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Three Week Playoff Push Starts Now!

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

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

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

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

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

North Division

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

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

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

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

South Division

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

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

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

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

East Division

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

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

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

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

West Division

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

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

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

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

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Playoff Battles Heat Up Over the Final Six Weeks of the Regular Season

Max ScherzerIt’s time to fish or cut bait for fantasy owners. Are you in the playoff hunt or not? If your team is currently ranked in the Top 12, you have a fighting chance. If you are outside of the Top 12, you better hope the bats get hot and the arms don’t fall off.

If you are outside of the Top 12, don’t despair! This is a keeper league with three “NA” spots. You have the opportunity to build for 2019. Scour minor league rosters and look for players that have an opportunity to play next year and will complement the five players you expect to keep next season. It’s the quickest way to rebuild a team in this league.

Here is a look at each team as we finish the regular season.

PITTSBURGH XPLOSION

Francisco Lindor continues to rake. He’s the top-rated shortstop in the league and third-rated hitter. In 457 plate appearances this season, Lindor has posted a .933 OPS. The biggest question facing the league’s top team is starting pitching as the rotation is led by J.A. Haps and Sean Newcomb.

Upcoming Opponent’s Win/Loss %: .502. The Xplosion face the second toughest schedule to end the season of the top five teams in the league. Their six remaining opponents are all playoff-caliber. If they retain the top seed, they’ll have earned it.

JETSETTERS

David’s team has nine players ranked in the league’s Top 50 led by infielder Jose Ramirez. Zack Greinke is the team’s ace but Ross Stripling has emerged as an excellent starter. Will the Dodgers limit Stripling’s innings down the stretch?

Upcoming Opponent’s Win/Loss %: .486. How big is the season-ending series between the JetSetters and High Cheese? It could decide the No. 1 seed in the playoffs. The only other top five opponent the JetSetters face in the final six weeks of the regular season is the Lower Haighters.

HIGH CHEESE

The offense is led by outfielder Andrew Benintendi, Gerrit Cole is the team’s ace, and relievers Edwin Diaz and Aroldis Chapman anchor the bullpen. Matt and Zach Patchell have assembled a championship-caliber team but they face the league’s toughest schedule to end the season.

Upcoming Opponent’s Win/Loss %: .521. High Cheese faces the toughest schedule of any playoff contender over the final six weeks of the regular season. They play the top two teams in the standings and four of the top eight.

BACON AT MILE 11

Outfielder Mike Trout quietly goes about his business being one of the best hitters in baseball. Combined with Nolan Arenado and Trea Turner, Eric Brown’s team has the ability to dominate the hitting categories in any series. Trevor Bauer has emerged as the team’s ace while Lou Trivino anchors the bullpen.

Upcoming Opponent’s Win/Loss %: .486. This team is on a roll and finishes the season with a relatively easy schedule. They’ve won eight of their last nine series and face just one team currently ranked in the top five (Lower Haighters) over the final six weeks.

LOWER HAIGHTERS

If the Lower Haighters are going to make a playoff run, Luis Severino needs to pitch like an ace. Severino is the team’s top-rated player followed by reliever Josh Vader, outfielder Starling Marte and veteran infielder Matt Carpenter. The team desperately needs shortstop Carlos Correa to return to health for the stretch run.

Upcoming Opponent’s Win/Loss %: .495. The Lower Haighters face two of the league’s top four teams over the final six weeks of the regular season (JetSetters, Bacon at Mile 11). The team has struggled to string together back-to-back series victories this season.

THE BULLS

The Bulls are a playoff team because Aaron Nola and Charlie Morton have been excellent on the bump. They have combined for 29 quality starts. Infielders Did Gregorius and Cesar Hernandez lead an offense that is devoid of power but does generate runs.

Upcoming Opponent’s Win/Loss %: .482. The Bulls face just two teams currently ranked in the top five over the final six weeks of the season. The schedule is set up nicely for a playoff run.

A-ROD’S MIRRORS

How will Manny Machado’s move to Los Angeles impact his numbers? Will Bryce Harper break out of his season-long slump? There are no questions surrounding Justin Verlander. He provides Sean’s team with a reliable ace and a series-changing player during two-start weeks.

