 innings and earning two quality starts. The Lower Haighters lost five of six pitching categories in Week 13 and are 7-10-1 over the last three weeks. The problem is the team’s ace, Jake Arrieta. He’s given up 10 earned runs in his last 15.1 innings and hasn’t earned a quality start in his last three outings.

Hitting: The Menehunes have been strong at the plate the last two weeks, going 10-1-1. They set a season-high with 48 runs, 44 RBI, and 272 plate appearance in Week 13. Wil Myers has driven in 13 runs over his last 11 games, posting a .992 OPS. He’s also stolen three bases. The Lower Haighters have struggled to hit the ball over the last five weeks, going 11-19 during that stretch. Last week, they won just one category. First baseman Eric Hosmer is struggling, driving in just four runs in his last 53 plate appearances. He has a .668 OPS in his last 12 games.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: Ziguana is predicting the Lower Haighters have a 77.3 percent chance to defeat Elizabeth’s team. The Menehunes have just a 12.3 percent chance to win this West Division rivalry.

High Cheese is Bringing the High Heat

Tampa Bay Rays v Baltimore Orioles

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.

A-Rod’s Mirrors in Championship Form

Justin Verlander

Justin Verlander has been sensational the last three weeks and has the Mirrors looking like championship material

As always, the projections from Ziguana were made Monday before the first pitch of the week. They may have changed since that time.

Let’s Play 2 vs Land Shark

Let’s Play 2 hasn’t won more than four categories in a series for the past five weeks and they’ve won just two series this season. Louie Bottaro’s team now stands at 42-74-4 and are 15th in the league standings. Land Shark is trending in the other direction. Meredith James’ team has won three straight and are now in seventh place with a 61-55-4 record.

Pitching: Land Shark is 8-3-1 in pitching categories over the past two weeks and has seven quality starts in two of the past three weeks. The team had a season-high 77.1 innings pitched in Week 9. John Lackey is the league’s seventh-rated player over the past three weeks, pitching 27.2 innings for Land Shark, earning four quality starts, while posting a 1.30 ERA and 0.82 WHIP. Let’s Play 2’s pitching staff is in the midst of a major meltdown, winning just two categories over the past five weeks. There was a glimmer of hope last week, as the team posted a season-low 2.40 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. After a great start, Jeff Samardzija has just one quality start in his last four appearances with a 5.48 ERA and 1.59 WHIP.

Hitting: Let’s Play 2 has held their own at the plate over the last three weeks, going 9-9 in hitting categories. Outfielder Mookie Betts has carried the team, going 24-for-76 with a .955 OPS, 14 RBI and 19 runs scored during that period. A big reason for Land Shark’s winning streak has been the hitting. The team is 16-7-1 in offensive categories over the past month and didn’t lose a category in their Week 8 series with Hapamon. Infielder Eduardo Nunez has a .929 OPS over his last 19 games with just nine strikeouts in his last 91 plate appearances.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: Is this the week Let’s Play 2 wins a series? Ziguana thinks so, giving Louie Bottaro’s team a 56.5 percent chance of winning. Land Shark has a 28.2 percent chance of avoiding what would be a catastrophic loss.

Home Run 101 vs Warning Track Power

Home Run 101 remains in the league basement with a 40-74-6 record. How bad has it been? They’ve won just two series this year and are in the midst of a four-week losing streak after losing last week to the Bulls – the only team they’ve beaten this year. Warning Track Power is also scuffling. Mark Peterson’s team has just two series wins over the last two months. They are sixth in the overall standings with a 63-56-1 record.

Pitching: Home Run 101 has won just two pitching categories over the past two weeks and seven over the past four. It’s been a difficult stretch on the mound for the team. Chris Young doesn’t have a quality start in his last three appearances and has a 5.19 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in those starts. In the last three weeks, Warning Track Power is 5-12-1 in pitching categories. Starter Chad Bettis has made four starts in the last three weeks, hasn’t earned a quality start, and has an 11.57 ERA and 2.27 WHIP.

