The Lower Haighters have terrorized the SFRRC Fantasy Baseball League for two years. Now the competition is fighting back. The defending league champions were humiliated for the second time in six weeks, losing 9-2-1 to the Marin Menehunes last week. They are at the bottom of the West Division, 11.5-games behind the Menehunes. Albert Pujols looks lost. The always-steady bullpen has been rocked. The aura of invincibility is gone.
The Lower Haighters are not alone. HUMA, last year's South Division champion and league runner-up, is last in the division and 11.5-games behind Los Coche Bomba. This despite an MVP-type season from outfielder Josh Hamilton.
The Jersey Boys are not only in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time in league history, but they could receive the Wooden Spoon. Mariano Rivera - out. Michael Pineda - out. Wilson Ramos - out. Juan Rivera - out. Core players haven't just suffered injuries, they've suffered season-ending injuries.
The first six weeks have seen a fascinating shift in the league's power structure. But it's early. We haven't reached the one-third mark in the season schedule. There is still plenty of time for the historically strong teams that are now on the mat to rise again.
The Bulls also beat the Jersey Boys 7-3-2 in Week 8 last year and have never lost to the team. They hold a 15-6-3 advantage in categories won. The Jersey Boys may catch a break this week as outfielder Matt Kemp is hobbled by a bad hamstring for the Bulls. Kemp struggled with the hamstring last week, going 4-for-19 with no homers and just one RBI. The Jersey Boys are crossing their fingers that Rickie Weeks is healthy and rebounds from an 0-for-15 week. Final Prediction: The Bulls 7-4-1.