Clark & Addison-5
Up for grabs-Every category
This is an absolute tit for tat slugfest. In any other week, 8 homers by Thursday would be more than enough to carry the day (considering the runs and rbi it would bring). Not this week. QBF has paced PG and then some (overtaking him in RBI and runs). Two homers each by Andre Ethier, J.J. Hardy, and Adrian Gonazalez have been met with 2 bombs by Michael Young and homers by Ichiro, Ryan Howard, Shane Victorino, and Rickie Weeks. I have a feeling this matchup will be decided on the mound, with C&A and PG sending their horses out for a run this weekend. Stay tuned.
Up for grabs-HR, RBI, R, SB, K, W, SV
Still wide open in this contest as well, with The Ger jumping out to an early lead. Kevin Youklis continuing to provide quality production for the SwinGERS, with Ryan Ludwick, Nick Markakis, Justin Morneau, and Freddy Sanchez following close behind. The Rockpile's bats have stalled out of the gate, and rumors are Rocky Mike is livid. Aubrey Huff has been the most consistent bat (as evidenced by his .384 batting average this week), as he waits on his big guns to come through (the Texeira hat trick last night was painful to watch). Lots of pitching left in this matchup, but all things being equal, The Ger may stay atop PG East.
Up for grabs-BA, HR, R, K, ERA, WHIP, W, SV
New Linc has been in Lincoln since Lincoln's had small faces. But there's nothing small about his production this week. After an embarrasing week 1, New Linc looks to totally redeem himself. Carlos Pena was a Yankee killer this week, looking like the Carlos Pena of old. Carlos Quentin is doing his best Jose Canseco impersonation this week, belting out two bombs of his own. How could Linc not love that outing by Scott Kazmir earlier in the week? It doesn't get any better than that. Oh wait, yes it does....and the Daddy's Ted Lilly is the proof. I've gotta tell you though, that Milton Bradley injury is hurting Hef big time this week (Derrick Lee's .714 average may ease the pain a bit). Is it too early to predict that the bullpen's will settle a very close battle?
Up for grabs- Everything except ERA
Bravo, 3K. The bats are alive and well in Lake Villa this week. Is there anyone hotter than Brian Roberts right now? He's really proving to be a boon for Mr. 3000. Mr. Hackman is no slouch either. With almost a .300 average heading into the weekend, he's gotta be felling good about his chances. Add to that he's has good Yankees going (Burnett, CC) while 3K has bad Yankee going (Wang). Between Wang and Verlander, I can just see 3K watching this weekend, on the edge of his couch, holding his breath, crossing his fingers, popping Valium like they're skittles. 3K, if you go into cardiac arrest, can I have your flat screen and Brooklyn Dodgers autographed baseball?
Up for grabs-BA, RBI, K, ERA, WHIP, W, SV
I've been meaning to tell Fenway Ed, get a new team name, the Red Sox have won two world series in the past 5 years. Get over it. Here's a suggestion...how about Liam's Bombers? Travis Snider, Adam Jones, Kelly Johnson, Delgado...absolute beasts!! I keep harping on him, but Adam Jones...what a pickup. I don't think he's going away anytime soon. Hey Yankee Mike, three of your top power hitters seem to be taking the week off. If they can come through, and you can get some quality outings from Peavy, Oswalt, and Dempster..you might make this close. Of course, that would require Doc Halladay, Johan, and Ricky Nolasco to lay eggs.
Up for grabs-Everything sanz SB and K's
I like #9's style. His forte is to go with some late round, below the radar picks that produce big numbers. Zach Grienke, Joey Votto, Matt Kemp, guys like that. Of course, the Ian Kinsler's of the world don't hurt either. The cycle? 6 hits in one game? 5 runs? Send that man to the showers because that it absolutely filthy!! All he needs is Jesus Flores' and Fred Lewiw to produce, and he'll be considered the Billy Beane of PG Sportsworld. T-Dub is hangin tough, and looks to make this a game. He moved Jeter, or "The Mancrush" as I like to call him, into the lineup at the right time. Pujols, Adam Lind, and and Jason Bay have been contributing as well. Question-are Soriano's fantasy numbers hurting you by having him hit leadoff? Perhaps you should have the former governor send Lou Pinella a lineup suggestion....oh....wait wait wait...he already did that!!