The regular season is over in the BaseballGB Fantasy League. Four playoff places were still up for grabs at the start of week 22 but which teams made it through?
The Maltsters could have been forgiven for taking their foot off the gas, but instead they secured top spot in the standings with a 10-1 win against the Slugs. Abreu had a three-homer week for the Maltsters, while Santana hit .500 and Gregorius knocked in 10. Kluber had a win and 13 strikeouts while Sale helped take ERA and WHIP and Smith notched three holds.
Trout stole three bases for the Slugs and Colome had two saves. They won’t like the result, but at least the Slugs did enough to secure a playoff place.
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The Chasers secured their playoff place in style, shooting up to third with a 10-2 win against the RBIs. Lindor was the star hitter with seven runs, three homers and four steals while Kyle Seager also hi three dingers. Ray was the star of the pitching sweep with two wins and 26 strikeouts while Quintana and Cole helped take ERA and WHIP. Reddick and Judge helped the RBIs salvage average and OPS.
Batteries Essential picked a good time for a big win, as the 9-2 victory against the Riverkings saw them finish eighth – in the final playoff place. JD Martinez was the pick of the hitters in a great offensive week, scoring seven runs, hitting six homers and knocking in nine. Blackmon scored eight runs and Kinsler launched three homers.
Bedrosian won twice out of the pen while Neshek had three holds. The rotation didn’t pitch much, but Gray and Gio Gonzalez helped take ERA and WHIP. Murphy hit .450 for the Riverkings and Betances struck out six but their playoff hopes are over.
Iron Men finished the regular season on a winning note, defeating Jesmond 9-3. Encarnacion hit two homers and Rendon and Cain helped take average and OPS. Carlos Martinez picked up a win, struck out 18 and helped take ERA and WHIP while Kintzler had two holds. Molina knocked in 10 for Jesmond while Desmond and Correa each had a steal and Knebel picked up two saves.
|Beckenham A&E Dept||29||7||27||5||.304||.881||4||8||54||0||3.26||1.23||8|
The A&E Dept ended the Knights’ bid for a playoff place with an 8-4 win. CarGo hit .526 with two homers and seven runs and Merrifield drove in six in an offensive sweep, while Nunez stole three bases. Greinke helped make the difference in ERA and Allen led the staff with three saves. For the Knights, Cobb won twice and struck out 12 while Peacock helped take WHIP and Bradley had two holds but they fell just short of the top eight.
|The Bath Bombers||38||12||34||4||.254||.823||7||0||53||4||1.35||0.77||8|
The Bombers finish the year in 10th after defeating the Sox 8-4. Mazara and Salvador Perez each hit three homers, with Salvy leading the team with six RBIs. Turner also knocked in six and joined Kendrick in scoring seven runs. Strasburg was the star pitcher with two wins, 18 strikeouts and no earned runs allowed, while Wacha also won twice. Shaw had three holds. Dee Gordon and Myers helped take average for the Sox and also stole two bases each, while Madson had the lone save.
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The Isotopes secured a playoff place with a 5-4 win against Norwich, who finish the regular season in second place. Khris Davis and Arenado each hit two homers, batted over .400 and knocked in nine and eight runs respectively. Luke Weaver picked up a win and helped take ERA and WHIP in what was a rough week for both pitching staffs. Hosmer scored six runs and joined Gary Sanchez and Beckham in hitting two homers for Norwich while Yelich swiped two bases. Nola struck out eight.
THE PLAYOFFS BEGIN
Here are the matchups for the first round. Will they go according to the standings or will some of the top seeds fall at the first hurdle?
Maltsters (1st) v Batteries Essential (8th)
Norwich (2nd) v Slugs (7th)
Chasers (3rd) v Isotopes (6th)
A&E Dept (4th) v RBIs (5th)