Hitting: Home Run 101 won four offensive categories last week against the Bulls, their best performance at the plate since Week 5 against the Bulls. Unfortunately, the team is 6-10-2 at the plate over the past three weeks, including winning just one category in each of Weeks 8-9. Outfielder Steven Souza has been particularly bad over his past 18 games, striking out 28 times in his last 75 plate appearances. Warning Track Power is 9-3 over the past two weeks at the plate and has lost the important OPS category just three times all season. Catcher Wilson Ramos has been the team’s best hitter the past three weeks, hitting .305 with a .966 OPS over his past 18 games. He has 15 RBI during that stretch.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: Ziguana has installed Warning Track Power as the second biggest favorite in the league this week. They have a 74.4 percent chance of winning this series. Home Run 101 will need to continue to pitch well to pull the upset. They have just a 12.8 percent chance of winning.

High Cheese vs Hapamon

High Cheese has lost just one series over the last five weeks and now sits third in the league standings with a 66-48-6 record. Hapamon is coming off an impressive 8-4 series win over Bacon at Mile 11. The victory snapped a five-week winless streak and they are now 12th in the league standings with a 51-58-11 record.

Pitching: After not winning a pitching category in Week 9 against Los Coches Bomba, Hapamon bounced back last week and won five of the six categories against Bacon at Mile 11. Matt Shoemaker has bolstered the staff, posting three quality starts in his last four appearances with a 2.32 ERA and 0.94 WHIP. High Cheese has one of the top pitching staffs in the league. They’ve gone 22-7-1 on the mound over the past five weeks. They’ve lost the quality starts category just once this season. Jon Lester has four quality starts over the past three weeks with a 0.59 ERA, 0.69 WHIP, and 33 strikeouts over 30.1 innings. He’s the league’s second-rated player during that period.

Hitting: Hapamon has struggled to get opportunities at the plate. They have lost the plate appearances category eight times in the first 10 weeks. It’s difficult to win counting categories if you can’t take your hacks. A good example is catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who has just 31 plate appearances over the past three weeks. High Cheese broke out of a hitting slump last week, winning four categories against Let’s Play 2. Prior to that, the team had gone 2-15-1 in hitting categories the previous three weeks. The team needs more from first baseman Freddie Freeman, who is hitting .174 with a .529 OPS over his last 19 games entering this series. He has just three RBI in his last 81 plate appearances.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: High Cheese is this week’s biggest favorite. Ziguana projects that Matt and Zach Patchell’s team has a 75.5 percent chance to win the series. Robert Kirkbride’s team has played most of the season in an underdog role but they’ve pulled some upsets. They have just a 12.8 percent chance of winning.

Bacon at Mile 11 vs Eephus Monkeys

Bacon has fallen on hard times. They haven’t won a series in the last five weeks and have lost their last three. Eric Brown’s team has fallen to fourth in the overall standings with a 66-49-5 record. Jordan Mazur’s Monkeys are going in the opposite direction, having lost just one series over the past five weeks. The Monkeys are now 48-65-7 and 14th overall.

Pitching: The Eephus Monkeys have gone 14-4 in pitching categories that past three weeks and haven’t posted an ERA above 3.40 over the past four weeks. Jacob deGrom has pitched 20 innings over his past three starts with a 2.25 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 11.7 K/9. It’s been a terrible month on the mound for Bacon. The team has won just four pitching categories in that time, going 4-18-2 during that period. The staff has been hit by injuries with starters Vincent Velasquez and Gerrit Cole both hitting the DL along with reliever Joe Smith. Veteran reliever Huston Streets has given up three runs in his last four appearances and hasn’t posted a save in those games.

Hitting: The Monkeys didn’t lose a hitting category in Week 8 against High Cheese but since then have gone 4-8. The team’s most consistent hitter, and top-rated player overall, over the last three weeks has been shortstop Xander Bogaerts. He’s posted a .999 OPS in his last 18 games with a .375 average and 19 RBI. Bacon has held its own at the plate over the past three weeks, going 9-9. They’ve lost the Runs Scored category just twice this year. Not surprisingly, outfielder Mike Trout has been strong, posting a .900 OPS over his last 19 games. Trout also has four net stolen bases over that period.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: Bacon has struggled lately but Ziguana expects Eric Brown’s team to snap out of it this week. They have a 56.7 percent chance to win the series. The Monkeys are playing well but Ziguana gives Jordan’s team just a 27.8 percent chance to win.

Buster Hugs vs The Bulls

Buster Hugs has lost their last two series and have just one victory in the past month. They are 58-57-5 and 10th in the league standings. The Bulls want to keep their momentum going, having won three of their past four series. That modest wins streak has the team back in the playoff race with a 57-56-7 record, ninth overall.

