Pitcher List Staff League Review: Week 17
Let’s get into this week’s best performances and closest matchups. Feel free to take a closer look at our rosters, transactions, and matchups by following these links: Legacy League, Prodigy League, Futures League. Likewise, if you’d like to read the previous weeks’ reviews, follow this link.
Best Performance (TIE): Taijuana Brass (Ben Pernick)
Ben’s team hit .300 with 10 HRs led by the dominance that has been Eugenio Suarez. With each passing day, I regret trading him for Willson Contreras. On top of his team’s success with the bat, they also pitched to a 1.45 ERA with a 0.90 WHIP with a whopping 75 K’s, led by Ryan Borucki, Corey Kluber, Anibal Sanchez, and Nathan Eovaldi. Our hearts go out to Stephen Honovich, who didn’t deserve another beatdown.
Closest Matchup: Nola Contendere (Kyle Bishop) and Insane Masterminds (Andrew Todd-Smith)
Andrew got HRs from Whit Merrifield and Mike Moustakas on the final day, in addition to 12 Ks in 10 innings, which helped pull ahead of Kyle Bishop for a 5-4-1 victory. They finished separated by 1R, 1HR, .012 in AVG, 8 Ks, and tied in Wins. This could’ve gone the other way with a simple shift of the breeze. Kyle needs to avoid a few more games like this if he wants to remain in the Legacy League next season.
Best Performance: DFSers Anonymous (Troy Klauder)
It’s not often that a team does what Troy’s did last week: He led the league in SIX different categories- R, HR, RBI, W, and SVs. That’s truly impressive. He did it with a balanced attack from Trevor Story, Rougned Odor, and Ronald Acuna on offense, and Trevor Cahill, Mike Minor, and Zack Wheeler on the bump. Troy’s team has had its ups and downs and currently sits one game out of the playoffs, but with more weeks like this, it’ll be hard to keep him out. He’s banging down the door as we speak.
Closest Matchup: Killer B’s (KV Boparai) vs. Valley of the Dahls (Jake Bridges)
It’s always fun when you go into the final day tied in three categories? Wait what? It’s not fun at all? It’s only fun when you’re not a part of the matchup? You know what, that makes sense. It’s extremely nervewracking. Jake’s team scored 2 more runs and knocked in 2 more than KV on Sunday, running away with a nail-biting 5-4-1 victory.
Best Performance: The Hans Molemen (Ben Chang)
Ben finished 2 stolen bases shy of a clean sweep- the second week in a row that Ben was one category shy of a sweep. It’s hard to get more locked in than The Hans Molemen, who sit 2 games above everyone else in the Futures League. The Prodigy League ought to start looking over their shoulders and worrying about the freight train headed their direction next season.
Closest Matchup: Morristown Frackers (Nate Von Benken) vs. Acuna Moncada (Austin Perodeau)
These two were not necessarily deadlocked in most categories, but in a dead heat in the matchup overall, as it ended 5-5. Austin actually had the matchup in hand until Nate cranked out a .344 day on Sunday to Austin’s .231, which helped bump Nate’s average 5 points above Austin’s- enough to force a tie. Austin really needed the win, as he sits in 5th place, just a game and a half from falling out of the playoffs.