Welcome to our weekly round-up of the BaseballGB Fantasy League competition. This is a mixed Head-2-Head league involving BGB writers and readers.
There are fourteen teams who pair up in different combinations each week, making for seven match-ups in any given week. The teams battle over twelve statistical categories, gaining one point for each category they win. All the points are carried over into the season league table at the end of the weekly match-ups. The top six teams with the most points at the end of the fantasy season will go on to the playoffs during the last three weeks of September. SWAT were the victors in the inaugural BGB Fantasy League last year. Will they retain their title in 2010, or will a new champion emerge?
It is time to se how the week’s events have affected the BaseballGB Fantasy League – which teams are on fire, which teams are slumping and can anyone catch JJ’s Beck ‘Nams?
|The Cheddar Chasers||29||9||34||6||0.252||0.734||4||3||38||1||4.15||1.36||9|
We start with a welcome victory for Matt’s Cheddar Chasers, who picked up a 9-3 win over the Super Sox. It was a balanced effort from the Chasers, winning four offensive and five pitching categories. Justin Upton, Doumit and McCutchen were the pick of the hitters, while Garza was the pick of the pitchers. The Super Sox hit pretty well but fell just short in a number of categories. Carlos Gonzalez had a great all-round week while Grienke pitched very well but had little to show for it.
|Grip it n Rip It||24||6||14||5||0.268||0.754||1||2||21||1||4.68||1.48||3|
Oscar can celebrate his birthday with an extra present as the New Spaniards beat Grip It n Rip it 9-3. The Yankee-heavy offense took five categories thanks to Cano, Swisher, Jeter and Gardner while the pitching categories were shared. Hamilton and Harang were Rip It’s top performers.
|Beck ‘Nams (GB)||29||6||27||6||0.275||0.745||8||3||73||1||2.24||1.14||8|
Another week, another win for JJ’s Beck ‘Nams who stay top of the standings after handing the Angels an 8-3 defeat. The hitting categories were very close and were shared, but JJ’s pitchers got the job done by collecting an impressive 8 wins, 73 Ks and stingy ERA and WHIP of 2.24 and 1.14 respectively. Josh Johnson, Carpenter and Konerko all had huge weeks for Beck ‘Nams, while Sanchez and Halladay were the pick of the Angels.
The Pretzel Vendors slugged their way to an 8-4 win over Borders Bats, taking all six offensive categories thanks to the pair of Twins Morneau and Hudson. Marmol and Franklin chipped in with a win and a save each for the Bats, who hit just one homer all week, by Ludwick.
|Boston Rogue Waves||36||12||43||3||0.327||0.988||1||5||53||3||2.86||1.11||7|
My Isotopes were handed a 7-3 defeat by the Waves, who got off to such a flying start this week that this loss almost feels like a win for me! My team, powered by Ethier, recovered from a very slow start to make a fight of it in the offensive categories, but couldn’t out hit Hanley Ramirez, Hunter and Kelly Johnson. The Waves had five saves but my staff of Haren and Cain helped me win Ks and ERA.
|The Wright Stuff||35||6||24||1||0.288||0.864||3||3||54||2||5.13||1.54||3|
Last year’s champions SWAT are picking up after a slow start, getting the better of The Wright Stuff 7-3 in a very close matchup. SWAT took RBIs, Wins, Saves and Ks all by one thanks to Markakis, Gallardo, Soria and Capps. Suitably enough, David Wright was the Wright Stuff’s top player.
We finish with a narrow win for Bonestalkers, who edged past Iron Men 6-5. Bonestalkers hit their way to five of the six offenhsive categories thanks to Victorino and Longoria, while Iron Men picked up 8 wins thanks to Liriano among others.
Rounding it up
The results mean Beck ‘Nams stay top, two games ahead of Pretzel Vendors, with Iron Men and Bonestalkers closely behind. The Spaniards are in fifth, a game ahead of the Angels, closely followed by the Chasers and Rip It. SWAT and the Waves are eight games bck, just ahead of The Wright Stuff, while my Isotopes drop to 12th. The Bats and Super Sox are in the bottom two, but with 11.5 games separating top and bottom, there is still plenty of time to make up ground.