The standings for Week 3 play:
And the OVERALL STANDINGS:
AMH and SeaWolves are neck-and-neck after three weeks of play, 72.5 to 72. SeaWolves actually had the better week in Week 3: 69.5 to 61.5 and picked up 1.5 points on AMH. The Wolves led the league in BA (.305), Runs (59), RBI (56), and Ks (46). David Wright hit .521 with 9 BI (19), and Conor Jackson hit .480 with 3 HRs and 10 BI (17). Pat Burrell? Hell. Dude is up to 6 HRs and 17 BI, with a .338 average. On the pitching end, fella by the name of Brando Webb is up to 4 wins with a 1.86 ERA and 0.79 WHIP. This is the Wolves’ 15th year and it appears to be their best chance yet to capture the BEML crown.
Los Lobos Del Mar search high and low for their first title.
What do you think Anthony Michael Hall has to say about it? Nothin’ nice. AMH led the league this week with 16 Candles (HRs, that is) and leads the BEML in that category to date (42), as well as RBIs (150) and WHIP (1.15). Did you know? Chipper is batting .458 in the early going with 6 HRs and 18 BI after blasting 4 HRs this week and 7 BIs and a .565 BA. The Chip may only get 400 ABs this year, so I guess they better be productive. Derrek Lee is also helping to carry the load, with 7 HR/17 BI and a .363 BA thus far. He notched 3 HRs this week with 8 BI and a .400 BA. Unfortunately for AMH this week, however, the pitching posted a 5.35 ERA. Greg Maddux allowed 16 baserunners over 7 innings and posted an 11.57 ERA. The AMH closers gave up 10 ER in just 7.7 innings. Alas, such performances do not a BEML championship make.
AMH is still chillin’ in 1st.
The Bears gained a lil’ traction this week, picking up 2 points and finishing third on the week. Los Osos had a league-best 2.67 ERA this week and lead the league overall with a 3.04 ERA this year. Fausto gave up just a run in 6.7 IP for a win (2). Shaun Marcum picked up a win after giving up just two runs in 6.7 IP; he has a 2.61 ERA/0.87 WHIP thus far. Unfortunately for the Bears, while the pitching is clicking, the hitting is a little rough: Jason Giambi is hitting just .109, Adam Dunn is at .189, Brando Inge is at .222, Andruw Jones is at .129, Gary Matthews is at .172, Napoli’s at .227…yikes.
The Bears have developed an unusual fan base over the years.
Your Dawgs slipped the most this week, losing four points, and now find themselves 9 points behind leader AMH. The Dawgs would appear to have speed to burn in the lineup, what with Jose Reyes, Brian Roberts, Jimmy Rollins, Ryan Braun, Torii Hunter, Nick Markakis, etc., but the wheels have yet to turn. They managed only five steals in Week 3 and have now swiped only 17 on the year. On the pitching side, the Dawgs got nice work out of Johnny Cueto (7 IP, 2 ER, 5 Ks), Danny Haren (7 IP, 0 ER, 4 H+W, W), Brett Myers (7 IP, 1 ER, 8 Ks, W) and Javier Vazquez (6.3 IP, 2 ER, 4 Ks, W). Craydawgs management is challenging its players to kick it up a notch in Week 4.
Jose and Jimmy have yet to get this started.
The Cudas dropped 1.5 points this week, but still moved into third by virtue of the Dawgs’ drop. The Cudas are pacing the league in BA (.292), Steals (34), Ks (160), and Wins (14). Chase Utley is making everyone wish they spent that extra quarter at the draft table: he cranked 5 HRs this week (8 total) and hit .391. The Cudas posted a league-worst 1.69 WHIP this week after poor outings by A.J., C.C., and Derek Lowe (12 H+BB in 4.3 IP). C.C. has posted a 2.56 ERA on the year. Oh, snap, that’s his WHIP(!). C.C. is turning out to be the year’s biggest bust and may very well be the ruin of the ’08 Coods.
Darkness picked up 2.5 points in Week 3. What went right? Giardina put in Furcal (7-for-14, HR, 2 BI, 2 SB) in place of Belliard (.200 on the season). Big Tex hit 2 HRs (4) with 6 BI (12) and hit .320. Adam Wainwright is a heck of a bargain; he worked 7.7 IP this week with 6 Ks and just one ER for the win (2). What went wrong? The other shoe finally dropped for Brando Backe, who gave up 5 ER and 12 baserunners in just 3 innings. T-Hud gave up 4 runs and 7 baserunners in 3 IP.
aCeS r WiLd picked up 5.5 points in Week 3, which is unusual since they almost swept the bottom spot in each of the pitching categories this week (6.47 ERA, 22 Ks, 1 Save, 1 Win). Manny is looking great thus far and is up to .338/6/20. Papi came around a bit, with a homer and 9 BI this week. The pitching staff is unraveling, though. Wang gave up 8 runs in 4 IP; Mussina gave up 5 runs in 3 IP. Brad Hennessey and Jeff Suppan are walking oxymorons as they both pitch on a team called “aCeS.”
The Dirty Dogs continue to struggle and remain in last place. This week they pulled an unusual perfecta as they swept last place in all offensive categories: BA (.243), HR (6), Runs (32), RBI (33), and Steals (2). Delgado went 1-for-22 and is hitting just .200 on the year with one HR. Prince is at .222 with one HR. Alfonso Soriano has hit the DL. Dogs are hurtin’ for certain with the bat. On the pitching side, things are a bit brighter. The filthy puppies rocked a 2.90 ERA with 12 saves. Billy Wagner has yet to give up a run and has offered up just one hit over 7 IP. Francisco Liriano is back, and that dude can only help matters.
The Wolfpack fell a point and remain mired in 8th place. On the plus side, Miggy Cabrera has awoken; he hit 2 bombs with 11 BI and a .429 BA in Week 3. King Felix is mowin’ ’em down with a 1.47 ERA / 1.17 WHIP. Chris Young pitched to his potential this week with 2 ER in 6 IP (3.00 ERA/1.00 WHIP). Ryan Howard is killing the pack right now, though; he hit .174 this week and is at .186 on the year. Hunter Pence is really struggling, hitting just .161 on the year with no HRs and 2 BI.
The Wolfpack is asleep.