Pitching: Buster Hugs won just two pitching categories against Land Shark last week but they’ve gone 9-8-1 over the last three weeks. They’ve lost the Quality Starts category just three times this season. Madison Bumgarner has been fantastic over this past three starts, pitching 19.2 innings with a 0.92 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and a 10.1 K/9. The Bulls have been accumulating points on the mound over the last month, going 17-5-2 on the mound. They’ve lost the K/9 and Innings Pitched categories just three times each in 2016. In his last four starts, Stephen Strasburg has pitched 25 innings with a 3.60 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 12.6 K/9 for the Bulls.

Hitting: It’s been a struggle at the plate for Buster Hugs over the past three weeks. They’ve won just seven hitting categories in that stretch but have just three category wins at the plate in the last two weeks. The middle infield, Starlin Castro and Jean Segura, have combined to score 13 runs during that stretch. Castro is 15-for-74 with a .203 average over his last 19 games. The Bulls have been very competitive at the plate over the past three weeks, going 11-7 in hitting categories. Infielder Jonathan Villar is hitting .306 with a .881 OPS over his last 19 games and is the league’s ninth-rated player during that period.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: Ziguana expects Buster Hugs to win this series. They open the week with a 73.6 percent chance of victory, the third largest chance to win in the league this week. The Bulls have a 13.8 percent chance to win.

Stadium Mustard vs Marin Menehunes

A pair of struggling teams look for much-needed series victories when they meet in this series. The Menehunes have lost five of their last six and are clinging to the league’s final playoff spot with a 60-54-6 record. Stadium Mustard has just one series victory over the past five weeks and sits 13th in the league standings with a 50-64-6 record.

Pitching: It’s been a rough couple of weeks on the mound for Stadium Mustard. They’ve won a combined two pitching categories over the past two weeks and haven’t posted an ERA less than 4.66 in three of the past four weeks. Michael Wacha has just two quality starts over the past month, posting a 6.95 ERA and 1.36 WHIP in that period. The Menehunes have struggled on the mound the past six weeks. They’ve gone 9-27 in pitching categories during that time. They’ve won the Net Saves/Holds categories just twice this year. Starter Jordan Zimmerman doesn’t have a quality start over the past three weeks and has a 7.84 ERA and 1.65 WHIP during that time.

Hitting: Stadium Mustard is struggling to find consistency at the plate. They are 8-9-1 in hitting categories over the past three series and have had trouble driving in runs. They’ve won the RBI category just twice this season. Veteran catcher Yadier Molina is hitting .190 in his last 18 games and has driven in five runs over his last 70 plate appearances. Wil Meyers is on a tear for the Menehunes. He’s hitting .344 with a 1.093 OPS over his last 18 games. He’s driven in 17 runs during that stretch. The team is 6-4-1 in offensive categories over the past two weeks.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: The Menehunes start the week with a 60.8 percent chance to defeat Stadium Mustard, which has a 23.8 percent chance at victory.

A-Rod’s Mirrors vs. JetSetters

The Mirrors are on a roll. They’ve won seven straight series and are second in the league standings with a 68-48-4 record. After losing five of their first six series, the JetSetters have rebounded to win their last four in a row. They are now 55-58-7 and back in the playoff hunt.

Pitching: The JetSetters are winning because the pitching staff has been solid the past month. The team has gone 18-4-2 on the mound in that stretch. They’ve lost the K/9 category just once this season. Jose Fernandez is the league’s third-rated player over the past three weeks, posting three quality starts with a 1.67 ERA, 0.70 WHIP, and 13.3 K/9. The Mirrors have gone 16-7-1 on the mound over the past four weeks. They haven’t lost the K/9 category this season. Over the past three weeks, Justin Verlander has pitched 29 innings with a 2.17 ERA, 0.72 WHIP and three quality starts.

Hitting: The JetSetters lost four of six hitting categories last week but have gone 10-8 at the plate over the last three weeks. The team takes its hacks. They have lost the plate appearances category just twice this season. Outfielder Jay Bruce has led the JetSetters over the past 19 games, hitting .288 with a 1.023 OPS. He’s driven in 16 runs during that stretch. The Mirrors are 11-7 at the plate over the last three games, and haven’t had an OPS under .700 this season. The team is vulnerable on the base paths, winning the category just three times in 2016. Infielder Manny Machado is hitting .308 with a .952 OPS over his last 20 games. He’s tied for the team lead with 14 runs scored over the past three weeks.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: Ziguana projects the Mirrors have a 68.5 percent chance to win the series while the JetSetters are a long shot at 18.3 percent.

