The Milwaukee Eagles, all time Wins leader in the GLBL, have won the 2016 Championship in a closely fought series with the Hamilton Mounties. Game 7 Box Score:
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.
Henri Francois, born in Montague, Prince Edward Island, is perhaps one of the more dominating pitchers in what has been dubbed ‘a pitchers league’. Below are the CAREER categories that Henri leads the GLBL:
Winning Percentage: 80%
Walks/Hits IP: 0.83
Opponents B.Avg: .194
Opponents OBP: .226
Opponents OPS: .501
Wins Above Replacement: 8.8
If you are wondering which direction he is heading (up or down) consider that in the last 38 IP he’s yielded one run, a solo homer to CHI’s Brett Garrett.
Is the season over in the USA League?
30 Wins and 10 Losses. Frightening when you consider it.
Consider that they are first in:
Batting Average, Runs Scored, Team ERA, Runs Allowed and too many other categories to mention.
They TC Bears have won 7 in a row to push them over .500 while gaining a paltry one game on the Eagles in doing so. The Detroit Thunderbirds, the only other +.500 team in the USA, have a 2-6 record against the Eagles. The aforementioned Bears? 1-5 vs. Milwaukee.
So far the single most descriptive word for Milwaukee? Domination. Pundits are speculating that the inaugural year may see some records set that will last a long time. There are a few out there that say, ‘there is still time’, but that camp is dwindling with each passing day.
So, 40 games played and an 8.5 game lead.
Baseball and winning. It’s all about the Home Run, right? Hit the long ball and win most of your games. And, the fans love it.
Take the high flying Milwaukee Eagles who lead the USA League by 4 1/2 games. They have gone yard 35 times with the next closest competitor just 23. That’s Traverse City and they are in second place. So, yeah, the number one and two teams in the league are in the same order in home run power so we’re confirming our theory here.
Now we’ll look at the Canadian League…but wait. Kingston is in first place? With 7 home runs. The least in all of the GLBL?? Huh?? Hmmm, what does this mean?????
Forget about what you read above it’s pitching that determines who will be in first. Well, sometimes, but not always. I think.