Los Coches Bomba, HUMA, and the Cys own three of the league's top five overall records over the past three years. No team in the division has won less than half of its games.
The division's success stems from its players. Last year, the division had five of the league's top 16 players (first round value) at the end of the season (Miguel Cabrera, +Andrew McCutchen, Fernando Rodney, Aroldis Chapman, Robinson Cano). Cabrera is the only player to finish ranked in the top 10 at the end of each of the league's three seasons.
Over the last three years Los Coches Bomba has won a championship; In 2011, HUMA finished second, Bomba finished fifth, and High Cheese finished seventh; while Bomba finished fourth in 2010.
Bomba posted the league's third best regular season record in 2010, going 149-105-22. They posted the fifth best mark in 2012 with a 145-108-23 record. The division has four of the league's top 10 records.
This page looks at the head-to-head records for each team in the South Division for the first three years. It also looks at the overall record for each team against other teams in the league.
Bomba, under the leadership of owner +Jenni Kirk, has qualified for the playoffs all three seasons. They won a championship in 2012, finished fourth in 2010, and fifth in 2011. They've won the South Division pennant two of the first three years. It's no surprise for a team that features Miguel Cabrera, Robinson Cano, and Andrew McCutchen.
The team's first player draft in 2010 netted Cabrera, Cano, McCutchen, and Brandon Phillips in the first six picks. Cabrera finished third in the league MVP race, smashing 38 homers and driving in 126 runs. Behind this strong lineup, Las Bolas Buenas, as the team was known in its first year, cruised to the South Division pennant with a 149-105-22 record, 20 games ahead of True Blue (HUMA).
It entered the playoffs as the top seed but was stunned in the first round, losing to the fourth-seeded Twinkle Toes. They then lost the third place series to Bacon at Mile 11 and finished a disappointing fourth.
Los Coches Bomba fell to third in the division in 2011, finishing with a 128-129-19 record. While the offense was strong, pitchers Mat Latos, Max Scherzer, Jaime Garcia and Hong-Chih Kuo struggled. Latos led the staff with 20 quality starts and 185 strikeouts but Scherzer had just 16 quality starts in 33 games and finished the season with a 4.43 ERA. Kuo was drafted in the ninth round and was expected to solidify the bullpen. Instead, he appeared in just 40 games, earning three holds and no saves and finishing with a 9.00 ERA. Bomba released him in May.
Despite the roster issues, Bomba squeaked into the playoffs by a half-game over the Cys and proceeded to beat High Cheese and the Jersey Boys to finish fifth.
In 2012, Bomba's strong nucleus of players finally won a championship. Cabrera, who hit 44 home runs and knocked in 139 runs, finished second to rookie Mike Trout in the league MVP race. McCutchen ranked eighth overall, hitting 31 homers and stealing 19 bases. Bomba went 145-108-23 and, for the second time in three years, entered the playoffs as the top-rated team. This time, they narrowly beat the Bulls in the first round and Scully's Slammers in the championship series to finish on top of the league.
Bomba is successful because they have dominated South Division teams. In 2012, they went 70-43-7 against division rivals, the second best division record in league history. Over the last three years, they have 162 division wins, second only to the 176 posted by the Lower Haighters.
Bomba has a losing record against just four teams, Twinkle Toes, Scully's Slammers, A-Rod's Mirrors, and Bacon at Mile 11.
+Joey Votto was the only player that finished the season for HUMA ranked in the top 20.
Adrian Beltre led the team with 30 home runs and 105 RBI. Votto added 29 bombs and 103 RBI. Joel Hanrahan and Huston Street combined to save 69 games while Ervin Santana and Jon Lester led the starting staff.
They dominated their South Division foes, going 61-40-7, the seventh most division wins in league history, but still had a thrilling pennant race with High Cheese. They finished second overall, losing a heart-breaking 6-5-1 championship series to the Lower Haighters on the final day of the series.
The team just missed out on the playoffs in 2010, finishing a half game behind the Jersey Boys in the race for the eighth and final berth. Votto led the team with 37 home runs and 113 RBI and finished fifth in the league's final player rankings. Josh Hamilton added 32 homers and 100 RBI and ranked 10th overall. The problem was pitching. None of the team's starters had an ERA under 4.20.
