Around the League: Week 12 Recap

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Team Effort

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Photo by USATSISCHNOOKERS is stuck in 11th place overall for the 3rd straight week, despite making some progress. They improved their rank in four stat categories, including moving up three places in home runs. They had more players helping out in the category than any other team, with Carlos Gomez (4 HRs) being the best of twelve contributors. Those 4 HRs were the most of any player this week.

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

DEADWOODS got more of the performances that had them moving up the overall standings in each of the previous three weeks. They did well in four stat categories, including a two spot rise in ERA. Coaches Francis Bujak and Guy Mawhinney’s squad got two clean sheets (among qualified players) in the ERA category, with Keone Kela and Jose Quintana posting a 0.00 ERA. That helped DEADWOODS move up from 8th to 6th in the ERA standings.

Sinking Feeling

SMOKING GUNS suffered a bad case of WHIPlash this week with a sorry 1.76 WHIP. Matt Bush and Matt Strahm were the captain and first mate on the good ship failboat. Together they produced a 2.85 WHIP in 6 and 2/3 innings. Strahm’s performance this week definitively ended a four game streak of beating the experts’ projections. Nevertheless, SMOKING GUNS held on to their 8th place position in the WHIP rankings, 0.02 WHIP behind SALUKIS. SMOKING GUNS fell from 3rd to 4th in the overall rankings.

Teetering

SALUKIS held on to their spot in 8th place overall this week. Next week, however, they may have trouble pulling off that same feat. They are in serious danger of falling down in four separate categories- batting average, home runs, saves, and wins. Falling back in each of those spots would leave SALUKIS with 46 category points overall, and likely put them in 9th place.

Woman of the Hour

SPACE COWBOYS showed, once again, how it’s supposed to be done this week. They racked up a league-high 73 category points. Coach Denton’s squad finished in first for the week in batting average and wins by putting up a .311 BA and 4 wins, while coming in 2nd in RBIs and saves. As a result, SPACE COWBOYS are tops in the league overall.

Week 11 ZBW (Shanahan-Poncet) ROTISSERIE Power Ranking Report

Jose Ramirez showed up to play , as he batted .516, cranked out 3 home runs, and tallied 7 RBIs

Jose Ramirez had a big week for DEADWOODS, helping them get the biggest boost in the rankings.

Rank (Last Week in parentheses)

1 (2) SPACE COWBOYS
Putting up 8 stolen bases, 45 RBIs, and 5 wins pushed SPACE COWBOYS to the top of the pile.

2 (1) SKINS

3 (5) DEADZONES
Mookie Betts is the main reason for DEADZONES’s jump in the rankings, as he launched 3 home runs, hit .387, and totaled 5 RBIs.

4 (9) DEADWOODS
Coming up with a .339 BA, 11 stolen bases, and 6 wins allowed DEADWOODS to rocket up five slots in the power rankings.

5 (7) SMOKING GUNS
SMOKING GUNS’s performance this week was a big turnaround from last week’s disappointment, allowing them a bump in the power rankings.

6 (4) TEABAGGERS
TEABAGGERS have now had to deal with seven straight weeks where Darwin Barney has underperformed his positional average.

7 (3) ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS
James Paxton was incandescent to start the season, but this new post-DL version hasn’t been serving ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS very well at all.

8 (10) SALUKIS
SALUKIS have been enjoying the services of Brad Brach, who has given them five straight weeks of above-average roto performance.

9 (11) Colt 45s
Trey Mancini is on a nice trajectory for Colt 45s, improving his performance in our roto player metric for three straight weeks.

10 (12) SHAMS
SHAMS is moving up largely on the strength of their performance in the RBIs category, where they have notched 119 RBIs over the past three weeks.

11 (8) MASTERBLASTERS
Only coming up with 3 HRs, 0 saves, and a .216 BA caused MASTERBLASTERS to careen down three spots in our power rankings.