Upcoming Opponent’s Win/Loss %: .511. If the Mirrors are going to secure one of the league’s eight playoff spots, they’ll need to beat good teams. From Week 17-19 they’ll face three of the top five teams in the league. They’ll end the season either battle-tested or battle-weary.

MY NAME IS JUDGE

Sean Doolittle’s injury came at an inopportune time for Andy’s team. Doolittle is the team’s top-rated player with 21 saves. First baseman Jesus Aguilar is also banged up forcing Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger to carry the offense.

Upcoming Opponent’s Win/Loss %: .553. After last season’s great run through the playoffs, My Name is Judge faces a gauntlet of good teams to end the 2018 regular season. They’ll face the league’s top four teams over the final six weeks. It will be a battle for Andy’s team to make the playoffs.

MIDTOWN MARSUPIALS

If Jacob deGrom starts twice in a week, the Marsupials can be tough to beat in the pitching categories. The Mets’ ace is ranked seventh overall and the only player on Allen’s roster that ranks in the league’s Top 50. The offense is led by Xander Bogaerts, Nick Castellanos and Ian Desmond.

Upcoming Opponent’s Win/Loss %: .499. The Marsupials trail My Name is Judge by 2.5 games for the league’s final playoff spot with six weeks remaining. They play just one of the league’s top five teams to finish the season (Pittsburgh Xplosion, Week 19). They also face My Name is Judge in Week 20 in a series that could determine the playoff fate of both teams.

HAPAMON

Can Clayton Kershaw stay healthy for the stretch run and will the Dodgers limit his innings? Kershaw is Robert Kirkbride’s top-ranked pitcher and the key to his playoff hopes. Outfielders Christian Yelich and Charlie Blackmon power the offense.

Upcoming Opponent’s Win/Loss %: .502. Hapamon has lost just one series over the last seven weeks and has quietly moved into playoff contention. The Week 18 series with the Midtown Marsupials looms large but to remain in contention, they need to be competitive against Bacon at Mile 11 and the Pittsburgh Xplosion.

WARNING TRACK POWER

Chris Sale is the top-rated player in the league this season and provides Warning Track Power with a player that can turn a series. The same can be said for outfielder J.D. Martinez, the league’s third-rated outfielder. Both will need to finish strong if Warning Track Power is going to make the playoffs.

Upcoming Opponent’s Win/Loss %: .478. Mark Peterson’s team has the second easiest schedule to end the season but he’s facing must-wins over the next six weeks. None of the team’s next four opponents are currently ranked in the top eight but divisional foes A-Rod’s Mirrors and the Lower Haighters await in the final two weeks.

LET’S PLAY 2

Corey Kluber needs to stay healthy if Louie’s team is going to repeat as champs. He’s the team’s second best player behind outfielder Mookie Betts. Infielder Max Muncy has been on a tear and could provide a spark on offense.

Upcoming Opponent’s Win/Loss %: .492. The defending league champs are on the mat and the Mirrors are poised to deliver the knockout punch this week. Louie’s team can’t afford a blowout loss to the Mirrors with the JetSetters and High Cheese looming in Weeks 19-20.

STADIUM MUSTARD

James Paxton, the team’s best pitcher, is injured. Veteran Albert Pujols is also injured. This is going to make it difficult for Chris to put together the necessary winning streak to make the playoffs. A combination of Tyler Anderson and Alex Wood will need to carry the pitching staff while Andrelton Simmons, Ender Inciarte, and Edwin Encarnacion power the offense.

Upcoming Opponent’s Win/Loss %: .476. Is there any gas left in the tank for a playoff run? The schedule sets up nicely for Stadium Mustard as they face just one team ranked in the top eight over the final six weeks. If they can get on a run, the Week 21 series against the Midtown Marsupials could have playoff implications.

MARIN MENEHUNES

The playoffs might be too much to ask but this is a dangerous team with Max Scherzer and Blake Snell on the mound and Seranthony Dominguez coming out of the bullpen. Calvin’s hurlers can dominate the pitching categories on any given week, especially when Scherzer or Snell make two starts.

Upcoming Opponent’s Win/Loss %: .502. Last week’s 11-1 loss to High Cheese was probably the final nail in the coffin for the Menehunes. At this point, they are playing spoiler, as they face four of the top eight teams over the next six weeks. Make no mistake, the Menehunes will have an influence on the playoff field but it’s highly unlikely they’ll find themselves in the postseason party.

