PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Jonathan Matos – South End Astros – #13
The Pitcher of the Week award goes to Matos from the South End, who spun a complete game 2-hit shutout against the McKay Club on Thursday. Jonathan struck out 5 Beacons while walking only one en route to his first win of 2016.
Fantasy Impact: This first win for Matos helps to bolster the already strong rotation for Team ‘Chicks Dig the Wongball’ (mgr: Mike Maguire). The win brought his era down to 3.59, and more production from Matos should help this team contend for top pitching staff in the fantasy league.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Billy Uberti – Brighton Braves – #6
This edition’s ‘Player’ is Billy Uberti of the Braves. In just 2 games last week, Billy was a sizzling 6-for-7 at the plate including a double, 2 homeruns, 5 runs scored and 7 rbi (and then topped it off by starting this week with another homerun and 2 rbi).
Fantasy Impact: A 2-time defending Silver Slugger Award winner and 3-time defending Gold Glove Award winner (for 1st basemen), this hot streak couldn’t come at a better time for Team ‘Hold the Door’ (mgr: Jon Morse). Uberti is now hitting .405 with 11 runs, 17 rbi and 6 extra-base hits. Morse’s squad has been festering at the bottom of the offensive categories, so this infusion of run production couldn’t come at a better time.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Pat Shore – Revere Rockies – #6
With a complete game shutout over the potent South End Astros on Thursday, our newest Pitcher of the Week is Pat Shore from the Rockies. Pat (seen above at tropical Revere HS) spread out 4 hits and a walk over his 7 innings while showing 7 Astros hitters to their seat via strikeout.
Fantasy Impact: With this shutout, Pat has improved to 2-1 on the season for Team ‘Dirty Sandinis’ (mgr: Nate Laliberte/Chris Santosuosso). A late-round pick, Pat is shaping up to be one of the steals in the draft as he now boasts a .420 era with 18 strikeouts over 16.2 innings. Sure, he also hit a batter……but that guy probably deserved it.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: James Katsiroubas – Al Thomas Athletics – #16
And taking home the next Player of the Week award is the reigning Yawkey League MVP, James Katsiroubas. After a slow start to the season (if hitting .320 over the first 9 games is considered slow), Katz went 6-for-15 last week including a triple and 2 homeruns, with 9 runs and 6 rbi.
Fantasy Impact: The top pick for Team ‘Make Way for Doc-Lings’ (mgr: Marc DesRoches), James is a prototypical clean-up hitter who has been setting the table since midway through 2015 for the currently undefeated A’s. He doesn’t lead the league in a single category, instead choosing to lurk just below the surface….which is all the more terrifying for the rest of the YBL. If Katz is in the midst of one of his trademark streaks, look for his .350/.559/.700 slash line to only get better.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Stephano Stravoravdis – South Boston Saints – #29
Now approximately a third of the way into the 2016 YBL season, our next Pitcher of the Week goes to rookie Stephano Stravoravdis of the Saints. In his most recent start, Stephano threw a complete game 2-hitter against the new kids from Charlestown, yielding only one earned run to go with a walk and six strikeouts.
Fantasy Impact: There aren’t a great deal of rookies making moves in the YBL Fantasy League, but SS will be on the draft boards in 2017 if he’s able to use this start to build momentum and help the Saints win some games as they head towards the playoffs.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Bobby Barrett – Somerville Alibrandis – #7
Thus far in 2016 we haven’t seen any players from the defending champs take home any weekly honors, but that ends here. Shortstop Bobby Barrett continued to put up some healthy numbers last week, collecting 8 hits and 5 rbi in 3 games, including a 3-hit / 4 rbi night against Southie.
Fantasy Impact: Barrett is doing Barrett things for Team ‘Nicholson Dimes’ (mgr: Cam Lynch), as he currently leads the league with a frothy .680 avg, complimented by 6 rbi and 5 steals.
The Charlestown Townies have notched their first W since joining the Yawkey League this year, taking down the struggling Savin Hill Dodgers 6-1.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Chris Dion – Stoneham Sabers – #31
Flip a page on the calendar and we’re cruising into the meat of the baseball season. After his 3rd quality start, the next Pitcher of the Week goes to Chris Dion of the Stahls. After wins against the Townies and McKay Club, Dion makes his best start of the young season by stifling the annual offensive powerhouse of the EB Knights. His complete game gem yielded only one earned run to go along with 6 hits and 1 walk, leading the Sabers to a 5-2 win at The Beach.
Fantasy Impact: Three starts in and three consecutive wins from Chris has Team ‘Deane Street Hooligans’ (mgr: Travis Adams) looking like the team to beat a third of the way into the season. Dion has shot out to a 3-0 start allowing only 2 earned runs in 20 innings, to go along with an 18:3 k:bb ratio.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Trevor Boyce – South Boston Saints – #26
And the Player of the Week award goes to the Saints’ Boyce. In three games this past week, Trevor raked 8 hits for a .750 average with 4 runs scored and 3 rbi, including a double and 2 triples in a tight loss to the Knights.
Fantasy Impact: Boyce’s big week is a much-needed shot in the arm for the current cellar-dweller of the YBL Fantasy League, Team ‘Ockner Doodle Doo’ (mgr: Chris Foundas). Trevor now owns a .455/.556/.682 slash line, and will need to keep up the momentum if ODD is going to push its way into contention.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Joe Shebertes – Brighton Black Sox – #38
Following a short week and a not-nearly-long-enough-weekend, our second Pitcher of the Week award goes to Joe Shebertes of the Black Sox. While not factoring in the decision, Joe set the table for a big early-season win against one of the more potent offenses in the league. He left the game tied at 1-1 after 5 innings in which he allowed 3 hits, 2 walks and 1 earned run while striking out 7 Rockies batters.
Fantasy Impact: This outing bodes very well for Team ‘Make Way for Doc-Lings’ (mgr: Marc DesRoches), as Shebertes is a viable candidate for best draft pick if he can return to his 2014 form.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Clemente Parra – South End Astros
And our second Player of the Week award goes to YBL rookie Clemente Parra of the Astros. Clemente went 4-for-5 with 4r and 4rbi on the week, including a monster game against the Dodgers where he sent 3 offerings out of the yard at Jim Rice Field.
Fantasy Impact: While not locked into a roster for 2016, Clemente will surely be on the radar of team managers drafting in upcoming years.
PITCHER OF THE WEEK: Bill Clang – Al Thomas Athletics – #43
Our first ‘Pitcher’ of the week, Bill Clang was handed the ball both in the ATBC opener against the Braves, and then again in the A’s second game a week later against the McKay Club. Over those 2 starts, Bill put together 9 innings of work allowing only one earned run on six hits, eight Ks and a walk (wins #50&51 of Bill’s YBL career).
Fantasy impact: In addition to the Athletics, this effort also doubles as a strong start for team ‘SPF’ (mgr: Sean Sullivan) in the inaugural YBL fantasy league, netting him a couple quick Ws.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Alex Wong – Revere Rockies – #5
And for 2016’s first ‘Player’ of the week, we kick it off with our most recently profiled league member, Alex Wong. After an opening day win on the bump, Albert took Savin Hill pitching deep not once but twice the following afternoon at Revere HS.
Fantasy impact: Team ‘Chicks Dig the Wong-Ball’ (mgr: Mike Maguire) is already filling a cart with chaps and boobie tassels at Party City, as their #1 pick has started off Sriracha with 2 hr, 6 rbi, 5 r, .556 avg, 1.333 slg and 1.879 ops in just 3 games.