12 (6) SCHNOOKERS
After only managing 1 stolen base, 2 wins, and a 1.49 WHIP, we peg SCHNOOKERS as the least powerful team around.

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Marching Towards the Top

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Photo by USATSIDEADWOODS has now improved their overall ranking each week for the past two straight weeks. They can attribute the move to good performances in three stat categories, including moving up two places in batting average. Jose Ramirez was the leader in that area for DEADWOODS this week, hitting .516 to go along with 3 home runs and 7 RBIs. Ramirez’s performance ended a seven game streak of failing to hit his projections.

Disaster

SKINS‘s pitchers belly-itchers had all sorts of trouble in the ERA department and finished with a less-than-spectacular a 8.72 ERA. That’s the worst result that any team this season has had in the ERA category. Buck Farmer stuck out as the worst performer for SKINS, producing a 25.07 ERA in 4 and 2/3 innings. No surprise then, SKINS dropped two spots in the ERA standings (now 5th), 0.07 ERA behind SMOKING GUNS. SKINS also fell from 1st to 2nd in the overall rankings.

What Coulda Been

MASTERBLASTERS had some issues in the home runs category this week. They had the worst performance in the HRs category this week partly because Coaches Colin Scoggins and keith mckinley left Mike Napoli and his 2 HRs on the bench. Napoli did better than any player actually in MASTERBLASTERS’s starting lineup. MASTERBLASTERS fell from 10th to 11th in the HRs standings.

Break From Tradition

Defying their season long pattern, DEADZONES couldn’t get it going in the wins category while getting good results in batting average. In the batting average category, their .297 BA pushed them into 9th place this week. Meanwhile, in the wins category, their 1 win performance caused them to drop one spot into 3rd place.

Ouch…Just Ouch

SCHNOOKERS’s bad season got a whole lot worse this week. They fell in behind all other teams, earning only 33.5 category points. SCHNOOKERS wound up in last place for the week in stolen bases by putting up 1 stolen base, and also finished 11th in batting average and 10th in RBIs. They stayed in 11th place in the overall standings this week.

Week 10 ZBW (Shanahan-Poncet) ROTISSERIE Power Ranking Report

Ryon Healy had a big week for SKINS, helping them get the biggest boost in the rankings.

Rank (Last Week in parentheses)

1 (4) SKINS
Putting up 42 RBIs, 5 saves, and 14 home runs pushed SKINS to the top of the pile.

2 (3) SPACE COWBOYS
SPACE COWBOYS have been the best in the league this season in the RBIs category, and topped the league in that category again this week.

3 (2) ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS
Logan Morrison is on a disturbing slide, doing worse in our roto player metric in each of the last three weeks.

4 (1) TEABAGGERS
Only coming up with 2 stolen bases, 24 RBIs, and a 1.40 WHIP caused TEABAGGERS to careen down three spots in our power rankings.

5 (7) DEADZONES
DEADZONES have been enjoying the services of Miguel Sano, who has given them seven straight weeks of above-average roto performance.

6 (9) SCHNOOKERS
Coming up with a 2.20 ERA, 13 HRs, and a 1.16 WHIP allowed SCHNOOKERS to rocket up three slots in the power rankings.

7 (5) SMOKING GUNS
SMOKING GUNS had the worst performance of any team this week, which predictably led to a power rankings drop.

8 (10) MASTERBLASTERS
MASTERBLASTERS is moving up largely on the strength of their performance in the stolen bases category, where they have recorded 18 stolen bases over the past three weeks.

9 (12) DEADWOODS

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

11 (8) Colt 45s
Colt 45s dropped and no one is more to blame than Brad Peacock, who tallied a 3.67 WHIP, totaled a 12.00 ERA, and won 0 games.

12 (11) SHAMS
After only managing 0 saves, 1 win, and 2 stolen bases, we peg SHAMS as the least powerful team around.

