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Ham Slams Look to Shock Wiffle World in First Round Matchup with Questionable Outfit

27 Jul
The #4 seed Ham Slams hope to carry their second half momentum into the first round and pull off a historic upset of the #1 seed defending champions Questionable Outfit

The #4 seed Ham Slams hope to carry their second half momentum into the first round and pull off a historic upset of the #1 seed defending champions Questionable Outfit

Although it is the #4 vs. #1 seed matchup, the first round playoff series between the Ham Slams and Questionable Outfit will be the most anticipated first round series in recent memory. The Ham Slams are hoping to make history as the first #4 seed to win an EWL series, and Questionable Outfit are planning to repeat their history of first round success, return to the Wiffle Series for the third consecutive season, and become the first team in EWL history to repeat as Wiffle Champions.

The Ham Slams have history going against them, as the #1 seeds have a 4-0 all-time series record in the first round of the playoffs, and #1 seeds have went 12-2 in first round games. Questionable Outfit is 2-0 in first round series and 6-1 overall in first round games, with their only loss coming in their first playoff game last season, when they lost to Eastbound & Dahn in game 1 before winning games 2, 3, and 4. The Ham Slams are 0-3 in first round series, 4-9 in first round games, and have never advanced to the second round.

The Ham Slams have threatened in the first round, but have narrowly missed advancing to the Wiffle Series multiple times. In 2012, in their first year of existence, they pushed the eventual champion Fish Sticks to the brink, losing in game 5 of the first round. In 2013 they were swept by eventual runners-up Questionable Outfit, and last year, in 2014, they took eventual runners-up Cookies & Cream to a decisive game 5 before falling short.

Tim has led the Ham Slams second half resurgence

Tim has led the Ham Slams second half resurgence

Questionable Outfit are the defending EWL champions, and, like the three champions before them, have an opportunity to become the first repeat champions in history. By advancing past the first round, they would also become the first team to reach the Wiffle Series in three consecutive seasons. Questionable Outfit swept the Ham Slams in 2013 before being swept in the Wiffle Series by Cookies & Cream. Last year, in 2014, they defeated Eastbound & Dahn in 4 games before beating Cookies & Cream in 5 games to claim the title.

The Ham Slams finished in last place in the league standings with an 8-12 record, but they are likely the strongest #4 seed in EWL playoff history. After finishing the first half 1-9, the Ham Slams experienced a dramatic turnaround, going 7-3 in the second half of the season, which included a franchise-record five game winning streak.

Questionable Outfit were consistent, as usual, going 7-3 in both the first and second half, and put together a six game winning streak before losing their last game of the regular season, which had no playoff implications.

Bob and Tom combined for 69 home runs and 99 RBI in 2015

Bob and Tom combined for 69 home runs and 99 RBI in 2015

Questionable Outfit were historically dominant on offense in 2015, breaking multiple records, particularly with their power bats. All four players are a threat to go deep, but they also had three players in the top 5 league leaders for batting average and were the only team to hit over .500 for the season. With Morrison out for the playoffs, Bob is likely the most feared bat in the league, and his historic numbers back it up. Reilly has improved on offense each year and is a dominant power threat. Tom may be the most underrated and overlooked hitter in the league, and Mike picked up where he left off in 2013 after missing 2014, finishing 4th in batting average and slugging while tying the league record for triples. They are as strong as any team defensively, but they present as a Jekyll and Hyde from the mound. Reilly turned in another elite pitching season, but their other pitchers were spotty and inconsistent.

