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AZ SnakePit Fantasy Baseball, Week 15

More of a sprint than anything else this week in fantasy baseball, with most teams having only three or four games. Aligning your rotation and getting the most from your line-up thus became essential. Here are the quick results; details, standings, etc. are after the jump. NOW WITH DIVISION TWO RECAPS AFTER THE JUMP!

Division One
AZ SnakePit 7, Baked 1
The Fighting Amish 7, Shoryukens! 2
Blonde Streaks 2, 7-2 Offsuiters 5
Confederate Generals 6, Balco's Boys 3
Funny Team Name 4, Moving on Uptons 5
Sofa King Juiced 6, Lady Gaga Regatta 4
NiceCrispyBacon 6, warlords 3


AZ SnakePit 7, Baked 1
Snake hit .302 and still managed to pile up 20 runs this round - Byrd homered and scored six times, while Mauer drove in five. HR and RBI ended tied; Baked's only point came in stolen-bases, where Upton had two for them, and also homered.

The Fighting Amish 7, Shoryukens! 2
Amish got good output from their pitchers: 33 Ks and a 2.53 ERA. Liriano had a Win and eight strikeouts for them, while Nunez picked up a pair of saves, and Cruz had six RBIs to lead their offense. Both Shoryu's homers came from Fielder, who had five RBI.

Blonde Streaks 2, 7-2 Offsuiters 5
HR, SB and Sv all ended tied here, but 7-2 took the other four pitching categories, posting a 1.98 ERA, Romero getting a W with seven shutout innings. Bailey (7-2) and Wilson (Blonde) each Saved two. Weeks homered twice for 7-2; Holliday hit .500 for Streaks.

Confederate Generals 6, Balco's Boys 3
A Win and eight K's from Morrow paved the way for the Generals, but their offense, who hit .313 and scored 28 times - Headley hit .500 and had six Runs - proved decisive. Pena had two HR + six RBI for Balco's, who were hampered by getting only three pitching starts.

Funny Team Name 4, Moving on Uptons 5
The week's closest contest saw Home-Runs end level at three apiece, and that was sufficient to give Uptons overall victory. They hit .328, with McCann driving in six and Ramirez five. Funny got the only Wins and Saves, while Posada homered twice in a losing cause.

Sofa King Juiced 6, Lady Gaga Regatta 4
Given Lady had only two pitching starts, this was surprisingly close - Bell had two Sv, Soto two HR and five RBI. However, Juiced lived up to their name, clubbing seven homers in half a week: Gonzalez had two, with Strasburg & Lewis each getting a W + seven K.

NiceCrispyBacon 6, warlords 3
This had whitewash potential early on, but war made the score respectable, getting five RBI from Lee, and a Win plus ten strikeouts from Wilson. However, Bacon had Player of the Week Howard, who had four HR + eight RBI; Dempster added a W + nine K.


Team W L T PCT GB Streak
Moving on Uptons 84 59 7 0.583 0 W1
The Fighting Amish 80 56 14 0.580 0.5 L1
7-2 Offsuiters 75 63 12 0.540 6.5 W1
AZ SnakePit 76 64 10 0.540 6.5 W2
warlords 74 69 7 0.517 10 L1
Sofa King Juiced 72 69 9 0.510 11 W2
Baked 71 70 9 0.503 12 L2
Blonde Streaks 68 71 11 0.490 14 L1
NiceCrispyBacon 66 71 13 0.483 15 W1
Funny Team Name 64 70 16 0.480 15.5 L1
Lady Gaga Regatta 65 74 11 0.470 17 L2
Confederate Generals 63 75 12 0.460 18.5 L1
Shoryukens! 61 82 7 0.430 23 W1
Balco's Boys 59 85 6 0.413 25.5 W1

Week 16 Games
NiceCrispyBacon at Baked
Sofa King Juiced at Confederate Generals
Shoryukens! at 7-2 Offsuiters
Funny Team Name at Balco's Boys
AZ SnakePit at Moving on Uptons
Blonde Streaks at Lady Gaga Regatta
The Fighting Amish at warlords


This past week was unfortunately shortened due to the All-Star Game. It was too bad, as we had a bunch of good match-ups. The trends are pointing to completely forgetting about one set of stats and just concentrate on sweeping the other.

PhoenixFly (68-60-12) vs. Alabama Slammers (83-44-13)
1st place AS swept every hitting category thanks to a combination of Derrek Lee (3 runs, 1 Hr and 5 rbi) and Kevin Kouzmanoff (2 runs, 1 Hr and 5 rbi). The shortened week surely didn't effect PF's pitching as he went 3-0-2 while winning Wins, ERA and barely winning the K category. Adam Wainwright, Ryan Franklin, and Tommy Hunter all scored Wins with Jason Vargas getting 9 K's. Strasburg was superb for AS with 7K's and a Win for AS.
Final Score: 5-3-2 in favor of Alabama Slammers

Dante's Revenge (61-74-5) vs. Gang of Nine (56-70-14)
A matchup to break out of the bottom half brought DR to get 4 points from hitting with Ryan Howard (4 R, 4Hr, 8rbi) carrying the barrage. GoN managed to split SB but overall not a good hitting week out of his lineup. GoN however was able to get 3 points from Wins, WHIP, and ERA thanks to solid performances all around namely Brett Myers (1 W, 4 K's, 2.35 ERA). Not much fight from Dante as Hisanori Takahashi allowed six runs and seven hits in 2 2-3 innings en route to destroying DR chances of winning pitching.
Final Score: 4-3-3 in favor of Dante's Revenge.

