We have a new leader at the top of the BaseballGB Fantasy League with two teams on identical records. And the team in third is just half a game back.
Read on to find out what happened in week 12.
|The Bath Bombers||27||7||24||3||.262||.768||1||1||36||1||4.13||1.26||2|
The Maltsters were the biggest winners of the week, defeating the Bombers 10-2. Cruz scored eight, knocked in eight and belted three homers while Votto scored seven, hit two homers and knocked in nine. Bauer was the star of a pitching sweep, winning twice with 19 strikeouts and sub-1.00 ERA and WHIP numbers. Jansen had two saves and Garrett collected a pair of holds. Bogaerts was one of three players with a steal for the Bombers while Margot hit .500 and Albies batted .556.
An offensive sweep helped the Knights defeat the Sox 9-3. Olson led the team with three homers and joined Ramirez in scoring eight runs. Jose also hit .412 and swiped four bases, while fellow Indian Encarnacion knocked in 12. Montgomery struck out 11, Parker had two saves and Jeffress notched the lone hold. The Sox had wins from Cole, deGrom and Happ, who also helped take ERA and WHIP.
The Riverkings kept their good run going with an 8-3 win against the RBIs. Molina led the team with seven runs and five homers, while Moncada drove in nine and stole a base. Iglesias had three saves in a busy week for the closers, with Kluber not allowing any earned runs and posting a sub-0.30 WHIP. The RBIs had the edge in average thanks to Mazara (.370) and Berrios picked up a win to go with his 18 strikeouts.
The Isotopes had a big week with the bat as an offensive sweep saw them defeat Batteries Essential 8-4. Lindor scored 10 runs and hit three homers, as did Aguilar, who also drove in eight. Altuve hit .474 and was one of five players with a steal. Greinke won both of his starts and Rodney picked up a pair of saves. Batteries Essential had 24 strikeouts from Sale, who teamed with Duffy in taking ERA and WHIP. Herrera had the only hold of the matchup.
|Norwich No II||25||6||27||3||.220||.692||0||1||58||2||2.91||0.76||3|
Norwich suffered a rare defeat – one which knocked them off the top of the standings – as the Slugs ran out 8-3 winners. Stanton hit .448 for the week with three homers and joined Nimmo in knocking in seven. Doolittle and Kela had three saves each while Lester picked up a win without allowing any earned runs. Norwich had two steals from Brantley while Corbin, Flaherty and Pivetta each had at least 12 strikeouts and a WHIP of 0.68 or better.
|Beckenham A&E Dept||33||12||30||3||.273||.915||4||2||49||0||2.82||0.92||7|
|The Cheddar Chasers||31||5||28||4||.266||.786||4||2||61||2||3.59||1.33||3|
Finally, the A&E Dept got the better of the Chasers 7-3. Beckenham took five offensive categories as Arenado hit five homers and knocked in 13, joining Carpenter in scoring seven runs. Hamilton led the team with two steals. MadBum and Porcello did not allow any earned runs while posting miniscule WHIPs. Baez was one of four Chasers with a steal while Gray struck out 14 and Stammen had a pair of holds.
The standings now look like this:
|1||Â Orpington Isotopes||83-53-8||.604||–||8-4-0||10||18|
|2||Â Norwich No II||82-52-10||.604||–||3-7-2||6||17|
|3||Â Durham Riverkings||81-52-11||.601||0.5||8-3-1||2||14|
|4||Â Newcastle Knights||71-59-14||.542||9||9-3-0||8||29|
|5||Â Cheshunt Maltsters||71-60-13||.538||9.5||10-2-0||3||11|
|6||Â Mighty Slugs||69-63-12||.521||12||7-3-2||7||28|
|7||Â Beckenham A&E Dept||67-62-15||.517||12.5||7-3-2||9||12|
|8||Â Richie’s RBI’s||67-67-10||.500||15||3-8-1||12||18|
|9||Â The Cheddar Chasers||66-69-9||.490||16.5||3-7-2||1||5|
|10||Â The Bath Bombers||53-82-9||.399||29.5||2-10-0||11||10|
|12||Â Batteries Essential||41-89-14||.333||39||4-8-0||4||–|
It’s remarkable that 12 weeks in the top three are separated by just 0.5 games. There are some good battles to be had in the race for a playoff place, so be sure to keep on top of injuries, use your DL spots and the waiver wire for replacements and make sure you won’t fall short of the 20 inning minimum limit.
Week 13 matchups:
Isotopes v A&E Dept
Norwich v Knights
Riverkings v Bombers
Maltsters v Chasers
Slugs v RBIs
Sox v Batteries Essential