Week five saw a combined no-hitter, some injuries to some big names and host of impressive rookies continuing bright starts to their MLB careers. How would the BaseballGB Fantasy League look afterwards?
|Norwich No II||35||16||45||5||.265||.852||3||6||58||2||3.93||1.20||11|
|The Bath Bombers||32||7||31||3||.248||.772||1||1||41||3||4.93||1.55||1|
Norwich are top of the standings after an 11-1 win against the Bombers. Norwich belted 16 homers including four from Harper and four from Rosario, who also scored eight times, knocked in 12 and stole two bases while batting .433. Junis had a win and 13 strikeouts, closely followed by Hader thanks to his eight-strikeout save. Corbin helped take ERA and WHIP. Tough week for the Bombers but Reed salvaged saves and Trout (.545) had a big week.
The Isotopes are above .500 after defeating the Slugs 11-1. Kemp hit .450 but the offensive star was Lindor, who hit .425 with 11 runs, four homers and 10 RBIs. Greinke struck out 15 and teamed with Morton to take ERA and WHIP while Rodney and Devenski took care of saves and holds. Richards helped take wins for the Slugs and Rizzo had a three-homer week, the batters had a team-wide slump.
An offensive sweep helped the RBIs defeat the Sox 8-2. Neither team hit for average but Gallo (five runs) and Mazara (11 RBIs) each belted four homers and Villar stole two bases. Giles and Strickland had a save each and Clevinger racked up 17 strikeouts. The Sox, now hit by injuries to Kershaw and deGrom, took ERA and WHIP thanks to another very impressive week from Cole.
The Riverkings used a balanced attack against Batteries Essential, taking four hitting and four pitching categories in an 8-3 win. Despite Corey Seager being ruled out for the rest of the season, Torres stepped in at SS and had a great week with two homers and nine RBIs, while Betts scored seven runs, hit five homers, knocked in eight and hit .400. Paxton and Archer helped take ERA while Kluber picked up a win and Chapman had three saves.
Santana and Ramos helped Batteries Essential take average and OPS, but with only six batters playing in this matchup and a bunch of players wasted on the bench it is no surprise to see them struggle offensively. On the mound, Verlander (22) and Sale (18) racked up the strikeouts and Davis collected a trio of saves.
|The Cheddar Chasers||21||4||13||5||.238||.651||5||4||75||1||3.76||1.49||3|
The Knights used an offensive sweep to defeat the Chasers 8-3. Pollock led the team with four homers, two steals and a .423 average while the Cleveland duo of Encarnacion (10 RBIs) and Ramirez (nine runs) also had big weeks. Gray and Gausman helped take WHIP while Hand had three saves. The Chasers enjoyed another huge week from Scherzer, who picked up a win to go with 23 strikeouts and he also helped take ERA and WHIP.
|Beckenham A&E Dept||26||7||29||0||.279||.902||4||2||49||4||4.33||1.34||3|
Finally, the Maltsters handed the A&E Dept a rare loss, taking this matchup 7-3. Five Cheshunt batters had multi-homer weeks, led by three from JD Martinez while Hosmer drove in seven and Pham swiped two bases. Bauer led the staff with 19 strikeouts and teamed with Faria to take ERA and WHIP while Kimbrel and Jansen had two saves each. McCutchen (.474) and Hamilton (.400) helped Beckenham take average and OPS while Mikolas was one of four pitchers with a win and Bradley notched four holds.
After week five, the standings are as follows:
|1||Norwich No II||40-17-3||.692||–||11-1-0||6||9|
|3||Beckenham A&E Dept||31-21-8||.583||6.5||3-7-2||9||9|
|8||The Bath Bombers||25-32-3||.442||15||1-11-0||11||8|
|9||The Cheddar Chasers||23-33-4||.417||16.5||3-8-1||1||2|
The week six matchups are:
Norwich v Chasers
Riverkings v A&E Dept
RBIs v Bombers
Knights v Isotopes
Maltsters v Sox
Slugs v Batteries Essential
Reminder: 20-inning minimum limit
Just a friendly reminder to make sure you hit the 20-inning minimum limit to avoid forfeiting all of the pitching categories. So far we have avoided this happening but the rash of pitching injuries may mean teams run the risk of dropping under the limit. One to keep an eye on if you don’t have a deep staff.