The Ham Slams had the league’s worst run differential, but most of that could be attributed to a few terrible losses. The Slams finished third in most offensive categories, but turned on the gas in the second half of the season. In particular, Tim went on a rampage at the plate after starting the season ice cold, hitting .698 over his final 7 games. Dan was consistent throughout the season, finishing 3rd in batting average. and going deep in 6 of his final 7 games. Alan played in only 2 games in July, but hit well and became a strong fielder as the season progressed. Steve took a step back from his 27 homer All-EWL campaign in 2014, but when on his game, he is as good a fielder as any player in the league and hit 7 home runs in his final 5 games after hitting 2 in his first 10 games. Adam hit .590 with 6 homers in his final 4 games, but has only played in 4 games in the past 6 weeks. The Slams have improved in fielding dramatically over the course of the season, and it may not be a liability for them in the first round series. Their pitching has also improved, and is anchored by Charlie, who started the season 0-7 before reeling off 4 consecutive victories on the mound.

Questionable Outfit won the season series 6-1 and won the first 6 matchups between the two teams before the Ham Slams beat them in their final matchup, the next-to-last game of the 2015 regular season. The Slams have been on the rise all season, but Questionable Outfit are the defending champs with the most potent offense in league history. It should be a great series as the Slams try to carry their momentum and confidence from a strong week 10 into the first round against the legends of the wiffle diamond on Questionable Outfit.

Probable Starters
Game 1 Ham Slams (Charlie) at Questionable Outfit (Reilly)
Game 2 Ham Slams (Tim) at Questionable Outfit (Mike)

Many Changes to Career Leaders in 2015

27 Jul
Joey and Charlie took over the career records in multiple statistical categories

Joey and Charlie took over the career records in multiple statistical categories

The record book was edited heavily after an action-packed 2015 season. See below for a list of all of the changes to the career EWL leaders.

– Joey extended his career record for games played with 100.

– Bob increased his career batting average record from .577 to .583.

– Bob surpassed Blose as the career SLG % leader. Blose had the record at 1.424 coming into this year, and Bob is currently slugging 1.454 for his career.

– Joey extended his career record for at-bats with 528.

– Joey surpassed Morrison as the career leader in runs scored. Morrison had the record with 131 coming into this season, and Joey now holds the record with 167.

– Joey surpassed Morrison as the career leader in hits. Morrison had the record with 201 coming into the season, and Joey now holds the record with 254.

– Dinger surpassed Morrison as the career leader in singles. Morrison had the record of 98 coming into this season, and Dinger now holds the record with 103.

– Joey surpassed Blose as the career leader in doubles. Blose had the record at 45 coming into this season, and Joey now holds the record with 67.

– Joey surpassed Anthony as the career leader in triples. Anthony had the record at 20 coming into this season, and Joey now holds the record with 21.

– Morrison extended his career record for home runs with 94. He had 73 coming into this season.

– Joey extended his career record for RBI with 183.

– Joey extended his career record for TB with 609.

– Charlie extended his career record for batting strikeouts with 22.

– Mike and Morrison tied Ivan with one career IBB.

– Joey extended his career record for LOB (left on base) with 130.

– Joey extended his career record for total plate appearances with 530.

– Morrison extended his career record for game-winning RBI with 24.

– Steve (Ham Slams) surpassed Morrison as the career leader for putouts. Morrison had the record at 256 coming into this season, and Steve now holds the record with 336.

– Charlie surpassed Guthrie as the career leader for pitching appearances. Guthrie had the record of 36 coming into the season, and Charlie now holds the record with 45.

– Guthrie extended his career record for pitching wins with 28.

– Charlie extended his career record for pitching losses with 26.

– Blose extended his career record for saves with 8.

– Dinger surpassed Guthrie as the career leader for innings pitched. Guthrie had the record of 192.5 coming into this season, and Dinger now holds the record with 223.

– Charlie extended his career record for hits allowed with 369.

– Charlie extended his career record for earned runs with 247.

– Guthrie extended his career record for pitching strikeouts with 20.

– Charlie surpassed Dinger as the career leader for home runs allowed. Dinger had the record with 86 coming into this season, and Charlie now holds the record with 119.

– Dinger extended his career record for batters faced with 743.

– Guthrie and Josh tied the career record for intentional walks, with one, previously set by Steve (Ham Slams).

