After 24 weeks, the teams fighting for the BaseballGB Fantasy League title have been whittled down to two. Read on to find out who will be in our equivalent of the World Series.
The Knights strolled into the final with a convincing 8-2 win against the Isotopes. A monster offensive weekend helped power a sweep as five players had multi-homer weeks, including Piscotty, who scored and drove in nine runs while Trea Turner led the team with a .429 average and three steals. Yates and Martinez had a save each while Trevor Williams made the difference in ERA. The Isotopes had two wins, 13 strikeouts and a 0.49 WHIP from Hendricks and another monster week from Yelich (.545) but it was not enough to halt the Knights.
|Norwich No II||28||8||31||2||.310||.914||0||3||64||2||6.02||1.41||5|
The Knights will be facing Norwich in the final after they squeezed past the Slugs 5-4 in a nail-biting matchup. Castellanos (.500) helped take average and OPS for Norwich, who had two-homer, eight RBI weeks from Rendon (.435) and Freeman (.462). Khris Davis scored seven runs while Lucchesi led the pitchers with 14 strikeouts and Smith had two saves. Mondesi hit three homers and stole a base for the Slugs, with Acuna Jr touching home plate six times. Ryu won twice without allowing any earned runs, teaming with Hill to take WHIP. It was a tough way for the Slugs to bow out of the Championship bracket but hats off for a strong fight. They will face the Isotopes in the third place playoff.
|Beckenham A&E Dept||21||3||15||1||.185||.602||4||1||53||0||2.96||0.93||3|
The Maltsters rebounded from the disappointment of their championship playoff exit by reaching the consolation final with a 9-3 win against the A&E Dept. An offensive sweep was led by Pham and Gurriel, who each hit three homers and scored eight runs. Tommy hit .481 with a steal while Yuli knocked in 10 while batting .462. Castillo and Gonzalez did not allow any earned runs while Jansen and Pressly took care of saves and holds respectively. Mikolas won twice and led the Beckenham staff with 14 strikeouts, joining Fiers, Wheeler, Carrasco and Marquez in posting sub-1.00 WHIPs but the offense ran out of steam.
|The Cheddar Chasers||22||7||20||2||.279||.886||2||1||53||2||3.18||1.16||5|
The Maltsters will play the Riverkings in the consolation final after squeezing past the Chasers 6-5. Betts hit .523 for the week with five runs and six RBIs while Merrifield stole two bases. Snell picked up his 20th and 21st wins of the season and Iglesias collected two saves. Baez had a three-homer week for the Chasers, teaming with Haniger and Gomes to also take OPS. Nola struck out 15 and Taillon made the difference in ERA and WHIP. The Chasers will face the A&E Dept in the seventh place playoff.
Final: Norwich No II vs Newcastle Knights
Third Place: Mighty Slugs vs Orpington Isotopes
Fifth Place: Durham Riverkings vs Cheshunt Maltsters
Seventh Place: Cheddar Chasers vs Beckenham A&E Dept