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Week 5: Five F@#king Forfeits (Sp13)

Written by - Posted 2013-05-14 17:30 in News

With just two weeks left if feels like we hardly got to know this season. There is a lot left to be decided, other than the Barnburners and Wheelchair, is seems like everyone else is ambivalent about making it to the playoffs or winning their divisions. Or, they’re playing like they are anyway.

Speaking of the Barnburners and Wheelchair, at 10-0, they’re both flirting with unbeaten seasons. Due to having 20 teams in the league, they also don’t have to face each other to end the streak for one of them. It’s possible for the first time ever we could have two unbeaten teams.

The perfect season has happened just three times in the past 15 seasons, and only one time in the “modern” era. The first two seasons the league existed saw teams go undefeated in regular season, the 2005 campaign had the eventual World Champion Filabusters go 14-0, followed Just Look At Yourself going 8-0 in Spring 2006 before being eliminated in the playoffs. The third time it happened was Summer 2011, when Superman’s Wheelchair picked up their second World Championship, and led the regular season at 14-0. There appears to be more danger lurking for Wheelchair than the Barnburners, but anything can happen, obviously both teams are capable of losing games.

Three perfect games this week for the second time this season. Moose Knuckle Matt Gagnon claimed his 5th perfect game beating the Canvassers. Joe Thaman tossed his 12th perfect game for Superman’s Wheelchair, beating the Master Batters, who now find themselves looking at an inside straight draw for postseason. Can Higgins fly in next week? Rookie Neil Kearns went four perfect innings against the Dupont Circle Jerks before turning things over to Alex Cohn for the save as the Besley Bashers recorded their franchise first perfecto.

Something much more rare than a perfect game, a batting cycle, was also recorded Week 5. Jim Shannon stole a little thunder from his brother’s dominance this season by going 5-for-5 against the Garbage Plates to become only the second person ever to hit for the cycle twice. His first cycle was in his rookie debut game, which only lasted 1 inning against the Gnats in Spring 2009. (That’s right, he hit for the cycle in a single inning.) This is actually the third cycle this season, 23rd in history, which is second only to the Spring 2010 season which had four cycles for the most ever in a season.

Given the perfect games and the cycles, Player of the Week is going to be pretty predictable this week.

Weekly web gem winner and Rookie of the Year candidate Alex Cohn of Besley Bashers might have opened the door for a challenger this week after dislocating his thumb stretching a single into a double in the Bashers game against the Barnburners. It “took several hospital employees to get it back in” per Cohn’s agent. Cohn, known for his one handed diving catches, is listed as day to day. He plans to take batting practice this week to see if he can hit one handed, though it’s probable he won’t be able to pitch Week 6.

This was a rough week for forfeits, with five on the books. We’re not going to say anything about it though, people know they’ve disappointed us.

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