It was a week of milestones after Ichiro’s 3,000th hit and the impending retirements of Tex and A-Rod, but how did our teams fare in the BaseballGB Fantasy League?
My Isotopes were the biggest winners of the week, defeating Batteries Essential 10-1. Trout scored six runs and knocked in eight while Gonzalez hit .429 and Marte swiped three bases. Stroman struck out 17 while Reed had the lone win and a hold but it was a good week to be bad for my pitchers. Lucroy homered three time for Batteries Essential.
|The Cheddar Chasers||19||5||19||2||.179||.519||3||6||40||1||3.27||1.14||2|
As if to underline the joys and frustrations of head-to-head play, the Chasers pitched much better than my team did but had little to show for it as the Sox were even better, winning 10-2. Dylan Bundy looks an inspired pickup with two wins, 16 strikeouts and great ERA and WHIP stats. CarGo and Miggy each had two homers and eight RBIs while LeMahieu scored seven runs. The Chasers salvaged steals and saves thanks to Pillar and Jansen.
|The Bath Bombers||23||7||17||2||.239||.696||0||1||8||2||6.05||1.86||2|
Becknam defeated Bath 10-2, sweeping the pitching categories as the Bombers failed to meet the 20 inning minimum limit. Sano knocked in seven runs for Becknam while Hamilton ran wild with eight steals. Bautista homered twice for Bath while Rendon and Khris Davis scored five runs each.
|Norwich No II||32||10||34||4||.229||.760||3||3||67||1||4.53||1.14||4|
Iron Men pitched their way to an 8-4 win against Norwich. Roark had two wins and teamed with Iwakuma to help take ERA and WHIP. Jeffress and Feliz had three holds each while Diaz notched four saves. Myers scored seven runs, stole two bases and hit .458. Norwich had power from Braun (3 HR, 9 RBIs) and Napoli (4 HR, 7 RBIs) while Duffy won twice and struck out 22.
The Knights suffered a rare defeat, losing 7-4 to the Slugs. Jose Ramirez scored six runs, stole a base and hit .414 for the week. MadBum and de Grom struck out 11 while Odorizzi helped take WHIP and Herrera had three saves. Arenado homered three times and drove in eight for the Knights, while Lamb also belted three round-trippers. Garcia and Hammel helped take ERA while Strop had two holds.
The RBIs squeezed past the Riverkings 6-5 thanks to an offensive sweep. Machado and Ramos each hit thee homers while Dahl and Fowler scored seven runs each. For the Riverkings, Darvish struck out 17 and teamed with Archer and Rodon to take ERA and WHIP. Watson had a win and two saves.
Finally, the Malsters and Jesmond finished all square. Paxton had a win and 12 strikeouts as the Maltsters had the better of the pitching categories while Blackmon scored six runs. For Jesmond, Dozier hit three homers and drove in nine while Villar stole five bases and hit .478. Osuna had two saves.
The week 18 matchups are as follows:
Knights (1st) v Lollygaggers (11th)
Isotopes (2nd) v Riverkings (7th)
Norwich (3rd) v Bombers (14th)
Iron Men (4th) v Jesmond (13th)
Slugs (5th) v Batteries Essential (10th)
Maltsters (6th) v Sox (9th)
Chasers (8th) v RBIs (12th)