Avocado Fantasy Baseball Playoffs Final Week/MLB Talk

This is it, final week. And the winner is……..

Championship Finals
CakeWithaJ defeated Canadave87 8-3-1
Studs (CakeWithaJ)
Nicholas Castellanos: 5 R 1 HR 5 RBI 2 BB 0 SB .500/.517
Ender Inciarte: 10 R 0 HR 2 RBI 6 BB 3 SB .450/.577
Aaron Nola: 11.2 IP 10 H 4 ER 2 HR 3 BB 15 K 1 QS 3.09 ERA 1.11 WHIP
Jacob DeGrom: 7 IP 3 H 1 ER 0 HR 1 BB 8 K 1 QS 1.29 ERA 0.57 WHIP
Studs (Canadave87)
Travis Shaw: 4 R 2 HR 4 RBI 6 BB 0 SB .400/.591
Javier Baez: 4 R 3 HR 7 RBI 2 BB 0 SB .261/.320
Hyun-Jin Ryu: 13 IP 8 H 0 ER 0 HR 0 BB 13 K 2 QS 0.00 ERA 0.62 WHIP
Chris Archer: 7 IP 6 H 1 ER 1 HR 1 BB 8 K 1 QS 1.29 ERA 1.00 WHIP

Congrats to CakeWithaJ! 2018 Avocado Champion!

Winner’s Consolation Ladder
InnDEEEEEEEEEEED defeated Bluelightspecial 8-4-0
Studs (InnDEEEEEEEEEEED)
Christian Yelich: 7 R 2 HR 7 RBI 3 BB 2 SB .545/.615
Willy Adames: 3 R 1 HR 5 RBI 4 BB 0 SB .304/.407
German Marquez: 7 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 HR 0 BB 11 RBI 1 SB 2.57 ERA 0.86 WHIP
Kyle Hendricks: 16.1 IP 7 H 2 ER 1 HR 1 BB 13 K 2 QS 1.10 ERA 0.49 WHIP
Studs (Bluelightspecial)
Stephen Piscotty: 9 R 2 HR 9 RBI 3 BB 0 SB .421/.542
Francisco Lindor: 3 R 1 HR 3 RBI 3 BB 0 SB .278/.409
Rich Hill: 7 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 HR 0 BB 7 K 1 QS 1.29 ERA 0.57 WHIP

Emperor Snapper defeated Harvey Dent 7-5-0
Studs (Emperor Snapper)
Manny Machado: 5 R 2 HR 7 RBI 1 BB 0 SB .292/.320
Mitch Haniger: 7 R 1 HR 2 RBI 4 BB 0 SB .444/.545
Luis Castillo: 8.1 IP 5 H 0 ER 0 HR 1 BB 5 K 1 QS 0.00 ERA 0.72 WHIP
Raisel Iglesias: 2.1 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 HR 3 BB 4 K 0.00 ERA 1.71 WHIP 2 SVHD
Studs (Harvey Dent)
Tommy Pham: 8 R 3 HR 7 RBI 6 BB 1 SB .481/.559
Michael Conforto: 3 R 2 HR 11 RBI 7 BB 0 SB .296/.441
Michael Brantley: 4 R 1 HR 2 RBI 0 BB 1 SB .345/.367
Tony Watson: 1.2 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 HR 0 BB 3 K 0.00 ERA 0.60 WHIP 1 SVHD

Consolation Ladder
Shipwreck and Poseur tied 6-6-0
Studs (Shipwreck)
Freddie Freeman: 4 R 2 HR 8 RBI 2 BB 1 SB .462/.500
Khris Davis: 7 R 2 HR 4 RBI 2 BB 0 SB .261/.320
Jameson Taillon: 7 IP 4 H 0 ER 0 HR 1 BB 11 K 1 QS 0.00 ERA 0.71 WHIP
Tyler Glasnow: 12 IP 8 H 3 ER 1 HR 4 BB 12 K 2 QS 2.25 ERA 1.00 WHIP
Studs (Poseur)
Whit Merrifield: 5 R 0 HR 1 RBI 3 BB 2 SB .333/.394
Anthony Rendon: 5 R 2 HR 8 RBI 3 BB 0 SB .435/.500
Justin Verlander: 6 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 HR 0 BB 11 K 1 QS 0.00 ERA 0.17 WHIP
Andrew Miller: 3 IP 3 H 1 ER 0 HR 1 BB 4 K 3.00 ERA 1.33 WHIP 2 SVHD

Akkio’s Blazer defeated Little Miss Giggle Fits 7-3-2
Studs (Little Miss Giggle Fits)
Robinson Cano: 3 R 1 HR 7 RBI 2 BB 0 SB .619/.652
Matt Duffy: 5 R 0 HR 2 RBI 2 BB 1 SB .269/.321
Gerrit Cole: 7 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 HR 0 BB 12 K 1 QS 3.86 ERA 0.86 WHIP
Max Scherzer: 7 IP 5 H 3 ER 2 HR 2 BB 13 K 1 QS 3.86 ERA 1.00 WHIP
Studs (Akkio’s Blazer)
Joey Wendle: 4 R 0 HR 5 RBI 6 BB 2 SB .462/.576
Lourdes Gurriel Jr: 3 R 3 HR 7 RBI 0 BB 0 SB .321/.321
Kyle Freeland: 13.2 IP 12 H 2 ER 0 HR 5 BB 10 K 2 QS 1.32 ERA 1.24 WHIP
Adam Ottavino: 3.2 IP 2 H 1 ER 1 HR 2 BB 3 K 2.45 ERA 1.09 WHIP 2 SVHD

