It’s Monday night at the end of week 4 with only 8 games left in the season! 3 out of the 8 playoff spots are locked. Let’s do this!!!
Spitball Division: The only division with the 1-2 seeds already decided, it’s now a matter of seeding as Panthers has 2 games left this week to determine if he’ll take the division or be the runner-up. If he wins both games, he’ll take the crown; otherwise Imperials will have it on tiebreakers. Sadly for the other teams, neither the Runs Scored nor Runs Allowed champ is coming out of this division.
Knuckleball Division: Lumberjacks have already popped the champagne as division champs. Orange County Aces is sitting pretty knowing that he’ll either be second in the division or (barring some incredibly high-scoring games) will take the Runs Scored title. Danger need to win out to get the second seed, but can still get in with the Runs Scored title if they can get at least 6 runs over their 2 remaining games.
Forkball Division: This division is crazy. 3 teams still have chances at the number 1 seed, with 2 other teams still having a chance at the Runs Allowed entry. Only 1 team (barring a 50 run barrage over the final 2 games) is truly eliminated from the playoffs.
Batter of the Week
Andruw Jones of the Maine Lumberjacks went on a tear this past week, going 7 for 11 and knocking in 11 RBIs on the back of 3 home runs. Known mostly for his defense, his offense is nothing to be surprised by. With a sneakily good chart, it’s not surprising that Jones went off this week to be the Batter of the Week.
Pitcher of the Week
Don’t be surprised if Pedro Martinez of the Florida Lobsters ends up with some serious hardware after this season wraps up and the awards are announced. For the second straight start, Pedro dominated the opposition, notching 15 strikeouts in a 2-run complete game win against the Bean Counters. With a 0.667 WHIP and 2.00 ERA this week, it’s no wonder Pedro is the Pitcher of the Week.
Cards of the Week
Albert Belle had quite a good week for his two teams, Indiana Maize and Maine Lumberjacks. Combined, Albert led all batters with 13 RBIs, powered by 3 home runs. He was the king of consistency, having an extra-base hit, run, and RBI in all four games this week. Add in a slash line of 0.474/0.500/1.000, and you have plenty of reasons for Belle to be one of the Cards of the Week.
Owners of Hideo Nomo were treated with a fantastic week from the Japanese import. He took the mound for three teams this week (Bean Counters, Imperials, and Dingoes), pitching a combined 22 innings and sporting a 1.64 ERA and 0.955 WHIP. Imperials and Dingoes got the added benefit of a win, with Bean Counters being dealt a loss from Eric Gagne’s inexplicable blown save. Needless to say, Nomo pitched beyond his lofty expectations, and for that, he’s one of the Cards of the Week.
That’s the total strikeouts Florida Lobsters was involved in this past week. They were tied for the lead in strikeouts by a pitching staff, and also had the most strikeouts while batting. That’s 1.30 strikeouts per half-inning over their 3 games. Talk about the state of 2019 baseball!