The road to mediocrity for Albert Pujols has taken a sudden turn. He has three homers and seven RBI in five games this week and has shown why he's considered the greatest hitter of this generation. His contributions have sparked the Lower Haighters, and the team is on course to possibly break HUMA's Week 6 record of 52 RBI in a week.
Lower Haighters 6, The Machine 5
The Lower Haighters had four homers, 12 RBI and nine runs scored on Friday. Pujols, Giancarlo Stanton, Ryan Braun, and Adam Dunn all went long and tallied nine of the team's RBI. The Lower Haighters don't lead by more in this series because of Friday's disaster start by Brandon Morrow. Morrow recorded just two outs while giving up six runs. It was the shortest outing of his career and he handed the ERA and WHIP lead to the Machine. Jake Peavy will pitch tonight for the Machine while Felix Hernandez throws for the Lower Haighters.
Give it a Yankee 6, Jersey Boys 4
If either team records a stolen base or a hold over the next two days it could change the entire series. On Friday, Cory Hart and Nick Swisher both homered for Give it a Yankee while Alex Avila drove in three of the team's eight RBI. Rickie Weeks hit a homer for the Jersey Boys, who tallied just three RBI and three runs scored. Clayton Kershaw earned a quality start Friday as Give it a Yankee took the lead in that category. Josh Beckett will try to pad that lead when he starts tonight.
Los Coche Bomba 7, Marin Menehunes 3
Tim Lincecum had another poor outing for the Menehunes while Derek Holland was striking out nine in a quality start for Bomba. Holland's outing gave Bomba the lead in the category and moved the team within three in the Strikeout category. The Menehunes had a homer from Josh Reddick but only scored three runs and three RBI on Friday. A.J. Pierzynski, Robinson Cano, and Todd Helton all went yard for Bomba. The Menehunes did even the Hold category thanks to a perfect inning of relief work by Matt Belisle. The Menehunes could climb back into this series today as Johan Santana, Jaime Garcia, Max Scherzer, and Bartolo Colon all take the mound.
A-Rod's Mirrors 7, Bacon at Mile 11 4
Cliff Lee struck out seven in a quality start Friday but Ervin Santana deprived Bacon of an opportunity to take the category lead when he gave up four runs to Seattle. The Mirrors will send ace Stephen Strasburg and Kevin Correia to the hill tonight to try and reclaim the Quality Start lead while Bacon counters with Jerome Williams. Rafael Soriano earned another save Friday to give the Mirrors a cushion in that category. Offensively, the Mirrors did not record an RBI Friday while Jason Heyward homered for Bacon and Ryan Zimmerman drove in three runs.
The Cys 8, Home Run 101 4
Home Run 101 had a chance to grab the quality start lead Friday but Josh Johnson and Johnny Cueto both bombed leaving Ryan Dempster as the team's only effective starter. Cueto allowed five runs in 4.2 innings which hurt the team ERA and WHIP, both close categories. Offensively, Lucas Duda homered for Home Run 101 while Jason Kipnis stole two bases for the Cys. Colby Lewis and Wade Miley will try once again to tie the quality start category for Home Run 101 while CC Sabathia pitches for the Cys.
High Cheese 5, The Bulls 3
With two days remaining in this series, four categories remain tied. Both teams earned important saves Friday as Steve Cishek and Scott Downs each pitched perfect relief innings. Each team also had a home run, Hunter Pence for the Bulls, and Matt Joyce for High Cheese. The Bulls will send Bud Norris and Wei-Yen Chen to the mound tonight while High Cheese has recently acquired free agent Derek Lowe starting. With the Quality Start category tied and WHIP very close, these starts will be critical.
Twinkle Toes 7, Vicious Fishes 4
The Fishes have climbed back into this series and could rally for a victory if they can take the lead in Quality Starts, Holds, Saves, and Runs. All four categories are still up for grabs with two days remaining. The Fishes took the RBI lead Friday when the team tallied 11, including an amazing eight from Nelson Cruz. The team also snatched the home run led thanks to bombs from Rafael Furcal and Cruz. On the mound, Jason Hammel earned a quality start for the Fishes while Ian Kennedy labored for the Toes. The Toes are clinging to a one point advantage in the category but they have four starters remaining while the Fishes have just David Price.
Scully's Slammers 7, HUMA 3
HUMA will need to protect narrow advantages in the Quality Start and WHIP categories and break the deadlock Holds and Stolen Bases if they hope to make this a competitive series over the next two days. Each team has two starting pitchers remaining. Henderson Alvarez will throw tonight for HUMA while Zack Greinke and Mark Buehrle pitch for the Slammers. Mat Latos will finish the series Sunday for HUMA. Stolen bases on Friday from Maicer Izturis and Mike Aviles helped the Slammers tie the category while Yovani Gallardo earned an important quality start on a night when starting pitching for both teams was less than quality.