Another key piece out of Chelmsford was the sure handed Michael Thompson. After looking at the tape, Thompson made plays that were out of this world. He approached the ball with finesse; blocking home runs, diving for balls, and stopping extra base hits. His bat also helped. He was a top 5 hitter in the bones division with a .326 AVG, 4 home runs, and 14 RBI. His role in the number two pitching rotation was very respectable. Thompson threw 38 innings, the most on the team, with a 3.52 ERA and secured the Cougars with 5 wins.
The Cougars were well rounded out with Daryl Wolfenden and rookie Justin Guluzian. Wolfenden was a major part of the Huskies championship team and is hungry for his second title. Wolfenden steps up his game in the playoffs and that will surely bode well for the Cougars. Chelmsford drafted Justin Guluzian in the mid second round of draft. The picked turned out to be a steal. BrotherGulu ended the season with a .247 AVG, 6 dingers, and 16 RBI. He started to look real comfortable towards the end of the season; look out for him in the playoffs.
Slugger Kirk Monbleau started off the season slow, but finished red hot. In the last 7 games he hit .600 with 4 home runs and 8 RBI. If he can carry that momentum into the playoffs, the Pollos will make it to the ship, if not win it. He also pitched well as the chicken's number two and finished the season with a 2.89 ERA. With those numbers, the Pollos have the best pitching rotation in the league.
The Blancos de Arlington are getting decent production from the bottom half of their lineup. Chris Smith was selected at the 6th overall selection, but is only hitting .230. He does have 5 homeruns and 16 RBI so when he does hit the ball, he scores runs. GM Mike Houle is hitting a respectable .274 with 4 home runs and 10 RBI. If Smith and Houle can produce a bit more for the cluckers, they'd be a real tough team to beat.
Kurt Willette has been an absolute force at the plate this season. He is a run producing machine with 13 bombs and a league leading 29 RBI. If Willette can endure this level of production against Goodman and Martell, you may see a Bullies championship.
Dave Sullivan is also a major reason why the Bullies are so strong. The Alpha is hitting .324 with 9 home runs and 13 RBI. They will need Sullivan to continue to be a strong presence at the plate heading into the playoffs. Fresh off his recent detox, Patrick 'Coop' Keating is in prime shape to harness his swing juice. The Bullies will need Coop lubed up and Coop, my man...just let the beast out.
Devin Amidon continues his freakish ways and is hitting and pitching at a different level than the rest of the league. He finished on the top of the league in both pitching and hitting with a .493 AVG, that's right .493, 13 home runs, 27 RBI, and a league best, 1.82 ERA.
The Huskies also pulled off a trade with the Bassholes, acquiring Matt Mullen, who has immensely upgraded their lineup. Mullen is hitting .368 with 9 home runs and 24 RBI. He will also provide pitching depth in case the Huskies ever need him.
Justin Martin has also been hitting the ball very well and finished the season with a .368 AVG (7 home runs and 23 RBI). He has been a decent number two with a 6.43 ERA, but with that potent Husky lineup, 96 runs scored, there is some room for error. Dave O'Grady also hit well with a .322 AVG, 7 home runs, and 18 RBI. All four Huskies are on the top half of their division in hitting. If their bats don't fizzle out, you can expect a repeat.
Dave Tammaro led the team in offense and won the home run king crown with a .400 AVG, 15 home runs, and 28 RBI. He posted decent numbers as a number two pitcher with a 5.86 ERA.
Jon Anderson had an OK season on the mound with a 4.77 ERA, but he is capable of a much better pitching performance. Anderson led the 'squatch to a championship in the 2014-S season and there is no reason why he can't do so again. He had good offensive numbers with a .342 AVG, 7 home runs and 15 RBI.
Mike Nagle had a great season as a rookie with impressive numbers and may be the favorite to win the ROY award. A .310 AVG with 7 home runs and 17 RBI is great production out of the 14th pick. Jeremy Ellis had an average season at the plate with a .243 AVG, but his power numbers are impressive. He has 9 dingers on the season along with 15 RBI, so the run production is there. If the Sasquatch want to get by the Chiefs, they'll need to trim down those runs against.
If the perfect game form of Fisher shows up, he alone can carry them to a championship, but there are also some heavy bats in the lineup with Mike King and Tadd LeRocque. Fisher started off the season slow, but has finished in his old ways. He also hit well at the plate and finished the season with a .365 AVG and 6 home runs and 14 RBI. It all depends if Fish is back to form on the mound.
Tadd LeRocque, as always, had a very impressive appearance at the plate this season. He hit .368 with 12 home runs and 21 RBI. I expect him to continue this dominance heading into the playoffs. Fisher should start on the mound, but if these games go into extra innings, LeRocque is very serviceable as a number 2.
Mike King was picked up early in the second round and is hitting at a first round production. He hit .316 with 6 home runs and 12 RBI. We all know he crushes foul balls. If he can ever get those fair, he would be absolutely lethal at the plate. Jon Gryckiewicz has the best eye in the league. He is able to wear pitchers down and make every at bat count. He finished with 12 RBI so the run production is there. If he can use that eagle eye in the playoffs, the rest of the Chief lineup should have no issue hitting him in.
Written by Nick O'Keefe
NEAWL Senior Staff