With Week 1 of the 2021 FMBA Season in the books, it’s time to take a look back at the action from around the league:
Diamondbacks Roaring Out of the Gate
The Diamondbacks are off to a 4-0 start and have grabbed first place in Division A on the backs of some stellar offensive performances this week, J.P. Willner chief among them. The FMBA Player of the Week went 8-15 with 4 HR’s, 9 RBI, and 7 runs scored on the week while posting an absurd 1.896 OPS. It was more than just Willner destroying baseballs though, as the Dbacks had 5 of their regular starters check-in with an OPS over 1.500! Their pitching held up all week and the 45 runs of support we good enough to net them 4 wins this week. The Diamondbacks are now off until June 30th when they start their season series with the White Sox.
Player of the Week
Cardinals Historic Defensive Struggles Drop Them To Bottom of Division B
The longest tenured organization in our great league has struggled in the early going. The offense has been there, but their 15 errors (!) across their first four games has cost them the opportunity to stay in most of their games, and their offense so far has only been able to bail them out of 1 of those 4 games, saddling them with a 1-3 record. The team is full of veteran leadership, so a turnaround is certainly not out of the question, perhaps the COVID layoff has just given them a bad case of the yips, but if any team is capable of sneaking up from behind the rest of this division it’s them. They are in action this Wednesday night at 6:30pm against the Longhorns.
Giants Victim of Tough Early Schedule
The Giants were off to a promising start when they dimed the Twins on Opening Day to jump to 1-0, but then they ran into the buzz saw that is the Diamondbacks offense. Their next 3 games were against the Dbacks and if it wasn’t for Steven Latos’ stellar outing in their last game Sunday night, all three may have been blowouts. The FMBA Pitcher of the Week made two starts for his club this week, throwing more innings than anyone in the league and earning a win in his first appearance against the Twins before taking the tough loss Sunday night to cap off the week. He ended up with 11.0 IP, 12 K, 2 BB and allowed only 6 H and 2 ER to finish the week with an ERA of 1.27 and miniscule 0.727 WHIP. The Giants schedule lightens up significantly as they roll into their series with the last place Twins on Thursday at 6:30pm.
Pitcher of the Week
Longhorns Lose Key Piece of Staff To Injury, Still Hunting First Win
2021 got off to a rough start for the Longhorns, who lost their ever-reliable starter Ted Eisthen to a freak injury in their opener when he was struck in the elbow by a line drive comebacker against the Cardinals. The Longhorns had gotten out to an early lead in that game, but the loss of a core player and teammate seemed to take the wind out of their sails as they would end up dropping the game 11-10. They played their second game the very next night against the Dinos and walked 13 batters, the Dinos capitalized and blew the game open in the 4th inning to get their first win of the year. The Longhorns find themselves winless albeit with only two losses, and their three games this week will be against the Cardinals and their defensive woes, so perhaps this series is just what the doctor ordered for them to right the ship.
Guns and Canadians Both Off To 3-1 Starts
The Guns and Canadians both jumped out to strong starts in the win/loss column. The Canadians lost a tight one in their opener versus the Wolfpack as they just couldn’t get their offense going, but three games against the Cardinals and their hapless defense to close out the week seemed to warm the bats up as they scored 22 runs in those three games after being held to one unearned run against the Pack. The Guns followed a similar path in that they dropped their opener to the White Sox before running into a struggling Twins team for three games to finish out the week. Guns SS Luke Carmichael looked like he had Player of the Week honours locked up early in the week before his bat cooled off a little on the weekend and the Diamondbacks started smashing baseballs all over the yard. He still enjoyed a solid week at the plate however and popped his first home run of the campaign as well.
Light Schedule For Sox, Dukes, Dinos, Pack
The season kicks off in earnest during Week 2 for these four teams as each only got the chance to play 1 game during Week 1 of the season either due to weather or just a light early schedule. Each team will have 3 games on tap against their respective divisional opponent (Sox vs. Dukes, Wolfpack vs. Dinos).