– Charlie surpassed Guthrie as the career leader for games started. Guthrie had the record of 35 coming into this season, and Charlie now holds the record with 44.

– Guthrie extended his career record for complete games with 34.

Questionable Outfit Break Multiple Team Records on Offense

27 Jul
Tom had 25 of of Questionable Outfit's record 111 home runs.

Tom had 25 of of Questionable Outfit’s record 111 home runs.

Kimble and Questionable Outfit had a historically productive year on offense, breaking multiple team single-season records, many of them their own that were previously set last season. Questionable Outfit broke the most records this season, but all three other teams also tied or set new records in 2015. See the entire list below.

– Questionable Outfit broke the team SLG % by slugging 1.432 in 2015. The previous record was 1.256 by Questionable Outfit last year.

– Questionable Outfit tied the team record for triples in a season with 119. They tied the Fish Sticks, who also hit 19 in 2012.

– Questionable Outfit broke the team record for runs scored with 198. The previous record was 191 by Questionable Outfit last year.

– Questionable Outfit tied the team record for hits in a year with 263, hitting the exact same number of hits they had last year. Questionable Outfit in 2014 and 2015 and the Caucasians in 2012 have all hit 263 hits in a season to tie for the record.

– Questionable Outfit broke the team record for home runs in a season with 111. The previous record was 87 by Questionable Outfit last year.

– Questionable Outfit broke the team record for RBI in a season with 198. The previous record was 190 by Questionable Outfit last year.

– Questionable Outfit broke the team record for total bases with 689. The previous record was 598 by Questionable Outfit last year.

– Eastbound & Dahn and the Ham Slams broke the team record for batting strikeouts in a season with 14. The previous record was 13 by the Caucasians in 2012 and the Ham Slams last year.

– Eastbound & Dahn and Questionable Outfit tied the record for intentional walks with one, tying Eastbound & Dahn, who also had one last year.

– Questionable Outfit broke the team record for sacrifices with 6. The previous record was 3, set by 4 out of 5 dentists in 2011.

– The Ham Slams tied the record for fewest sacrifices with zero. They tied several other teams which also had zero, and became the first team since 2013 to record zero sacrifices in an entire season.

– Questionable Outfit broke the team record for total plate appearances with 488. The previous record was 485, set by the Fish Sticks in 2012.

– Cookies & Cream tied the team record for saves with 3, which was previously set by the Fish Sticks in 2011.

– The Ham Slams, Eastbound & Dahn, and Questionable Outfit tied the team record for fewest saves with zero. Many teams have recorded zero saves in a season.

– The Ham Slams broke the team record for most earned runs in a season with 188. The previous record was Eastbound & Dahn, who allowed 187 last year.

– The Ham Slams broke the record for most home runs allowed with 92. The previous record was set by the Fish Sticks, who allowed 80 in 2012.

– Cookies & Cream and the Ham Slams tied the record for most intentional walks issued with one, tying the Ham Slams from 2014.

– Questionable Outfit tied the team record for most complete games with 18 which was previously set by 4 out of 5 Dentists (2011), Eastbound & Dahn (2013), and Cookies & Cream/Questionable Outfit (2014).

– Cookies & Cream set the record for fewest complete games with 10. The previous record was 13 by Cookies & Cream/Ham Slams/Eastbound & Dahn in 2013.

Bob Homers Way Into Record Books

26 Jul
A year after rewriting the record book with multiple broken records, Bob only broke a few, most notably, his own single-season home run record.

A year after rewriting the record book with multiple broken records, Bob only broke a few, most notably, his own single-season home run record.

Just a year after setting the single-season record for home runs with 30 (breaking Morrison’s previous record of 28), Bob shattered his own record with 34 blasts in 2015. He had 10 multi-homer games and tied the single-game record with 5 home runs in one game in June. Bob’s homers stole the headlines, but several other players tied or set new single-season records. See the full list below.

– Mike (Questionable Outfit) tied the record of 8 triples, previously set by Joey (Fish Sticks) in 2012 and Anthony (Ham Slams) in 2014.

