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BGB Fantasy League Week 22

The final week of the regular season competition in the 2013 BaseballGB Fantasy League was arguably the most competitive, with four of the six match-ups ending in draws.

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NE Riverkings 28 8 35 6 .332 .919 4 1 45 0 3.63 1.04 8
Cardiff Redsox 21 4 21 2 .236 .637 4 4 31 2 3.09 1.43 3

The NE Riverkings were the main exception on the week as they were able to secure an 8-3 match-up victory over the Cardiff Redsox. The Riverkings offence swept the board with multi-homer weeks from Matt Wieters, Freddie Freeman and Shin-Soo Choo, whilst the Reds’ speedster Billy Hamilton made an immediate impact with four stolen bases. Luke Gregerson’s two Holds gave Cardiff that category and they also took Saves thanks to two apiece from Jonathan Papelbon and Mark Melancon; however the efforts of Cole Hamels, Clayton Kershaw and Michael Wacha ensured the Riverkings were able to add two of the pitching categories to their total.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite enough to move the Riverkings up from ninth place and they just missed out on a playoff spot by four games in the standings.

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Orpington Isotopes 35 12 30 5 .285 .901 3 3 55 1 4.64 1.33 6
Norwich No II 31 6 19 7 .267 .799 3 5 50 1 3.10 1.13 4

In a potential playoff preview, the third-placed Orpington Isotopes bested the second-placed Norwich No II by a score of 6-4. Eight Isotopes hit a home run as the team put 12 balls over the fence and they in part helped the team overcome Matt Carpenter’s burst of runs (10) to take that category alongside four other offensive marks.  Norwich No II’s club of closers provided plenty of useful work out of the bullpen, but 15 strike-outs from Jon Lester and a return to form from Adam Wainwright helped to keep the Isotopes ahead in the match-up.

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Beck ‘Nams (GB) 30 9 35 6 .254 .760 1 5 43 2 5.70 1.20 6
Weston-Super-Sox 20 8 32 3 .288 .801 2 3 44 0 3.91 1.16 6

Beck’Nams and Weston-Super-Sox both made sure of their playoff places by splitting the twelve categories equally in their match-up. Pablo Sandoval’s three-homer game last Wednesday helped Beck’Nams inch past the Sox in the home run stakes despite Weston benefiting from Mike Napoli’s four homers on the week. On the pitching side, the Super-Sox were very grateful for Homer Bailey’s 17 K’s as they helped secure the strike-out category by a single point, whilst Greg Holland’s four saves worked out well for Beck’Nams.

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The Wright Stuff 29 4 16 2 .230 .655 3 8 52 2 3.49 1.18 5
Batteries Essential 26 7 24 4 .260 .764 3 1 27 2 6.00 1.48 5

Batteries Essential and Wright Stuff took five categories each and it was a match-up defined by the Batteries’ offence and the Stuff’s pitchers. Both Jay Bruce and Kendrys Morales went deep three times during the week for Batteries, although Jacoby Ellsbury’s injury could prove to be a real blow over the next couple of weeks.  As for the Wright Stuff hurlers, the main story was the trio of relief pitchers who combined to amass eight saves: Huston Street (4), Grant Balfour (2) and Danny Farquhar (2).

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Richie’s RBI’s 30 9 28 4 .268 .844* 2 4 35 2 3.62 1.42 5
Iron Men 33 5 25 3 .315 .844* 2 4 58 0 3.11 1.11 5

Iron Men moved through to the playoffs with a 5-5 draw with Richie’s RBI’s. It was no surprise that the RBI’s took the home run category after Ryan Zimmerman’s five homer week and the eight runs and eight RBI’s from Brett Gardner were more than useful too. As for the Iron Men, the key to their week was the pitching staff’s ability to wrack up an impressive number of strike-outs, led by the 15 gained by Madison Bumgarner.

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The Cheddar Chasers 32 10 35 6 .348 .956 2 4 47 1 5.24 1.38 5
SWAT* 27 10 36 2 .241 .743 4 6 60 1 4.87 1.50 5

Finally, my Cheddar Chasers can perhaps take a 5-5 draw with league winners SWAT as something of a moral victory to soften the blow of finishing dead last. Alex Rios led the Chasers with three home runs and Mike Trout and Jose Reyes once again put together strong contributions to win four of the offensive categories. SWAT were not going to go into the playoffs on the back of a loss though. Adam Jones matched Rios’s trio of taters and the pitching staff did a good job too, with Casey Janssen (3 SV), Mariano Rivera (2) and Jim Johnson coming for six saves.

Final Standings

*1 SWAT*
*2 Norwich No II
*3 Orpington Isotopes
*4 Iron Men
*5  Batteries Essential
*6 Weston-Super-Sox
*7 The Wright Stuff
*8 Beck ‘Nams (GB)
9 NE Riverkings
10  Richie’s RBI’s
11 Cardiff Redsox
12 The Cheddar Chasers

Playoffs – First Round

The top eight teams qualified for the first round of the BGB playoffs. The match-ups are as follows:

SWAT (1st) v Beck’Nams (8th)

Iron Men (4th) v Batteries Essential (5th)

Orpington Isotopes (3rd) v Weston-Super-Sox (6th)

Norwich No II (2nd) v The Wright Stuff (7th)

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