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BGB Fantasy League 2014: Week Three

JJ’s Beck ‘Nams took top spot in the Baseball GB fantasy league last week. Are they still leading the way after Week Three?

 

Team

R

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

OPS

W

SV

K

HLD

ERA

WHIP

Score

Northfleet Knights

32

6

24

1

.266

.799

4

3

47

0

2.66

1.24

10

Angels of Ash Vale

29

2

13

5

.248

.612

2

2

42

1

3.86

1.33

2

We begin with the biggest winners of the week, as the Knights thumped the Angels 10-2. The hitters and pitchers each took five categories, with Myers hitting two homers, Goldschmidt, Pedroia and Bautista each scoring six runs. Shields and Alex Wood both pitched well, but Aaron Harang (who knew?!) did even better for the Knights with seven no-hit innings. Soria had two saves. Daniel Murphy was the pick of the Angels’ batters, hitting .345 and being one of five players to steal a base. Cliff Lee pitched excellently in an otherwise tough week for the staff, with Henderson collecting the lone hold of the matchup.

 

Team

R

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

OPS

W

SV

K

HLD

ERA

WHIP

Score

Mighty Slugs

31

6

19

4

.265

.754

2

3

53

2

3.71

1.40

3

Beck ‘Nams (GB)

28

5

25

7

.304

.797

3

1

56

2

3.12

1.34

8

Beck ‘Nams do remain top after their 8-3 win against the Slugs. Aoki, Kemp and Dozier each stole two bases, while Callaspo drove in five runs for Beck ‘Nams. An excellent week for Shelby Miller made the difference in wins and strikeouts, while he teamed with Sabathia to take ERA and WHIP. Chris Perez had two holds. The Slugs had great weeks from Fielder (two homers) and Donaldson, who each scored six runs, while Uehara and Carpenter combined for three saves.

 

Team

R

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

OPS

W

SV

K

HLD

ERA

WHIP

Score

Richie’s RBI’s

17

3

20

2

.198

.573

3

2

33

3

2.04

1.06

3

Enfield Butchers

32

5

23

2

.265

.728

1

3

37

8

5.08

1.31

8

The Butchers are in third after another 8-3 win, defeating the RBIs. Yelich and Votto (two homers) each batted well over .400 for the week and helped take runs comfortably. It was a monster week for the bullpen, as Melancon, Clippard, Phelps and Ogando combined for EIGHT holds, while Holland had three saves. Hart and Hardy were the pick of the hitters ina  poor offensive week for the RBIs, although Jim Johnson vultured two wins and Tanaka and Burnett helped take ERA and WHIP.

 

Team

R

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

OPS

W

SV

K

HLD

ERA

WHIP

Score

Norwich No II

32

7

38

2

.260

.783

3

3

53

4

3.29

1.37

4

Batteries Essential

29

13

34

6

.277

.870

3

1

39

6

2.63

1.13

7

Batteries Essential surged up the standings with their 7-4 win against Norwich. Cespedes, Brantley and Stanton each hit two homers, but were outdone by Gattis (three) and Walker (four) in a huge power display. Billy Hamilton added four steals. Fernandez, Wacha and Chen all pitched excellently, helping to take ERA and WHIP, while Cecil had three holds. Norwich had the edge in runs and RBIs thanks to Ozuna, Frazier and Rosario, while Ervin Santana racked up 18 strikeouts and Jansen had three saves.

 

Team

R

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

OPS

W

SV

K

HLD

ERA

WHIP

Score

Iron Men

26

6

33

4

.308

.860

0

1

57

2

4.45

1.43

5

London Bananas

35

8

31

8

.255

.794

4

5

44

0

3.83

1.34

7

The Bananas got the better of Iron Men in a very close matchup. Lance Lynn’s two wins and 16 strikeouts helped the Bananas win the matchup on the mound, with Lohse and Cain helping take ERA and WHIP. K-Rod and Gregerson took care of saves. The middle infielders were productive with the bat, as Infante drove in seven and Tulo hit .500 and scored eight runs. Marte swiped four bases. Iron Men took RBIs, average and OPS thanks to Lawrie, Kinsler and Mesoraco. Strasburg struck out 14 and Thornton had two holds.

