Author: Tim McCaffrey

Week 17 Results

Team Rich came into the week looking to defend first place in a series against the dregs of the division (Tim). To Rich’s surprise, Domingo German (5-3) shut him down in game 1, 8-3. Game 2 was a return to normalcy, however, as Tim alum Gary Sanchez crushed a hanging sinker from Diego Castillo over the fence, across the highway, and off a Chevy parked at the local CVS for a walkoff piece in the bottom of the 14th. In game 3, Rich took an early lead and withstood a 3-run 9th from Tim to hang on, 6-5, in a game that featured 7 homeruns. Game 4 was a laugher, as Rich showed why Rick Porcello shouldn’t be in the league, 10-2 behind a complete game from Hyun-jin Ryu (5-4) to take 3 of 4.

Team John has been in quite a slump, but when they saw Team Rich drop game 1, they seized the opportunity, sweeping 4 from Paul on the road. Game was was locked, 1-1, going into the top of the 9th. With 2 outs and no one on base, Moncada doubled off of Jesse Chavez (Moncada’s 5th hit of the game). Jorge Polanco was walked intentionally to set up the force. Jorge Soler then walked to load the bases, a rare feat for him. Ketel Marte then hit a two-hopper to Wilmer Flores, who watched it go right through the 5-hole as Moncada danced across the plate for the win. With the close one out of the way, John asserted his dominance in the remaining games for the sweep to climb into 2nd place, 1 game behind Rich.

The marquee matchup of the week was Robert at Phil. In game 1, Phil and Justin Verlander (10-2) beat Jake deGrom (10-2). Phil was up, 5-2 in the top of the 9th, and Robert scored two runs on a walk, a double, and an error by Willy Adames, but Ronald Acuna grounded out to Alex Bregman to end the threat. Game 2 was a barn burner, as Clayton Kershaw only lasted 1/3 of an inning and gave up 5 runs on 4 hits and 2 walks. Phil’s team fought back against Patrick Corbin, though, and after 4 the game was tied, 6-6. There it stayed until the 9th when Robert erupted for 5 runs off of Scott Oberg (1-3). Phil only managed 1 run in the bottom of the inning. However, that would be Robert’s only win of the week. Game 3 was tied, 3-3 going into the bottom of the 9th when Willy Adames blasted a walkoff homer off of Taylor “Swift” Rogers (1-1). Game 4 was another close affair – Phil put up 3 runs in the first inning against Mike Minor (5-5) and Robert responded with 2 runs in the 4th off of Zack Wheeler (3-5). Alex Verdugo stroked a 3-run shot inside the right field foul pole to give Phil a 6-2 lead. Robert came close, with a 2-run homer by Joc Pederson in the 8th, but wasn’t able to get there and dropped the game, 6-5. However, with John sweeping, Phil drops into 3rd, a game out of the playoff race.

Chris took 3 of 4 from Mark. In game 1, Stephen Strasburg (5-6) struck out 10 and only allowed single runs in the 1st, 3rd, and 4th to beat Mark, 5-3. Lance Lynn (5-4) stepped up in game 2 for Mark, though, and threw 8 shutout innings to beat Charlie Morton (7-1) for the first time this year. Joakim Soria preserved the shutout for his 8th save. Game 3 was a close one, with each team putting up single runs in the 6th inning. However, David Dahl hit his 7th homer in the top of the 7th off of Chris Bassitt (2-3) and the bullpen made the lead stand up. Aroldis Chapman picked up his 3rd save. Game 4 was another close affair, with the score tied, 3-3 going into the top of the 10th. Xander Bogaerts singled for Chris off of Hansel Robles (0-1). Michael Brantley then doubled in Bogaerts and Dahl singled in Brantley. Chapman nailed down his 4th save.

Dougald’s team traveled to Bob’s park to see if they could stay in the playoff hunt. In the first game, Zack Greinke (5-3) was cruising along with a 4-0 after 8. Dougald’s bullpen came in and gave up 3 runs, but managed to hold on by a toenail to win, 4-3. In the second game, Masahiro Tanaka (7-4) gave up 4 hits over 8 innings to beat Shane Bieber (6-5), 4-1. Game 3 was tight, with Dougald smacking Jose Berrios (2-9) around the place for 7 runs (4 earned). Bob scored 3 runs in the 7th and 2 in the 9th but fell just short, 7-6. In game 4, Bob’s offense just couldn’t get on track against Kyle Hendricks (3-5) and the bullpen. They only managed 2 hits and lost, 6-1 Aaron Nola (5-3) took the loss. After taking 3 of 4 from Bob, Dougald preserved his playoff position, 1 game ahead of Chris.

