Month: July 2017

Around the League: Week 17 Recap

Check out this article to see information, stats, and recaps from the league’s action this week.

The Opposite of Good

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After already having suffered through -4 rough weeks, this week was no better for TEABAGGERS as they continue to tumble down the rankings. They had trouble all over the place, dropping in five separate stat categories, including a two spot fall in ERA. Jesse Chavez stuck out as the worst performer, recording a 13.50 ERA in 7 and 1/3 innings. That caused TEABAGGERS to fall from 2nd to 4th in the ERA standings, 0.10 ERA behind SKINS. Things weren’t better in other categories, as TEABAGGERS fell from 9th to 10th in the overall rankings.

Special Delivery

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Welington Castillo had been quiet in the RBIs category since week eleven’s performance, but finally awoke from his slumber this week. Castillo totaled 6 RBIs while leading SPACE COWBOYS to 46 RBIs overall. His RBI performance this week ended a five week streak of failing to perform at a league average level in that category. SPACE COWBOYS stayed in 1st place in the RBIs standings.

Just Forget It

SMOKING GUNS are just showing off in the home runs category at this point. They dominated the HRs category this week, clobbering 17 of them. Coach Quinn, Cavan Quinn’s squad was led by the three-headed-monster of Matt Davidson, Kendrys Morales, and Rougned Odor, who together got 9 of their team’s 17 HRs. SMOKING GUNS are now 16 HRs ahead of 2nd place team SPACE COWBOYS.

On the Cusp

SKINS spent another week in the 2nd position overall, but sits in a good position to improve next week. They’ve got real good chances to move up in batting average, home runs, wins, and ERA. Positive moves in each of those spots would give SKINS 72 category points overall, and a likely 1st place position.

No Show

SCHNOOKERS were already struggling this season, and that was before they collectively took week seventeen off. They were bringing up the rear this week, coming up with only 24.5 category points. SCHNOOKERS finished in last place in WHIP and ERA with a 1.86 WHIP and a 6.75 ERA, and also finished 11th in RBIs, batting average, and home runs. They stayed in 11th place in the overall standings this week.

 

Week 16 ZBW (Shanahan-Poncet) ROTISSERIE Power Ranking Report

Adam Jones was an all-around champ this week, as he logged 10 RBIs, banged out 3 HRs, and batted .419.

SHAMS had the biggest jump in the rankings thanks to Adam Jones.

Rank (Last Week in parentheses)

1 (3) SPACE COWBOYS
Putting up 19 home runs, 49 RBIs, and a .288 BA pushed SPACE COWBOYS to the top of the pile.

2 (7) SHAMS
Coming up with 47 RBIs, a 2.67 ERA, and a 1.12 WHIP allowed SHAMS to rocket up five slots in the power rankings.

3 (5) DEADZONES
Justin Upton is the main reason for DEADZONES’s jump in the rankings, as he notched 3 stolen bases, hit .385, and posted 5 RBIs.

4 (2) SKINS
SKINS’s performance two weeks ago was in the bottom 20th percentile for the season, and so was last week’s.

5 (1) ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS
Only coming up with 15 RBIs, a .211 BA, and 6 HRs caused ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS to careen down four spots in our power rankings.

6 (4) DEADWOODS
DEADWOODS have now had to deal with seven straight weeks where Jose Quintana has underperformed his positional average.

7 (6) MASTERBLASTERS
MASTERBLASTERS hasn’t had an above average team performance in three weeks.

8 (8) SCHNOOKERS
SCHNOOKERS put up 39 RBIs, 11 HRs, and 4 stolen bases, but that wasn’t enough to get them out of the 8th spot for the 3rd straight week.

9 (11) SMOKING GUNS

10 (10) Colt 45s

11 (12) SALUKIS
SALUKIS have been enjoying the services of Chad Green, who has given them seven straight weeks of above-average roto performance.

12 (9) TEABAGGERS
After only managing 2 HRs, 12 RBIs, and 1 stolen base, we peg TEABAGGERS as the least powerful team around.

Around the League: Week 16 Recap

Check out this article to see information, stats, and recaps from the league’s action this week.

It’s My Week

SPACE COWBOYS showed, once again, how it’s supposed to be done this week. They racked up a league-high 64 category points. Coach Denton’s squad finished in first for the week in RBIs and home runs by putting up 49 RBIs and 19 HRs, while coming in 2nd in saves. That Hank Aaron-esque performance pushed pushed SPACE COWBOYS SPACE COWBOYS pushed pushed SPACE COWBOYS SPACE COWBOYS up in the overall rankings from 2nd to 1st.