– Bob (Questionable Outfit) broke his own previous record of 200 total bases (2014) with 203 this season.

– Mike (Questionable Outfit) and Morrison (Eastbound & Dahn) tied the previous record of 1 intentional walk, set by Ivan (Eastbound & Dahn) in 2014.

– Reilly (Questionable Outfit) tied the previous record of 2 sacrifices, set by Ron (4 out of 5 Dentists) in 2011 and Les (Caucasians) in 2012.

– Blose (Cookies & Cream) tied his own previous record of 3 saves, which he also did in 2011 (with the Fish Sticks).

– Charlie (Ham Slams) broke the record of 7 pitching strikeouts by striking out 8 batters this year. The previous record was held by Guthrie from 2011 (Caucasians), Alec in 2012 (Ham Slams), and Charlie in 2013 (Ham Slams).

Cookies & Cream Blow Past Eastbound & Dahn 18-3 to Clinch #3 Seed in Playoffs

26 Jul
Blose extended his EWL record hitting streak by hitting for the cycle, going 5-for-9 with a single, a double, a triple, 2 home runs, 5 runs scored, and 4 RBI in the must-win game for Cookies & Cream

Blose extended his EWL record hitting streak by hitting for the cycle, going 5-for-9 with a single, a double, a triple, 2 home runs, 5 runs scored, and 4 RBI in the must-win game for Cookies & Cream

The Ham Slams needed Cookies & Cream to lose to pass them in the standings and earn the #3 seed in the playoffs, but Cookies took care of business in a big way, easily defeating Eastbound & Dahn 18-3. Cookies had lost seven straight coming into the game and had not won a single game since defeating Eastbound on June 9th. However, Cookies had a monster game on offense, as Joey and Dinger each went 7-for-9, Blose hit for the cycle, and Guthrie hit 3 bombs while pitching a complete game win. The two teams will now meet again in the first round of the playoffs, which begin next week.

Nate took the mound for Eastbound & Dahn, and he got into trouble immediately in the top of the first. Joey led off the game with a solo homer, his fifth leadoff homer of the 2015 season, and Cookies went up 1-0. The next batter, Blose, crushed a solo shot to center, and the back-to-back homers gave Cookies a 2-0 lead. Nate retired Dinger, but Guthrie followed with a solo homer, making the score 3-0. Joey then singled, but Nate retired Blose to strand the runner and end the inning.

Guthrie started for Cookies & Cream, and he was in much better form than week 9 when he was shelled by Questionable Outfit. He gave up a lead off single to Tim, but stranded the runner, retiring Nate and Christian to end the inning.

Dinger led off the top of the second with a solo homer, and all four Cookies players had homered in the game. Joey hit a one-out double, but Nate stranded him, and Cookies led 4-0.

Dinger went 7-for-9 with 3 singles, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 6 runs scored, and 2 RBI in the Cookies & Cream rout

Dinger went 7-for-9 with 3 singles, 2 doubles, 2 home runs, 6 runs scored, and 2 RBI in the Cookies & Cream rout

Tim hit a one-out double in the bottom of the second, his second of the game, and he scored when Nate followed with an RBI double. Guthrie stranded Nate at second, and the score was 4-1 through two innings.

For the second consecutive inning, Dinger led off the top of the third with a solo bomb, and his second homer of the game made the score 5-1. Guthrie then tripled, but Cookies couldn’t add to their lead, as Nate retired Joey and Blose to end the inning.

Guthrie retired the side in order in the bottom of the third, and the score remained 5-1.