Lower Haighters vs Los Coches Bomba

The Lower Haighters have the league’s best record at 69-48-3 while Los Coches Bomba is fifth in the standing at 60-50-10. Bomba has lost two of their last three series while the Lower Haighters haven’t lost a series over the last month, going 2-0-2.

Pitching: In two of the past three weeks, Los Coches Bomba hasn’t won a pitching category but in that third week, they didn’t lost one. It’s been a wild ride on the mound. In his last four starts, Hector Santiago has an 11.93 ERA, 2.09 WHIP and no quality starts. The Lower Haighters have lost just two pitching categories over the past two weeks and have lost K/9 just once this series. Reliever Sean Doolittle has appeared in eight games over the past three weeks for the Lower Haighters, tossing 7.1 scoreless innings with 12 strikeouts and just one hit and two walks.

Hitting: Los Coches Bomba won four of the six hitting categories against the JetSetters last week but has gone 7-9-2 at the plate over the past three weeks. Second baseman Robinson Cano is hitting .309 with a .969 OPS over his last 20 games. He’s scored 20 games during that stretch. The Lower Haighters enter this series cold at the plate. They are 4-8 in hitting categories the past two weeks. The lineup has been hit with a variety of injuries and it has limited the team’s opportunities. They’ve won the Plate Appearances category just once over the past seven series.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: Los Coches Bomba opens the week as a 62.4 percent favorite to win this series. The Lower Haighters have a 22.9 percent chance to win.

Jose Fernandez is Leading a JetSetters’ Resurgence

Jose FernandezJose Fernandez has been the most dominant player in fantasy baseball over the past three weeks and the JetSetters have reaped the benefits. GM David Kahn’s team has won its past three series and climbed back into the playoff race. They are now just 5.5 games behind Buster Hugs for the final playoff spot.

Here’s a look at this week’s series complete with Ziguana predictions.

Bacon at Mile 11 vs Hapamon

Bacon defeated Hapamon 7-4 in Week 5 as Anthony Rizzo scored 10 runs and finished with a team-high 1.328 OPS. The pitching staff finished with a 3.23 ERA as Chris Archer, Danny Salazar and Adam Conley combined to pitch 19 shutout innings. A week later, the teams tied 6-6 as Clayton Kershaw pitched a complete game shutout and Charlie Blackmon and Matt Carpenter combined to drive in 14 runs.

Pitching: Clayton Kershaw just keeps rolling for Hapamon. Kershaw has three consecutive quality starts with a 0.79 ERA, 0.49 WHIP, and a 21/2 K/BB ratio. Jonathan Gray has three quality starts for Bacon over the past two weeks, posting a 3.10 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. He’s struck out 22 batters over 20.1 innings.

Hitting: Outfielder Charlie Blackmon has 13 RBI in his last 14 games for Hapamon. Blackmon has gone 18-for-57 with a 1.008 OPS during that stretch. Outfielder Gregory Polanco is 15-for-44 with a 1.034 OPS over his last 12 games for Bacon. Polanco has scored 12 runs while driving in 15 over that time.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: Ziguana has installed Bacon at Mile 11 as the week’s biggest favorite. GM Eric Brown’s team has an 81.9 percent chance to beat Hapamon. GM Robert Kirkbride’s team has just a 9.5 percent chance to pull the upset.

Home Run 101 vs The Bulls

Home Run 101 defeated the Bulls 7-5 in Week 5 and a week later held on for a 6-5 victory. In the first series, shortstop Brandon Crawford drove in a team-high nine runs for Home Run 101. A week later Jose Altuve scored seven runs for Home Run 101 and led the team with a .986 OPS.

Pitching: Johnny Cueto has been the ace of Home Run 101’s pitching staff. In his last three starts, Cueto has pitched 21 innings with a 0.43 ERA and 0.90 WHIP. Jake Odorizzi has a pair of quality starts in his last three starts for Home Run 101. He has a 2.00 ERA and 0.83 WHIP in those games while striking out 19 batters.

Hitting: Milwaukee shortstop Jonathan Villar has been the top-rated hitter in the league over the last two weeks. Villar has gone 17-for-45 with 12 RBI, 12 runs scored, five net stolen bases, and a 1.153 OPS for the Bulls. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy is 18-for43 with 11 RBI in his last 12 games for Home Run 101. He has a 1.184 OPS during that stretch.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: Home Run 101 opens the week favored to defeat the Bulls. GM Bailey Penzotti’s team has a 59 percent chance of victory, according to Ziguana, while the Bulls have a 25.9 percent chance to win the series.