Can’t Take it with You

SCHNOOKERS couldn’t keep things going after last week’s 2.41 ERA effort. They stumbled their way to totaling a 5.06 ERA in 32 innings this week. Carlos Rodon was clearly the weakest link for Coach Schneller and the gang as he totaled a 12.27 ERA in 3 and 2/3 innings. As a result, SCHNOOKERS remained on the bottom of the ERA standings, an unfortunate distinction that they have borne all season. News wasn’t better elsewhere, as they fell from 10th to 11th in the overall rankings.

Producing the Goods

ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS showed everybody how it’s done in the stolen bases department, stealing 7 bases. Rajai Davis separated himself from the rest of the crew on ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS, racking up 4 stolen bases to go along with a .500 BA in 12 at bats. Those 4 stolen bases were the most that any player collected this week. As a result, ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS are no longer the worst team in the stolen bases standings.

Down Goes SKINS! Down Goes SKINS

SKINS fell out of 1st place and into 2nd overall. They dropped due to slides in three stat categories, including a five spot fall in batting average. Nomar Mazara loomed large in the result, hitting .000. Mazara has posted the lowest batting average of any starting player over the last three weeks.

Catch Me if You Can!

DEADZONES are running away with the ERA category because of weeks like this one. They stood out in the ERA category, producing a 2.25 ERA. Coach Stetz’s squad did well with a balanced effort, as six players outperformed the league average. Bryan Shaw was the best of the bunch, putting up a 0.00 ERA in 4 innings. DEADZONES are now way ahead of TEABAGGERS, to the tune of 0.62 ERA.

 

Week 15 ZBW (Shanahan-Poncet) ROTISSERIE Power Ranking Report

Alex Claudio’s big numbers helped MASTERBLASTERS get the biggest boost in the rankings.

Rank (Last Week in parentheses)

1 (2) ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS
Putting up a 0.86 ERA, a 0.80 WHIP, and 10 home runs pushed ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS to the top of the pile.

2 (1) SKINS
Michael Fulmer won this week, and might have an easier time racking up wins in the future if trade rumors are accurate and he winds up on a contender.

3 (4) SPACE COWBOYS
Edwin Diaz is the main reason for SPACE COWBOYS’s jump in the rankings, as he logged 3 saves.

4 (3) DEADWOODS
DEADWOODS were the worst team in the league in the RBIs category this week, which is no big surprise given that they’ve been the worst team in that category overall for the season.

5 (5) DEADZONES
Same old same old, DEADZONES are ranked 2nd in pitching after previously ranking 3rd, but unfortunately is ranked 11th in hitting after previously sitting at 10th.

6 (9) MASTERBLASTERS
Coming up with a 0.91 WHIP, 3 saves, and a .277 BA allowed MASTERBLASTERS to rocket up three slots in the power rankings.

7 (7) SHAMS
SHAMS put up a 0.97 WHIP, a 2.45 ERA, and 3 stolen bases, but stayed in the same spot this week due to a horrible performance in the HRs category.

8 (8) SCHNOOKERS
The same old pattern held true as SCHNOOKERS ranks 12th in pitching after previously ranking 12th, whereas they are ranked 2nd in hitting after previously sitting at2nd.

9 (12) TEABAGGERS
TEABAGGERS’s performance two weeks ago was in the bottom 20th percentile for the season, and so was last week’s.

10 (6) Colt 45s
Only coming up with 0 stolen bases, 0 saves, and 16 RBIs caused Colt 45s to careen down four spots in our power rankings.

11 (10) SMOKING GUNS
SMOKING GUNS just stumbled to the worst three week run of any team this season.

12 (11) SALUKIS
After only managing 0 saves, 11 RBIs, and 3 HRs, we peg SALUKIS as the least powerful team around.

Around the League: Week 15 Recap

Passed By

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TEABAGGERS had themselves a fine week in the stolen bases category, producing 5 of them. They relied heavily on Avisail Garcia, who recorded 2 stolen bases to go along with 2 home runs and 3 RBIs. Garcia’s performance this week ended a three game streak of failing to hit his projections. His performance helped TEABAGGERS move up from 11th to 10th in the stolen bases standings. Coaches Kent Johnson and Patrick Whelan no doubt wish they could say the same elsewhere, as TEABAGGERS fell from 7th to 8th in the overall rankings.

More Ground to Cover

Given that SALUKIS had fallen in the overall standings during the previous three weeks, this week’s result shouldn’t come as much of a shock. They dropped in three stat categories, including moving down two places in ERA. Wade Miley was the lone bad performer for SALUKIS, although he certainly tanked royally, sporting a 13.50 ERA in 4 and 2/3 innings. No surprise then, SALUKIS fell from 6th to 8th in the ERA standings, 0.08 ERA behind ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS. SALUKIS also fell from 10th to 11th in the overall rankings.

