After 22 weeks, we now know which eight teams will be playing for the BaseballGB fantasy league championship. It was a nail-biting race for the last four places.
The Butchers had already booked their playoff place, but they showed no sign of taking their foot off the gas with an 11-1 thumping of the Slugs. Asdrubal Cabrera, Yelich and Wong led an offensive sweep while Vargas was the pick of the starting pitchers. Two other Royals, Holland and Davis (two holds) joined Kimbrel in collecting two saves each. The Slugs actually performed pretty well across the board and will feel hard done buy to only take strikeouts thanks to McHugh. d’Arnaud had a big week with the bat.
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The Chasers finish third after their 8-3 victory against the RBIs. Miggy scored eight times, homered five times and knocked in nine. Not bad for a guy with a bad ankle. The pitching staff fell a hold shy of a sweep thanks to Ross and a pair of wins out of the pen for Joe Smith. Posey, Lind and Brandon Crawford helped the RBIs salvage RBIs, average and OPS.
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Iron Men fell just short of the playoffs, ending the regular season in 9th after their 8-4 loss to Norwich. Seager had a three-homer week, McCutchen hit a pair and Ozuna knocked in seven as the hitters took five categories. Boxberger had a win and a hold while Jansen notched three saves. Iron Men had a monster Sunday from Adrian Gonzalez, while Mesoraco helped win average. Smyly and Salazar helped take strikeouts, ERA and WHIP.
My Isotopes left it late but secured their playoff place with an 8-4 win against the Riverkings. Cruz’s monster Sunday saw him raise his homer total to four for the week, knocking in 12, while Frazier and Khris Davis went yard twice. Mejia, Howell and Norris took care of saves, holds and strikeouts in an otherwise ugly week for the pitching staff. Gio Gonzalez won both of his starts for the Riverkings, joining Buerhle and Sale in taking ERA and WHIP.
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The Angels ended the season on a high note, defeating cellar dwellers Bits & Bytes 7-3. Carter (three homers), Morales and Heyward helped the offense take five categories while Papelbon had two saves and Dickey struck out 10. As usual, Kershaw and King Felix, with help from Hughes, took ERA and WHIP comfortably for Bits & Bytes while Bourjos, Kendrick and Bogaerts took average.
It was a nervy finish for Jesmond, who lost 6-5 to the Sox but still managed to finish 8th, claiming a playoff place. Altuve helped the Sox take steals, average and OPS while all four healthy pitchers picked up a win. Jesmond had runs, homers and RBIs from Arenado and Dickerson, while Tillman edged strikeouts by one and joined with gee to take WHIP.
The Knights picked up a 6-5 win against Batteries Essential, but it wasn’t enough to make the championship playoffs. V-Mart and Joey Bats had big weeks offensively, while Shields and Haren posted great WHIP numbers. Batteries Essential had three homers from Stanton, Rosenthal had three saves and Koehler struck out 10.
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Finally, the Bananas and Beck ‘Nams finished 6-6, a result which sees both teams advance to the playoffs. The bananas benefited from the Phillies’ combined no-hitter, as Hamels joined Hammel in taking wins, ERA and racking up the strikeouts. Span helped take runs and steals. Beck ‘Nams had the better of the offense as Kemp (three homers) and Navarro (two) carried the offense. Shelby Miller and Kuroda helped take whip while Tazawa notched a hold.
Butchers (1st) v Jesmond (8th)
Norwich (2nd) v Beck ‘Nams (7th)
Chasers (3rd) v Banans (6th)
Batteries Essential (4th) v Isotopes (5th)
THERE’S ALWAYS NEXT YEAR:
Iron Men (9th)
Bits & Bytes (16th)
Only eight teams survive, and will we see any of the tops seeds knocked out in the opening round? Find out next week.