Mexican-American Martian defeated Dodecadork 9-3-0
Studs (Mexican-American Martian)
Yadier Molina: 3 R 2 HR 8 RBI 1 BB 0 SB .261/.320
Matt Kemp: 3 R 2 HR 5 RBI 0 BB 0 SB .333/.333
Miles Mikolas: 12 IP 6 H 4 ER 2 HR 1 BB 14 K 1 QS 3.00 ERA 0.58 WHIP
Kenley Jansen: 2.2 IP 1 H 0 ER 0 HR 0 BB 4 K 0.00 ERA 0.38 WHIP 2 SVHD
Studs (Dodecadork)
Max Muncy: 5 R 1 HR 7 RBI 3 BB 0 SB .333/.500
Trea Turner: 8 R 1 HR 5 RBI 6 BB 3 SB .429/.571
Anibal Sanchez: 11 IP 8 H 3 ER 2 HR 0 BB 10 K 1 QS 2.45 ERA 0.73 WHIP
Nathan Eovaldi: 6 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 HR 2 BB 5 K 1 QS 0.00 ERA 0.67 WHIP

Snow Pigeon defeated Bresson 6-5-1
Studs (Snow Pigeon)
Aaron Hicks: 7 R 2 HR 7 RBI 5 BB 1 SB .381/.500
Dellin Betances: 3 IP 2 H 0 ER 0 HR 1 BB 6 K 0.00 ERA 1.00 WHIP 1 SVHD
J.A. Happ: 11 IP 9 H 1 ER 1 HR 5 BB 13 K 1 QS 0.82 ERA 1.27 WHIP
Luis Severino: 7 IP 6 H 1 ER 0 HR 1 BB 6 K 1 QS 1.29 ERA 1.00 WHIP
Studs (Bresson)
Brandon Crawford: 4 R 2 HR 3 RBI 3 BB 0 SB .316/.409
Jose Altuve: 5 R 1 HR 3 RBI 6 BB 1 SB .250/.423
Mike Montgomery: 6 IP 4 H 1 ER 1 HR 1 BB 8 K 1 QS 1.50 ERA 0.83 WHIP

MLB Talk

• We talked a bit about it as a rumor here but Victor Martinez made it official this weekend that he was wrapping up his major league career as of September 22. With the Tigers wrapping up the season on the road, Martinez felt it more appropriate to take his final at-bats in front of the home crowd.

• Chicago Cubs infielder Addison Russell has been placed on administrative leave; on the heels of a blog post from his ex-wife Melisa Reidy detailing the emotional, verbal, and physical abuse he put her through during their marriage. You can read her blog here. Russell has put out a statement proclaiming his innocence while Cubs owner Tom Ricketts and president Theo Epstein each made statements supporting MLB’s decision to suspend him as they investigate the situation. There was an investigation last year after a friend of Reidy’s made an Instagram post lashing out at Russell but with Reidy refusing to cooperate at the time left them little to work with. It’s not expected that Russell will be in uniform again the remainder of the 2018 season.

• The end of the season will also bring managerial changes. Jeff Banister has already been fired by the Texas Rangers. Buck Showalter, though its not yet been confirmed, is not expected to return to the Baltimore Orioles next season and John Gibbons may also be fired by the Toronto Blue Jays.

• Friday was a good day for the Gurriel brothers. Lourdes (Blue Jays) and his brother Yuli (Astros) became the first pair of brothers to have multi-home run games on the same day while playing for two different teams. Yuli drove in 6 runs that day and Lourdes drove in 3 for himself. Lourdes also set a Blue Jays record by homering in 3 consecutive at bats (he had hit a home run in the 9th inning of Thursday’s game).

• Another player also had a unique moment on Friday. Francisco Arcia, a rookie catcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, was already in the record books for driving in 10 runs in his first two games in the majors. Now he’s also in there for becoming the first player to pitch, catch, and hit a home run all over the course of one game. Arcia had pitched once before earlier this season and with the Angels facing a double digit deficit against Oakland, Mike Scioscia decided to pitch Arcia so as to not overly tax his bullpen.

• And one final record (then I’ll shut up). Mike Clevinger became the 4th Cleveland Indians pitcher to hit 200 strikeouts on the season (joining Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Trevor Bauer) and with that the Indians became the first team to ever have four starting pitchers surpass that mark in one season.

That’s it for fantasy baseball this season, thanks to all the players and commenters who have been following. One more week of the regular season and then we’re on to the MLB postseason, who’s ready for playoff baseball?!?