The Week 8 results:
…and the overall standings through eight weeks:
Team Phil Chu continues to get it done and is well en route to a wire-to-wire smackdown of the BEML, though Mayhem, the Barracudas and Craydawgs continue to seek a path to the top. The key to Chu’s success to date has been the pitching, where they lead the league in ERA, WHIP and Ks. King Felix has been his reliable self (6 Wins, 2.60 ERA) but Jeff Samardzija has surprised with a 1.45 ERA. Justin Upton (.291/13/30/4) has led the Chu offense. May free agent pickup Devin Mesoraco has hit just 2-for-23 in his first action for TPC.
Mayhem remains just two points back and leads the league in HR, RBI, Runs and BA. However, in Week 8, Mayhem pitching led the way with a 1.66 ERA despite only 22 Ks in 43 innings. Jered Weaver picked up a complete game victory in Week 8, but Sonny Gray has been the story so far with a 1.74 ERA on the year.
The Barracudas were the big gainers (5.5 points) and now sit just four points back. Edwin Encarnacion (.254/14/40/2) surged in Week 8 with five homers and nine RBI. May free agent acquisition Charlie Blackmon went 1-for-13 and has hit .253/4/15/2 for the Fish this month. The Fish just picked up closers Sergio Romo (via trade from the Dirty Dogs for Stephen Strasburg) and Sean Doolittle (free agent pickup via trade from the DDs) to bolster the back of the ‘pen. Julio Teheran dominated over 15 scoreless innings in Week 8 and carries a 1.77 ERA for the season. The Fish stole no bases in Week 8.
The Craydawgs led the league in BA (.343) but trailed in HRs (8) in Week 8. The Dawgs have to hope Adrian Beltre (12-for-23, 2 HR, 6 BI this week) and Ian Desmond (.320/2/4/2) are finally heating up. Adam Wainwright ripped off 17 scoreless innings with 21 Ks for two wins this week. He now has eight wins and a 1.67 ERA on the year.
Don’t count the Dirty Dogs out. The Filthy Ones led the BEML in HRs (14) and Steals (11) over the past week. Nelson Cruz did some damage (.500/3/6) and Carlos Gomez is looking like he might go 30/30 (.320/10/26/9). With Aroldis Chapman back from the DL, the Dogs parlayed their abundance of closers to attain ace Strasburg from the Fish.
Team Dave tumbled 8.5 points in Week 8 despite leading the league in Wins (6) and Ks (70). The wins and Ks came at the expense of some ugly innings as TD posted a league-worst 4.71 ERA. The erratic Francisco Liriano gave up 10 ER over 10 IP. Big Papi went 1-for-21 but David Wright (12-for-25) and Yasiel Puig (12-for-23) showed signs of life.
Despite Team Dave’s troubles in Week 8, Grove St. Villagers could not take full advantage, dropping two points in the standings. GSV racked up a league-leading 57 runs this week with a .307 BA, but were hobbled by the struggles of Justin Verlander (8.73 ERA over 11.3 IP in Week 8).