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Mark has been following baseball since a family holiday to California in 1996 included a trip to Dodger Stadium. A die-hard Dodger fan (yes, they do exist), Mark is a committed fantasy baseball manager and, much like Seinfeld's George Costanza, REALLY wants to be the GM of an MLB team. Mark played in the UK for Croydon Pirates III for seven years. Follow him on Twitter @MarkGeorge43

BGB Fantasy League 2013 Week One

It’s time to see who’s off to a hot start and who is struggling early on in the first roundup of the 2013 BaseballGB fantasy league.

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The Wright Stuff 34 12 33 3 .278 .863 4 5 59 1 2.58 1.03 9
Cardiff Redsox 34 8 35 2 .273 .761 2 3 38 2 4.46 1.28 2

We begin with the biggest winners of the week, as the Stuff handed the Redsox a 9-2 loss. Choo and Kinsler each belted three homers, but were upstaged by Justin Upton, who belted five in his first week as a Brave. The pitching staff took every category bar holds, with Cueto and Tim Hudson leading the rotation and Betancourt collecting a hat-trick of saves. Tulo and Fielder gave the Redsox the edge in RBIs, while Prado scored eight times. Gregerson and Jepsen had a hold each.

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SWAT* 30 4 22 3 .255 .700 3 6 56 0 3.00 1.24 7
Weston-Super-Sox 21 4 30 4 .240 .639 5 0 45 0 3.98 1.34 3

SWAT got the better of the Sox in an opening matchup between two teams with a history of success. The SWAT pitching staff took four categories, with Shields and Moore racking up strikeouts, Greinke winning his debut and the bullpen comfortably taking saves thanks to Johnson, Hanrahan, Frieri and some guy called Mariano Rivera. Offensively, big weeks from Adam Jones and Goldschmidt made the difference in three categories. The Sox took RBIs and steals thanks to Napoli, Miguel Cabrera and BJ Upton. Kennedy, Fister, Homer Bailey, Buchholz and Sale all picked up wins.

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Beck ‘Nams (GB) 31 9 27 4 .249 .736 4 3 58 1 3.46 1.15 7
Iron Men 26 3 23 4 .291 .780 5 1 38 3 4.01 1.27 4

JJ is celebrating a win to start the season as Beck ‘Nams defeated Iron Men 7-4. Six players combined to hit nine homers with Rizzo, CarGo and Pablo each having multi-homer weeks. The pitchers took four categories, with Verlander and King Felix each striking out 11 and the now-discarded Marmol, Holland and Grilli combining for three saves. Iron Men had the edge in average and OPS thanks to Braun and Pagan, while Lester won both of his starts and Albuquerque had two holds.

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Richie’s RBI’s 26 9 24 2 .267 .774 4 2 48 1 3.00 1.13 4
Batteries Essential 30 9 31 11 .277 .836 3 3 38 2 4.66 1.47 7

Batteries Essential took five offensive categories in their 7-4 win against the RBIs, falling one homer shy of a hitting sweep. Carlos Santana and Hunter helped take average and OPS, while Rollins and Wright each stole three bases and Ellsbury swiped four, homered and drove in seven. Reed, Broxton and Benoit took care of saves and holds. Harper went deep twice for the RBIs and Hill had a multi-homer week. On the mound, Darvish’s near-perfecto and 20 strikeouts in two starts helped make the difference in wins, strikeouts, ERA and WHIP.

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Orpington Isotopes 22 11 38 6 .245 .788 3 7 61 0 4.07 1.28 5
NE Riverkings 31 9 27 3 .264 .806 5 3 55 2 2.96 0.95 7

The Riverkings handed my Isotopes a 7-5 defeat to start the season. Kershaw’s outstanding start to the season, helped by Harvey and Miley, made the difference in wins, ERA and WHIP, while Pestano had two holds. Offensively, Morse had a five-homer week while Jackson scored seven runs and Freeman and Utley helped take average and OPS. My team had plenty of power, as Frazier (who drove in nine runs) and Rosario had three-homer weeks, Joey Bats went deep twice and McCutchen had four steals. Romo, Boggs, League and Chris Perez combined for seven saves, while Anderson struck out 16 in his two starts.

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The Cheddar Chasers 31 7 34 4 .332 .920 1 1 52 2 6.10 1.72 4
Norwich No II 29 8 34 2 .285 .845 6 4 68 2 2.38 1.04 6

Finally, Norwich took five pitching categories in the 6-4 win against the Chasers. Six different pitchers picked up wins, while Kimbrel and Chapman had a pair of saves. Samardzija struck out 22 in his two starts. Offensively, the clear star was Chris Davis, who belted four homers and drove in 17 to help win homers and force an RBI tie. Rios had a three-homer week for the Chasers and stole two bases, while Zobrist, Reyes and Gordon helped take average and OPS.

The week two matchups are as follows:

Stuff (1st) v Isotopes (7th)

SWAT (2nd) v Iron Men (10th)

Beck ‘Nams (3rd) v Batteries Essential (4th)

Riverkings (5th) v Norwich (6th)

Chasers (8th) v Sox (11th)

RBIs (9th) v Redsox (12th)

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4 Responses to “BGB Fantasy League 2013 Week One”

  1. Matt Smith #

    Thanks for writing the review Mark: I always enjoy reading these throughout the season. Week 1 turned into a bit of a nightmare with my pitching staff – particularly David Price and Matt Cain – getting knocked around. Hoping for better in Week 2!

    Cheers
    Matt

    April 10, 2013 at 5:29 pm Reply
  2. …..a really comprehensive and decent review. Quality stuff which a great many other Leagues might need to think about. Makes it more enjoyable. Thank you M.

    best regards

    April 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm Reply
  3. RichieH #

    Thanks Mark, only wish my team could have given you better things to write about them…. Still early so resisting dropping the lot at the moment.

    Look forward to the next review….

    April 11, 2013 at 12:20 am Reply
  4. Mark George #

    Thanks! It was a strange Sunday, with a number of big-name pitchers getting lit up – part of the perils of playing in a weekly head-to-head matchup but also part of the fun too!

    April 11, 2013 at 11:21 am Reply

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