High Cheese vs Let’s Play 2

Let’s Play 2 upset High Cheese 7-4-1 in Week 5 as Jose Quintana and Jeff Samardzija each had a pair of quality starts. Quintana pitched 15 innings with a 1.20 ERA and 0.73 WHIP. High Cheese rebounded the next week, pounding Let’s Play 2, 10-1-1. Ian Desmond led the charge, driving in 10 runs while Jon Lester had two quality starts and Aroldis Chapman had three saves.

Pitching: Jon Lester has bee dominant for High Cheese in his last three starts, posting a 0.77 ERA, 0.69 WHIP and a 26/2 K/BB. Has Corey Kluber turned a corner for Let’s Play 2? Kluber is off to a slow start in 2016 but he has a pair of quality starts over the past two weeks, posting a 3.10 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. Kluber has also struck out 21 during that stretch while walking just three.

Hitting: Outfielder Mookie Betts has been on a tear for Let’s Play 2 over the past fortnight. He’s gone 16-for-52 with 12 RBI, 14 runs scored, while striking out just five times. Ian Desmond has been raking for High Cheese over his last 12 games, going 22-for-54 with a .974 OPS, He has three net stolen bases, nine runs scored and eight RBI during that stretch.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: Ziguana predicts High Cheese will cruise to an easy victory over Let’s Play 2 and GM Louie Bottaro. High Cheese opens the week with a 77 percent chance of victory while Let’s Play 2 has just a 9.9 percent chance to win the series.

JetSetters vs Los Coches Bomba

Los Coches Bomba has dominated this series, defeating the JetSetters in Week 5, 7-4, and again in Week 6, 8-4. Second baseman Robinson Cano was a beast in the first series, driving in nine runs, scoring eight times, and leading Bomba with a 1.516 OPS. In the second series, Noah Syndegaard tossed eight innings in a quality start while Fernando Rodney and Jeremy Jeffress each had a pair of saves.

Pitching: Jose Fernandez has found his groove for the JetSetters. He’s the top-rated player in the league over the last two weeks, pitching striking out 32 batters over 21 innings in his last three starts. During that period, Fernandez has posted a 0.43 ERA and 0.67 WHIP. Scott Kazmir has emerged as Bomba’s ace over the past two weeks, posting a pair of quality starts. Kazmir has a 2.12 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 24 strikeouts in his last three starts.

Hitting: Mike Napoli is 14-for-47 with 16 RBI and 14 runs scored over his last 13 games for the JetSetters. He’s sporting a 1.190 OPS during that span. Robinson Cano might be the MVP for Los Coches Bomba this season. Over his last 13 games, Cano is 15-for-51 with 14 runs scored, nine RBI and a .976 OPS.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: If the JetSetters are going to continue their winning streak they’ll have to upset Los Coches Bomba, a heavy favorite. GM Jenni Kirk’s team has a 72.4 percent chance of winning, according to Ziguana, while the JetSetters have just a 14.9 percent chance of pulling the upset.

Buster Hugs for Land Shark

This is the rubber match in this rivalry. Land Shark defeated Buster Hugs 7-4-1 in Week 5 as shortstop Francisco Lindor scored seven runs, stole a base, and led the team with a 1.089 OPS. Buster Hugs returned the favor in Week 6, winning the rematch 8-4. Travis Shaw drove in nine runs and scored nine more while Jeanmar Gomaz had three saves.

Pitching: Journeyman hurler John Lackey has three straight quality starts for Land Shark. He’s pitched 20.2 innings with a 1.74 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 24/7 K/BB ratio. Buster Hugs can always count on Madison Bumgarner for a quality start. Bumgarner has a pair over the last two weeks with a 0.66 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. He’s struck out 17 batters while walking four in those starts.

Hitting: First baseman Logan Morrison is raking for Buster Hugs. In his last 14 games, Morrison is 22-for-53 with 12 RBI and 11 runs scored. He has a 1.211 OPS during that stretch and two net stolen bases. Infielder Eduardo Nunez has been the hottest hitter for Land Shark over the past two weeks. He’s 22-for-60 with 11 runs scored, three net stolen bases, and a 0.977 OPS.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: Ziguana has installed GM Meredith James and Land Shark as a very slight favorite in this series. They have a 44.1 percent chance to win while Buster Hugs has a 38.7 chance at victory.