The team originated under the ownership of +Michelle Perry but a new owner, +David Kahn , took over in 2012. He had never played fantasy baseball and the team finished with a 122-136-18 record, its worst in three years. The team again flashed power, Beltre, Hamilton and Jason Kubel all had 30 or more homers. Lester, who had led the team in 2010, failed to emerge as the team's ace, finishing with a 4.82 ERA after being a keeper pick.
Despite the stumble last year, this team has been one of the league's most consistent. They have a three-year record of 394-376-58, the league's fourth best mark. They have held their own in the rugged South Division, going 144-137-19 in three years.
Still, there are questions surrounding this team. Which way will it go in 2013?
+Carla King , finally made the playoffs in 2012. In 2010, the team, then known as GiantsWin2010, were were nine games shy of the postseason. In 2011 it was even more heartbreaking, as the Cys were edged by one game for the final playoff spot by the Jersey Boys.
The 2010 team was strong on the mound. Tim Hudson had 25 quality starts and finished the season with a 2.83 ERA. CC Sabathia had 26 quality starts, 197 strikeouts, and a 3.14 ERA. What they didn't have was power at the plate. First baseman Mark Teixeira was the only player with more than 25 homers and was the only offensive player on the team ranked in the top 100 at season's end.
The Cys went from 122 wins in 2010 to 131 in 2011 but missed the final playoff spot by a half game to division rival Los Coches Bomba. The team improved offensively. Teixeira led the team in home runs with 39 and he drove in 111 RBI. Carlos Santana added 27 homers and Jeff Francouer had 20 home runs and 87 RBI. Still, Teixeira was the only offensive player to finish the season ranked in the top 100 for the Cys.
In 2012, the Cys finally broke through and made the playoffs. Their 141-122-13 record was ninth best in league history. The team did not protect Teixeira in the annual keeper draft and had no offensive players finish in the top 100. They traded Sabathia to obtain slugger Adam Dunn, who finished the season with 41 home runs but struck out 222 times. Dunn's whiff rate dropped him to 162nd in the final player rankings. The team earned its eighth place finish because of two relief pitchers - Aroldis Chapman and Fernando Rodney. They combined to save 86 games and both ranked in the top 16 at season's end.
Now that the Cys have a playoff appearance and an eighth place finish under their belt, they are looking for more. Over the last three years, they've posted a 394-389-45 record, fifth best in the league.
If they are going to jump from a post-season contender to a pennant winning team, they'll need to start beating their South Division foes on a regular basis. They are 133-146-21 against South Division teams. In 2010, they won just 29 games against division rivals, third worst mark in league history.
The team has never lost a series against Twinkle Toes, the Jersey Boys, Marin Menehunes, Vicious Fishes, or Home Run 101.
It was the only time the team has qualified for the playoffs. Jered Weaver was the team's top-rated player, finishing with 28 quality starts, 198 strikeouts, and a 2.41 ERA. Victor Martinez and Michael Bourn led the offense. Martinez drove in 103 runs while striking out just 51 times. Bourn stole 61 bases.
Despite the 2011 failure, High Cheese, and owner +Matt Patchell, is one of the league's most consistent teams. It has amassed a 384-380-64 mark, good for eighth overall. The team's 143-115-18 mark in 2011 was sixth best in league history.
The 2010 season, on the other hand, was a disaster. The team finished 119-135-22, its worst season, and left it in 11th place overall. It started with first pick Ryan Howard. Howard was solid, 31 homers and 108 RBI, but his 157 strikeouts left him with the value of a sixth rounder. Johan Santana, the team's second pick, was a mirror image of Howard on the mound. Santana was decent, 17 quality starts and a 2.98 ERA in 29 games, but it was sixth round value, not second round. It illustrates how important it is for the top three picks for any team to produce at that level.
In 2012, High Cheese again finished 11th but the record improved 122-130-24. The team learned the dangers of keeping a relief pitcher when John Axford imploded, taking their hopes with him. Axford appeared in 75 games and had 35 saves but gave up 10 home runs, finished with a 4.80 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP.
If the team wants to rebound in 2013, it will need to beat its division rivals. High Cheese is 117-158-25 in South Division play over the last three years. No team has won fewer division games than High Cheese.