In the first two years of the SFRRC Fantasy Baseball League there have been eight times when a team has scored just one point in a series. Only twice - In Week 20 of 2010 when Bomba beat the Machine and again in Week 14 last year when the Lower Haighters beat the Vicious Fishes - has a team lost 11-1.
Never before has a team failed to score at least one point in a series. High Cheese could be the first by the end of the day.
A lot would have to happen for history to be made. Joe Saunders and Homer Bailey will start with an opportunity to win both the Strikeout and Quality Start categories for High Cheese. Alexi Ogando will start for Bomba but will undoubtedly be limited in his pitch count. Bruce Chen will also pitch and will have to carry the load, especially in terms of strikeouts.
Closers will also figure into the equation as the two teams are tied in saves.
Los Coche Bomba 11, High Cheese 0
Neither team generated much offense Saturday. Michael Bourn scored a run and drove in a run for Bomba but it was his stolen base that earned the category lead and and another point for Bomba. Gio Gonzalez struck out five and scored a quality start for High Cheese, keeping the team in contention for the category win. Jason Motte tossed a scoreless inning to earn a save and tie the category for Bomba.
Twinkle Toes 9, The Machine 2
This would be a huge victory for the 2010 champions but the bullpen and position players will have to perform on the final day of the series to secure the win. Ryan Vogelsong and Bronson Arroyo scored quality starts Saturday to give Twinkle Toes the category win. At the plate, Alejandro de Aza scored two of the team's four runs to keep Twinkle Toes up by two in the category. For the Machine, Jose Bautista blasted a home run and drove in two runs to keep their slim hopes alive to win both categories on the final day.
Jersey Boys 6, Scully's Slammers 5
The bullpens will play a crucial role today. The teams are tied in saves and the Slammers hold a narrow one point lead in holds. Power hitters will also need to step up as the Jersey Boys hold two point advantages in both home runs and RBI while the Slammers hold a narrow two point advantage in strikeouts. James Shields and Yovani Gallardo will pitch today for the Slammers while veteran Andy Pettitte starts for the Jersey Boys. There's a slight chance the Slammers could rally to win the pitching strikeout category. On Saturday, Carlos Peña scored three of the Slammers' nine runs while Mark Teixeira, Carlos Beltran, and Jed Lowrie all hit home runs. Curtis Granderson and Alfonso Soriano both went long for the Jersey Boys.
Bacon at Mile 11 7, Home Run 101 4
Home Run 101 has a narrow opportunity to turn this series around today but it will need some bullpen arms and base stealers to step up. The team trails by two in holds and is tied with Bacon in saves. Home Run 101 also trails by two in stolen bases. On Saturday, exciting outfielder Mike Trout made the difference for Bacon on the base paths, swiping two bags. Howie Kendrick had a stolen base for Home Run 101. Cory Wade had a hold for Home Run 101 but Bacon maintained its category lead when Marc Rzepczynski scored his first hold of the series. Bacon has an outside chance to tie the quality start category when Anibal Sanchez and Cliff Lee start. Ryan Dempster will try to protect the category lead for Home Run 101.
Give it a Yankee 9, The Bulls 3
Give it a Yankee is on the verge of a huge series win which will make the North Division pennant race competitive heading into the summer. There is little the Bulls can do to rally on the final day. The North Division leaders will need to hope Drew Smyly and Jonathon Niese implode when they take the mound today for Give it a Yankee. That could give the Bulls a shot at winning the ERA and WHIP categories. The Bulls could also steal a point in saves if the closers get an opportunity.
A-Rod's Mirrors 8, Vicious Fishes 2
The Fishes are in need of a setup man but two of the three bullpen arms are hurt. Henry Rodriguez and Javy Guerra both ended up on the DL this week, leaving Pedro Strop as the only option to win a holds category that is tied. The Mirrors grabbed the lead in runs scored Saturday when Denard Span crossed the plate twice. The team scored six times. With holds, OBP, and stolen bases tied, and home run and runs scored close, both teams have an opportunity to add to their total today.
HUMA 7, The Cys 4
HUMA is looking at a big series win and could make it bigger today when Jon Lester, Jordan Zimmerman, and Chad Billinglsey will try to take the strikeout lead. HUMA trails by just one in home runs and is tied in runs scored so a hot bat could earn more points. On Saturday, Adam Dunn was the only offense for the Cys. He homered, drove in all five of the team's RBI and scored the team's only run. Elliot Johnson scored twice and drove in three runs for HUMA while Mitch Moreland hit a home run.
Lower Haighters 9, Marin Menehunes 2
The Lower Haighters needed some hot bats Saturday and Miguel Montero and Albert Pujols delivered. The two sluggers combined to drive in eight of the team's 11 RBI and both hit home runs. The team also scored nine times with Pujols and Justin Morneau each crossing the plate twice. The bullpen was also effective for the Lower Haighters as Sean Burnett had a hold and Houston Street a save. The Menehunes can salvage some points today but will need to find a player to hit home runs and score runs. They can also earn a point if a setup man can step up for a hold.