MANHATTAN–The BEML XXI standings after six weeks:
After falling behind the Craydawgs in Week 5, the upstart Villagers roared back in Week 6 to take a five point lead. The GSV led the league in Week 6 in HR (15), R (51), RBI (47) and ERA (1.65). Alex Gordon (.393/3/8 in Week 6) lifted the Villagers and the staff racked up seven quality starts. Unfortunately, the GSV lost the emergent Austin Jackson (.272/2/11/5) to a hammy injury.
Grove St. is building a devoted following.
The Dirty Dogs picked up four points as Matt Harvey dominated (16 IP, 16 Ks, 8 H+BB) and led the DDs to a league-leading WHIP in Week 6 (0.84). In a bid to shake things up, the DDs also worked an eight-player swap with Arsenal and sent closer Bobby Parnell, Curtis Granderson, Jeremy Hellickson and A-Rod to Big Poppa in return for Jaime Garcia, Tommy Hanson, Starling Marte and Phil Coke. BEMLBlog is not convinced this does much for either side, though Arsenal gains a closer in Parnell and the DDs likely pick up some speed with Marte.
The Craydawgs lost a step in Week 6, dropping 2.5 points, though Evan Longoria is heating up (.464/3/11 this week) and the Dawgs got two one-hitters out of Shelby Miller and Chris Sale. The struggles of Josh Willingham (.136), Alcides Escobar (.103) and Billy Butler (.107) held the squad back.
The Barracudas cannot catch a break in the closer game. Recent acquisition Andrew Bailey hit the DL, followed by J.J. Putz and news that Jason Motte is likely done for the year. The play of Paul Goldschmidt eased the pain somewhat (.348/4/9 in Week 6).
Around the rest of the league… the George Kents struggled, losing 6.5 points this past week as Tim Hudson and Mat Latos were hit hard… Cause Mickey Loves Ya picked up two points and is within striking distance of third place; CMLY picked up Jeremy Guthrie off the wire and were rewarded with a win, while Jon Lester hurled a one-hitter… Snowmen picked up Derek Holland for a win off the waiver wire; they should get Zack Greinke back shortly… Arsenal drafted a couple of gems after everyone else drafted their teams: Jean Segura (who is on the market to the highest bidder) is hitting .359/6/15/10 and Hisashi Iwakuma has four wins with 51 strikeouts in 52 innings and a 1.74 ERA/0.74 WHIP….