The top eight teams did battle in the first round of the BaseballGB fantasy league championship playoffs. Which four teams still have a shot at glory?
|The Cheddar Chasers||19||3||10||1||.230||.642||3||3||32||0||5.12||1.74||1|
The Bananas picked a good time for a big win, defeating the Chasers 10-1 to advance to the next round. An offensive sweep was keyed by Lucroy and Marte for average, Plouffe for power and Escobar and Span for steals. Gregerson led the staff with eight strikeouts and picked up a win and a hold while Hamels and Lynn helped take ERA and WHIP. Lester had a two-win week for the Chasers and McCann hit two homers but Matt will have to make do with a shot at the consolation playoffs in the next gameweek.
|Norwich No II||27||9||27||3||.284||.817||2||5||58||4||3.04||1.14||8|
|Beck ‘Nams (GB)||24||4||23||1||.227||.631||5||0||56||4||2.39||0.98||3|
Another matchup, another offensive sweep. This time it was Norwich who benefitted, defeating Beck ‘Nams 8-3. Marcel Ozuna hit four homers, scoring and driving in six, while Rendon hit two homers and crossed home plate seven times. The pitchers took saves thanks to three from Chapman, while Quintana’s 13 strikeouts made the difference in that category. Shelby Miller, Kluber and Liriano helped Beck ‘Nams salvage wins, ERA and WHIP, while Kemp had another good week with Â the bat and Hosmer went deep twice.
Top seeds Enfield made it through, but only just, defeating Jesmond 6-5. In a very tight matchup, the Butcher pitchers took five categories. Stroman’s scoreless start, combined with Price and Paxton’s efforts helped take ERA and WHIP, while Vargas struck out 14. Melancon and Clippard took care of saves and holds while Yelich swiped two bases. Jesmond had the better of the offense as Trout scored 10 runs, homered twice and knocked in five, while Martin drove in nine and Pujiols had six RBIs and seven runs. Five different pitchers collected wins.
Finally, my Isotopes advance to the next round by a narrow margin, defeating Batteries Essential 6-5. Zimmermann won both his starts and joined archer, Norris and Verlander in recording double-digit strikeouts. Mejia had two saves and a hold. Hanley Ramirez picked a great time to heat up, teaming up with Pearce and Cruz to take average and OPS. Batteries Essential’s offense was hit by the injury to Stanton, and the lack of a replacement for the suspended Chris Davis may have proved costly. The offense still took homers, RBIs and steals, mainly thanks to Brantley and Walker. Wood, Chen, Garza and Peralta helped take ERA and Storen had three saves.
Week 24 matchups:
Butchers (1st) v Isotopes (5th)
Norwich (2nd) v Bananas (6th)
Chasers (3rd) v Beck ‘Nams (7th)
Batteries Essential (4th) v Jesmond (8th)