Things are very tight at the top of the BaseballGB Fantasy League as a rare loss for the leaders allowed the chasing pack to close the gap.
|The Bath Bombers||24||6||25||3||.261||.750||2||1||28||2||3.58||1.41||2|
The Isotopes were the biggest winners of the week, defeating the Bombers 10-2 thanks to an offensive sweep. Puig batted .455 and scored eight runs while Kemp (.429) launched three homers and knocked in eight. Yelich swiped three bases and joined Suarez and Lindor in hitting two homers. Rodney had a win and two saves while Morton led the staff with 17 strikeouts and Colome had a trio of holds. Foltynewicz helped the Bombers salvage ERA and WHIP by not allowing an earned run.
|The Cheddar Chasers||32||10||30||4||.237||.746||7||2||59||1||1.68||0.80||9|
The Chasers climb up the standings with a 9-3 win against the Sox. Dozier scored nine runs, drove in six and joined Posey and Goldschmidt in hitting two homers. Dee Gordon swiped three bases. In a win-filled week for the pitchers, Lynn collected a pair of victories and Scherzer led the staff in strikeouts (and pinch hits) and joined Taillon in not allowing an earned run. Treinen and Greene had a save each. Kinsler batted .429 for the Sox while Adam Jones and Fowler hit exactly .400. Soria collected a pair of holds.
The league-leading Riverkings suffered a rare defeat, losing 8-3 to the Slugs. A pair of Cubs did a lot of the damage offensively for the Slugs as Contreras scored four runs and Rizzo hit a pair of homers to go with his five RBIs and .385 average. Another Cub, Lester, won twice and led the staff with 13 strikeouts while Doolittle had three saves. Snell and Kluber helped the Riverkings salvage ERA and WHIP by not allowing any earned runs and the fabulously named Seranthony Dominguez had the lone hold.
The Knights maintained their place in the top four by defeating the Maltsters 8-3. Jose Ramirez and Machado each hit three homers, Olson went deep four times and Encaranacion hit five homers to go with his nine runs, 13 RBIs and .407 average. Wacha won both of his starts and teamed with Quintana to take ERA and WHIP. Hosmer hit .519 for the Maltsters with Cruz (.407) and Votto (.400) helping to take average. Gio Gonzalez racked up 12 strikeouts and Kimbrel and Jansen had three saves each.
The RBIs defeated cellar dwellers Batteries Essential 7-4. Chris Taylor led the team with six runs and seven RBIs while Gregorius stole three bases. Judge, Mazara, Asdrubal Cabrera and Gennett all had multi-homer weeks. Price won twice and joined Severino in striking out 11 while Strickland had two saves. Benintendi and Blackmon helped Batteries Essential take average and OPS and Verlander made the difference in ERA and WHIP but unless they start filling in the empty gaps in their roster they stand little chance of winning counting stat categories.
|Beckenham A&E Dept||27||11||30||3||.264||.834||2||4||36||2||5.29||1.43||5|
|Norwich No II||33||13||37||2||.317||.950||1||2||55||5||5.94||1.57||7|
Finally, Norwich defeated the A&E Dept to close the gap on the Riverkings to just one game at the top. Rosario was the offensive star with four homers, 11 RBIs and a .433 average. Brantley scored seven runs. Junis led the staff with 16 strikeouts and Hader and Kelly had two holds each. Porcello won twice for Beckenham and Diaz notched three saves. in an overall rough week for pitchers on both teams, Mikolas made the difference in ERA and WHIP. Hamilton, McCutchen and Schwarber had a steal each.
The standings after week nine look like this:
|2||Norwich No II||64-39-5||.616||1||7-5-0||6||15|
|6||Beckenham A&E Dept||47-49-12||.491||14.5||5-7-0||9||12|
|9||The Cheddar Chasers||48-56-4||.463||17.5||9-3-0||1||5|
|10||The Bath Bombers||42-61-5||.412||23||2-10-0||11||10|
The week 10 matchups are as follows:
Riverkings v Knights
Norwich v Maltsters
Isotopes v Chasers
RBIs v A&E Dept
Slugs v Sox
Bombers v Batteries Essential