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We’re Number 1

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Photo by USATSIDEADWOODS pulled off some master thievery this week, racking up 13 stolen bases. Center fielders Cameron Maybin and Delino DeShields were the prime movers for DEADWOODS, recording 6 and 5 stolen bases, respectively. DeShields’ performance this week stopped his four game streak of not meeting his projections. As a result, DEADWOODS now sits at the top of the stolen bases standings.

More Bad News

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SCHNOOKERS have fallen for two weeks in a row now, going from 10th to 11th. They dropped due to slides in three stat categories, including a six spot fall in batting average. Ben Revere loomed large in the result, hitting .000. Revere might be heading back to the waiver wire after getting picked up before this game.

The Past is Past

ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS apparently didn’t gain any momentum from last week’s 14 home run performance. They had a week to forget, tallying only 5 HRs. Coaches Jim Rodrigues and Paul Keriazes’ squad suffered from ten zeros in that category, one of which came from Jean Segura, who also batted .000 and totaled 0 RBIs. That caused ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS to fall from 4th to 6th in the HRs standings, 2 HRs behind SALUKIS. In addition, ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS fell from 3rd to 4th in the overall rankings.

Just Not Normal

MASTERBLASTERS managed to pull off a strange feat this week: they did well in ERA while doing poorly in WHIP. In the ERA category, they moved into 10th place after sporting a 2.52 ERA. Meanwhile, in the WHIP category, they fell down one spot to 11th place this week after notching a 1.57 WHIP.

Cleaning Up

SKINS are contenders for the title because of weeks like this. They topped all other teams for the week, earning 70.5 category points. Coaches Mark Hodgkins and Frank Grzegorzewski’s squad won the week in saves and WHIP after putting up 5 saves and a 1.15 WHIP, while also finishing in 2nd in RBIs and home runs. As a result, SKINS moved up in the overall rankings from 2nd to 1st.

Week 9 ZBW (Shanahan-Poncet) ROTISSERIE Power Ranking Report

Craig Kimbrel showed up to play this week, as he logged 3 saves

Craig Kimbrel had a big week for TEABAGGERS, helping them get the biggest boost in the rankings.

Rank (Last Week in parentheses)

1 (6) TEABAGGERS
Putting up 14 home runs, 38 RBIs, and a .275 BA pushed TEABAGGERS to the top of the pile.

2 (3) ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS
ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS have been enjoying the services of David Price, who has given them seven straight weeks of above-average roto performance.

3 (7) SPACE COWBOYS
Coming up with 14 HRs, 4 saves, and 41 RBIs allowed SPACE COWBOYS to rocket up four slots in the power rankings.

4 (2) SKINS
SKINS have now had to deal with seven straight weeks where Alcides Escobar has underperformed his positional average.

5 (1) SMOKING GUNS
Only coming up with 0 saves, 1 win, and a 1.62 WHIP caused SMOKING GUNS to careen down four spots in our power rankings.

6 (4) DEADZONES
DEADZONES have now seen their overall power ranking fall for four straight weeks.

7 (11) SALUKIS
SALUKIS put up big numbers last week, and followed that up with yet another huge performance this week.

8 (10) Colt 45s

9 (5) SCHNOOKERS
SCHNOOKERS has struggled big time recently in the WHIP category, where they have racked up a 1.55 WHIP in 15 innings over the past three weeks.

10 (9) MASTERBLASTERS
MASTERBLASTERS dropped and no one is more to blame than Danny Farquhar, who recorded a 23.63 ERA, tallied a 3.38 WHIP, and totaled 0 saves.

11 (8) SHAMS
At this point, it’s questionable whether Masahiro Tanaka belongs in SHAMS’s lineup at all.

12 (12) DEADWOODS
DEADWOODS hasn’t had an above average team performance in six weeks.

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The King is Dead

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Photo by USATSISKINS fell off their perch at the top of the league and into 2nd place overall. They dropped in two stat categories, including moving down one spot in ERA. Marco Estrada and Alex Cobb were double trouble for SKINS, together producing a 16.62 ERA in 8 and 2/3 innings. Estrada’s performance this week definitively broke his three game streak of surpassing his projections.