Putting on a Show

Coaches Colin Scoggins and keith mckinley picked up Alex Claudio off the waiver wire this week and he paid immediate dividends. Claudio totaled 2 saves while leading MASTERBLASTERS to 3 saves overall. His 2 save performance was good for 2nd place among all players this week. Nevertheless, MASTERBLASTERS stayed in 4th place in the saves standings.

Worst in Show

SKINS have been doing it right in the batting average category this season, but they lost their way big time this week. Preferring to watch things from the dugout , SKINS posted a lowly a .185 BA. That was the worst batting average of any team this week. Despite that, SKINS held on to their 3rd place position in the batting average rankings.

Don’t Even Try

DEADZONES are just showing off in the WHIP category at this point. They kept their bases clean this week with an intimidating 0.71 WHIP. Coach Stetz’s squad had a three-man strike force with Nick Vincent, Chris Devenski, and Mike Fiers combining for a 0.41 WHIP. DEADZONES are miles, well, 0.07 WHIP, ahead of DEADWOODS.

 

Week 14 ZBW (Shanahan-Poncet) ROTISSERIE Power Ranking Report

George Springer showed up to play this week, as he batted .577, banged out 3 HRs, and put up 9 RBIs

George Springer had a big week for SHAMS, helping them get the biggest boost in the rankings.

Rank (Last Week in parentheses)

1 (1) SKINS
SKINS racked up 6 saves this week, which is the best mark of the season for any team.

2 (4) ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS
After his performance this week, Coaches Jim Rodrigues and Paul Keriazes might be hoping that David Price gets into a fight on the team plane more often.

3 (5) DEADWOODS
DEADWOODS have now had six straight weeks of above-average team performance.

4 (3) SPACE COWBOYS
SPACE COWBOYS dropped and no one is more to blame than Joe Biagini, who sported a 27.00 ERA, recorded a 3.60 WHIP, and tallied 0 saves.

5 (2) DEADZONES
Only coming up with 0 saves, 4 home runs, and a .210 BA caused DEADZONES to careen down three spots in our power rankings.

6 (7) Colt 45s
Colt 45s have been enjoying the services of Steven Souza, who has given them seven straight weeks of above-average roto performance.

7 (12) SHAMS
All George Springer did on Friday was go 4-4 with two home runs.

8 (9) SCHNOOKERS
Bud Norris is the main reason for SCHNOOKERS’s jump in the rankings, as he notched a 0.00 WHIP.

9 (6) MASTERBLASTERS
MASTERBLASTERS had a great week last time the rankings were compiled, but fell off big time afterwards.

10 (10) SMOKING GUNS
Lance McCullers didn’t exactly respond well to being named an All-Star.

11 (11) SALUKIS
SALUKIS’s performance two weeks ago was in the bottom 20th percentile for the season, and so was last week’s.

12 (8) TEABAGGERS
After only managing 0 saves, 3 HRs, and 1 win, we peg TEABAGGERS as the least powerful team around.

Around the League: Week 14 Recap

Check out this article to see information, stats, and recaps from the league’s action this week.

All Eyes on Me

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Photo by USATSIARMCHAIR SLUGGERS got the league’s top RBI performance this week from Nelson Cruz. Cruz racked up 11 RBIs while leading ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS to 29 RBIs overall. His performance this week stopped his nine game streak of not meeting his projections. Despite that, ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS stayed in 3rd place in the RBIs standings.

Look Out Below!

Hard to believe, but SALUKIS used to be in 1st place in the wins standings. That was back in week two. Unfortunately, things have gone downhill since. They fell down two spots to 9th place this week after winning only 1 game. Coach Moynihan’s squad suffered from eight zeros in that category, one of which came from Dylan Bundy, who wasn’t better in other stat categories.

Wrong Direction

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SMOKING GUNS came into this week hoping for a change of fortune after moving down the standings for three straight weeks. They didn’t get it. They had poor showings in four stat categories, including moving down one spot in WHIP. Coach Quinn, Cavan Quinn will find no easy scapegoat. Lance McCullers was the worst of a seven man group of underperformers, recording a 2.54 WHIP in 4 and 1/3 innings. That caused SMOKING GUNS to drop one spot in the WHIP standings (now 11th), 0.02 WHIP behind MASTERBLASTERS. In addition, SMOKING GUNS fell from 8th to 9th in the overall rankings.

Low Turnout

TEABAGGERS embarrassed themselves in the home runs category this week, tallying only 3 HRs. No other team hit fewer HRs. TEABAGGERS had a league low two players who contributed anything in that category. Danny Espinosa was one of the twelve no shows. TEABAGGERS fell down the HRs standings for the 2nd straight week, moving from 10th to 11th.