Week 16 Results

10 games ago, John was 30-24 and sitting in first place. Since then he’s gone 2-8 and has fallen to .500 for the year. He continued his losing ways this week, dropping 3 of 4 to Bob. Rich kept his hold on first place, splitting with Phil and keeping both Phil and John 2 games back. Tim and Paul, fighting over the scraps at the bottom of the division, split 4 games. Sandy Alcantara clinched the split with 8 innings of 4-hit shutout ball. Sergio Romo closed things out for Tim, preserving the whitewash despite his 5.12 ERA. Impressive feat, since Paul has the 2,3,4 hitters in the batting race (Yelich .339, Marte .338, Flores .328) along with the 8th place hitter (Altuve .302).

In the other division, Robert kept things moving with a split against Chris, who fell into third place by a game. Dougald took 3 of 4 from Mark to claim sole ownership of 2nd place and push Mark 3 games out of playoff position.

 

 

Week 15 Results

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a change in first place in Division 1.

Rich and John met and Max Kepler got the series off to a good start for Rich by going 4 for 5 and slugging 2 homers. Julio Teheran pitched 8 strong innings to beat Lucas Giolito and John, 6-3. In game 2, disaster struck for Team Rich, as Mike Trout pulled an eyelash and will miss 10 games. Rich was undeterred, however, and supported a strong pitching performance by Hyun-jin Ryu with 10 runs to take a 10-3 victory. Despite losing Trout, Rich continued his winning ways in game 3 – David Price and Pedro Baez combined on a 3-hit shutout to win, 2-0. The injuries continued in game 4, as Carlos Correa and Trey Mancini got hurt (Mancini for 3, Correa just for the remainder of the game) and James McCann got hurt for John for 3 games. John staved off the sweep behind Walker Buehler (2-8!), 4-2.

With John dropping 3 of 4, Phil was in prime position to take over first place and the only thing standing in his way was a homestand against Tim’s weak sister team. Team Phil was confident going into game 1 and got smacked in the mouth, as Tim’s team put up 13 runs and Brad Keller and company held Phil to just 1. Game 2 was a close affair – the score was tied going to the top of the 9th when Kyle Schwarber crushed a Robert Stephenson breaking ball that didn’t break. Colin Poche nailed down the victory for his 6th save. Tim then took game 3 before Phil squeaked out a 3-2 win behind his stopper Justin Verlander (9-2). As a result, Phil sits at .500, 1 game behind John for for 2nd place.

Things remained status quo in Division 2, except that Bob shocked the oddsmakers by taking 3 of 4 from Robert. Robert’s only win came from Jacob deGrom (of course, he’s 9-1), but then Bob reeled off 3 straight, including a 7-0 shutout in game 2 behind Masahiro Tanaka and Steve Cishek.

Dougald and Chris came into the week tied for 2nd, and they left the week tied for 2nd with a split of 4 games. Chris preserved the split with a 7-0 shutout in game 4 by Madison Bumgarner, Zack Britton, and Aroldis Chapman.

Mark and Paul also split 4 games to keep Mark 1 game out of 2nd place. Runs were cheap in the first two games in Coors field – the first game went to Mark, 12-8; the second game also went to Mark, 12-4. Things then tightened up as Tommy LaStella knocked in a run for Paul with a walkoff single in game 4 to take it, 4-3. Game 4 was a barn-burner, as Mark went into the bottom of the 9th with a 5 run lead, 9-4, but Chris Bassitt and Joakim Soria couldn’t close the door. Jose Altuve led off the inning by receiving a buzz indicating fastball and jacked one into the left field stands (his second of the game). Soria came in for Bassitt and got Javier Baez to ground out, but Carson Kelly and Wilmer Flores each singled. Freddie Freeman then mishandled a hot grounder by Christian Yelich, loading the bases. Starling Marte then tore a single into center field, scoring 2. Franmil Reyes drew a walk. Tommy LaStella doubled in two runs. Carlos Santana was intentionally walked, and then Soria couldn’t find the plate and walked Altuve to force in the winning run.

Week 14 Results

In week 14 action, Tim held serve during a homestand against John, taking 3 of 4 and allowing Phil and Rich to climb within 1 game of first place. In the 3rd game of the series, Dustin German and Christian Poche combined on a 1-hit shutout for Tim.

