The Series MVP

Twenty five year old Geoff Boyd was the GLBL’s MVP for the 2021 post-season.  Boyd collectively batted .319 with 15 hits and swiping 7 bases in as many attempts. But of the two series he saved his best for Chicago as the final 7 games he collected hits in each contest 3,1,2,1,2, and 1 for a total 10 hits.  He batted in 5 and scored 6.  An avid fisherman in his spare time he plans to just ‘chill out’ over the coming months.

Up Against it? Or, Right where they want them?

The Chicago Architects are trying to win their 3rd title but are down 0-2.  History tells us being down in the playoffs means very little to this team.  They have rallied from 0-3 deficits before so 0-2 probably seems inconsequential, or at least it does not evoke the feeling of doom that some GM’s might feel in this position.

Chi GM Al Borie had this to say this morning, “Oh, they’re off to a decent start. In their case they won’t have a chance to lose one at home until Game Six, and they may have wrapped it up by then. You gotta like their chances.
But I like mine too. I have no idea who the better team is, but mine has always had a tendency to fall behind and come back.”  The small sampling of 4-0 in the regular season points toward Hamilton as the favorite, especially up by two games.


But, the Hamilton Mounties are all too familiar with being the last minute bridesmaid and not the bride as they, more than any other ball club, have come the closest to winning a championship only to fall just short.  Witness last year as they took a 2 run lead into the bottom of the 9th only to see the game tied before losing in extra innings to the Duluth Sea Gulls.  Hamilton has never had a losing season and this is their 4th trip to the post-season with many wondering, if not speculating, that maybe it just might be their year.  The unlikely hero of game two was light hitting George Huffman batting .143 for the post season but it was the two singles in the 2nd and 4th that accounted for two runs batted in and the difference in the 3-2 win.  He was but 1 for 21 heading into yesterday’s contest.

The series heads to the Windy City where Arvin Northeast will take the hill while being opposed by Roosevelt Gilbert, coming off a stunning 8.1 IP shutout of Toronto.  At the same time it was Arvin Northeast who slammed the door on Toledo with his 8.0 IP/ 0 Runs effort that punched the Architects ticket to the Championship Round.

“Read the highlights and thought HAM was off to a decent start, but you’re never in trouble til you lose at home – so they say!”, were the comments of Owen Sound GM David Jones, but in the case of Chicago they not only can’t risk a loss at home but they have to win on the road.  Using the above logic the Mounties simply need to take care of business in Hamilton to earn the status GLBL Champions for the first time in their history.  The roadblock?  Chicago loves to come from behind and is famous for crushing the dreams of their opponents.

 

On the Brink

rocky waters  Can Chicago rally from 1-3?

The Windsor Vigilantes are looking for one more W to claim their first ever GLBL championship and they don’t have far to go.   The Chicago Architects, reigning GLBL champs have finally won a game but are down 1-3 leaving no room for error.

windsor_vigilantes shrunk  The Vigilantes have been on post-season fire winning the final three from the favored Maples, erasing a 1-3 deficit, and winning the first three from the Architects.  Henri Picard who has slugged 114 homers in Windsor has led the way a 1.182 Post Season OPS.

  Carl Cardny , 0-2 in the post-season, will try and rebound from the 3-1 loss in the opening game of the series.  Arvin Northeast and Jean Cheron will follow in the rotation if Cardny can keep the ship afloat.

  Thirty five year old Rick Bradley, who went 19-5 in 2019 and has yielded 3 runs on 10 hits in his last 25 innings pitched, will likely be the man asked to bring it home in five for the Vigilantes.

City of Champs!

chicago-walk-about-475 The Architects 2018 GLBL Champions

After two second place finishes in 2015 and 2016 (one Championship Series appearance) the Chicago Architects fell to 58-82 in 2017.  It was the third straight year they reduced the payroll ($114M).  Following the mandate of the owner Gregory Boquet they reduced the 2018 payroll even further to $101M.  But, then the team got busy.

Todd Walter was inked to a 2 year extension  (2.52 ERA)

Nathan Ball signed a 5 year deal (35 saves 0.79 ERA)

Ivan Diaz signed a 4 year deal (3-3/3.07 ERA)

Greg Myers 1 year deal (5-0, 1 Saves, 2.25 ERA)

Cyrill Leclerc 2 year deal (.283/.360/.511 w/27 HR’s)

Larry Dares 2 year deal (.278/.345/.438)

Lewis McTeel 3 year deal (7-10, 3.10 ERA)

Chris Dunlap signed in June (4-1, 2 Saves, 1.56 ERA)

Traded for Jean Cheron (3-2, 2.70 ERA for CHI)

With existing stars C Bill Durand, SP Arvin Northeast, SP Carl Cardny, Edward ‘Avenger’ Hudson, the Architects were the ball club with the most wins in the regular season (84) while winning both of their playoff series by  4-1 margins over Milwaukee and then ultimately the Canadian champs Windsor, 4-1.

Congratulations to Al and his Chicago Architects, 2018 Champs!

The 2016 Champs

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Henri Francois was the Series MVP as his 1.26 ERA in handcuffing Mountie bats in most situations.  As a matter of fact July 23, 2016,  is the date that he last took an L in a game he pitched notching 9 Wins in a row.

Congrats to Mike T. for his championship season.  Also, to Alex W., who got about as close as you can get to winning it all.

 

Inaugural GLBL 2015 Champs

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No one talked about it.  No one had it on their radar.  No one saw it coming.

The herd of Caribou in the picture are about as overwhelming as the 2015 version of the  Thunder Bay baseball team who stampeded their way to a pair of 4-0 sweeps over the Mounties of Hamilton and then the Architects of Chicago.

Dan Courcelles and the Thunder Bay Caribou, our 2015 GLBL Championship Team.

The League Championship Series

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The Stats:

  • Eagles led the league in Slugging
  • Architects led the league in Homers and Runs
  • Architects steal almost 2x more bases than the Eagles
  • Eagle Catchers are more than 3% more efficient in throwing runners out
  • Eagle pitching yields the least amount of HR’s and total Runs
  • The teams committed an identical amount of errors, 63 to lead their league
  • Team vs Team….Architects hold the  edge 18-10

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  • Mounties led the league in Runs Scored
  • Caribou led the league in Homers
  • Caribou led the league in Walks
  • Mounties led the league in Runs surrendered (fewest)
  • Caribou led the league in ERA
  • Mounties led the league in fewest errors and largest ZR
  • Caribou Catchers throw out 10% more base runners
  • Team vs Team….Mounties have the 16-12 edge