BROOKLYN BOMBERS

Pitcher Noah Syndergaard has some kind of childhood disease, Eduardo Rodriguez is hurt the and the pitching staff can no longer compete. Infielder Alex Bregman is dangerous at the plate, but playoff contenders need to beat the Bombers over the final six weeks of the season.

Upcoming Opponent’s Win/Loss %: .525. Now is the time for Dwight to use the NA slots on the roster and begin building for next season. The pitching staff has been decimated by injuries. Scan the minor leagues for valuable arms and protect them now.

HOME RUN 101

Starting pitching is a big problem for Home Run 101 and should be the focus of the team’s 2019 rebuild. Jose Altuve is the team’s best player but he’s the team’s only hitter ranked inside the league’s Top 175.

Upcoming Opponent’s Win/Loss %: .482. Bailey’s team can play spoiler but, like the Bombers, she should also have her eye on the future. Her challenge will be to add three minor league prospects to her NA roster spots that can help her turn the franchise around in 2019.

 

Week 13: Preparing for a Playoff Run

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Can Mike Trout lead Bacon at Mile 11 into the postseason?

Allan Bush, owner of the Midtown Marsupials, had timely question on the league Facebook page this week. How do the playoffs work and when do they begin? We’re at the point in the fantasy baseball season where the conversation is relevant.

The four division winners automatically qualify for the playoffs. The four teams with the best overall record that did not win a division will also qualify. Eight teams will compete over Weeks 22, 23, 24 for a chance to win the title.

The eight playoff teams will be seeded based on their regular season record with No. 1 playing No. 8, No. 2 vs No. 7 and so on. Each playoff round will consist of one week of games.

If a playoff series ends in a tie, the higher-seeded team will earn the victory.

Teams that don’t qualify for the playoffs will have their rosters frozen at the end of the regular season but playoff teams can continue to add free agents. It’s important to end the regular season with at least a couple of your 40 player acquisitions remaining.

Week 13 Power Poll: Season-to-Date

Despite clubbing the Lower Haighters in Week 12, the Power Poll is still undervaluing the Pittsburgh Xplosion, despite the fact that the team has the league’s best record at 88-50-6. The season-to-date poll has the Xplosion ranked seventh.

The JetSetters have the second best record in the league at 86-50-8 and top the season-to-date poll followed by High Cheese, which has the league’s third best record at 79-58-7.

Another team that remains an anomaly in the season-to-date poll is the Marin Menehunes. At 62-75-7, the Menehunes sit 13th in the league standings but they are rated fourth by the poll. That’s something to watch moving forward.

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Week 13 Power Poll: Rest-of-Season Projections

Looking forward, the rest-of-season Power Poll has the Menehunes ranked second behind the JetSetters and also expects Let’s Play 2 to make a charge at the playoffs. Let’s Play 2, last year’s runner-up, currently sits 12th with a 64-74-6 record.

The rest-of-season poll also values the Mirrors, which currently sit ninth overall with a 67-70-7 mark. The poll currently projects the Mirrors to finish fourth overall, a solid playoff team.

With essentially nine full weeks remaining in the regular season, expect further movement in both polls as we close in on the playoffs.

Rest of Season

Season-to-Date vs Rest-of-Season: Two Power Polls to Ponder

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Can Aaron Judge get hot over the next two months and lift the defending league champions, My Name is Judge, into the postseason?

Entering Week 12, the San Francisco Road Runners Club Fantasy Baseball League is beginning to come into focus. The JetSetters, Pittsburgh Xplosion, Lower Haighters and High Cheese are the only teams to post 70+ wins. Six more teams, led by the Bulls, have recorded 60+ wins.

Just nine weeks remain in the regular season so these 10 teams have an inside track at the eight playoff berths but nothing is guaranteed. Using the FantasyPros Power Poll tailored specifically for our league, we can make a more educated assessment.

This week, I ran two sets of numbers. The first is a Power Poll based on results to date. The second is a Power Poll based on rest-of-the-season projections. The polls show the overall strength of each team and then ranks each team’s hitting and pitching. Let’s dig in.