Guthrie got back into a groove at the plate, going 6-for-9 with 2 singles, a triple, 3 home runs, 4 runs scored, and 6 RBI in addition to the complete game win on the mound

Guthrie got back into a groove at the plate, going 6-for-9 with 2 singles, a triple, 3 home runs, 4 runs scored, and 6 RBI in addition to the complete game win on the mound

Cookies & Cream were up four heading into the top of the fourth, and they blew the game open with a seven-run explosion. Dinger singled to start the inning, and Guthrie followed with a two-run homer to make the score 7-1. Joey then doubled, and Blose drove him in with a two-run blast, putting Cookies ahead 9-1. Dinger doubled, and Guthrie hit his second two-run home run of the inning, extending the lead to 11-1. Joey then doubled off the fence, but accidentally lifted his foot from second base while Nate possessed the ball on the mound, which became the first out of the inning. Blose followed the base running mistake with a triple, and he scored on a Dinger RBI double which made the score 12-1. Nate then finally retired Guthrie to end the inning, but Cookies had pulled ahead by eleven runs.

Nate provided his own run support in the bottom of the fourth, hitting a solo homer to start the inning, which cut the score to 12-2. Christian followed with a double, and it looked as if Eastbound would rally. However, when the next batter Steve hit a double, base running errors led to Blose turning a double play, stranding two runners and ending the threat quickly.

Up 12-2, Cookies poured salt in the wound in the top of the fifth. Joey led off the inning with a solo shot, his second of the game, making the score 13-2. Blose then doubled and moved to third on a Dinger single. Guthrie singled on a fielding error, and Joey came to the plate with the bases loaded. He crushed a deep fly ball to left, but the ball went just foul, narrowly missing a grand slam. He then grounded out to left, but two runs scored on the play and the score was 15-2. Blose then hit an RBI single to score Guthrie, putting Cookies ahead 16-2. Dinger singled to put runners on the corners, and Guthrie followed with a single, scoring Blose to make the score 17-2. Joey then hit Cookies fourth consecutive single, scoring Blose on the play to extend the Cookies & Cream lead to 18-2. Nate finally retired Blose to end the inning, stranding two runners.

Joey went 7-for-9 for Cookies with 2 singles, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, and 5 RBI

Joey went 7-for-9 for Cookies with 2 singles, 3 doubles, 2 home runs, 3 runs scored, and 5 RBI

Tim led off the bottom of the fifth with a solo homer, which cut the score to 18-3. Christian later hit a one-out single, but Guthrie avoided further damage, stranding the runner to end the inning.

Nate retired Dinger and Guthrie consecutively in the top of the sixth, the first scoreless inning by Cookies & Cream.

Down fifteen runs, Eastbound couldn’t generate offense in the bottom of the sixth. Guthrie retired Tim and Nate to end the inning and the game, giving Cookies & Cream the win and the #3 seed in the playoffs.

The win snapped Cookies & Cream’s seven-game losing streak and moved them to 8-12 on the season. The loss dropped Eastbound & Dahn to 10-10 on the year. Eastbound & Dahn won the season series with Cookies & Cream 4-3, and the two teams will meet in the best-of-five first round series in the playoffs.

W: Guthrie (2-2)
L: Nate (2-1)

Box Score

Game Notes:
– Guthrie pitched the complete game win for Cookies & Cream, giving up 3 runs on 8 hits in 6 innings pitched.
– Nate took the loss for Eastbound & Dahn, allowing 18 runs on 25 hits in 5 innings. The record for most earned runs in a single game is 19, which Nate fell a run short of. He also fell one hit short of the record for most hits allowed in a game (26) by giving up 25.
– Dinger and Joey each went 7-for-9 to lead Cookies & Cream. Dinger had 3 singles, 2 doubles, 2 homers, 6 runs scored, and 3 RBI. Joey had 2 singles, 3 doubles, 2 homers, 3 runs scored, and 5 RBI.
– Blose reached base safely to extend his EWL record hitting streak to 63 games, and he also hit for the cycle, going 5-for-9 with a single, a double, a triple, 2 home runs, 5 runs scored, and 4 RBI.
– Guthrie also had 3 homers in the game.
– Tim led Eastbound & Dahn at the plate, going 3-for-5 with 2 doubles, a home run, 2 runs scored, and an RBI.