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And then there were two. Alex Fast‘s team fell flat at the wrong time, as he hit only 4 HRs and hit just .245 to go with his team’s 4.27 ERA. Not what you want to see when going up against Czar Nicholas Pollack. Better luck next year, Fast. Meanwhile, Max Posner and Rick Graham needed a playoff tiebreaker to settle their matchup, as it ended 4-4-2. The tie is broken in favor of the team who won their respective head to head matchup. But, in their 3 matchups, Max and Rick each won one and they tied the 3rd, meaning the higher seed advances. Tough break Rick.
Max enters the matchup on the strength of his starting pitching- Justin Verlander, Stephen Strasburg, and Zack Wheeler. Strasburg was supposed to be on a two start week, but his second start got pushed to next Monday, a crushing blow to Max. Can Max matchup with the pitching guru? Nick trots out a strong rotation himself, highlighted by Jacob deGrom, German Marquez, and Miles Mikolas– though the star power isn’t there. This matchup may come down to the offenses- Max’s Nolan Arenado and Francisco Lindor vs Nick’s Javier Baez vs Manny Machado highlight a spectacular infield matchup. Who will be crowned this year’s PLATYPUS (Pitcher List Award That You Pulverized US)?
Offense vs defense- it’s a tale as old as time. Austin has run away with 4 hitting categories from the outset, and KV is dominating the pitching categories. There’s still a week for things to change, but as of right now, only one category is in play- stolen bases. Both get steals from a number of different sources, but who would have guessed in April that Jonathan Villar and Jose Peraza could be potential league winners down the stretch? Both could play large roles for their respective teams the rest of this week in crowning a winner of the Prodigy League.
After a big come from behind victory by Ben Chang, the #1 seed in all three Pitcher List staff leagues survives to the finals. He will take on Austin Perodeau, who held off Tim Acree in the semifinals. Best of luck next year to Brennan Gorman, who fell in the other semifinal. There are bright days ahead for both managers.
Austin’s youth movement is attempting to lock down a title, as he features a roster with just six players over 25 years old. Can the Acuna, Soto, and Sanchez led kids take down Ben’s team of veterans- led by Matt Carpenter, Khris Davis, and Eugenio Suarez? These two teams also represent the #2 and #3 teams in terms of ERA and WHIP this season, which should make this an incredibly interesting matchup. Both of these teams are on their way to the Prodigy League next season, replacing Mark Weston and Jake Bridges.