Iâ€™m â€˜pinch-bloggingâ€™ for Mark this week in the BGB Fantasy League round-up. Let’s see if anyone had a perfect 10 week or if it was a week to forget for others.
Jesmond got the biggest win of the week as the Super-Sox pitchers fell one inning below the required minimum of 20, handing those 6 points away. Dallas Keuchelâ€™s absence clearly hurt the Super-Sox, whilst Jesmond got three saves from Corey Knebel and a couple of holds from Andrew Miller.
Joey Votto had a big week for Jesmond with four home runs and a 1.300 OPS and Ian Desmond added three stolen bases. Six of the Super-Soxâ€™s seven home runs came from Houston Astros (McCann, Gurriel and Springer).
|Norwich No II||36||13||38||2||.283||.904||6||3||45||1||2.23||0.88||9|
Norwich No II built on their lead at the top of the league with an impressive 9-2 victory over Batteries Essential. Gary Sanchezâ€™s four home runs and 13 RBI led Norwichâ€™s offence, with Mark Reynolds, Aaron Hicks and Kris Bryant chipping in multiple homers each too. For Batteriesâ€™ Charlie Blackmon played a huge role in the team drawing the runs category as he crossed the plate 11 teams.
Sonny Gray and Gio Gonzalez amassed 24 strike-outs to help Batteries take that category, but otherwise the pitching glory went to Norwich No II, not least through Craig Kimbrel and Edwin Diaz picking up saves whilst not allowing any runs.
Iron Men picked up a good win against the Slugs. Chris Archer gave the Slugs 19 Kâ€™s on the way to a team total of 63, but the Iron Menâ€™s staff got 19 Kâ€™s from Carlos Martinez too and were more efficient in keeping runs off the board. The Iron Men offense received handy contributions from a range of players, rather than an individual exceptional week, and that proved enough with the Slugs having to get by during Mike Troutâ€™s absence.
|Beckenham A&E Dept||42||14||45||6||.330||1.001||3||7||68||0||5.33||1.49||8|
Beckenham picked up a needed win against the Riverkings in a match-up of two parts. The A&E Dept romped their way to all six offensive categories, with Schoop and Bruce each hitting three home runs and Buster Posey adding nine RBI. The Riverkings were able to fight back by taking four of the pitching categories, but Iglesiasâ€™s three saves, and in particular Max Scherzerâ€™s 24 strike-outs allowed Beckenhamâ€™s to snatch those two categories and the match-up win.
Markâ€™s Isotopes left me little chance to make fun of him in his absence by earning a 7-4 win over the RBIâ€™s. Starlin Castro led the Isotopes with 3 HR and 10 RBI, whilst Jake Lamb gave Ritchieâ€™s team 11 RBI and some bloke called Aaron Judge got a few half-decent hits along the way too. Saves and Kâ€™s were once again a key part of the winning teamâ€™s arsenal as the Isotopes took those two (Samardzija adding 16 Kâ€™s to the total), with RBIâ€™s being hurt by disappointing performances from Tanaka and Porcello.
Maltsters stay in second place after a narrow victory over the Knights. They had no less than 11 pitchers contributing across the week on their way to five of the pitching categories, Osuna being the pick of the bench in earning three saves. The Knightsâ€™ offense hit back with Smoak sticking three balls over the fence LeMahieu and Seager both providing 7 RBI, but Maltsters took the batting average and Andrew McCutchenâ€™s stolen base proved the only piece of bag theft by either team.
|The Cheddar Chasers||27||11||42||3||.301||.917||2||0||59||0||5.43||1.67||6|
|The Bath Bombers||21||5||19||6||.242||.680||3||2||56||6||3.54||1.11||6|
Finally, my Chasers had a hard-fought draw with the Bombers. My batting line-up came out on top in five out of six, with Justin Uptonâ€™s 10 RBI helping no end, but the Bombersâ€™ pitching staff won five out of six on that side of the match-up to level things up. Strasburg, Robertson and Rosenthal were the key contributors, although Robbie Ray continued to pitch brilliantly for my team (and the D-Backs) with two wins and 23 Kâ€™s.
Week 11 match-ups
Norwich No 11 (1st) v Beckenham (9th)
Maltsters (2nd) v Riverkings (7th)
Bombers (3rd) v Isoptopes (5th)
RBIâ€™s (4th) v Batteries (11th)
Chasers (6th) v Super-Sox (12th)
Iron Men (8th) v Knights (13th)
Jesmond (10th) v Slugs (14th)