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SnakePit Fantasy Baseball, Week 9

It had to happen eventually. After eight weeks undefeated to start the season - I think it's a SnakePit record - Trail-Hitters finally tasted defeat.

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Week 9 Results

AZ SnakePit 7, CGS 3
A sub-two ERA led Snake to all but Saves in pitching, where they lost to three by Ziegler. Snake got a W + 11 K from Mertinez, plus 13 strikeouts from Jimenez. Bumgarner got a Win and 11 K for CGS, and Trout went deep four times, but six RBI and a pair of SB from Pollock let AZ cruise in.

MyWieterGetzLongoria 6, Mizzoula Osprey 3
Wieter held on to second, thanks mostly to Pitcher of the Week Archer, who notched two Wins and 26 strikeouts. Rodon and Vogelsong notching double-digit K's too. Tulowitzki (Missoula) was the only player here with two HR; McCutchen drove in seven and score five for Longoria.

Angry Saguaro 1, Alabama Slammers 9
The week's biggest blowout saw K the only category taken by Angry, for whom Simon delivered a Win and 13 whiffs. Kendricks got a W + 10 K for Alabama, who swept hitting behind Pujols' four HR and six RBI, with Burns driving in five. Gregerson (Slammers) had this one's only two Sv.

Smell the Glove 7, Dirk Ziegler 2
Smell swept pitching, a sub-one WHIP helped by Kershaw (two Wins + 18 strikeouts) and Rosenthal (four Sv). Uehara goit three Saves for Dirk, and Norris was the sole hitter with a multi-homer week. But it wasn't enough, the Gloves coming off winners, Phillips scoring five + stealing two.

Socrates Burritos 6, Trail-Hitters 3
The Burritos took a bite out of the Hitters, becoming the first to defeat the league-leaders, after eight had failed. Teixeira, Jones and Freeman each had three HR for Socrates, DeGrom and Cole each winning two. Hammel got a W + 11 K  for Trail, whose offense was led by Stanton's three HR.

Waffles 5, Rougned Hodor 5
Waffles hit a collective .338 this week, but Hodor took most of the counting categories, behind Hitter of the Week Franco (four HR, eight RBI, .400). They also got five Saves from Melancon, Wilson fanning 15, but Waffles had a W + 13 K from Cueto, and three Sv by Ramos, to end things even.

What the Hellickson? 7, Yasmany as Possible 2
Hellickson racked up an impressive eighty strikeouts, led by a W and 11 K from McCullers, though Sale responded for Yasmany with a W + 13 strikeouts. Pederson had four HR and drove in nine runs for What?, allow them to finish comfortable winners, though Dozier went deep twice for possible.

Standings
Rank Team W-L-T Pct GB Last Waiver Moves
1 Trail-Hitters 57-28-5 .661 - 3-6-1 14 17
2 MyWieterGetzLongoria 50-31-9 .606 5 6-3-1 6 4
3 AZ SnakePit 49-36-5 .572 8 7-3-0 4 8
4 Rougned Hodor 49-37-4 .567 8.5 5-5-0 11 17
5 Alabama Slammers 48-37-5 .561 9 9-1-0 1 25
6 Socrates Burritos 42-43-5 .494 15 6-3-1 10 16
7 CGS 42-44-4 .489 15.5 3-7-0 7 21
8 Angry Saguaro 41-46-3 .472 17 1-9-0 9 12
9 What the Hellickson? 40-46-4 .467 17.5 7-2-1 12 17
10 Smell the Glove 38-45-7 .461 18 7-2-1 5 4
11 Waffles 39-47-4 .456 18.5 5-5-0 8 25
12 Yasmany as Possible 37-48-5 .439 20 2-7-1 2 4
13 Mizzoula Osprey 32-52-6 .389 24.5 3-6-1 3 17
14 Dirk Ziegler 31-55-4 .367 26.5 2-7-1 13 9
Week 10 Games

AZ SnakePit vs. Waffles
MyWieterGetzLongoria vs. CGS
Angry Saguaro vs. Mizzoula Osprey
Smell the Glove vs. Alabama Slammers
Socrates Burritos vs. Dirk Ziegler
Trail-Hitters vs. Yasmany as Possible
What the Hellickson? vs. Rougned Hodor

There's no obvious ESPN Televised Game of the Week this round, but we'll go with MyWieterGetzLongoria vs. CGS, as the only contest pitting two teams in the top half against each other. Josh Donaldson's surprising season has been a big help for Wieter, while Chris Archer and Sonny Gray pack a potent 1-2 punch on the mound. CGS have got some powerful offense in the shape of Prince Fielder and the second-best CF in baseball, Mike Trout, with Madison Bumgarner leading their pitching staff.