Stadium Mustard vs Eephus Monkeys

Stadium Mustard defeated the Monkeys 7-4-1 in Week 5 while the Monkeys returned the favor in Week 6 by the identical score. Brandon Phillips keyed the victory for Stadium Mustard, driving in nine runs, scoring six more, and leading the team with a 1.203 OPS. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts led the Monkeys to victory a week later, scoring nine runs, driving in eight, and leading the team with a 1.178 OPS.

Pitching: Michael Fulmer might be a savior for Stadium Mustard’s beleaguered pitching staff. He’s pitched 15.1 scoreless innings in his last two starts, striking out 11 batters while walking just three. Jacob DeGrom is the top-rated player for Eephus Monkeys the last two weeks. DeGrom has a pair of quality starts with a 1.29 ERA and 0.93 WHIP. He also has a 10.9 K/9 ratio.

Hitting: Third baseman Kyle Seager is 20-for-51 with 13 RBI and 13 runs scored over his past 13 games for Stadium Mustard. During this stretch he’s posted a .995 OPS while striking out just eight times. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts is still swinging a hot bat for the Monkeys. He’s 18-for-56 with an .877 OPS and 13 runs scored in his last 13 games.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: GM Jordan Mazur and the Eephus Monkey enter this series as a slight favorite according to Ziguana. They have a 45.9 percent chance to win while Stadium Mustard has a 37.4 percent chance of victory.

A-Rod’s Mirrors vs. Marin Menehunes

The Mirrors have dominated this series in 2016, defeating the Menehunes 8-4 in Week 5 and 7-4 in Week 6. In the first victory, Nathan Eovaldi tossed eight solid innings to earn a quality start while Manny Machado drove in six runs and led the Mirrors with a 1.226 OPS. The next week, Jackie Bradley Jr. drove in an unbelievable 15 runs and Rubby De La Rosa had a pair of quality starts.

Pitching: Justin Verlander is pitching like he’s five years younger. In his last two starts for the Mirrors, he’s struck out 25 while walking just three batters and posted a 2.42 ERA and 0.67 WHIP. Francisco Rodriguez has five saves in his last six appearances for the Menehunes. He’s struck out seven batters while walking and has posted a 3.18 ERA and 0.88 WHIP during that time.

Hitting: Everyone who thought infielder Daniel Murphy would regress in 2016 made a big mistake. Murphy has been hot all season for the Menehunes and has gone 18-for-48 with a 1.088 OPS over his last 12 games. Mark Trumbo has supplied the power for the Mirrors this season and has driven in 12 runs over his last 13 games. He has a 1.005 OPS in his last 57 plate appearances.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: This is expected to be a close series. The Mirrors are a slight favorite, with GM Sean McKenna’s team given a 49.9 percent chance of victory while the Menehunes have a 34.6 chance to win.

Lower Haighters vs Warning Track Power

These teams have traded haymakers in their first two meetings this season. In the first meeting, Ben Zobrist drove in 15 runs and led the Lower Haighters with a 1.335 OPS. That sparked the team to a 9-3 win. Warning Track Power rebounded with a 10-2 victory the next week as Zach Britton and Jake McGee combined to pitch seven scoreless relief innings and earn seven saves.

Pitching: Kyle Hendricks has a pair of quality starts for Warning Track Power over the past two weeks, allowing just one run over 17 innings. He’s struck out 13 batters while walking one. Reliever Will Harris has quietly put together and All-Star season for the Lower Haighters. In his last seven appearances, Harris hasn’t given up a run, striking out nine batters while earning five net saves/holds.

Hitting: Catcher Wilson Ramos has been the most productive hitter for Warning Track Power over the past two weeks. He’s gone 15-for-42 with 11 RBI and a 1.090 OPS in his last 13 games. First baseman Eric Hosmer is 18-for-51 with 14 RBI in his last 13 games for the Lower Haighters. Hosmer has a .938 OPS in his last 55 plate appearances.

Ziguana Projected Outcome: Warning Track Power enters this rivalry season as a heavy favorite. Ziguana projects GM Mark Peterson’s team has a 54.4 chance to beat the league’s top team while the Lower Haighters have just a 28.3 percent chance of victory.