Phil and Paul split 4 games. In the 2nd game, Phil jumped out to an 8-1 lead, but Paul made it a game by scoring 4 in the 3rd to make it 8-5. Phil added to the lead in the 5th with two runs and added another in the 6th to go up, 11-5. Paul put up 4 runs in the bottom of the sixth to make it 11-9. Phil wasn’t to be denied, though, scoring 3 in the top of the 8th , which was enough to withstand 4 more Paul runs in the bottom of the inning. Phil added an insurance run in the 9th and took the game, 15-13. There were 8 homeruns in the game.

Rich stopped Dougald’s recent winning ways, taking 3 of 4. Dougald and Chris remain tied for 2nd place, with Mark 1 game back.

Robert swept Mark and continued to pull away in the division.

Bob took 3 of 4 from Chris.

Week 13 Results

Big doings in Division 2, where there is now a 3-way tie for 2nd place.

Rich took 3 of 4 from Bob. Chris took 3 of 4 from John. Mark took 3 of 4 from Tim. Dougald swept Phil. Robert took 3 of 4 from Paul.

Week 12 results

Whoa Nelly! Division 2 has itself a pennant race.

Robert is comfortably in first place after splitting 4 games with Tim (Tim threw shutouts the middle two games), but Chris swept Rich to pull into a tie for second place with Mark, who swept John. Dougald, who took 3 of 4 from Paul, sits just one game out of 2nd place.

In Division 1, Phil took 3 of 4 from Bob to move to 1 game behind John.

Week 11 Results

John’s team had been slumping recently, and unfortunately for Bob, they chose this week to turn things around by sweeping 4 games. Game 1 featured 2 homers each by Yoan Moncada and Kris Bryant. John scored two touchdowns and a field goal in game 3 to win, 17-1. Game 4 went 11 innings, but John put up 2 runs in the top of the 11th and Bob’s team was only able to push across 1 run in the bottom of the 11th. John now is within 1 game of the best record in the league.

That best record belongs to Robert, who took care of business by taking 3 of 4 from Phil. Game 3 was 1-1 into the bottom of the 9th when Omar Narvaez clubbed one into the cheap seats to seal the victory for Robert. Nelson Cruz then hit 3 homers in game 4, and Paul Goldschmidt added 2 of his own to preserve the top record.

Mark took 3 of 4 from Paul, the only highlight for Paul being a 2-1 victory in game 1 behind Anthony DeSclafani.

Chris took 3 of 4 from Tim’s team, which after a brief rise has been sliding toward the basement. Tim fought off the sweep with a 2-0 shutout behind Sandy Alcantara and Adam Ottavino in game 4.

Rich and Dougald split 4 games. In game 3, Dougald was ahead, 7-4 in the 8th when Rich’s team exploded for 9 runs to take the win.

Week 10 Results

John’s team has been struggling of late, and hoped to turn things around against Team Rich, who was 17-19 coming into the series. Instead, Mike Trout hit two homers in the first game, Edwin Encarnacion hit two homers in the second game, and Jack Flaherty outdueled Walker Buehler in the fourth game to complete the sweep for Team Rich. The sweep boosted Rich over .500.

Phil’s team continued their charge up the standings, taking 3 of 4 from Tim to come within 1 game of the division lead.

Bob and Paul split 4 games. Dougald took 3 of 4 from Mark, and Chris cooled Robert off a bit, taking 3 of 4.

Week 9 Results

Paul, mired in last place, decided to shake things up and send down Chris Sale (with a 14+ ERA) and bring up Anthony DeSclafani. The move worked, as DeSclafani pitched 7 strong innings against Phil and gave up only 2 runs (1 earned), but Paul’s offense was on spring break and only managed 1 run against Clayton Kershaw as Phil completed the sweep and sunk Paul further into the depths of the division.

In the other series, John took 3 of 4 from Tim, Rich took 3 of 4 from Mark, Dougald took 3 of 4 from Chris, and Robert and Bob split 4 games.

Week 8 Results

Robert stormed to the top spot in the league after he took 3 of 4 from Mark and John dropped 3 of 4 from Phil.

In the series against Mark, Joey Gallo clubbed a walkoff homer in the bottom of the 10th in game 3 and Mike Minor and Taylor “Swift” Rogers combined on a shutout in game 4.

John snared his only win of the week against Phil when Eric Sogard knocked a walkoff homer in the 12th inning of game 4.

In the other series, Dougald swept Tim, Rich took 3 of 4 from Paul – including a 13-11 slugfest in game 4, and Chris took 3 of 4 from Bob. In game 4, Bob was up 2 runs in the 9th when George Springer knocked one into the left field stands to tie it. Then in the bottom of the 9th, Ozzie Albies blasted a tape-measure shot to stave off the sweep.