After 24 weeks, it all came down to this: Norwich No II v Newcastle Knights for the honour of claiming the 2018 BaseballGB Fantasy League crown.
|Norwich No II||30||13||35||2||.266||.912||0||4||44||2||5.66||1.33||6|
Congratulations to Norwich as they claimed the 2018 BaseballGB Fantasy League title with a tight 6-5 win against the Knights. Story led the Norwich hitters with three homers and six runs, while Rendon drove in nine. Flaherty and Lucchesi struck out eight while Ottavino and Hader picked up a hold.Pollock swiped two bases for the Knights while Grandal hit .450 for the week. Jeffress had three saves as the bullpen helped take ERA and Quintana had a WHIP of 0.80.
It’s funny that neither team in the final could find a win. Well done to Norwich for following up their first-place finish in the regular season with the crown, which is not easy to do. And a tip of the cap to the Knights, who have been a high-quality team all year long.
In the fight for third place, the Isotopes came from behind to pip the Slugs 6-5. Yelich was the hitting star with four homers and 10 runs. Strasburg had a win and led the staff with 12 strikeouts while the Seattle duo of Gonzales and Elias did not allow any earned runs. Maeda had three holds. Stanton drove in seven and hit .417 for the Slugs while Mondesi ran wild with six steals. Teheran and Hamels posted sub-1.00 WHIPs.
In the consolation bracket, the Maltsters ended the year on a high with an 8-4 win against the Riverkings. Pham scored eight runs and JD Martinez homered twice while batting .375, joining Devers in knocking in six. Pressly had a save and two holds while Chacin helped take WHIP on a tie-break. Merrifield stole seven bases for the Riverkings while Kluber had a win and struck out 17. Snell helped make the difference in ERA.
|Beckenham A&E Dept||26||7||17||2||.265||.820||3||1||47||1||4.05||1.10||7|
|The Cheddar Chasers||22||5||15||2||.244||.687||4||2||44||0||1.59||0.88||4|
Beckenham end the year in seventh after beating the Chasers 7-4. The hitters did most of the heavy lifting, taking five categories. McCutchen hit .381 and scored six runs while Arenado launched three homers and drove in six. Marquez struck out 11 and Bradley had the lone hold. Taillon (12 strikeouts) and Scherzer, who helped take ERA and WHIP had a win each for the Chasers, while Treinen and Greene picked up a save apiece. Cain and Goldschmidt had a save each.
That’s your lot
Thanks to everyone for taking part this year – particularly Matt for posting my roundups online each week. I hope that we can have another competitive league next year. It would be nice to add some more teams if we can, so let me know if you think of anyone who would be a good addition to the league. Or if you are reading this on the BaseballGB site and are interested in playing next year, please get in touch. Now we can enjoy the playoffs without worrying about what is happening to our ERAs.