Welcome to our weekly round-up of the BaseballGB Fantasy League competition.Â This is a mixed Head-2-Head league involving BGB writers and readers.
After an extended opening week of the Baseball GB fantasy league, which teams would get off to a flying start and which would find the opening week a bit of a struggle?
|The Wright Stuff||59||16||52||8||0.288||0.857||7||2||84||4||4.65||1.39||9|
We begin the week one roundup with a big 9-3 win for the Stuff against the Yankees. As Chris is a Mets fan, any win over the Yankees has to be that extra bit sweeter! The Stuff’s offense made the difference in this matchup, taking all six categories thanks to big weeks from Brandon Phillips, the inspired pick of Jose Tabata and some power from Teixeira. And all this despite losing Longoria to the DL and Holliday to an appendectomy!
Edwin Jackson’s flying staff helped the Stuff take wins and strikeouts, with Chapman and Gregerson making the difference in holds. The Yankees shared the pitching categories thanks to very nice weeks from Lowe, Cain and Felix and an impressive eight saves from Rivera and Street. Cano and Davis were the Yankees’ star hitters, but they fell just short in RBIs.Â
The Sox are also off to a great start, defeating the Angels 9-3. Once again, a clean sweep of offensive categories swung the matchup in the Sox’s favour, as Braun, Howard and Kemp all had monster weeks. The pitching categories were much closer, with Cahill and Storen making the difference in ERA and WHIP. The Angels had very nice weeks from Kendrick and Bautista, while Floyd and Lee picked up plenty of strikeouts.
The Vendors slugged their way to an 8-4 win over Dave’s team, hitting an incredible 18 homers in the process. The Texas duo of Cruz and Beltre provided a lot of power, and big weeks from Votto and Pedroia added plenty of runs and gave average and OPS a boost. Verlander was by far the best Vendors pitcher, but Clippard chipped in with a couple of holds and 10 strikeouts out of the bullpen. Dave had eight different players steal bases for him and had two wins each from Oswalt and AJ Burnett.
|The Cheddar Chasers||30||10||37||3||0.253||0.732||5||7||58||1||4.83||1.45||3|
|Okajima’s Fire Bet||34||6||32||4||0.262||0.74||5||3||58||1||2.26||1.09||6|
Margaret got the better of Matt in this very close matchup. Aside from ERA and WHIP, all of the remaining categories could have gone either way, but the Fire Bet came out on the 6-3. Asdrubal Cabrera, Rasmus and Ruiz made the difference in runs, average and OPS and Crisp’s three steals also came in handy. Lincecum, Halladay, Holland and Romero also racked up the strikeouts and had stingy ERAs and WHIPs.
Matt’s Chasers had the edge in HR and RBIs thanks to Tulo, V-Mart and Hamilton, although the latter’s injury is a big blow. At least Matt already has CF options on his roster, but Josh’s bat is going to be tough to replace. Gio Gonzalez and Kennedy each had great weeks, while Volquez’s strikeouts forced a tie in that category. Kimbrel and Feliz are also off to fine starts, each collecting three saves.
SWAT’s pitching staff led them to a 6-4 win over my Isotopes, with Kuroda, Gallardo and Zimmerman leading the rotation and Soria picking up a win and two saves to go with Marmol’s three saves. Gordon Beckham and Miguel Cabrera gave SWAT the edge in runs, HR and RBIs. Manny Ramirez didn’t do much (on the field anyway) and was dropped after quitting.
Montero, A-Rod, Neil Walker and Byrd all had nice weeks to help me win average and OPS, and although the pitching staff racked up 81 strikeouts thanks to Kershaw, Ervin Santana and Daniel Hudson the loss of Ubaldo to the DL was a blow. Anibal Sanchez and Axford also wrecked any chance I had of winning ERA and WHIP.
|Beck ‘Nams (GB)||50||6||37||9||0.279||0.783||4||3||78||3||3.53||1.24||6|
JJ, who topped the standings last season, is off to a winning start after a narrow 6-5 win over Redbacks. Beck ‘Nams took four of the six offensive categories thanks to Konerko, Wright, Freddy Sanchez and Ibanez, while Sabathia, Jonathan Sanchez and Arroyo racked up the strikeouts.
Rough weeks for Buchholz and McGee dented the ERA and WHIP, but any team was going to have a tough time doing better than the Redbacks’ WHIP of 0.96. Tim Hudson and Josh Johnson led the Redbacks rotation, with Venters collecting three holds. Rolen, Hunter, Andrus and Soriano did their bit to help win HR and RBIs.
Last, but by no means least, there was another tight matchup as Bonestalkers edged past Iron Men 6-5. It was an incredible week or so for the Bonestalkers bullpen, which collected 15 saves from Broxton, Hanrahan, Putz and Nunez but only one win from the entire staff from Jaime Garcia. Very nice weeks from Napoli, Weeks, Reyes and the outfield of CarGo, BJ Upton and Abreu helped Bonestalkers take runs and average.
Iron Men had plenty of power from Kinsler, Fielder and Butler and three wins and 27 strikeouts just from Jered Weaver. Garza contributed 20 strikeouts, but the pitching staff just missed out on taking ERA and WHIP.
The Week Two matchups are as follows:
Stuff v Sox
Vendors v Isotopes
Fire Bet v Yankees
SWAT v Bonestalkers
Beck ‘Nams v Daebhid2
Iron Men v Chasers
Redbacks v Angels