The season-to-date power poll has the following teams in the Top 8: High Cheese, JetSetters, Lower Haighters, Marin Menehunes, Bacon at Mile 11, A-Rod’s Mirrors, Warning Track Power, and Let’s Play 2. That leaves the Bulls, Pittsburgh Xplosion and Hapamon outside the playoffs.

The Rest-of-the-season poll predicts the following teams will qualify for the playoffs: JetSetters, High Cheese, A-Rod’s Mirrors, Marin Menehunes, Bacon at Mile 11, Let’s Play 2, Lower Haighters, and Pittsburgh Xplosion. That leaves Warning Track Power, the Bulls, and Hapamon outside the eight.

Neither power poll predicts My Name is Judge will return to the postseason to defend their championship.

Certainly, with two months remaining in the regular season, we’re getting ahead of ourselves trying to predict playoff berths. There are still plenty of injuries, slumps, and hot streaks left in 2018.

WEEK 12 POWER POLL

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POWER POLL: REST-OF-SEASON PROJECTIONS

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High Cheese Edges JetSetters in Week 11 Power Poll

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Gerrit Cole leads a High Cheese pitching staff that is second in WHIP and third in ERA.

High Cheese and the JetSetters just went toe-to-toe in a Week 10 series that ended in a 6-6 draw. And while neither team holds the league’s best record – that belongs to the Pittsburgh Xplosion – it’s High Cheese which tops this week’s Power Poll.

While the JetSetters and Pittsburgh Xplosion are separated by percentage points at the top of the standings, High Cheese trails by 6.5 games. The Power Poll, however, believes High Cheese has the league’s best pitching staff and the second best group of hitters.

Gerrit Cole is the top starter for High Cheese while Edwin Diaz and Aroldis Chapman anchor the bullpen. Cole is tied for second in the league with 12 quality starts while Diaz is tied for the league lead with 20 net saves/holds.

The surprising player on offense for High Cheese has been outfielder Andrew Benentendi. The young Boston outfielder is the league’s seventh-ranked player with a .293 average, .920 OPS, 45 RBI and 47 runs scored. Benentendi also has nine net stolen bases.

High Cheese will be challenged over the next three weeks as they make a tour of the West Division, facing A-Rod’s Mirrors, Warning Track Power, and the Lower Haighters. If they can win two of those series, High Cheese will be perfectly positioned for the final seven weeks of the regular season.

WEEK 11 POWER POLL

 

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HITTING STATS

No team is whiffing at a more prodigious rate in 2018 than My Name is Judge. Andy Berlind’s team has struck out a league-high 700 times and is 0-9-1 in the category. Second baseman Yoan Moncada and outfielder Aaron Judge are two of the biggest offenders.

Moncada has 85 strikeouts in 246 plate appearances. When Moncada walks to the plate, he strikes out 34 percent of the time. Judge is striking out in 30 percent of his plate appearances. He’s tallied 84 strikeouts.

My Name is Judge is the only team winless in any hitting category at this stage of the season.

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PITCHING STATS

The only team without a victory in any single pitching category is the Midtown Marsupials, who have yet to win the net/saves holds category. Allen Bush’s team is 0-9-1.

The Marsupials have just 11 net saves/holds on the season and they have all been tallied by Juan Nicasio, who is currently injured. Put this in perspective. Free agent Chaz Roe has 14 net saves/holds, so with one move, the Marsupials can claim a reliever with more net saves/holds than the team has earned over the first two-and-a-half months of the season.

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Pittsburgh Xplosion Tops the League

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Francisco Lindor leads the Pittsburgh Xplosion offense.

With their 9-3 series win over the Midtown Marsupials in Week 9, the Pittsburgh Xplosion now has the best record in the league. The Xplosion is 58-36-2 and hold a nine game lead over My Name is Judge in the East Division.

The Xpolosion has won five of its last six series and has moved up five spots in this week’s Power Poll. The Xplosion is tied for fifth in runs scored, they are seventh in strikeouts, and are third in plate appearances. They are also fourth in team ERA and fifth in net saves/holds.

While the Xplosion has the league’s best record, it’s the JetSetters that top the league Power Poll, moving past High Cheese. A-Rod’s Mirrors remain third while the Marin Menehunes jumped from 11th to fourth while Bacon at Mile 11 cracked the top five.

