With just one week of the regular season remaining, two more teams have reached the playoffs, which means there are four teams fighting for three places. Read on to find out how week 21 affected race for the playoffs in the BaseballGB Fantasy League.
|The Cheddar Chasers||23||6||13||1||.253||.706||1||4||58||0||4.73||1.19||3|
The Isotopes kept their hopes of finishing top of the standings alive with a 9-3 win against the Chasers. An offensive sweep was powered by Yelich, who hit .444 with seven runs, four homers and 14 RBIs. Lindor stole three bases. Wood was one of four pitchers with a win and did not allow an earned run. Rondon had the lone hold. The Chasers had 19 strikeouts from Nola, while Scherzer and Taillon posted sub-1.00 WHIPs. Treinen had three saves.
|Norwich No II||40||7||27||3||.242||.725||4||4||62||2||3.07||1.08||8|
Norwich are still in line to finish as the top seed with their 8-3 win against the Maltsters, who face an anxious final week in the race for the playoffs. Rendon led Norwich with six runs, two homers and four RBIs while Story stole three bases. Corbin struck out 16 and combined with Flaherty to take ERA and WHIP. Vazquez had two saves. Profar (.471) and Pham (.409) helped the Maltsters take average and OPS while Castillo was one of five pitchers with a win.
The Riverkings secured their playoff place by defeating the Knights 8-4. Four Durham batters hit .429 or better for the week: Torres (.478) knocked in 10 runs and joined Bregman (.444) in homering three times. Alex, Merrifield and Betts (.429 for the latter two) all scored six runs. Kluber and Glasnow helped make the difference to take WHIP by 0.01 while Boxberger and Alvarado each had two saves and a hold. The Knights had two steals from Trea Turner while Rodon and Jeffress had a win each and Buchholz struck out seven and helped take ERA in a well-pitched matchup.
The Slugs can look forward to playoff fantasy baseball after they despatched the Sox 7-3. Seven Slugs batter homered, including two from Rizzo and Acuna Jr while Soto and DeJong knocked in six runs apiece. Hamels and Ryu helped take ERA and WHIP respectively while Lester struck out 10 and Betances, Robertson and Leclerc had a save each. Adam Jones hit .476 for the Sox while Polanco stole two bases. Cole had two wins.
|The Bath Bombers||24||8||26||3||.261||.759||3||0||43||0||4.75||1.30||7|
The Bombers got the better of Batteries Essential, falling a steal shy of an offensive sweep. Le Mahieu homered twice while Moustakas scored four runs and drove in five. Albies hit .368 for the week. Syndergaard had a win and struck out 17. Batteries Essential had two saves from Davis while Godley and Duffy helped take ERA and WHIP. The staff just managed to go over the 20-inning minimum limit.
|Beckenham A&E Dept||25||8||24||1||.235||.754||1||1||73||3||4.79||1.47||6|
Finally, the A&E Dept and the RBIs must wait another week to find out if they have reached the playoffs. Beckenham won this matchup 6-5, as Billy Hamilton and a four-homer week from Smoak helped the A&E Dept edge runs, homers and take OPS. Carrasco struck out 20, while MadBum, Wheeler and Marquez helped take ERA. Allen had two holds. Mazara knocked in eight for the RBIs while Gennett hit .500 for the week and stole a base as three offensive categories were won by one. Freeland won both of his starts while Clevinger posted a 0.75 WHIP.
The standings after week 21 look like this:
|*1||Norwich No II||151-83-18||.635||–||8-3-1||6||22|
|6||Beckenham A&E Dept||120-112-20||.516||30||6-5-1||9||23|
|8||The Cheddar Chasers||117-122-13||.490||36.5||3-9-0||1||8|
|10||The Bath Bombers||85-152-15||.367||67.5||7-3-2||10||13|
Four teams fighting for three places:
The teams in 6th to 9th can all still reach the playoffs, with the Maltsters and RBIs going head-to-head in the final week of the regular season. The others are either jockeying for the best seeding they can get or playing for pride.
Week 22 matchups:
Norwich v Riverkings
Isotopes v Sox
Knights v Slugs
A&E Dept v Bombers
Maltsters v RBIs
Chasers v Batteries Essential