As we get closer to the All Star break, which teams are in good form as the first half of the season nears its end? And which managers may have been distracted by events in the World Cup?
|Norwich No II||32||9||25||1||.274||.815||1||3||36||2||2.70||1.14||10|
Norwich were one of two teams to hit double digits this week, defeating the Sox 10-1. The offensive production was spread fairly evenly among the team, with Harper scoring eight runs, Schoop and Castellanos hitting a pair of homers, Hicks and Khris Davis knocked in four each and Story batted .421 for the week. Flaherty led the staff with nine strikeouts, Familia had a win and a save and Ottavino and Hader had a hold each. The bullpen also helped take ERA and WHIP, not allowing any earned runs during this gameweek. Marte stole four bases for the Sox and Kershaw picked up a win.
|Beckenham A&E Dept||28||5||21||11||.291||.795||4||5||48||2||2.25||1.17||10|
The A&E Dept also had reason to celebrate this week, defeating Batteries Essential 10-1. Carpenter led the team with six runs, two homers and five RBIs while Tim Anderson (four steals) and Hamilton (six steals, .444 average) ran wild. Guerra was the pick of the pitchers as he recorded a win and led the staff with eight strikeouts without allowing an earned run. Diaz had three saves and Bradley picked up a pair of holds. Blackmon had a three homer week for Batteries Essential and Verlander made the difference in WHIP.
The Knights put in another strong performance as they defeated the RBIs 9-2. Turner led the team with six runs and eight RBIs while Ramirez stole five bases. Pollock and Grandal hit .400 for the week. Martinez won both of his starts, struck out 10 and helped take ERA and WHIP while Morrow had two saves. Judge belted three homers for the RBIs and joined Gennett in touching home plate six times and Watson had two holds.
The Isotopes stay second as an offensive sweep paved the way for a 9-3 win against the Maltsters. Lindor scored nine runs and stole two bases, Suarez and Aguilar hit three homers, while Realmuto joined the Brewers slugger in driving in nine. Kemp hit .444 for the week. On the mound, Greinke was one of four starters with a win and was joint leader in strikeouts with nine. Maeda helped make the difference in ERA. Freddy Peralta helped the Maltsters take ERA while Kimbrel had three saves and Garrett and Barnes had three holds each in a busy week for the bullpen.
|The Bath Bombers||25||6||25||1||.264||.826||3||3||26||2||2.37||0.84||3|
For the first time this season, a team failed to meet the 20-inning minimum requirement. The Bombers fell an inning shy, forfeiting all six categories in a 9-3 defeat to the Slugs. The teams shared the offensive categories as Bogaerts hit .400 for the Bombers and Albies had the lone steal. The Slugs had a three homer week from Muncy, who also scored seven runs. Stanton and Soto knocked in five runs each. Keuchel won both of his starts and Heaney struck out 20.
|The Cheddar Chasers||26||8||32||6||.310||.879||5||1||50||0||3.96||1.18||4|
Finally, the Riverkings stay top with an 8-4 victory against the Chasers, taking all but one of the offensive categories. Betts scored seven runs and was one of three players with a multi-homer week, Peraza stole three bases and Merrifield hit .480. Snell did not allow any earned runs while Dominguez had the only hold andÂ Iglesias and Boxberger had two holds each. Goldschmidt knocked in seven runs for the Chasers in what was a very good offensive week for both teams. Scherzer had a win and 12 strikeouts while Weaver posted a 0.25 WHIP.
The standings after week 14 look like this:
|1||Â Durham Riverkings||100-56-12||.631||–||8-4-0||2||15|
|2||Â Orpington Isotopes||99-60-9||.616||2.5||9-3-0||10||19|
|3||Â Norwich No II||94-60-14||.601||5||10-1-1||6||18|
|4||Â Newcastle Knights||87-63-18||.571||10||9-2-1||8||33|
|5||Â Mighty Slugs||87-69-12||.554||13||9-3-0||7||30|
|6||Â Beckenham A&E Dept||81-70-17||.533||16.5||10-1-1||9||16|
|7||Â Cheshunt Maltsters||79-74-15||.515||19.5||3-9-0||3||13|
|8||Â The Cheddar Chasers||75-82-11||.479||25.5||4-8-0||1||5|
|9||Â Richie’s RBI’s||72-85-11||.461||28.5||2-9-1||12||21|
|10||Â The Bath Bombers||56-102-10||.363||45||3-9-0||11||10|
|12||Â Batteries Essential||45-106-17||.318||52.5||1-10-1||4||–|
Week 15 matchups:
Riverkings v Isotopes
Norwich v RBIs
Knights v Bombers
Slugs v Chasers
A&E Dept v Sox
Maltsters v Batteries Essential
Schedule around the All Star break:
A reminder that week 15 will be the final week before the All Star break. Week 16 will run from Monday, July 16 to Sunday, July 29.