Anything you can do, I can do better

MASTERBLASTERS made up for their lackluster 22 RBI performance last week with a top-notch performance in the category this week. Their batters didn’t leave their teammates hanging as they accumulated 57 RBIs. That’s the best result that any team this season has had in the RBIs category. That Hank Aaron-esque performance pushed MASTERBLASTERS from 11th to 10th in the RBIs standings.

Trading Places

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DEADWOODS swapped places with SMOKING GUNS in the pitcher wins standings, with DEADWOODS moving from 7th to 4th and SMOKING GUNS moving from 4th to 7th. DEADWOODS pulled that off by posting 6 wins this week. Chris Sale separated himself from the rest of the crew on DEADWOODS, notching 2 wins. Meanwhile, ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS tallied only 5 wins due to poor performances from Jharel Cotton, Sonny Gray, and Martin Perez, who each went winless.

Slippin’

SHAMS‘s pitchers threw a party on the basepaths this week, recording a 1.75 WHIP in 36 innings. Two players stood out for their poor performance, with Derek Holland and Anthony Swarzak combining to record a 4.07 WHIP in 4 and 2/3 innings. Swarzak has recorded the highest WHIP of any starting player over the last three weeks. As a result, SHAMS fell from 10th to 11th in the WHIP standings, 0.02 WHIP behind MASTERBLASTERS. Things weren’t better in other categories, as SHAMS fell off a cliff in the overall standings, going from 6th to 9th.

Poised to Strike

SALUKIS didn’t make much noise this week, staying in 8th place overall. Next week, however, could be a very different story. They are in easy striking distance of moving up in six separate categories- RBIs, batting average, stolen bases, home runs, saves, and ERA. Positive moves in each of those spots would give SALUKIS 54 category points overall, and a likely 5th place position.

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Leave the Past Behind

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Photo by USATSISCHNOOKERS’s 12th place RBIs ranking back in week one is a distant memory these days. Their 35 RBI performance pushed them into 5th place this week. Xander Bogaerts led a very balanced group of eight overperformers for SCHNOOKERS, racking up 6 RBIs. Those 6 RBIs were the most that any shortstop collected this week.

More Ground to Cover

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SHAMS lost ground in the big race this week, sliding from 4th to 6th in the overall standings. They had poor showings in three stat categories, including moving down three places in batting average. Yan Gomes and Adam Jones were quite coordinated in their failures for SHAMS. They each hit only .063. Gomes’ performance this week ended a three game streak of beating the experts’ projections.

Hey, Some Team Had To Do It

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DEADWOODS‘s ERA was more LOL this week as it rounded out to a pitiful 7.09. That was the highest ERA of any team this week. Jose Quintana was clearly the weakest link for Coaches Francis Bujak and Guy Mawhinney and the gang as he recorded a 16.62 ERA in 4 and 1/3 innings. No surprise then, DEADWOODS tumbled all the way from 4th to 9th in the ERA standings, less than 0.01 ERA behind SPACE COWBOYS. DEADWOODS also dropped big time in the overall rankings, moving from 8th to 11th.

The Opposite of Good

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DEADZONES dominated the stolen bases category this week, stealing 6 bases. They had three players lead the way, with Mookie Betts, Kevin Kiermaier, and Justin Upton swiping 6 bases. Betts alone posted 2 stolen bases, which topped all right fielders this week. His performance helped DEADZONES jump up two spots and into 4th in the stolen bases standings. Unfortunately, that was the good news, as DEADZONES fell from 3rd to 4th in the overall rankings.

Nobody Does it Better

ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS haven’t had many good moments in the WHIP category, but sure got one this week. Their pitchers were allergic to baserunners, tallying a 0.78 WHIP. That performance was enough to put ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS in the top spot for WHIP this week. As a result, ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS moved up from 11th to 9th in the WHIP standings.

