BGB Fantasy League Week 24: Play-offs

Last week four teams battled for two spots in the BaseballGB Fantasy League Final. Read on to find out who prevailed.

Championship Series

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SWAT* 28 10 36 4 .315 .917 5 6 88 1 2.22 1.04 9
Iron Men 27 5 30 2 .278 .753 5 3 71 3 3.32 0.98 2

Regular season league winners SWAT booked their place in the Final with a convincing 9-2 victory over Iron Men. The Iron Men couldn’t have asked for much more from Rick Porcello and C.J. Wilson, who combined for two wins and 34 strike-outs, and three saves combined by Luis Avilan and Trevor Rosenthal took care of one category, but SWAT simply proved to be too strong, taking three of the pitching categories and sweeping the board on the offensive side.

Paul Goldschmidt and Coco Crisp both launched three home runs on the week for SWAT, whilst Alfonso Soriano added another pair and Brian Dozier added a couple of stolen bases as a useful fill-in.

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Weston-Super-Sox 23 8 24 2 .283 .803 1 2 42 3 3.44 1.25 5
Norwich No II 35 5 23 5 .251 .748 4 6 63 0 2.56 1.05 7

SWAT will be joined in the Final by the team that finished second as Norwich No II won a hard-fought battle against Weston-Super-Sox. The Sox won four of the offensive categories in a true team effort with the likes of Hanley Ramirez, Miguel Cabrera and Dustin Pedroia all chipping in but with none producing an exceptional individual performances (Cabrerea in particular has had a habit of taking match-ups away from opponents this season).

Norwich No II fought back by claiming two offensive categories – their five stolen bases came from five different players – and then allowed the pitching to take over. Alex Cobb won the AL Player of the Week award for his two stunning performances last week for the Rays and they added two wins and 22 strike-outs to the cause for Norwich. It was then back to the familiar group of closers to mop up the saves with Craig Kimbrel, Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman each picking up two apiece. Norwich No II will be hoping that the Braves and Dodgers keep finding their closers work despite having playoff places in the bag in this final week of the MLB regular season.

The results mean that – fittingly – the Final will be contested by the two best teams from the regular season competition. SWAT and Norwich No II will battle it out for the fifth BaseballGB title, with SWAT looking to reclaim the prize they won in the first year of the competition back in 2009. Iron Men and Weston-Super-Sox will face each other in a third placed play-off.

Consolation Series

The teams that fell in the first round of the playoffs are competing in their own Consolation Series and the semi-finals produced two close contests.

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Beck ‘Nams (GB) 21 2 12 5 .262 .674 1 3 58 1 3.19 1.08 5
Batteries Essential 23 3 30 3 .284 .783 3 3 33 0 4.22 1.14 6

Batteries Essential narrowly edged their way past Beck’Nams in a match-up of two halves.

Batteries took five of the offensive categories with Jay Bruce collecting 14 RBI, Torii Hunter adding another seven and Jimmy Rollins stealing two bases. Beck’Nams’ strong suit was on the mound, led by the Phillies’ Cliff Lee who contributed a win and 22 strike-outs. Felix Hernandez added another 10 K’s and Ernesto Frieri and Greg Holland combined for three saves. However, Batteries were able to grab the Wins column with three and that proved to be decisive.

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Orpington Isotopes 26 10 34 1 .209 .684 5 3 68 0 3.26 1.12 6
The Wright Stuff 23 8 24 4 .254 .739 5 3 49 1 5.04 1.63 4

In the other match-up, Orpington Isotopes prevailed over the Wright Stuff by a score of 6-4.

The two teams split the offensive categories. The Isotopes received multi-homer weeks from Matt Adams, Elvis Andrus and Yasiel Puig, whilst Ian Kinsler, Pedro Alvarez and Ian Desmond combined contributed a combined four stolen bases for the Stuff. The pitching proved to be the difference though. Ryan Cook’s solitary Hold was enough to win that category for the Wright Stuff and they were able to draw in two others, but the Isotopes won three categories to give them the edge. Leading the way was R.A. Dickey whose knuckleball led to 19 strike-outs on the week.

The Isotopes will now play against Batteries Essential in the fifth-place playoff, whilst Beck’Nams and Wright Stuff round out the week with the seventh-place game.

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