Not wanting to risk losing his auto, Dieter sadly did not play this card.
Welcome to our fourth COMC Office Pack Battle League Update. We’ve now concluded eight weeks of our 18-week season, and trends are starting to take form. There is still a lot of baseball left to play, so nothing is set in stone, and comebacks will surely happen. We’ve seen Managers go on some pretty incredible runs up the league standings as a result of smart decision making when setting their line up. With trading always a possibility, we expect to see more teams look for trade partners to start heavily skewing their line ups towards individual categories.
If you’re not familiar with our scoring system or the rules of our league, you can read our introductory blog here. If you’ve missed some updates and want to catch up on how we got to our current standings, you can read all pack battle league updates here.
For the second time this season, one of our League Managers has pulled an auto out of our case of 2018 Topps Opening Day! This time it was Dieter who hit this minty fresh Noah Syndergaard auto.
In the overall league standings through eight weeks, Kevin has regained the top spot with an impressive 10 point gain over the last two weeks. James moves up two spots with an equal 10 point gain, while former leader Sean falls to the three spot in a tie with Brandon, who’s nine point performance moved him four spots up the league standings. Jeremy drops two spots to round out our top 5.
Four weeks ago, Bryson sat dead last with just two points, but he has caught fire and sits in 7th after snagging 12 point over the course of the last few weeks of play. With just a four point difference between 9th and 18th place, competition in the middle of the pack should be getting very interesting as new contenders emerge.
Home Run King Standings:
With back-to-back wins in the Home Run category, James has increased his lead over the rest of the field and sits with 15 points. Kevin and Tad remain close behind at 11 points each, but sit more than a week’s worth of points behind.
Hit King Standings:
Kevin came out the winner of his tie with Jade for the lead in the Hit King category with his week 7 1st place points performance. Angela and Brandon now sit in second place with six points each after each notched three point top performances over the last two weeks.
Strikeout King Standings:
Pitchers continue to come at a premium out of our packs of Opening Day, and as a result the Strike Out King trophy is still anyone’s to win. Steve and Jeremy sit in first with six point each, but five other managers (Dylan, Sean, Grant, Tim and & Kevin) are tied for second just one point away from the lead.
Week 7 Results (May 10th-16th )
Four teams tied for top points in home runs this week at five home runs each, with two of these teams flourishing thanks to Manny Machado‘s three-day power flurry that produced four home runs. Kevin and Angela tied for 1st in hits at 18 each, with Kevin platooning Ozzie Albies and Nick Markakis while Angela opted for Freddie Freeman and Brian Anderson. Kevin capped off his eight point week with top points in the K’s category as the 1-2 Washington Nationals punch of Stephen Strasburg (9) and Max Scherzer (11) were only rivaled by the equal 20 K’s of Chris Sale (15) and Jake Arrieta (5) for Steve. In a rare feat, James notched points in each of the three categories, the first to do so since Sean’s triple 3rd place performance in week 4.
HR Points: James (3), Tad (3), Bryson (3), Brandon (3), Dylan (2), Kevin (2), Sean (2), Grant (2), Jeremy (1)
Hits Points: Kevin (3), Angela (3), Jeremy (2), Bob (2), Tim (2), Sean (2), Steve (2), Steve (1), James (1), Brandon (1), Bryson (1)
K’s Points: Steve (3), Kevin (3), Jade (2), James (1)
Week 8 Results (May 17th – 23rd)
As the rest of the world outside of Boston is realizing that Mookie Betts is the real deal, our League Managers are being rewarded by his dual threat potential in our Pack Battle League. Mookie and Jonathan Schoop helped carry James’ team to first place points in the HR category for the third straight weeks. Seven teams were able to notch second place points in the HR category with three home runs each. Brandon’s combo of Betts and Odubel Herrera yielded 18 hits, good for first place points. Steve puts up back-to-back wins in the K’s category as Max Scherzer (13) and Jon Lester (8) were able to get the job done with 21 K’s.
For a second straight week, we see a League Manager acquire points in all three categories, as Dylan’s 2nd and two 3rd place finishes make him the third manager to do so.
HR Points: James (3), Geoff (3), Tad (2), Brian (2), Jade (2), Jeremy (2), Chris (2), Bryson (2), Kevin (2), Brandon (2), David (1), Dylan (1), Tim (1)
Hits Points: Brandon (3), Dylan (2), James (2), Bryson (1), Steve (1)
K’s Points: Steve (3), Dylan (2), Angela (1)
Thanks for checking in with us and for following along with our Pack Battle League. Do you play any similar fantasy sports inspired games with your trading cards? Sound off in the comments below and let us know! We’ll be back in two weeks with all of the action from Weeks 9 & 10!