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Leave it to Me

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Photo by USATSIDEADWOODS fortunes changed after three straight weeks of falling in the standings. They rose up due to good performances in three categories, including a three spot jump in batting average. Three players (Cameron Maybin, Jose Altuve, and Delino DeShields) delivered for DEADWOODS, hitting .435. That helped DEADWOODS move up from 10th to 7th in the batting average standings.

All Aboard!

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Colt 45s did about as good in the wins category this week as they did bad last week. They stood out in the wins category, posting 8 of them. They got contributions from more players (6) in that category than any other team, with Yu Darvish being one of two players winning 2 games. Darvish’s performance pushed Colt 45s from 9th to 5th in the wins standings.

Paydirt!

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SPACE COWBOYS might raise some PED suspicions after launching 23 long balls this week. They had two main stars in Corey Dickerson and Salvador Perez, who together clobbered 9 HRs. Dickerson’s 5 home runs were the most of any player this week. His performance pushed SPACE COWBOYS to the top of the HRs standings.

I’ll Have the Usual

In a display that is all too typical, ARMCHAIR SLUGGERS had a good week in the RBIs category while sucking wind in WHIP. In the WHIP category, their 1.50 WHIP this week caused them to drop one spot into 11th place. Meanwhile, in the RBIs category, they moved into 1st place after putting up 50 RBIs.

It’s My Week

SHAMS absolutely lit up the scoreboard this week. They racked up a league-high 66.5 category points. Coach Dillon’s squad did not quite finish in first in any category, but wound up 2nd in stolen bases by dropping 5 stolen bases, while also manging to finish 3rd in home runs and wins. As a result, SHAMS moved up the overall rankings for the 2nd straight week, going from 6th to 4th.

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Keep Up the Good Work

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Photo by USATSISKINS climbed up the overall standings for the 2nd straight week, moving from 3rd to 1st. They made progress on many fronts- improving their standing in five categories, including a five spot jump in batting average. Coaches Mark Hodgkins and Frank Grzegorzewski’s squad was led by the three-headed-monster of Yolmer Sanchez, Lorenzo Cain, and Carlos Correa, who together batted .466. Cain’s performance this week ended a three game streak of failing to hit his projections.

‘Back in my day…’

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The 1st week of the season found TEABAGGERS in 1st place in the RBIs standings. Since then things have been…not so good. They fell down two spots to 9th place this week after tallying only 19 RBIs. Coaches Kent Johnson and Patrick Whelan’s squad suffered from five zeros in that category, one of which came from Robbie Grossman, who also hit .000 and swiped 0 bases.

Leave no team behind

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SCHNOOKERS‘s pitchers kept the scoreboard operators busy this week, posting a 7.50 ERA in 36 innings. They were practicing their manners as they put everyone ahead of themselves in the ERA category. Coach Schneller can look to Danny Salazar and Santiago Casilla when passing out blame for the poor performance. The two combined to post a 16.20 ERA in 5 innings. It is safe to say that the season has not started the way SCHNOOKERS wanted it to on the ERA front, since they have yet to find themselves in any place but last place.

My Bad

Coach Denton’s gameday decisions have been the worst in the league this season, and this week showed why. He started Joe Mauer over Justin Smoak despite Smoak’s better projections. Mauer wound up totaling 0 stolen bases to go along with 0 home runs, while Smoak notched 8 RBIs to go along with 2 HRs and a .333 BA. The decision went a long way towards explaining how SPACE COWBOYS overall posted only 4 HRs this week.

Out to Lunch

Colt 45s can’t afford to have many more weeks like this. They were bringing up the rear this week, coming up with only 30 category points. Colt 45s came in dead last in stolen bases, wins, and WHIP with 2 stolen bases, 0 wins, and a 1.81 WHIP. As a result, they dropped in the overall standings for the 2nd straight week, falling from 5th to 7th.