It’s time to look back at week three of the BaseballGB fantasy league, which featured a large number of very close matchups. Which teams are still off to a flying start and which unlucky managers had MadBum and Starling Marte?
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The Bombers are top after their impressive 9-2 win against Jesmond. The hitters fell a homer shy of an offensive sweep as Eric Thames and Michael Brantley did most of the damage.
The Bombers lost Miggy to the DL but at least Trea Turner and Kipnis returned. Darvish was one of six pitchers with a win, led the staff with 12 strikeouts and teamed with Carrasco and Wacha to take WHIP. Votto had a three-homer week for Jesmond while McCullers helped take ERA and Casilla had two saves.
It was a pretty poor week for the Isotopes as they suffered a 6-4 defeat to the Maltsters and had the small matter of a massive ban for Marte to deal with as well. Fair play to Cheshunt who deserved the victory.
Altuve and Jose Ramirez each hit two homers and had two steals while Kluber, Sale and Eduardo Rodriguez took care of wins, strikeouts, ERA and WHIP in a very impressive week for the pitchers. Brach had three saves. Arenado and Cruz helped my team salvage four offensive categories but it was a pretty miserable week for the pitchers.
The Riverkings edged past the Sox 6-5. Shaw had three homers and knocked in eight while Leake won again and Eickhoff and Santana helped take ERA and WHIP. The pitching staff has been hit by injuries to Gray and MadBum though.
The Sox had the better of the offense as Betts scored four runs, drove in nine, swiped three bases and teamed with Braun to take average and OPS. Maurer had two saves on a pitching staff riddled by injuries.
The Slugs hit their way to a 6-5 win over the RBIs in a matchup full of power. Story hit three homers and knocked in eight while Trout stole two bases and teamed with Souza to take average and OPS. Archer led the staff with nine strikeouts.
The RBIs were unlucky not to win more offensive categories given the impressive numbers – particularly a 10-run, three-homer, 7 RBI, .550 week for Harper. Benoit had two holds while Tanaka and Nova took care of wins, ERA and WHIP.
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Norwich squeezed past the Knights 5-4 in another closely-fought matchup. Freeman hit four homers and scored seven times while Tomas went deep three times and drove in eight. Duffy made the difference in ERA and WHIP. Stanton hit .400 with four homers for the Knights while Salazar picked up a win and led the staff with 16 strikeouts.
|The Cheddar Chasers||26||7||31||3||.251||.776||1||2||50||3||6.27||1.63||6|
The Chasers and Iron Men couldn’t be separated, drawing 6-6. Polanco and Haniger helped Iron Men take average and OPS while Oh and Giles had three saves and Manaea picked up a win and helped take ERA and WHIP. Goldschmidt scored six runs while Duvall and Fowler hit two homers each for the Chasers. Ray struck out 16 and Wilson had two holds.
|Beckenham A&E Dept||23||8||25||6||.238||.707||4||4||52||0||2.52||1.00||6|
Another matchup, another tie. This time Batteries Essential and the A&E Dept finished all square. Pollock and Blackmon did most of the offensive damage for Batteries Essential while Glover had the lone hold.
Beckenham had the edge in homers thanks to three from Rizzo and two each for Bruce and Schoop. Scherzer picked up a win and helped take ERA and WHIP while Wainwright struck out nine and Davis had two saves.
I’m not sure we’ve ever had so many close matchups in a single week, with five out of seven being decided by one category or ending in a tie. That bodes well for a very competitive league this year. What with a number of injuries this past week, it might not be a bad idea to make sure you use your DL spots and either scour the free agent pool for help or have a look at the other rosters in case there are any trade possibilities.
Week four matchups:
Bombers (1st) v Slugs (9th)
Norwich (2nd) v Riverkings (5th)
Sox (3rd) v A&E Dept (11th)
Isotopes (4th) v Iron Men (13th)
RBIs (6th) v Knights (12th)
Maltsters (7th) v Batteries Essential (10th)
Chasers (8th) v Jesmond (14th)