The first half of the season is complete and the BaseballGB Fantasy League managers can enjoy a well-earned rest for a few days during the All Star break. Here’s how things look after week 15.
|Beckenham A&E Dept||27||8||24||2||.262||.831||6||3||57||3||6.05||1.62||9|
The A&E Dept ended the first half on a high with a 9-3 win against the Sox. Arenado hit .409 and joined Hamilton in scoring five runs while Smoak launched four homers and drove in seven. The pitchers were knocked around but Wheeler was one of six with a win and also led the staff with 15 strikeouts. Allen picked up a pair of saves and Bradley had a hat-trick of holds. Cole, Happ, de Grom and Kershaw helped the Sox post a sub-1.00 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP although there is plenty of offense to spare on their bench and DL spots.
|The Bath Bombers||34||9||28||6||.270||.835||0||0||9||0||10.31||1.96||4|
The Knights, who have been on a good run, picked up an 8-4 win against the Bombers, who forfeited all of the pitching categories after failing to reach the 20 inning minimum limit. A couple of All Stars helped the knights take two offensive categories as Jose Ramirez hit five homers and knocked in 11 while Machado went deep three times. Even though the Bombers forfeited the pitching categories, the Knights were in line to win them all, as Quintana collected a win without allowing any earned runs and Cueto struck out seven. Morrow and Jeffress had two saves and holds respectively. The Bombers had nine runs from CarGo while LeMahieu hit .409 for the week and Trout stole two bases.
|The Cheddar Chasers||23||8||31||4||.239||.669||6||2||66||0||2.79||1.08||8|
The Chasers improved their chances of a playoff spot by defeating the Slugs 8-4. Brian Dozier hit three homers and knocked in 10 runs while Baez stole two bases. On the mound, Gray was one of six pitchers with a win, although Sonny was the pick of the bunch as he did not allow any earned runs. Nola struck out 15 and helped take WHIP. Treinen had two saves. Stanton scored six runs and hit .382 for the Slugs and Betances had a pair of holds.
|Norwich No II||36||9||33||2||.319||.876||0||6||55||3||2.87||1.22||7|
Norwich closed the gap on the top two with a 7-4 win against the RBIs. Rendon scored seven runs, Rosario hit .444 for the week and Story helped take OPS. The staff may have been winless but Flaherty did not allow any earned runs and helped take WHIP while it was a bumper week for Rivero, who saved five games, and Ottavino, who picked up three holds. Five RBIs batters had multi-homer weeks, led by Shaw with three, while Perez drove in seven runs. Bieber (no, not that one) was one of three pitchers with a win while Clevinger struck out 19.
Batteries Essential picked up a rare win to end the first half, defeating the Maltsters 6-4. With only five active batters, counting stats are unlikely to produce many wins, but Blackmon hit .440Â for the week and Benintendi had the lone steal. Verlander struck out 18 and teamed with Sale and Duffy (who both did not allow any earned runs) to take WHIP. The Maltsters had another big week from Martinez, who scored eight runs and joined Votto in knocking in six. In a busy week for the bullpen, Jansen and Kimbrel had three saves each and Barnes picked up a pair of holds.
Finally, the battle between the top two ended in a 6-6 tie. The Riverkings had the better of the offense as Bregman and Betts each scored eight runs and knocked in seven. Alex hit three homers while Mookie hit .538 for the week and Peraza batted .520. Chapman, Boxberger and Iglesias had two saves each. Yelich was one of four Isotopes players with a steal, while Maeda picked up two wins and led the staff with 10 strikeouts. Greinke and Arrieta did not allow any earned runs and helped take WHIP while Colome and Devenski had a hold each.
Here’s how the standings look after week 15:
|1||Â Durham Riverkings||106-62-12||.622||–||6-6-0||2||15|
|2||Â Orpington Isotopes||105-66-9||.608||2.5||6-6-0||10||20|
|3||Â Norwich No II||101-64-15||.603||3.5||7-4-1||6||18|
|4||Â Newcastle Knights||95-67-18||.578||8||8-4-0||8||34|
|5||Â Beckenham A&E Dept||90-73-17||.547||13.5||9-3-0||9||17|
|6||Â Mighty Slugs||91-77-12||.539||15||4-8-0||7||31|
|7||Â Cheshunt Maltsters||83-80-17||.508||20.5||4-6-2||3||16|
|8||Â The Cheddar Chasers||83-86-11||.492||23.5||8-4-0||1||5|
|9||Â Richie’s RBI’s||76-92-12||.456||30||4-7-1||12||22|
|10||Â The Bath Bombers||60-110-10||.361||47||4-8-0||11||10|
|12||Â Batteries Essential||51-110-19||.336||51.5||6-4-2||4||–|
Week 16 match-ups
Isotopes (2nd) v Slugs (6th)
Batteries (12th) v Riverkings (1st)
A&E Dept (5th) v Maltsters (7th)
Knights (4th) v Chasers (8th)
Norwich No II (3rd) v Bombers (10th)
RBIâ€™s (9th) v Super-Sox (11th)
Due to the All Star break, these matchups will end on Sunday, July 29 with the next roundup to follow shortly after that.
Trade deadline reminder:
The MLB deadline may be July 31, but our league’s trading deadline is August 12. There is plenty of time to have a look at other teams and see if there is a match for a deal.