 

Team

R

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

OPS

W

SV

K

HLD

ERA

WHIP

Score

Orpington Isotopes

21

6

25

3

.274

.752

6

4

58

2

3.57

1.29

4

The Cheddar Chasers

25

5

15

6

.280

.795

5

4

47

2

2.45

0.97

6

Matt took the spoils in this BaseballGB matchup, as his Chasers defeated my Isotopes 6-4. McCann scored five runs, Pence stole three bases and Melky Cabrera and Leonys Martin helped take average. Scherzer, Lester, Ross and Ryu all pitched brilliantly, taking ERA comfortably and posting a sub-1.00 WHIP. I made a  move in a bid to boost my offense, and Uribe responded with two homers, while Cruz drove in six. On the mound, six different pitchers, including Zimmermann (13 strikeouts) and Soriano (two saves), picked up wins.

 

Team

R

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

OPS

W

SV

K

HLD

ERA

WHIP

Score

Bits & Bytes

17

5

17

3

.269

.732

3

1

33

0

2.73

1.18

4

Jesmond Dennings

21

5

25

11

.241

.672

2

6

33

0

2.57

1.31

5

In a very tight matchup, Jesmond Dennings got the better of Bits & Bytes 5-4. The Angel duo of Trout and Pujols were the pick of the hitters, combining for four homers 10 runs and 13 RBIs. Andrus ran wild, stealing five bases. Hwakins, Broxton and O’Day combined for six saves, while Bailey and the now-injured Kelly helped take ERA. Kendrick homered twice, drove in seven and hit .370 for the week, with Soriano and Chris Johnson also in good form. King Felix, Pineda, Santiago and Cashner all pitched well to take ERA, but the very short pitching staff will get shorter with the injury to Nova. If Bits & Bytes don’t make additions soon, they run the risk of forfeiting all pitching categories by not hitting the 20-inning minimum limit.

 

Team

R

HR

RBI

SB

AVG

OPS

W

SV

K

HLD

ERA

WHIP

Score

NE Riverkings

19

4

30

2

.249

.642

3

1

44

2

2.25

1.11

6

Weston-Super-Sox

29

8

29

5

.293

.824

1

3

43

0

3.13

1.15

6

Finally, the Riverkings and Sox could not be separated. Morneau’s three homers and 12 RBIs, added to Braun’s three-homer week, gave the Sox the edge offensively while Street had three saves. Cueto racked up 12 strikeouts on his way to a win. Wright gave the Riverkings the edge in RBIs, and the pitchers took five categories. Lincecum struck out 12 and picked up a win, Gio Gonzalez also won and helped take ERA and WHIP while Allen had two holds.

It’s still early

Just 11.5 games separate the top and bottom teams in the league, so ground can easily be made up if you are off to a slow start (or lost if you’re doing well!) Those teams who act quickly to replace injured players can really reap the benefits, so be sure to keep an eye on your rosters to make sure you keep up-to-date with who’s starting when and who needs to be put on the DL.

Week Four matchups

Beck ‘Nams (1st) v Bits & Bytes (11th)

Knights (2nd) v Butchers (3rd)

Bananas (4th) v Riverkings (14th)

Chasers (5th) v Norwich (8th)

Iron Men (6th) v Angels (13th)

Isotopes (7th) v RBIs (15th)

Batteries Essential (9th) v Jesmond Dennings (10th)

Slugs (12th) v Sox (16th)

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One Response to “BGB Fantasy League 2014: Week Three”

  1. Matt Smith #

    Great review, as always. It was a close encounter in our match-up and after taking a mid-week 8-2 lead I had a feeling the advantage would slip away with saves and holds. Fortunately I held on just enough to tie those and edge it. Nice to win something this week!

    April 21, 2014 at 10:01 pm Reply

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