Spaghetti Monsters (67-61-12) vs. The Cardboard Boxes (58-72-10)
A couple of teams fighting for the last couple of playoff spots matched SM and TCB together. Hitting went VERY close with TCB winning HR, RBI, and AVG while losing R by only 1. Ike Davis (2R, 2HR, 5RBI) and Yadier Molina (3R, 1HR, 5RBI) carried the load for TCB while Nelson Cruz (3R, 1HR, 6RBI) supported the losing cause of SM. Pitching went the exact opposite with SM winning W, SV, and K while narrowly missing out on WHIP by .01. Paul Maholm pitched a three-hit shutout for SM and Jered Weaver (1W, 2.57ERA, 5K) supported SM very nicely. TCB was backed by Travis Wood (6K, 1.50ERA, 1.17WHIP) did all he could to secure some wins.
Final Score: 5-5 split

Scratch My Ichiro (77-56-7) vs. Missoula Osprey (82-51-7)

Probably the match-up of the week with two potential playoff teams in SMI and MO. SMI won R, H, RBI, and AVG with a great all-around hitting clinic from Ricky Weeks (5R, 2HR, 4RBI, and .412 AVG) and Carlos Pena (3R, 2HR, 6RBI and .462 AVG). Jimmy Rollins (3SB) single-handedly won that category for MO. MO did come back with 4 wins in pitching while giving SV to SMI. Fransisco Liriano (1W, 8Ks, 2.35ERA, and 1.04 WHIP) did the job for MO while futility prevailed with SMI's starters. Dan Haren (8K's, 10.50ERA) and Tim Hudson (2K, 8.10) hopefully can bounce back from those awful performances.
Final Score: 5-5 split.

Tempe Prangers (76-58-6) vs. Gotham City Knights (75-53-12)
GCK tries to bounce back from his first series loss of the season against TP who came off an 8-1 destroying last week. GCK took a solid 4 win week (R, HR, RBI, AVG) with essentially every player getting at least 2 RBI. Adrian Gonzalez, Drew Stubbs and Mike Napoli all had 2 HR weeks for GCK while TP was lead with Bengie Molina's cycle. On the pitching front, TP took W and K while GCK took WHIP and ERA and they both shared SV with 1 a piece. Barry Zito (1W, 10K) and his complete game shutout led GCK while Edinson Volquez (1W, 9K) came back off the DL for a very pleasing performance.
Final Score: 6-3-1 in favor of Gotham City Knights

The Septimoes (67-63-10) vs. Wimboes Barmy Army (46-79-15)
Both squads were looking for a chance to jump up the standings but neither took advantage. A split in hitting left WBA (HR, AVG) and TS (R, RBI) and both had 5 SB for the tie. Justin Upton (2R, 1HR, 4RBI, 2SB) had a great all-around perfomance for WBA while TS had Franklin Gutierrez (3R, 3SB) to thank for his 2 points. Pitching was very close with TS taking 3 points with SV, ERA, and WHIP while losing W and K by one each. That's Heartbreak Hotel right there. TS had 2 SV's a piece from Leo Nunez and Brian Fuentes while Ricky Romero (1W, 5K, 0.00ERA) helped the staff. Jair Jurrens (1W, 1.35ERA) and Chris Carpenter (1W, 6K, 1.17ERA) led WBA to points.
Final Score: 5-4-1 in favor of The Septimoes

Yiddish Pimp Slap (69-93-8) vs. Chazwozzles (39-83-18)

YPS looked to build on his performance from last week while CH looked to stop the bleeding. YPS took 4 points from hitting (R, HR, RBI, AVG) with the help of Prince Fielder (3R, 2HR, 5RBI) and Marlon Byrd (6R, 1HR, .400AVG) while Jason Bartlett (4R, 1SB, .385AVG) helped CH salvage the point for CH. Things didn't get better for CH as YPS swept every category in the pitching department. Newly acquired Carl Pavano (1W, 6K, 2.00ERA) and Brandon Marrow(1W, 8K, 2.57ERA) helped seal the deal for YPS while Tom Gorzelanny (1W, 5K, 2.70ERA) did his best but didn't recieve any support from anyone else.
Final Score: 9-1 in favor of Yiddish Pimp Slap

Finally, the last one...

Dharma Initiative (61-70-9) vs. Sprankton (52-80-8)

Some newly acquired players have DI looking up toward a better future while SP hopes his players start playing up to their potential. DI took 4 points in hitting (R,HR,RBI,AVG) while losing SB by 1. Great week by all of DI's players as they all had at least 1 run and 1 rbi with Corey Hart(3R, 1HR, 5RBI) leading the way. SP was led by former waiver Raul Ibanez (2R, 2RBI, 1SB, .444AVG) and Kurt Suzuki (3R, 1SB, .375AVG). Sean Marshall(1W, 5K, 0.00ERA, 0.38WHIP) and Kevin Correia (1W, 9K) helped SP to salvage the series by winning W, K, and WHIP. Josh Johnson (1W, 7K, 0.00) acted like the ace he is and Greinke (3K, 3.00ERA) showed potential of that magical 2009 season.
Final Score: 6-4 in favor of Dharma Initiative

Fantasy Players of the Week:

Ryan Howard hit 4 HR with 8(!) RBI in the shortened week to lead all batters.
Paul Maholm pitched a complete game 3-hitter to lead Pittsburgh and all pitchers.

Alabama Slammers   
Mizzoula Osprey    
Gotham City Knights
Scratch my Ichiro  
Tempe Prangers     
Yiddish Pimp Slap  
Spaghetti Monsters 
The Septimoes      
DHARMA Initiative  
Dantes Revenge     
The Cardboard Boxes
Gang of Nine       
Wimboes B. Army 

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