The final of the BaseballGB fantasy league is here as the Maltsters (1st) took on Norwich (2nd). There could only be one winner, so who would be crowned the 2017 champion?
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The Maltsters were the cream of the crop during the regular season and have converted their top form into a championship title after defeating Norwich 6-5. Cheshunt’s hitters did most of the heavy lifting in the final as McCutchen scored six runs, hit two homers, knocked in nine and hit .500 for the week. Nicasio and Osuna had two saves each. Marte stole two bases for Norwich, who had the better of the pitching stats. Tomlin helped take ERA and WHIP while Gausman struck out 14 and Vincent had two holds. Norwich fell a win shy of taking the final into tiebreaker territory.
Both teams have been outstanding this year. I’m sure Norwich will be disappointed but they pushed a very good team very close right to the end. Massive congratulations to the Maltsters. It’s ridiculously hard to be good at H2H every week, but they managed it. The Maltsters lost in week one to the Bombers but then reeled off 24 straight victories – a streak so impressive that the Cleveland Indians would no doubt tip a cap in their direction. Well played.
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In the 3rd place playoff it was the Chasers who emerged victorious, defeating the A&E Dept 7-4 thanks to an offensive sweep. Lucroy and Gyorko each hit .500 or better but it was Dozier who was the star, batting .615 for the week with an OPS over 2.000, seven runs, two homers and six RBIs. Upton swiped two bases.
On the mound, Kahnle picked up the lone hold. Lester and McHugh each won twice for the A&E Dept, with Jon posting great ERA and WHIP stats and Colin racking up 14 strikeouts. Both teams can be very pleased with their seasons, as top four places are some achievement in such a competitive league.
The Slugs ended the year with victory in the 5th place playoff, defeating Batteries Essential 9-3. Trout led the Slugs with five runs, four homers and six RBIs. Archer and Lackey each had a win and helped take ERA and WHIP while Treinen also picked up a victory and two saves. Paxton struck out 14 and Kela had the lone hold.
Batteries Essential fell an inning shy of the minimum limit, forfeiting all of the pitching categories. Blackmon hit .455 to help take average and OPS and he also stole a base.
The RBIs finished the season on a high with a thumping 10-2 win against the Isotopes to finish 7th. Unsurprisingly, Judge was the star man, scoring six runs, belting four homers and driving in nine. Harper stole two bases, so I guess that means his knee is fine.
Tanaka was the pick of the pitchers with a win, 15 strikeouts, no earned runs allowed and a miniscule WHIP. Chapman had two saves. The Isotopes salvaged average thanks to Arenado (.421) and Herrera had two holds but the patchwork pitching staff struggled once again.
Thanks once again to you all for playing this season, I hoped you enjoyed it. We can all sit back and watch the playoffs without fretting about what our ERA is going to be at the end of the night. Special thanks go to Matt for posting the roundups on the site each week. I will be back in touch next year when Yahoo opens for the 2018 season.