WEEK 9 POWER POLL

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A big reason the JetSetters top the league’s Power Pool is the team’s hitting. They lead the league in runs scored, they are second in RBI, fifth in strikeouts, third in OPS, second in net stolen bases and first in plate appearances.

Outfielders George Springer and Shin-soo Choo are tied for fifth in the league in plate appearances with 242 while shortstop Jean Segura is tied for sixth in net stolen bases with 10. Third baseman Eugenio Suarez is also fourth in the league in RBI with 41. They are powering the JetSetters offensively.

HITTING STATS

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Justin Verlander is tied for the league lead with 11 quality starts and anchors a pitching staff that has the Mirrors near the top of the Power Poll. The Mirrors have the league’s sixth best record but top the league in innings pitched with 509.0. They also have the lowest team ERA at 2.99 and WHIP at 1.05 while they are tied for the league lead in quality starts with 36 and net saves/holds with 47.

Great pitching will make the Mirrors a very difficult team to beat in the playoffs.

PITCHING STATS

Week 9 Pitching Stats

Week 8 Power Poll: Bulls Get No Respect

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Mookie Betts remains the top-rated player in the league

The Bulls get no love from FantasyPros. Despite forging the league’s best record over the season’s first seven weeks, the site’s power poll has the team ranked ninth overall and 12th in pitching. Why the disconnect?

Strength of schedule is a good place to begin. The combined record of the team’s first seven opponents is 259-304-25. Now, the Bulls can only play the teams on their schedule and the argument can be made that they’ve beaten the teams they should. But FantasyPros views the team’s Week 5 loss to the Lower Haighters, the only team the Bulls have played that currently has a winning record, and projects a rocky road in Weeks 11-14 when three of the four teams they face have a winning record.

You can’t blame Bulls owner Carolyn Greene for doubting the validity of the Power Poll.

The Bulls rank 11th in runs scored; 8th in RBI; 11th in strikeouts; fifth in OPS; eighth in net stolen bases; and 11th in plate appearances. Yet hitting is considered the team’s strength by FantasyPros.

The Bulls rank fifth in innings pitched; fifth in ERA; third in WHIP; ninth in K/9; first in quality starts and 13th in net saves/holds. Despite solid numbers, pitching is considered the team’s weakness.

It’s interesting to note, however, that the Power Poll ranks the JetSetters and High Cheese highly in hitting and they lead the league in most of the hitting categories.

This debate will play out over the rest of the season.

Week 8 Power Poll

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Hitting Stats

Let’s Play 2 outfielder Mookie Betts remains the top-rated hitter in the league. Over the last month, Betts is hitting .354 with a 1.172 OPS with 18 RBI, 25 runs scored and eight net stolen bases…JetSetters infielder Jose Ramirez is also swinging a hot bat. Over his last 27 games, Ramirez is hitting .358 with an 1.160 OPS. He has 23 RBI, 22 runs scored, and two net stolen bases during that period…Mike Trout has quietly pieced together a great start to the season for Bacon at Mile 11. Trout is hitting .302 with a 1.136 OPS, with 22 runs scored, 14 RBI and eight net stolen bases over the past month….Several players have struggled lately, including catcher Alex Avila for the Brooklyn Bombers. In his last 21 games, Avila is hitting .146 with a .490 OPS with just two RBI and four runs scored…Outfielder Kole Calhoun is also scuffling at the plate for Home Run 101. Calhoun is hitting .123 with a .310 OPS in his last 70 plate appearances. He has just two RBI and two runs scored in that period.

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Pitching Stats

Justin Verlander continues to roll for A-Rod’s Mirrors. In his last five starts, Verlander has posted a 1.00 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 11.3 K/9. All five have been quality…Max Scherzer has anchored the staff for the Menehunes. He’s allowed just eight runs over his last 32.2 innings. His K/9 rate is an absurd 15.7….While Verlander and Scherzer have been excellent, Danny Duffy is dragging down the Warning Track Power staff like an anchor. In his last six starts, Duffy has a 9.00 ERA, 2.03 WHIP, and measly 6.6 K/9. He hasn’t had a quality start in that period. Chris Stratton has struggled for High Cheese but he has an excuse, he’s a new daddy. His only quality starts since the newborn arrived were road starts. In his last six starts, Stratton owns a 7.22 ERA and 1.92 WHIP. Get some sleep, kid.

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