What a Week!

SKINS are contenders for the title because of weeks like this. They topped all other teams for the week, earning 71 category points. Coaches Mark Hodgkins and Frank Grzegorzewski’s squad won the week in saves after putting up 6 saves, while also finishing in 2nd in RBIs, home runs, and WHIP. As a result, SKINS are tops in the league overall.

Week 13 ZBW (Shanahan-Poncet) ROTISSERIE Power Ranking Report

David Robertson had a big week for ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS, helping them get the biggest boost in the rankings.

Rank (Last Week in parentheses)

1 (2) SKINS
Putting up 50 RBIs, a 1.01 WHIP, and a .279 BA pushed SKINS to the top of the pile.

2 (4) DEADZONES
Mookie Betts is the main reason for DEADZONES’s jump in the rankings, as he posted 11 RBIs, produced 3 stolen bases, and banged out 3 home runs.

3 (1) SPACE COWBOYS
SPACE COWBOYS had a great week last time the rankings were compiled, but fell off big time afterwards.

4 (8) ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS
Coming up with a 0.88 WHIP, 6 wins, and a 2.92 ERA allowed ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS to rocket up four slots in the power rankings.

5 (3) DEADWOODS
Coaches Francis Bujak and Guy Mawhinney are having their patience tested by Stephen Vogt, who has been the worst starter in the league over the past three weeks.

6 (9) MASTERBLASTERS
MASTERBLASTERS have been enjoying the services of Blake Parker, who has given them seven straight weeks of above-average roto performance.

7 (7) Colt 45s
Colt 45s put up 17 HRs, 38 RBIs, and 4 wins, but stayed in the same spot this week due to a horrible performance in the saves category.

8 (11) TEABAGGERS
Carlos Santana is on a nice trajectory for TEABAGGERS, improving his performance in our roto player metric for three straight weeks.

9 (6) SCHNOOKERS
Only coming up with 1 win, 1 save, and 30 RBIs caused SCHNOOKERS to careen down three spots in our power rankings.

10 (5) SMOKING GUNS
SMOKING GUNS dropped and no one is more to blame than Dellin Betances, who put up a 32.40 ERA, recorded a 4.80 WHIP, and tallied 0 saves.

11 (12) SALUKIS
SALUKIS’s performance two weeks ago was in the bottom 20th percentile for the season, and so was last week’s.

12 (10) SHAMS
After only managing 0 saves, 6 HRs, and a 1.57 WHIP, we peg SHAMS as the least powerful team around.

Around the League: Week 13 Recap

Check out this article to see information, stats, and recaps from the league’s action this week.

Predictable Fall from Grace

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Photo by USATSIWe hate to say I told you so, but we called SALUKIS’s fall into 9th place this week. SALUKIS got poor results in two stat categories, including a two spot drop in home runs. They suffered from twelve zeros in that category, one of which came from Austin Jackson, who also hit .000 and tallied 0 RBIs. Jackson’s performance this week broke his ten game streak of surpassing his projections.

Just Forget It

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DEADWOODS are running away with the stolen bases category because of weeks like this one. They weren’t messing around when it came to stolen bases this week, swiping 8 bases. Jose Altuve was the key contributor, logging 4 stolen bases to go along with a .409 BA in 22 at bats. DEADWOODS are now 31 stolen bases ahead of 2nd place team SCHNOOKERS.

Turn Around Artist

DEADZONES started out totally lost in the RBIs category. They notched 3 RBIs, which was the worst of any team during the first three days of the week. They turned things WAY around however, posting a league-leading 41 RBIs the rest of the way. That huge turn-around made up for the early damage and then some, as DEADZONES wound up in 2nd place for the week.

Yikes

SMOKING GUNS did not have a good week in the ERA category, sporting a 7.32 ERA. They were practicing their manners as they put every other team ahead of themselves in the ERA category this week. Coach Quinn, Cavan Quinn can blame the poor result on Matt Bush, Matt Strahm, and Daniel Gossett, who together posted a 9.75 ERA in 12 innings. As a result, SMOKING GUNS fell from 8th to 10th in the ERA standings, 0.05 ERA behind MASTERBLASTERS. Things weren’t better in other categories, as SMOKING GUNS dropped big time in the overall rankings, moving from 4th to 8th.

Past Not Prologue

After last week’s 1.74 WHIP effort, it looks like MASTERBLASTERS were able to regroup. Their made like DEVO and WHIP’d it good this week, producing a 0.90 WHIP. Coaches Colin Scoggins and keith mckinley’s squad got two clean sheets in the WHIP category, with Blake Parker and Taylor Rogers allowing no base runners in five innings. That pushed MASTERBLASTERS from 11th to 9th in the WHIP standings.