After 22 weeks, we now know which teams will be competing in the BaseballGB Fantasy League playoffs. Read on to find out which teams made it over the line and who will have to wait until next year for another chance.
|Norwich No II||40||12||41||6||.318||.983||3||6||51||1||2.68||0.98||10|
Norwich warmed up for the playoffs with a 10-1 win against the Riverkings. Story led an offensive sweep with five homers and three steals, Schoop knocked in 10 and Harper batted .438. Flaherty struck out 11, Tanaka struck out 10 did not allow any earned runs and helped take WHIP and Osuna had three saves. Alvarado had two holds for the Riverkings, who also have a playoff tie to look forward to.
The Isotopes defeated the Sox 8-3 to confirm second place. Lindor homered five times, scoring and driving in seven while Hoskins enjoyed a three-homer week. Arrietta had a win and led the staff with 11 strikeouts, while Maeda and Hand had a save each and Colome collected two holds. The Sox took average thanks to Polanco (.467) while the pitching staff just got over the 20 inning minimum limit by one out, allowing them to take ERA and WHIP thanks to deGrom.
|The Cheddar Chasers||23||5||12||3||.209||.651||7||3||54||0||4.30||1.05||8|
The Chasers defeated Batteries Essential 8-4 to secure eighth place and playoff fantasy baseball. Batteries Essential did not meet the 20-inning minimum limit, handing the Chasers all six pitching categories but they would have won five of them anyway. Greene won twice out of the pen, Scherzer struck out 22, Taillon helped take ERA and Nola posted a 0.57 WHIP. Treinen had two saves. Offensively, Cain scored seven runs and stole two bases. Batteries Essential had a four-homer week from Beltre, who hit .409 and knocked in seven, while Blackmon launched three dingers. Benintendi batted .417 for the week.
The Slugs ended the regular season on a high with a 7-2 win against the Knights. Acuna Jr scored seven runs and joined DeJong in homering twice. Hill struck out 15, Derek Rodriguez helped take ERA and WHIP while Betances and LeClerc had a save each and Robertson and Doolittle took care of holds. The Knights salvaged average as Machado and Pollock each hit .333 while Jeffress and Carlos Martinez had two saves each.
In a crucial final-week matchup, with both teams fighting for a playoff place, it was the Maltsters who came out on top, defeating the RBIs 7-4. Cheshunt scored 31 runs, including seven from Hosmer, who joined Camargo in homering three times. Pham swiped a base. Four pitchers had a win, including Gio Gonzalez, who did not allow any earned runs. McHugh had two holds. The RBIs had six RBIs apiece from Mazara and Asdrubal Cabrera, while Chris Taylor hit .500 for the week. Clevinger struck out 19 and teamed with Price and Berrios to take WHIP on a tiebreaker.
|Beckenham A&E Dept||26||5||24||2||.196||.617||4||4||68||3||3.92||1.16||6|
|The Bath Bombers||21||9||31||2||.300||.939||2||0||26||0||3.55||1.45||5|
Finally, the A&E Dept are safely through to play for the title after edging past the Bombers 6-5. Wheeler was one of four pitchers with a win, striking out nine and posting a sub-1.00 WHIP. Carrasco led the staff with 14 punchouts. Diaz had three more saves while Allen added a save and two holds. Smoak and Carpenter scored four runs each. Foltynewicz helped the Bombers take ERA while Santana hit three homers. Bogaerts drove in seven while batting .500 for the week, but was outdone by Trout, who hit .563.
The final regular season standings look like this:
|*1||Norwich No II||161-84-19||.646||–||10-1-1||6||22|
|*6||Beckenham A&E Dept||126-117-21||.517||34||6-5-1||9||23|
|*8||The Cheddar Chasers||125-126-13||.498||39||8-4-0||1||8|
|10||The Bath Bombers||90-158-16||.371||72.5||5-6-1||10||13|
The week 23 matchups – the playoff quarter-finals – are as follows:
Norwich v Chasers
Isotopes v Maltsters
Knights v A&E Dept
Riverkings v Slugs